Portsmouth Porter | Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Porter, a full-flavored dark ale with full body & medium hops, is a style that enjoyed enormous popularity during the 1800's, when it was the drink of the working man, especially dockmen and warehouse porters.

Added by Bierman9 on 10-20-2003

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 11
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice and black with a thin swirly head. Interesting in the nose. Smells of bubblegum, cinnamon, some sort of macerated fruit, with spice- perhaps plums? In any case, rich and quite nice in a porter with the slightly roasted grains in the background. The taste is slightly oxidized, but definitely not overly so. More bubblegum, some earthy hops, waxy, some of the same fruit and light roastiness. Smooth in the mouth. I enjoyed this, but I can't say it was perfectly executed- it was close to being so much more.

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Photo of DrJay
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as part of BC2. Thanks purplehops!
Clear and dark brown, this porter had very nice looking red highlights and a thick tan head that produced lots of sticky lace. The aroma was of nutty roast, coffee, and a bit of dark chocolate. The same qualities formed the basis of the flavour, which was quite sweet with mild bitterness. Very roasty with some brown sugar and faint hop flavour. Medium bodied, lightish carbonation, smooth and palate coating. Pretty good overall. A little more roasty than I normally like in a porter, but still very drinkable.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber brownish color body with a decent sized tan head that left random trails of lace on the glass. Light chocolate with some backing of roasted malts. Very faint hop notes. Sweet chocolate and toasted malts. The roasted malts carry to the finish where it gets a bit dry. Some caramel and bitterness on the finish. Smooth and pretty creamy body. Very easy drinking stuff as the 22 went down way to quickly.

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Photo of oberon
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat of a clunker from this brew pub,pours a deep brown with not much head to it at all,aroma was nutty and chocolaty but faint on the chocolaty.Taste is slightly watery I thought with a nutty malt flavor,finish nicely though with some decent earthiness.Seemed a little thin in the body for a porter,only ordered one that was enough.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On the blackboard simply as "Porter". And as a porter it went back to its roots. Of course I had to purchase a growler of this beverage to evaluate it at home. Light carbonation and a deep color, the taste was semi-sweet, but thirst quenching. I will definitely make this a "take home" special!!

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Portsmouth Porter from Portsmouth Brewery
3.86 out of 5 based on 11 ratings.
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