Kennebunkport Porter | Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

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Brewed by:
Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
Maine, United States
federaljacks.com

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 11-03-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
251
Reviews:
92
Avg:
3.28
pDev:
16.16%
 
 
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Ratings: 251 |  Reviews: 92
Photo of AnalogReigns
4.45/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got it at my local T.J.s here in Charlotte. This is a very nice porter, very earthy, deep flavor. Pours well into the glass with a typical low English style head. Smells of coco and almost treebark....with a slight pleasant hazelnut taint. Refreshing, and not too heavy--clearly a porter not a stout. Great beer for winter ruminations...

From a bottle from Trader Joe's. Apparently brewed by "Pugsley Brewing Company"... I have no idea their relationship to Federal Jacks.

I tried it first at room temperature--as if a beer is good warm, it's terrific cool. Ideal serving temperature is supposed to be 46% according to a profesional brewer I know.

Poured nicely with a rather dense head--typical of English-style porters. Has a black, almost stout appearance with a light tan head.

The aroma is unique, like some sort of nuts...chestnut? I don't know, but it's pleasant.

Taste carries on that nutty theme, with a robust palate, and a crisp, though slightly lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is porter-like, that is not as robust as a stout should be, but none-the-less decent, not watery at all.

All and all a great porter, IMHO, very drinkable (I'm just having 2) and at the price---5.99--these days, a terrific bargain. This is a real porter at a professional porter's working-man's price.

Trader Joey's done good by dis one....

I understand why ol' TJ's chose this obscure brand (in the South anyway) as this is a quality beer. I find it interesting that most of the low ratings on this were from the brewpub on tap...whereas the TJ bottled version seemed to fare better.

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Photo of Stewart-Louisiana
4.4/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To me, this tastes more like a black lager than a traditional porter. It is quite dry and hoppy. But whatever the style, it is a fine beer. I bought a six pack at Trader Joe's, which manages to get a small but different selection than the other stores in our area.

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Photo of zillo043068
4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

Photo of drperm
4.22/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a nice porter from an unheard of (to me) brewery in Maine (one of my favorite microbrewery states!).

Appearance: Almost pitch, at least in a basement lounge under fluorescent lamps. A slight scarlet red keeping the colour interesting.

Aroma: Amazingly exceptional -- coffee, hazelnut, Frangelico.

Taste: Rich! Almost keeps pace with the nose. Nutty, Frangelico-like; sweetish, dark cherry, a good hop twist, and a bit of Worcestershire near the end.

Palate: The weakest link. Almost oily.

Overall: I give this one high marks for being unexpected. I'm not sure if I'd ever be up for having more than one at a time, but it's creatively great! Bravo.

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Photo of mactrail
4.07/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown rather than black, with a lovely pile of light beige foam in the Peroni Lager glass. Light body with a sudsy that is in no way English but quite lovely in the mouth. However this does have that mellow, low-key flavor of an English-style Porter.

Some malt to start, and a nice sweetness on the lips. More dark barley without any caramel. Then there's a charred note in the finish, but all quite genteel. This is a perfectly drinkable brew that tastes like what you'd expect in a dark Lager. One of the best dark (yet light) beers I"ve had in 2015. Long live the Queen!

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Photo of beergoot
4.07/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Federal Jack's Restaurant and Brew Pub October 17th, 2013

Reviewed from notes.

Dark brown/mahogany body with a lasting white head. Strong toffee and vanilla notes in the aroma. Taste produced elements of coffee and cream with a light bitter chocolate edge. Very smooth bodied; soft, semi-sweet; medium body.

Very smooth and delectable. Right balance of dark malt goodness with an oh-so subtle hop bitterness. Creamy. Touch of lactose sourness.

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Photo of hophead723
4.04/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as part of a mystery variety six pack at Trader Joe's. Lets give it a try.

Look: Classic handsome porter appearance with light tan head and a dark body, which seems black until the light reveals reddish hues. Beauty.

Smell: Roasty toasty grains with an interesting hint of corn, followed by mild molasses hues.

Taste: Huge coffee flavors with a backing of acrid charcoal flavors. Burnt wood, tobacco, molasses, and coco.

Feel: Nice and smooth, with a bit of a dry finish.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.02/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours near black; deep ruby brown when held to light. The head is off-white and a good finger thick, but the retention is average, and the resulting lace is sparse.

Smell - Roasted malt goodness; hints of coffee, toffee and some drying hop aromas.

Taste - Nice roasty coffee character, with a touch of toffee sweetness to round it out. Good balance. Strong. Finishes with a semi-sweet chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium body; fairly robust. Nice, lively carbonation. Smooth. Finishes semi-dry.

Overall - Nice porter. It's a nice addition to the Trader Joe's line-up, and a hell of a deal for the $5.99 asking price.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.02/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of kennyo. Pours a medium brown color with a small cap of light tan head. Not much in the way of retention or lacing.

Nose is sweet with a light sour malt aspect and fruitiness. A bit of minerality makes me think this came from across the pond.

Taste is surprisingly pleasant with a nice doughy yeast that also throws off a few fruity esters. Roast is there but is balanced nicely by a rich sweetness and chocolate. Reminds me of an oatmeal stout without the viscous body. Has a nice mouthfeel, slick and smooth. I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would after seeing a few of the reviews and the overall score. Thanks Ken!

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jefftuck47
4/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Treath
3.97/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass mug. First time tasting this beer.

A- Very dark almost black ruby color. Looks like a Cola. Very little tan colored head, a few centimeters of it (maybe my glass ruined the head?). Leaves a thin ring of froth and a tiny bit of lacing.

S- Dark roasted malts. Roasty and Earthy. Black coffee. A little hops.

T- A strong hop bitterness at first with heavy dark roasted almost burnt malts. Black coffee taste right in the middle. The hops surprised me. No sweetness whatsoever. The aftertaste is of burnt malts and bitterness.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation. It feels crisp from the carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a good beer. It's great when you're in the mood for a dark strong cup of black coffee with no sugar.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by 12/2012) poured into a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Dark Mahogany brown when held up to the light. Persistent thin light tan head across the top. Some strands of persistent lacing noted.

Smell: Rich roasted malt, burnt sugar. Barest hint of cocoa.

Taste: Much like it smells - roasted malt, burnt sugar dominate. Coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate in here as well. Finish is part black coffee, part roasted malt. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, just below fizzy. Under all that carbonation I can pick out some thickness to the beer - just a hair above water.

Overall: A solidly good American porter. Went real well with cider porkchops and I could easily have another. If the carbonation was dropped just a tad it would be even better.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.94/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up in a 6 pack mystery pack and was delighted to pour this into a tulip glass.

Look-It pours a dark blackness with a light tan head.

Smell-It smelled of dates, molasses, smokey, and hints of cavendish tobacco.

Taste-It tastes of dark esters from chocolate, cocoa, and burnt marshmellow. It has a delayed muted release of flavor and tastes great.

Mouthfeel-It has a smooth body and leaves an astringent coating on the tongue like charcoal.

Overall-It's a very pleasant beer!

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.94/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
3.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I disagree with this average score of 76.
This is a pleasant porter, true to the English style and even refreshes after exercise (which for me, is a new use of porters.)
I will agree it Looks and Smells undistinguished. But Taste is solid, roasted malts let the hops come to play. Feel? I rarely give a 4 to a somewhat slight beer; but the carbonation and proper use of hops is a subtle sensation.
While I give myself a 50-50 chance of having this again, that doesn't mean you shouldn't give it its first try.

And something must be said of the value. I paid $1.09 for this at Trader Joe's. (Obviously there is a contract between the two for production and distribution.) But this is a great deal. Hence, the high Overall rating.

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Photo of NeilSilber1
3.87/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Joe_recker
3.87/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Kennebunkport Porter from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
3.28 out of 5 based on 251 ratings.
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