Kennebunkport Porter | Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

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Kennebunkport PorterKennebunkport Porter

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Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
Maine, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 11-03-2002

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Ratings: 257 |  Reviews: 95
Photo of mattster
3.82/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened 12 oz bottle and poured into Nonic glass.

Small 1" - .75" head atop a dark brown mostly opaque brew. Not a lot of bubbles rising. Color best described as flat cola.

Definite coffee notes on nose with some malts. Taste is a bit earthy, but coffee flavors run through. Pleasant finish. Not fancy, just good.

I'm glad I bought a six pack of these.

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Photo of DocJitsu
3.82/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a short root beer head. Head retention is poor. Bouquet is milk chocolate liqueur with coffee notes. Mouthfeel is a little thin and adversely impacted by the carbonation. Pleasant chocolate, but not a lot else going on. Finishes with coffee acidity. Worth the money, but just an ok porter.

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Photo of entenduintransit
3.82/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of steveh
3.81/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a mix-six from Trader Joe's; beers I'd wanted to try, but didn't want to buy a whole six. The KBC Porter was one. Best by Dec. of 2015, so I'm still in good shape.

L -- Pours a clear, deep, dark chestnut brown with a creamy, light tan head that settles to a nice cap without disappearing.

S -- Smooth roasted malts, coffee with light cream, lightest of dark fruits back.

T -- Coffee-like roastiness up front, dark chocolate with a mellow, but tart, dark cherry-like character, husky roastiness in the finish that lingers through the aftertaste. Some light, earthy and spicy hop flavors and bitterness also in the aftertaste. It's difficult to separate hop bitterness from roasted malt bitterness, but they're balanced well and taste good to-style.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft and lightly syrupy to dry in the finish with a medium-robust body.

O -- Fits the bill for a Brown (English) Porter. Just as advertised and very enjoyable if you're in the mood (as I was) for a style I hadn't had in a while.

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Photo of MVanTryke
3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A fairly decent porter. Nothing to blow you away, but nothing to make you want a refund, either. On an assorted porter night, this one usually gets the 4th or 5th spot. Available at Trader Joe's (at least in Charlotte).

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Photo of jdelano
3.79/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of breakingbland
3.79/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours as a dark brown with red highlights. The scant head dissipates quickly. The deep flavor is mainly roasty with only slight sweetness. There is a slight cheery sweetness upfront (but this disappeared as the beer warmed). The aftertaste is astringent. The body and carbonation are appropriate for the style. Overall, this is on ok/pretty good beer. The astringency is a slight negative.

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Photo of Rowsdower
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of JJOVa
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of mpenske
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bryan12345
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of aklude
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Haybeerman
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep mahogany color; reddish highlights. Poured a 1 finger tan head that dissipated to ring on the inside edge of the glass. Laced in wide rings.

S: Coffee, chocolate covered cherries and toffee. An earthy/peat aroma underneath it all.

T: Big toasted malts; bitter coffee and burnt toffee most prominent. A little dark fruit character persists in the finish. Very rich and flavorful malt character; comes together well.

M: Light side of medium body. Moderate carbonation. Starts smooth, but enough carbonation to be a bit active on the palate.

O: Wholesome toasted malt character. Seemed more active on the palate than many porters.

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Photo of ThePole
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of DuffDaddy
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

From a mixed six at Trader Joe's in Tallahassee.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GatorCoop
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of beveritt
3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label depicts a suspended barrel, surrounded by grains and hops. Seems to be a typical label for this brewer, as the other bottle from them I picked up has a similar one. Notched date say best enjoyed by July 2009.

Appearance: Pours with so much head, that I don't even get half the bottle poured on the first try. After finally managing to get this thing in a glass, the head settles to a very uneven 1 finger of tan. Uneven,mainly because I poured through the existing head in several spots. The beer itself is a very dark brown; Opaque and nearly black. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Roasted barley with hints of lactose sweetness.

Taste: Roasted barley, with sweet chocolate in the finish. Slight husky astringency in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level while drinking, despite the massive head. Body is very good.

Drinkability: The low number of reviews on BA for this beer are interesting, because it seems fairly readily available. Despite the difficult pour, this was an enjoyable beer overall.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.72/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle says best by July 2012. Picked up for a buck at Trader Joe's.

Pours a dark brown, almost black but coffee-colored and clear at the edges. One finger of light tan head, fades fast, little lacing.

Smells rather sweet with minimal roasted character. I'd say this is more like an English porter than an American. Nutty malts, some light coffee notes. Smells pretty good.

Taste is similar to the smell. Dominated by medium-dark, fairly sweet malts. Some strong nutty flavors, a bit of faded coffee. Finish drifts away into a mild bitterness. Again, has that soft, slightly sweet character of an English porter, without the strong roasted flavors most American porters have.

Mouthfeel: medium-bodied, with average carbonation. Smooth and pleasant. Not remarkable for being particularly good or bad.

I think this is a pretty tasty beer, even if it doesn't fit most people's expectations. And for $1 a bottle, it's pretty tough to beat. One of the better of the Trader Joe's bargain beers I've had.

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Photo of Klister
3.71/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of constantine_272
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark chocolate black with a tan foam. Large bubbles with medium to low retention. Some sticky lacing. Smells of dried twigs grass coffee chocolate and a touch of graphite. Taste is similar to the smell but on the more bitter side. The chocolate goes bittersweet and coffee notes become more prominent along with a dark charred toffee. The beer leaves a grassy aftertaste. Also there is a fair amount of herbal dryness. Overall, a nice easy porter. Nothing special but not bad for an everyday kind of beer.

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Kennebunkport Porter from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
Beer rating: 3.25 out of 5 with 257 ratings