Kennebunkport Porter | Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

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Kennebunkport PorterKennebunkport Porter

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 90 | Ratings: 239
Photo of cnjohn19
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Trader Joe's in Chapel Hill...

Pours thin with a little head, but is jet black...looks pretty good

You get a sweet, roasted nose...nothing too impressive though and pretty typical of a porter...

Tastes dark, slightly sweet, with a hint of chocolate and roasted malts...mouthfeel though is excellent with a rich finish and outstanding aftertaste...

Definitely a good--not great--beer...the price point though may get me to buy another (roughly $5.99/six)..that's hard to beat for a good porter...

(drink while listening to Beach House...any song)

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.54/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong aroma is smoky and slightly sweet, with licorice, molasses and horehound notes. It pours a dark, semi-transparent mahogany with a very thick, fine-bubbled, cream-tan head. Flavor has smoky, malty, molasses and caramel notes, not quite mouth-filling but still pleasing. Smooth texture has average body and minimal fizz.

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Photo of biggred1
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, almost black with a slight head that fades quickly. Almost no lacing. Smells like roasted malts and vanilla. Tastes of coffee and vanilla, finishes with a coffee/tea like bitterness. Light bodied with smooth carbonation, easy drinking. Decent gateway porter.

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Photo of Chip_and_ales_1
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Porters are not a common style in NH grocery stores and shops that don't specialize in craft beers, so when I found the KBC porter in Trader Joe's, I decided to try it. My impression was that it had hints of root beer and cola, but with coffee overtones, not too hoppy. The soda analogy makes it sound sweet, but don't take tat too far -- it wasn't sweet at all. Instead it was refreshing. (RedHook once made an experimental porter that was even more cola-like, but that's another review for another day. ) The beer is a clear dark brown that poured with a foamy head and some clumps of foam on the side of the glass. The aroma was herbal (root beer and cola again). The beer was a little watery, but it still worked for me. With 5.9% ABV, it's not qujite a session beer, but you could drink a few of these without being overwhelmed. The aftertaste was herbal, followed by coffee and slight cocoa. I'll drink some different porters next, but I'd come back to this one on a summer day.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - chestnut brown color with a beige head that thinned out but still left trails of lacing.

S - caramel, toffee and some roasted malt aromas.

T - sweet caramel taste upfront is met with some espresso coffee bitterness before becoming sweet again on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.

O - decent tasting and somewhat sessionable.

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Photo of oberon
3.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A freind gave me this over the weekend here in the triad,I have been to Federal Jacks a few times.Pours a deep color with a half finger light beige head atop.Aromas are sweet with molasses and brown sugar notes,some roast underneath.Sweet on the palate with the molasses flavors being predominant,some dark roast and mild earthiness to cut off the sweetness just enough in the finish.Not bad but the sweetness and fizzy feel detracts from it.

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Photo of EyeOfBuck
3.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a light head that quickly disparate to a ring around the chilled mug.
Smell is almost non-existent. Very drinkable porter with enough carbonation to tingle the whole tongue and and a bitterness that sustains the full depth of the swallow. The KBC porter mouth feel is easy to drink after day at work without an overwhelming alcohol content making a relaxing sensation that is very satisfying but not overwhelming. Overall, for the price purchased at Trader Joes make it a value for those who want a dark beer to relax to after a hard day at work. Although not a stellar porter is very easy to enjoy without the heavy alcohol content and sweetness that are found in others of this style.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a very dark brown with reddish tones. Two finger light brown head with decent retention and pillowy lacing. Aroma of dark roasted malt, chocolate and a faint soapy element. Flavor of light toasted malt with light coffee and chocolate finishing with a subdued chocolate and toasted malt aftertaste. Light to medium bodied, thin for a porter. Thin and lightly flavored, pleasant but forgetable. Fulfills its mission as a cheap, drinkable porter.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kennebunk Porter
12 oz brown bottle - best before Sep 08
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a dark brown/boderline black with a nice head on top. Decent trails of sticky lacings.

Buttery aroma with hints of chocolate.

Flavors of dark fruit and milk chocolate. The backbone is a tad weak and seltzery. A bitter coffee snap awaits on the finish. Major butter & cotton candy flavors are evident. It's that classic Pusley/Portland yeast flare. A fairly enjoyable beer overall and nicely priced at Trader Joe's.

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Photo of droomyster
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with a thumb of tan head with decent retention. Aromas of dark chocolate and maybe a bit of toffee, pretty straightforward. The flavors are good, initially tending toward sweet roastiness and finishing on a pleasantly bitter notes of coffee and cocoa nibs. Medium body seems appropriate for its level of flavor complexity. Overall enjoyable.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz to pint glass.

A: Dark brown, semi-transparent. small brown head with no retention and no lacing.

S: Malty with coffee tones and a small cream smell.

T: Strong alcohol noticeable right away, very surprising for a <5% abv beer. Vanilla and coffee are the other strong flavors here. The coffee gives a semi-bitter finish. Although it's very alcohol forward it's an interesting porter.

Overall this is quite an interesting porter that's alcohol forward with an interesting vanilla flavor. It's easy on the mouth and is highly drinkable.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear dark color porter with a medium size light brown foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light chocolate and roasted malt notes is enjoyable. Taste is a mix of chocolate malt with some roasted malt notes with some light dry finish. Body is light with good carbonation. A bit short on complexity but well drinkable.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a: vaguely translucent black with some burgundy; very minimal ring of off-white head with some spotty foam on the top of the glass

s: light coffee; chocolate malts; vanilla; chocolate milk; nuttiness

t: really strong vanilla; cocoa; lighter coffee flavors; cola and sweet molasses

m: super light and watery w/ too much carb for the style

d: i feel like for the style this is bizarre but has some interesting flavors; worth try but don't come with porter expectations

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Photo of jonB
3.39/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is super dark and completely opaque, but unfortunately produces a thin weak head. The smell is malty sweetness, with some hints of toastiness. The taste is dominated by bread and dark fruit, which doesn't come across as too sweet and finishes with a nice dryness. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy, but this beer lacks something to set it apart.

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Photo of scootny
3.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A towering head of light cocoa hue with scads of lacing and great retention. Smell has a mild sourness with roasted notes like coffee and dark grains. Taste is much the same with coffee and roasted grains front and center. A mild English style fruitiness and earthy hops signature. A bit of sourness and light charcoal tinged burnt caramel sweetness. Finish is dry with lingering notes of burnt sugars and caramel, a long sourness and light biscuit. Feel is mildly carbonated and medium in weight. Quite easy drinking and a nice session ale. At $ 5.59 a six at Trader Joes this is a solid value.

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Photo of illpass78
3.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint.

Appearance: Pours a clear brown with some garnet edges. Almost no head.

Aroma: Pretty faint. Some roasted malt, some tasty oats.

Taste: Kind of a dull porter. Follows the nose, without much in the way of big flavors. Gets a little more interesting as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Thin. Too watery for a porter.

Overall: Forgettable. Cheap, but it shows.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Federal Jack's. Supposedly was a cask bier, but I didn't see any hand-engine, and they said it was from a metal keg and not a wooden cask. On the plus-side, it did have a nice, dark brown color, with some ruby hints. The head was quite small and creamy, but left minimal lacing. Nose had a bit of malt, when you could find any nose to whiff. The bier itself was smooth, but quite thin. Much too thin for a porter, especially if it's supposed to be "cask". I found some mild malt peeking through, but nothing in the way of any roastiness. And it had a huge, buttery ringwood flavor to it. Served much too cold, this one could use some tweaking.

overall: 3.45
appearance: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of DrJay
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark, nearly opaque with just a hint of mahogany. A short tan cap formed during the pour, fair head retention, some lacing. Dry malt aroma, roasty with caramel sweetness, milk chocolate. Medium bodied with medium plus carbonation, dry but not really astringent, feels creamy but would be better with lower CO2. Moderate bitterness from the dark grains and hops, roasty with a bit of cocoa, slight cherry fruitiness, cola nut, faint grassiness. Not bad overall, tastes decent.

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Photo of rodney45
3.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark red with a pillow like tan head that leaves a fantastic lacing on the sides of my glass.

S: Roasted barley with crystal malt. Slight smell of dark chocolate and coffee.

T: Chocolate and a dark, sharp, roasted malt character. Secondary notes of esspresso and cocoa. Dry aftertaste.

M: Medium body with medium high carbonation. Slightly bitter.

O: This is a decent porter. Slightly over carbonated for my taste. First beer ive tried from this brewery. I'd recommend it for a buck a bottle.

Note: Picked up at trader joes in the random bottle section.

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.29/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle with a "best enjoyed before" date of July 2014.

A thick, fluffy, light-brown foam head forms over a rich dark brown body.

The aroma consists of floral notes with a heavy, almost meaty backdrop.

On first the sip I tasted strong notes of toasted malts. There were mild hints of fruit, particularly blackberry. It initially seems creamy but ends with a semi-bitter finish.

Bottom Line: As many others have reviewed, this is a very average Porter. This is not a bad beer by any means, however there are many other Porters that I would recommend over this one. If you do not have loyalties to a particular Porter then give Kennebunkport a try, you might like it.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.29/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no date, into pint glass

Look is a dark red-amber, with a small beige head that fades in an instant. Smell is 'red' malts (dry leaves, dust, berries) and some cocoa powder and coffee beans. Taste is roasted coffee, some toffee, cocoa powder, steely malts, with a metallic bitterness. Feel is medium-light with lots of carbonation and a slight stringency.

Good for the price, but nothing too special flavor-wise.

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Photo of Zorro
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown colored beer with a small khaki colored head.

Smell is malty with some smoke and char aromas. There is a little bit of caramel and chocolate in this.

Starts out bittersweet in the mouth with a smoky aftertaste. The roasted malt takes over and this quickly becomes a patent malt dominated beer. Not too bad but quickly becomes mostly bitters and smoke flavored.

Mouthfeel is average at best.

Overall OK for the cheap beer that it is. $6 a six-pack at Trader Joe's is decent at that price.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a glass. No date, so how am I supposed to know if it's fresh? Dark brown beer, some translucence - like dark cola. Tan head. Nose also a bit like a dry cola. Taste is fairly weak, somewhat watery up front, then some thin caramel and perhaps other malts emerge. Mouthfeel a little sudsy before fading. Mild hops taste & aftertaste, but also a little metallic thing going on. Like some others who've reviewed this, I picked this up at a Trader Joe's (in Virginia).

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Photo of KYGunner
3.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The nose is quite remarkable albeit it inappropriate at times. Chocolate syrup, molasses, maple, dry barley, plums and soy sauce. The flavor has a very dry chocolate malt, burnt coffee, charred embers, barley grain and a strange sweetness I can't identify. Not bad for the price but not great as well.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
3.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A nice dark pour with a finger of short lasting, light tan head that leaves a little lacing behind. Nice roasty aroma with no complexity. Same with the taste: lots of roastiness but little else. Where it really fails is the texture. Light body, little carbonation and negligible alcohol warmth. The second bottle will go in a stew.

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Kennebunkport Porter from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
3.27 out of 5 based on 239 ratings.
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