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Kennebunkport Porter | Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub

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BEER INFO

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

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Added by Bierman9 on 11-03-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,718
Reviews:
95
Ratings:
257
pDev:
16.31%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 257 |  Reviews: 95
Photo of aleckpa
1/5  rDev -69.2%

Photo of Filabee
1/5  rDev -69.2%

Photo of Kerrie
1/5  rDev -69.2%

Photo of Boyz5725
1.75/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

This beer was sold as a Porter, my evaluation is based on that.

Appearance - Brown in color with a thick well formed head

Smell - Grass and hops

Taste - Overly hoppy lightly sweet taste

Mouthfeel - Thin and watery, no substance

Overall - The pour got my attention, from there everything went down hill. It was to thin and watery with almost no Mouthfeel.

It doesn't meet my idea of what a good Porter should be.

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Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -38.5%

Photo of Big_Dave
2/5  rDev -38.5%

Photo of ricecracker420
2/5  rDev -38.5%

Photo of acarabine
2.04/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Really bitter. I was not impressed with this beer.

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Photo of forum8417
2.12/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Watery feel just a weak beer overall

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.2/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Kennebunkport Porter has a thin, cream-colored head, no lacing left behind, and a dark brown (ruby, under direct light) appearance. The aroma is of turned or spoiled raw spinach and dark grain, and after the beer warms a bit, one gets sweet syrup and acidic hops. Taste is of dark grain, turned fruit or vegetable matter, acidity, some chocolate powder, and a background stinging bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat powdery, and KBC Porter finishes semi-dry, and it does improve in flavor after it settles down and warms. But, make sure you let it warm and settle down!

RJT

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Photo of Brunite
2.23/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Dark, dark, ruby red. A slight tan head.

S - Used coffee grounds, smoked malt, burnt notes.

T - Mostly a bitter, dry. tart taste, Bland and lifeless,

M - Light body...dry.

D - Not very good. Will not finish as I have better stuff on hand in the fridge for tonight.

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Photo of SpongeKA
2.25/5  rDev -30.8%

Photo of atrocity
2.25/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Mineo
2.32/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Roasted medicinal nonsense; sticky-sweet body and an oddly charred dark fruit-like medicinal quality linger in a very unsavory way. Not a fan of this one at all.

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Photo of smcolw
2.36/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Nearly black in color, slight light penetration. The head is moderate but lasts. Ring lace on the glass side.

The smell is entirely like powdered cocoa. This is a bit distracting and a little overwhelming.

It's like someone added baker's chocolate to this beer, too much so! This also has a hazelnut/Frangelica flavor to the taste. There is some redeeming hop bitterness that shows up on the swallow, but even the aftertaste is predominately cocoa. The mouthfeel is decent but not redeemable enough to save this one.

I can only think that actual powdered chocolate was used in this batch. If you don't like beer, maybe you'll like this one.

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Photo of edward_boumil
2.4/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

There's just something off about this beer.
Looks somewhat normal, light head but color and body looks fine. However it smells very sweet for a porter, with little to no roasted qualities. It drinks, once again, very very sweet, but in an off way. I can't really put my finger on it but something is off in the finish, there's a weird flavor to this one, like raw malt that went bad and fermented in your cupboard kind of off.
It also finishes dry, but not in a good way. Like a straight over hopped astrigent way, like somebody added chalk to it. No balance at all in this beer.

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Photo of bwan15
2.42/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Deep, dark brown with a fluffy if not fleeting tan head. Carbonation rising gently and consistently from the depths.

Smell: Toffee, coffee, and choffee (look it up)...yum!

Taste: A rather acrid, sawdusty flavor is at the forefront, followed something that is reminiscent of the cold bottom of yesterday's pot of burnt coffee. A weak note of stale hops leaves a bland, bitter taste on the tongue. Blegh.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat well-proportioned, on the lighter side of medium bodied. Not a big fan of the extremely astringent mouthfeel, especially since the fllavor doesn't back it up.

Overall: Man, the taste just ruined it for me. A pretty decent nose followed by a very disappointing taste. Kind of like getting to hook up with a cute girl and finding out she's got halitosis. Won't be buying this again.

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Photo of magictacosinus
2.43/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass. This review is from February, when I picked it up at Trader Joe's. Incidentally, I've never seen beers from this brewery anywhere else, but I have bought their pumpkin ales for Halloween parties when they come around in October.

Produces a darkened, reddish color with a good head. Carbonation is actually visible at the edge of the glass, and overall, looks like a decent porter already.

There are, not surprsingly, big coffee aromas, a weirdly a slight burntness to it. Not in a good way either. It's less "smoky" and more that someone legit burnt the malts within a fireplace. Chocolate and vanilla beans sort of linger, but holy hell is that burntness overwhelming. Otherwise, with the malts and hops not throwing each other off, it's balanced enough.

However, there is way too much carbonation upon the first sips and also quickly turns into a a front assault of burnt roasted malts that do not have an appealing flavor to me. I can hardly get through any potential coffee flavors with this burntness, and hardly any hops are present as a result. I actually find myself thinking that this is pure coffee grounds rather than a porter, making this very unpleasant to drink. Drainpour.

I've known this brewery to make better quality products so this may be from a bad batch. But with other great porters out there, I'm too afraid to try this again any time soon.

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Photo of wagenvolks
2.47/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. single from Trader Joe's - Cary, NC.
Best by December '08 - into a 3 philosopher's chalice.

Sometimes these Trader Joe's beers surprise me...but often it's a letdown. The Kennebunkport Porter pours a dark, seal brown body that's close to opaque. A fizzy, ephemeral tan head recedes to a splotchy-thin patch of khaki bubbles and a ring around the edge. The aroma is pleasant: sweet caramel malts, roasted grains, chocolate powder, coffee, and a touch of vanilla.

Sadly, the aroma is where this ride ends. The flavor is an unbalanced, chalky, overly-carbonated blend of semi-acrid coffee and caramel with a hint of heavy metals (the ionic variety, not music) and wet newspaper. Mouthfeel isn't much better: too fizzy with a light body, and leaves an unpleasant aftertaste that's too metallic to be bitter. This is my first drain pour in quite some time. My stomach feels weird after a third of this one.

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Photo of Hopstout
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of mwar
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of sifu
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of RavyneChyylde
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of Overlord
2.58/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Well this wasn't awful like the other kennebunkport brews I tried recently, but it's not that great either. At 5.99 a sixer it unfortunately just isn't good enough to make it into my "bargin bin" rotation of session brews.

Pours a near black dark brown with a strange khaki head that almost looks like it has red in it. Smells of roasted malt and a whiff of coffee and chocolate (just a whiff, mind you). The big foam head is a bit offputting.

The taste is decent. Some coffee, some roasted malt that may be just a bit too acrid/charcoally, and a bit of chocolate to add sweetness. It's a thin mouth-feelin' beer, and the acrid aftertaste is offputting about halfway through, but all in all, it seems like the best these guys offer (which isn't saying much).

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