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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Reviews: 92 | Ratings: 250
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 smakawhat
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Minimal head creation, barely a finger tall of tan color that does manage to dissolve to a nice top. Thick collar, no lacing, quite almost white in color resting on a fairly clear if very dark walnut brown body.

Very closed nose. Aroma is almost flour and parched dryness, no sense of sweetness, malt, roast, char, anything really. Smells quite clean, maybe even a bit wet and watery. Nothing offensive or offputting though either.

Palate plays it pretty basic and safe. Mid palate has simple porter body if a tiny bit watery. Strangely though its extremely neutral in the middle with virtually nothing going on. Aftertaste and finish seems to be where all the flavor is. Large amounts of bitter char, and a bit of astringency on the bitterness side. Finishes clean with a roast that is very accented by bitterness. Slightly ashen as well.

A pretty neutral tasting porter, but has quite a bit of bitterness to it, but at least doesn't come off as undrinkable.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.27/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Guppy314
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured dark brown with a tan head, which is this beer's best quality. I've rated eight other Porters recently and this is by far the least satisfying. Malty flavor, yes, but also distracting cocoa with a slight metallic aftertastes … a nearly perfectly designed, buzzkill. Sad.

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Photo of Chip_and_ales_1
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
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 constantine_272
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
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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Photo of illpass78
3.36/5  rDev +2.4%
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 edward_boumil
2.4/5  rDev -26.8%
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 Mineo
2.32/5  rDev -29.3%
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 mnredsoxfan69
3.24/5  rDev -1.2%
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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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 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 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 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 steveh
3.81/5  rDev +16.2%
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 Carolvs
3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Trader Joe's has some superb beer offerings but this one is not tops: Lacking in body and complexity but drinkable nonetheless. Unlike many other commentators here, though, my glass did have nice lacing all the way down.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.24/5  rDev -1.2%
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 Phyl21ca
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
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 hophugger
3.22/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Deep, chocolate brown color with average head and decent lacing. Aroma is light, with malt sweetness being the dominant smell. Taste surprised me a bit, was expecting a little bolder flavor, but got a little less. Ok taste with malt being the highlight, and some roastiness also. Seems to be little weak for a porter. Mouthfeel was good, nice carbonation and such. A little weak and watery for a good strong porter.

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Photo of papat444
3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best before 06.09.15.

Cola brown body, 2 finger head (bubbly), average retention with good hanging lacing. Roasted aroma; flavor has a fruit profile to it mixed with coffee which makes it awkard to my taste. Bit of a coal like feel and the body is thin. Overall a less than middle of the road porter.

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Photo of Boyz5725
1.75/5  rDev -46.6%
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 woemad
2.85/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

From notes.
12oz bottle from a 6-pack purchased at the Trader Joe’s on Spokane’s South Hill. According to the label, this was best by October, 2014.

Poured a dark brown color, with a big, creamy and rocky tan head. When held up to light, things took on a dark amber shade.

The aroma was of roasted malts and a surprising amount of grassy, herbal hops.

The taste was what one might expect from a black lager brewed with heavily roasted malts, except for the ale-like finish. There was a bitter, astringent flavor as well. It did not seem much like a porter

Thin, watery mouthfeel for a porter.

I suppose this might work as a porter for people who don’t like porters, yet it’s too bitter for the Newcastle crowd (not sayin’ much, just sayin’). I’m at a loss as to what sort of beer drinker this is meant for.

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Photo of Brad007
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, dark brown like no one's business with a frothy head into my glass. Good lacing on the glass.

Robust with a good dose of cocoa in the nose. Other than that, I can't smell anything else to write about.

Surprisingly tasty. A slight roast compliments the cocoa notes.

My only complaint would be that it seems thin toward the back.

You know, it's easy to lose sight of a good porter when you're primarily chasing the biggest, hoppiest beers around. I would recommend this.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.2/5  rDev -32.9%
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!


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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Brown with an overall very dark but clear body, tinges of amber when held to the light, light brown head, some lacing.

Aroma and taste: I'm getting a buttery note, pretty clearly so. Diacetyl? Well Samuel Smith's beers have diacetyl sometimes, and I still drink them, and I CAN detect it, so that in itself isn't an automatic ding. However, it's somewhat distracting and a bit overpowering in this beer, masking the roasty, coffee, and burnt flavors that are in the background. I almost get just a brief hint of a scent induced memory of some sort of glue from grade school. Well, it was probably non-toxic glue, so that's a plus. But overall there's something taking center stage on the flavor and it's not typically porter.

The body's about right for a porter, medium to medium-light, mild to moderate carbonation, lingering bitterness and roastiness.

I noted a lot of reviews mentioning no sweetness to this beer. I am not getting that, I detect some sugars, almost like there's a touch of lactose in this one. It's certainly there, but how noticeable it is probably depends on your own thresholds for certain flavors.

Well for a buck a bottle, all of the trader joe's beers have been just fine (tho some better than others). This isn't one of the better of the 15 different beers I got from trader joe's, but what the hey, I'm going to finish it, so that's not bad.

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