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

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Added by Bierman9 on 11-03-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
254
Reviews:
93
Avg:
3.28
pDev:
16.16%
 
 
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0
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Ratings: 254 |  Reviews: 93
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 10/2012.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown-black with a 1/2 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A nice latticework of lace forms around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, coffee beans, and some slight cocoa. Taste is of dark roasted malt, burnt coffee, and some metallic flavors. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is actually a pretty good porter and definitely the best of the 3 Kennebunkport beers I picked up recently.

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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

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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3.62/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured out an opaque, black color with a small, thin, off-white head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, molasses and some floral notes.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel malt, coffee beans and it had a nice bitter hop kick.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty good porter. It surprised me with how good it tasted because the appearance and aroma were not spectacular.

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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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2/5  rDev -39%

Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 dated 12 oz bottle from Trader Joe's served in a pint glass. (see update below)

Pours a very dark mahogany; clear with a smallish but lasting tan head.

The aroma is mainly of dark malts; slightly smokey and peppery with a hint of dark fruits.

Taste: Complex and rich. Also slightly smokey and peppery, particularly in the finish; a nice bit of dark chocolate mid-palate. Some sprucy hops on the finish.
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M: smooth with a bit of crispness; good carbonation level.

O: not a typical porter, but I found it to be quite enjoyable, and a bargain at TJ prices. Changes flavor upon warming but tasty throughout.

(revised with BB 2014 bottle in Nov. 2013. Definitely not retired, label reads KBC Porter, and ABV = 5.6% -- different {and less enjoyable} beer?)

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3.49/5  rDev +6.4%
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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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 nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of smcolw
2.36/5  rDev -28%
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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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of imbibehour
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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3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
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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3.14/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Colored like brown with an orange brown hue. The head is over an inch thick, is not quite soapy not quite creamy, and looks to be retenting well. Lots of lacing around the glass increases the appearance socre. The nose is....mostly astringent molasses, some brown sugar, and a little toasted marshmallow. It's alright, but this is Kennebunkport. Time to brace myself....

No grimaces here. True, it's not going to be a world beater, but this tastes decent and lacks any serious off-puttng flavors. There is a hint of coffee, a little marshmallow, chalkiess, a little bit of esters. Its body is a lighter medium, and the carbonation level is a little lighter, but still at an acceptable level

I feared for worse. Kennebunkport gets a moral victory just for that.

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3.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of November 2014. Sampled on March 11, 2014.

The pour is dark amber brown with a modest tan head that leaves lacing. Also some reddish hues if held to the light just right.

The aroma is of dark malts, butter, olive oil, slight chocolate, and a vague earthy hop note.

The body is light to medium and about right for the style.

The taste has a quick burst of sweet malts which are followed nearly immediately by a modest hop bite the ends on the dry side. Not an extraordinary Porter but one that I found to be drinkable.

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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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Kennebunkport Porter from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
3.28 out of 5 based on 254 ratings.
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