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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Photo of clager
2.69/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Chip_and_ales_1
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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 +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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Photo of NeilSilber1
3.87/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of illpass78
3.36/5  rDev +3.4%
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 Joe_recker
3.87/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Rcaisse
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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 user785335
3.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mnredsoxfan69
3.24/5  rDev -0.3%
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 +35.4%
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 +25.2%
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 DuckDodgers
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GarbageMan10
2.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of hopphead31415
3.94/5  rDev +21.2%
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 +24.3%
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 Ryanm1
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of AGuyWhoBrokeBad
3.41/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cavanaghty
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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