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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 11-03-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
244
Avg:
3.27
pDev:
26.91%
 
 
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Reviews: 91 | Ratings: 244
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 chinchill
3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
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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Photo of TheMarkE
3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Thick and dark like a good cup of coffee. Moderate foam and lacing.

Smell: Watery roasted malts, mainly coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Watery roasted malts. Coffee and chocolate, caramel, and hints of dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: Watery and thin, but fairly smooth. A decent roasted malt aftertaste that disappears quickly.

The Verdict: Average. There are much better porters out there, but there’s nothing to really complain about.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
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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Photo of Brad007
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
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 chadlebald
3.62/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 6 at Trader Joe's. It's 'winter' even here in LA. So it seemed to make sense. I actually find this one to taste pretty good even though many of the reviews are spot on with regard to the very prevalent nose & taste of cocoa and hazelnut. (it should be noted that my daily coffee drink at Peet's--which is way better than Starbucks, btw--is iced mocha so this is kind of like a nighttime version of that)

I also smell a bit of 'ash' in it, which I could definitely do without.

Far from my favorite porter--Stone Smoked Porter--but I'd buy it again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.62/5  rDev +10.7%
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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Photo of barczar
3.62/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep brown with amber highlights and a half inch tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving thick lacing.

Acrid roast character, dark fruit, coffee, malt, and chocolate form the aroma.

Acrid roast malt and coffee dominate the flavor, which finishes a touch bitter. Dark cherries and chocolate add complexity. There's a nutty toffee note.

Body is fairly watery with carbonation on the low side and an astringent finish.

Not a bad brew, but the acrid character is offputting. A touch on the bitter/charred side.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
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 zeledonia
3.72/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle says best by July 2012. Picked up for a buck at Trader Joe's.

Pours a dark brown, almost black but coffee-colored and clear at the edges. One finger of light tan head, fades fast, little lacing.

Smells rather sweet with minimal roasted character. I'd say this is more like an English porter than an American. Nutty malts, some light coffee notes. Smells pretty good.

Taste is similar to the smell. Dominated by medium-dark, fairly sweet malts. Some strong nutty flavors, a bit of faded coffee. Finish drifts away into a mild bitterness. Again, has that soft, slightly sweet character of an English porter, without the strong roasted flavors most American porters have.

Mouthfeel: medium-bodied, with average carbonation. Smooth and pleasant. Not remarkable for being particularly good or bad.

I think this is a pretty tasty beer, even if it doesn't fit most people's expectations. And for $1 a bottle, it's pretty tough to beat. One of the better of the Trader Joe's bargain beers I've had.

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Kennebunkport Porter from Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub
3.27 out of 5 based on 244 ratings.
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