St. Charles Porter | Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery

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St. Charles PorterSt. Charles Porter

Brewed by:
Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery
Tennessee, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
OG - 1.056
IBU - 34
Color - 26L
Hops - Centennial, Williamette
Yeast - Ballantine Ale (1056)

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2001

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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 202
Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very dark brown color with a mild aroma of malt and a slight bit of coffee. A dry finish but a mildly sweet initial taste coupled with malt,grain,coffee,and only a hint of hops. I can see this wouldn't work for everybody but I thought it was an excellent take on a porter. Received it in a beer of the month package but would get it again if I could find it

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer is a gift from my brother Brian. Thanks!
The beer pours a dark cocoa brown color with a creamy beige head of 2 cm foaming up after a gentle pour. The foam fades slowly to a very sturdy edge layer and some wispy clouds of surface layering.
The aroma is a good mix of roasted malt and some dark chocolate and a bit of brown sugar mixed in. I dont have any pickup of hops or any alcoholic notes at this point. The nose is on the mild side overall.
The first sip reveals an average body with very fine and tingly carbonation. The beer drinks very easy and does leave a bit of a light coating on my palate after each sip. In general the beer is a little lighter i body than I expected but not watery.
Flavor is what the nose advertised to me with sweet chocolate and heavy roasted notes. I also do get a little coffee and brown sugar here too. Again, no hop presence and the booze on this beer is not an issue.
I find it to be a very drinkable beer with a nice malty profile. It could be a little thicker, but isnt pitched as a robust porter so maybe it is just fine as it is. A nice straightforward malty brew.

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Photo of Dwk
4.86/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer deserves a 5. It is one of my all-time favorites. Several reviewers have given lesser ratings stating that it wasnt true to style, like they expected from the porter, but seemed a little like a brown. Well, the label clearly says "Brown Porter". I love this unique, smooth, easy drinking brew that sits perfectly beteween a brown and a full porter. The best of both styles, in my opinion. Since it isn't quite as heavy as a full porter, it is more amenable to the warmer months and as a session beer. What could be better?

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Photo of jp32
3.01/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown in color with some transparency around the edges of the glass. It looked ridiculously thin coming out of it's bottle.

Aroma is of roasted malts with hints of chocolate.

It's flavor is full of roasted and toasted malts, and maybe a few burnt ones. A coffee-like flavor melds well with it's malt profile.

This beer's body is abnormally thin for a porter, but the roasted flavor is thriving.

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Photo of harrissce
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Honestly, I got this beer on a whim and it was the only porter that I could find at my local market that I hadn't had before. It's super smooth and best alone. It's not too heavy and for a porter not too overwhelming. It does lean a little to the lighter side.

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Photo of jmv0009
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.
L- dark chocolate brown with a smallish head.
S- not a lot of smell from this one. What I did smell was malty bits of chocolate.
T- lots of malty flavor, no bitterness at all. Chocolate, nuts and leather are what jump out. Good collection of tastes.
O- nice Porter, drinkable and lots of flavor. Another good one from Blackstone.

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Photo of stoutmanmcporter
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a pint glass. Nice dark brown color with a mocha colored head that came up just a little short of what I like to see.

S- What little I could smell was a pleasant malty, roasted aroma. Nevertheless, it wasn't as prevalent as I had hoped for.

T- Right on the money. Robust with an excellent balance between bitter and sweet. Finishes with the slightest notes of burnt coffee, and sticks around for a while.

M- Solid once again in this aspect. Not too heavy and not too carbonated. Exactly how a porter should feel.

O- Though it doesn't appear as a priceless artwork in a glass, I happily give this one my stamp of approval. If you like porters, you will not be disappointed. One of Blackstone's best in my opinion.

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Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

One 12 oz bottle from TN with no BB date notched on the label despite the presence of notch-date marks. Revised with another bottle in June 2016 with a BB date of July 2016. Served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours light for style, with a clear red-brown body. The body remains light for style and clear even after I shake the few drops of sediment out of the bottle. There’s a decent head but it soon dies to a partial coat and thin ring. As the color suggests, this has less very dark roasted malts than many porters; nonetheless, both the aroma and flavor feature medium and medium-dark malts. The flavor is faintly bitter overall but the aroma is sweet.

Feel: medium-light body and medium carbonation.

Overall: a gentle, mild, easy drinking porter.

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Photo of Jericho7x
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Look: Very dark amber color. Head was about 2 fingers and remained for quite some time.
Smell: Sweet? Wheat maybe?
Taste: Little Chocolate, malty, no bitterness (IMO)... taste lingers
Feel: Lighter than I expected. Mildly carbonated.
Overall: Not bad. For my first Porter style, I guess I expected it to be thicker and have a fuller more defined taste.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.59/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into mug

A: frothy creamy looking head dark brown almost black but not quite

S: lots of roast and chocolate

T: roasted malts a little chocolate nice rich malty taste

M: medium feel very smooth almost creamy

O: this is fantastic classic porter smooth creamy robust roasty and slightly chocolatey

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not a bad porter, but it reads a lot more like a brown ale to me. it doesnt have any of that real deep roasted, unmalted barley that i can pick up, and the color reflects that. it looks a lot more like a basic brown ale than a porter too, with quite a bit of light passing through it and not much body to speak of. like a lot of beers from tennessee that i discovered, this appears to be brewed for warmer weather consumption, when heavier and more substantial beers would be hard to get through. they all have that scaled back focus, which i can appreciate, but we should call a brown a brown no? it doesnt have the body i like in a porter, and it doesnt have much bitterness to balance the chocolate malt elements either, but i think the flavor profile of this beer is excellent, no matter what its called, it just works. great with spicy food and as the sun sets, i think this was my favorite of the beers i had from these guys, although the strawberry one they do was also very distinct and enjoyable.

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Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clean American yeast with English drinkability. I couldn't tell this apart from a brown ale, especially with the dark chestnut color. There's a Tootsie Roll-like cocoa flavor with mild toast and light-roasted coffee and toffee. Again, super drinkable. Get yourself a six-pack. Only real knock is that the aroma's a bit muted.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Broadway brew house downtown Nashville. Deep brown with a hint of ruby at the edge. Aroma is malty, not much stands out.

Brown sugar and molasses are the dominant flavors with a touch of smoke. Thin bodied but very sweet tasting which makes it feel like less of a malty sweetness and more sugary. Interesting departure from traditional porter flavors (not roasty) but not bad. More like a sweet brown ale.

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Photo of richj1970
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours deep brown with one finger tan head. Some light lacing.

S: Caramel, nuts, and lightly roasted malts.

T: Follows the nose fairly closely. Drinks a lot closer to a brown ale than a porter.

M: Medium body and average carbonation.

O: As a brown ale, this is an enjoyable but average beer. As a porter, it is a disappointment. It needs more roasted flavors, stronger aromas, etc.

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Photo of AlexFields
2.91/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

OK but kindof odd. Dominated by chewy caramel malt flavor without anything to balance. More a brown ale than a porter and not a very good one. One dimensional.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler into a snifter. Thanks for bringing this back from Nashville, Brenda.

A: Dark brown, opaque. A tan half finger head that dissipates fast. Good lacing.

S: Nutty, light coffee, dark chocolate.

T: Follows nose. Sweet, nutty. Caramel malts and dark chocolate mingle well.

M: Light to medium with low carbonation. I really think this was from the transport from Nashville back home. The growler had time to get warm, cold, then warm and cold again. Brenda had it on tap at the brewery and didn't nitice the low carbonation.

O: A decent porter that drinks like a nut brown ale. Or did they put the wrong beer in the growler?

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Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: extremely dark brown with what seems to be a relatively mild haze. Head poured a thin layer of tan foam and didn't stick around too long. Color is quite nice, though.

Smell: lightly chocolatey with a little chocolate and a hint of toasty nuttiness. Not bad, although rather on the mild side.

Taste: chocolatey with lots of toffee character. A bit on the sweet side, but generally a nice porter.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice carbonation and creaminess. Not bad.

Overall: this is a decent porter, although verging on a bit too sweet for my taste (at least when it comes to brown porters).

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Photo of donmonkey1
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, dark brown, one finger whitish tan head, awesome lacing, can't tell on carbonation.

Smell: fruity but not able to identify.

Taste: Indescribable but awesome. A perfect session beer. Worthy of great respect.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, thick, perfect...

Overall: This is a great beer that I can't find much fault with. perhaps it could have a little more malt flavor. but this beer is great.

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Photo of Amish_Ambush
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Four finger high head with aggressive pour. Nice head retention. Dark brown body.

Smell: Strong coffee and burnt malt. Hint of milk chocolate.

Taste: Strong coffee and malt notes. A hint of black liquorice

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin for the style.

Middle of the road stout. Nothing special going on here.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
2.79/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Color is a very dark red to nearly black, with very little lacing. Coffee and cocoa scents are noticeable and pleasant, but on the weak side. The taste is rather average - mild roasted malt flavors, with hints of coffee and cocoa. These flavors just seem muted and weak. The mouthfeel is akin to a flat cola - very thin and lightly carbonated. No body at all. I would not buy this again, nor recommend it.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear dark brown body under an inche of fine tan head. Pretty good retention, light lace. Not bad at all.

S: Toasty malt, chocolate, and some stale coffee. A little spicy. Not bad, but no better than average for the style.

T: Roasty up front, with coffee and char giving way to creamy dark chocolate and a bitter, slightly astringent finish. Enjoyable, but not great.

M :Creamy, frothy medium body. Good.

O: Decent Porter. I enjoyed a couple more from the six-pack, but won't be buying it again.


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Photo of beer2day
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with 2 fingers of chocolate laced head. No lace, bit excellent head retention.

Nose is loads of chocolate with bread malt underneath. Draws me in.

Lighter chocolate in flavor, leaning towards coffee. Nice malt presence as well. Medium bitters in the finish.

Medium body. Not too thick, not too thin.

An easy drinking sweet porter.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A dark brown/light black with a touch of head and no lace left on the glass

S - Burnt oats and maybe old chocolate. Nothing dominant.

T - Taste is much better than expected. Lots of chocolate, slightly sweet, nice malt/hop mix. Well balanced. Tasty! Smooth

M - Medium bodied and light carbonation.

O - A good porter for sure. Not one to go out of your way of, but good none the less

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Photo of FosterJM
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1531st Review on BA
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No bottle date
Thanks to BrandonBrew for this one

App- A really nice dark brown pour with a bit of a reddish tinge. The small head was maybe 1/2" and tan. A few dots of cling. Very dense in the glass but not creamy.

Smell- A pretty straightforward porter. Has a good malt base with a full nose of chocolate, roast, espresso and what I would say is a bit of a caramel/bbq meat aroma.

Taste- Im digging on this. So its not a chocolate porter but more a blend of a rauchbier with a porter. Big malts. A little smoky, a little coffee and some chocolate vs. gone overboard.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium carbonation. A bit prickly with a malt base residual and a bit of roasty/bbq.

Drink- Its a tasty porter. More of a blend vs. what I normally think of a porter. More malts, little sweet with a little campfire smoky graham cracker thing. Not what I seek out. This was an extra and very tasty.

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Photo of Chaney
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Delirium Tremens shaped glass.

A: Poured out a dark, dark brown color, with tons of visible carbonation and about a 2-3 finger mocha head.

S: A touch of roast, vanilla, dark malts, and toasted caramel.

T: I actually got a touch more candy than BBQ roast, but whatever. The char made it's grand appearance on the aftertaste.

M: Probably a mit too much carbonation for my taste and I would have preferred for it to by a bit creamier and/or gooier. The lacing was mild to low.

O: Neither offending nor very pleasing. Passable.

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