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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 by mjw06:
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4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick rich light tan head, almost black in color, little to no lacing despite the generous size of the head.

The nose was a smoky chicory. Roasted, but blackened, with sweet and slightly salty caramel.

Taste packs a lot of burnt notes which I am fan of. Burnt caramel and toffee with some burnt white toast. Smokiness is laced all throughout these notes and is especially present in the residual taste. Smoky residual is a tad sour with a pleasant astringent taste and feel.

This a great porter. Def will go down as one of my favorites. I'm particularly a fan of the smokiness and that lack of dependency on notes of caramel and chocolate like many porters and stout. The cooked notes were just enough and delivered the burntness that I can appreciate. Sweetness, but not too much, which was key. Job well done from Blackstone.

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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 tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of tfratzke
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from a friend from TN. Appearance almost resembles a cola. Not as dark as other porters. Slight tan head on pour and disapates quickly. Little to no lacing. Aroma is some slight coffee, smoky chocolate. Taste is chocolate and coffee and some light hops. Very smooth good mouthful. Easy drinking nice porter.

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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 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 Zonian1
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of jmponder
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of LXIXME
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a big light brown head that dies into a long lasting full lacing above a what i think is a clear dark brown with a red tinted colored beer.

Dark fruits (Apricots maybe Prunes) with Hershey's special dark chocolate and light coffee hints on a dark roasted malts aroma.

A dark dry roasted taste with a light smooth dark chocolate taste that brings with it very light coffee hints.

A dry aftertaste with a lot of dark chocolate hanging around on this medium bodied beer.

This is a very solid porter, I really wish I lived within the distribution range of Blackstone.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of javlin624
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of drinking12many
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 avisong
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Gonzoillini
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmccraney
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of bmoraymond
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of ImperatorScab
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown cola colored body with good carbonation and decent tan head.

Smell is roast, chocolate, and coffee.

Chocolate and coffee flavors are followed up by blackstrap molasses.

A little thin in the body, but good carbonation.

This was a solid porter, and very drinkable.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Jordanmtate
2.06/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Not really a porter at all.

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Photo of Cincy_Joe
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of pfaucett
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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St. Charles Porter from Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery
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