Perseus Porter
Elysian Brewing Company

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American Porter
Ranked #448
Ranked #19,009
3.86 | pDev: 9.07%
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
Very Good
Perseus PorterPerseus Porter
Notes: Smooth and Roasty

Tasting Notes: Pours espresso brown with coffee ice cream-colored head. Gives off a strong coffee nose and tastes slightly smoky and malty with a dry-roasted coffee aftertaste.
Malts: Pale, C77, Munich, Roasted Barley, and Chocolate.
Hops: Bittered with Centennial, finished with German Northern Brewer.
Body: Robust.
IBU: 47
Reviews: 120 | Ratings: 185 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of DoubleJ
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Elysian Fields, on to the beer:

An inch of head sits atop this dark brown/nearly black ale. With a roasty aroma with smoke, molasses, and bittersweet notes, I was salivating to taste the beer. Success! Perseus Porter tastes of roasted coffee, sprinkled with a little fruitiness, smoke, and a medium sized body. This is just another quality porter coming out of the Washington state.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Seeing just a ton of Elysian beer in the market since the acquisition. This was on tap at falling rock, the first I've heard of its existence. Nicely done example of the style, but lacking the distinguishing element so many of their beers have. Dark roast coffee and milk chocolate flavors are prevalent throughout, with the earthy coffee lasting through the finish. A hint of smoke to this one too, I think it's a real nice touch. Makes it more interesting. The coffee thing is like instant espresso, cheap but kind of good too, not too desserty either. Not quite enough body for what I like in the style, but a more drinkable version perhaps. Some sturdy bitterness on the finish, and great carbonation to drive it home. A pleasant if forgettable drinking experience. Curious to see what else these guys have coming around

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Photo of heygeebee
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From Notes

Black n tan on pour, and the smell is of, erm, nothing. I repeat nothing, but gets even more weird as the taste is immediately smoky, cigar box, choc, and light roast. Quite lightweight taste really, almost too lightweight for 'real beer' quote unquote and I suspect very sessionable. One of the least, if not the least balanced beer I have ever had in terms of small and taste.

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Photo of katan
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint

A - Pours a dark brown with amber highlights. Light head, almost non-existant. Mocha colored.

S - A nice bittersweet chocolate nose. Some yeast in the background. Not much for hops.

T - Starts off smooth, velvety and with a nice layer of chocolate. Mid-stream gets some nuttiness flavors. Some bitterness in the finish, and just a hint of some astringency. On the sweeter side but not bad.

M - Moderate body and light carbonation. Comes off a bit thin. A little bit clingy in the after taste, but not sticky.

O/D - A nice and easy drinking porter. A great session porter I would think . Nice finisher beer.

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Photo of corby112
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft at the brewpub in Seattle.

Pours a very dark brown color that's completely opaque with a two finger light beige head that very slowly fades into a thick lasting ring.  Streaks and spots of lace left behind.

Slightly smokey, deeply roasted dark malt aroma with hints of sweeter malts for balance.  Coffee bean, dark chocolate, coffee bean, smoked meats and oatmeal countered by sweeter chocolate, toffee and caramel.  I'm picking up some faint earthy hops as well.

Lighter bodied than expected with a slightly smokey flavor.  Decent roasted malt presence with dark chocolate and coffee bean along with toffee and oatmeal.   Sweet and robust notes balancing each other out with some earthy piny hops toward the finish.  Pretty tasty but a bit light for my preference.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Elysian Fields near the stadiums in Seattle. Poured a nearly pitch black with small mocha head. Aroma of big chocolate and espresso. Very nice. Flavor follows perfectly with a little additional sweetness, some light roast, and lots of big mocha flavor. Large medium mouthfeel, light to medium carbonation. Overall I really liked this one.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Elysian Brewing
Perseus Porter

Pours a chocolate brown with an off white mocha tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and bakers chocolate. In the taste, rich malty flavors of chocolate, coffee and a hint of smoke. Real nice nutty malt character, with an ever present cocoa note. Medium to full bodied feel, creamy, well carbonated, very smooth and drinkable. Overall, a solid porter. Tasty.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a light roast and a sweet note of coffee. In the taste, a light, sweet roast of coffee. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry coffee roast in the aftertaste. A nice roast for a thinner porter.

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Photo of weerezboy
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark almost black, nice tight head on top

Smell: Has a nice nutty aroma followed by the smell of smoky malt, a nice balance of nuts and smoke.

Taste: Tastes as it smells, Smoky nutiness with a nice hop bitterness along with it, great balance of the flavors.

Mouth: Medium body great on the flavor, and slightly dry ending.

Overall: One of the first Porters I ever tried, and still one of my favorites, when I can get ahold of it. great balanced porter.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a very dark black with an awesome dark brown head with thin and creamy light lacing, almost nitro looking.

Taste is amazing! I just keep getting blown away, smokey, earthy, mellow and super well balanced there's almost a bacon note in here. Mou hfeel is very rich and creamy. Delicious!

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a still quiet dark coffee brownish black with just lacing. Minimal head.

Aroma of cocoa, chocolate roasted malt, espresso and a decent brown malt backbone.

Flavors are predominantly espresso roast and chocolate malts , a little sweetness and nice and smooth. The sweetness is evident and this is easy to drink. Medium body and a light carbonation.

Overall pretty well made and much higher in flavor for the 5.39% that this is listed at on this site.

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Photo of beertunes
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a very deep brown, with just a faint reddish tint, and had about an inch of light brown head that decent retention and good lacing.

The aroma was fairly typical in its maltiness, although not as roasty as a lot of other Porters. On the tongue nothing really noticeable jumped out, but neither was there anything lacking. Just good, solid, rich malt and a light tickle of hops.

The body was too thin for the style, IMHO, but still coated the tongue nicely. Drinkability was very good, if you're in a Porter mood, these will go down easily all day. Overall, a nice, solid, although unspectacular, brew. Worth trying.

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Photo of BeardedRiker
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmm...$2 special with a 20% employee discount...BOUGHT!!! This was my first Elysian beer to try and the cheap price made it all the easier to acquire it.

I poured it into my tall Midnight Sun Brewing Co glass and watched its dark chocolate color fill it up with the head being frothy and toffee colored. The beer was more of a regular chocolate color around the edges when I put it up to a light.

It smelled malty sweet and of cocoa.

Upon first taste there is a malty sweetness and smoothness. Later on roasted coffee and cocoa flavors land on the tongue but I thought it was lacking in overall full-bodied flavor. It was wanting in the middle.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is bitter roasted malt, chocolate and some earthy hops.

The flavor is roasted malt, chocolate and a little bit of coffee. There is a fair amount of bitterness from the roasted malt. The roasted malt is more dominant than the chocolate or coffee.

Creamy, medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Docer
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally got around to snagging up a bottle at Wholefoods.

- Solid rich brownie-black in color.. two fingers of light mocha head... down to a fine 1/8 inch pillow which sticks around.

- Light sweet mocha, oats.. grain, coffee... touch of cocoa... light grassy bitterness.

- Oats, creamy grain, slightly tanic though... sweet and earthy hops.. coffee...

- medium bodied.. creamy... slightly drying..

- Overall a very decent porter. Slight off flavor to it though.. seems to be happening a lot lately to me with porters.. perhaps they sat on a lit shelf too long.

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Photo of philbertk
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perseus Porter 2000 22 oz. Bottle. 5.60% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Clear deep black color. Hints of red in pour. Wonderful rich roasted earthy floral hop front. Creamy body with light sweet chocolate latte flavor. Tangy hop finish with lingering chalkiness. Smooth balanced Porter. Sampled 12/20/2000.

2004 22 oz. 1999 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner Sticker Bottle. 5.31% ABV--30 IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) Foamy light espresso lacy head. Opaque dark black color. No sediment. Roasted mild cocoa hop front. Cloying roasted earthy chewy doughy toffee espresso black cherry fruit body. Mild hop end. Rich. Sampled 8/29/2004.

2004-B Perseus & Medusa The Gorgon Graphic 22 oz. Bottle. 5.40% ABV--35 IBU's.? (4.75 / 5.0) Rich tan lacy espresso head. Light BC sediment. Clear opaque black red color. Roasted floral hop front. Silky smooth rich crusty creamy dry sweet bisquit cocoa body. Clean hop end with fruit hint. Wow! Nice! Sampled 1/3/2004.

2008 ELYSIAN 22 oz. Bottle. 5.40% ABV--25 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Rich dense lacy light espresso head. Opaque dark ruby red brown color. Thick pour. No sediment. Mellow raosted hop mild chocolate front. Creamy mild crusty cloying roasted biscuit toffee chocolate fruit hint full body. Smoke hint mild hop refreshing smooth end. Sampled 6/26/2008. 4 @ $3.50 Each.

Elysian Brewing Company, Inc.--Perseus Porter--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 5.40% ABV. 25 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Light lace tan coffee head. Opaque clear dark ruby black color. Aromatic toasted roasted mild chocolate hop espresso front. Creamy mild sweet crusty robust roasted dark malt mocha coffee smooth body. Clean crisp mild hop refreshing Porter end. Well Made. Sampled 8/29/2010. 2 @ $3.99 Each.

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Photo of Briken
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark hazy amber with thin light brown head with poor retention and good lacing. Light chocolate and a hint of roasted malts. Nice balance in taste between the chocolate and roasted malts with the balance tipping slightly toward the roasted malts in bitterness as the drinking progresses. The chocolate returns in the form of sweetness as the beer warms. A nice thin yet creamy mouthfeel.

This is a simple yet very drinkable porter. It has a great feel you don't usually get in a porter and is balanced well enough to make it an easy drinker.

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Photo of GarrettMD
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black , some light comes through but not much. Half a finger frothy head that doesn't stay around. Medium lacing.

S - Very fruity hoppy aroma with a good undertone of chocolate. Slight malt scent as well.

T - Very chocolate taste, the hops recede from the scent but are still there. Nice caramel undertone.

M - Very light body with good carbonation. Finish is bitter hops that meld well.

D - Very good drinkability, the light body makes this very easy to drink a few of. I can see this as being a very good porter to drink in the summer months.

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Photo of WJVII
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at their brewery in Seattle on Pike St. Was a nice dark chocolate brown color with a 1 finger light brown head. The aroma was of deep malts, some slight burnt caramel, and a faint bitter floral note. The taste was a little thin and mild. I prefer a bolder coffee or chocolate taste that was lacking. It was a little sweet and had nice balance. Good carbonation helped the flavors pop. Was a decent brew, and the brewery was worth the trip on foot from the market. Check out my beerfly review for more.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a snifter.

A - Dark brown with a significant amount of bubbly head.

S - Chocolate and roasted malts. Some sweetness.

T - Roasted malts with a hint of chocolate and caramel. a very nice well-balanced palate.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D - This was a very nice porter. I could drink this over and over and will definitely buy it again.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown color with a nice brown head and good carbonation. Nose is burnt, chared malts and grain, cocoa, light coffee. Taste is roaseted goodness, cocoa, coffee, and booze. Pretty good taste overall. Mouthfeel is booze, charred and tasty. Drinkability is good. Very tasty, easy to drink and a very good porter acorss the board.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.04/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is a very dark brown with an extra thick light brown head that has a hard time going down. Smell of chocolate with a light coffee and smoked note. Taste has an upfront grainy burnt malt flavor that kinda overpowers everything else. Mouthfeel is medium that is highly carbonated that explodes in my mouth after taking a sip. I do like Elysian, But I'm not to fond of this porter of thiers.

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Photo of tjd112
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation - Poured into Sam Smith Nonic

Appearance - Dark and ruby, off-white head with good retention and OK lacing

Smell - Faint chocolate, somewhat smokey

Taste - Strong chocolate

Mouthfeel - Medium body, silky dry feel

Drinkability - One is the most enjoyable

Overall - A solid port

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Photo of BDJake
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark brown with ruby tones when held up to the light, a small tan head that retains pretty well

S- faint chocolatey aroma, not much else

T- I really expected more, it had some chocolate notes and a slight coffee aftertaste, not too impressive but not offensive either

M- good sized body with decent carbonation

D- pretty sessionable, but not spectacular. i wouldn't mind trying it again if the time was right

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Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into pint glass.

Appearance: extremely dark, nearly black, with a very faint ruby tinge when held up to the light. Tan head with nice persistence and lace.

Smell: a very nice, smooth chocolate aroma with just a hint of grain.

Taste: nice chocolate flavor with a little bitter coffee toward the end. There's a little tartness to it which is OK but not my favorite quality here.

Mouthfeel: good body--the heavy side of medium--with a nice level of carbonation.

Drinkability: quite drinkable; this would make a good session porter.

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Perseus Porter from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 185 ratings