Perseus Porter
Elysian Brewing Company

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Porter - American
Ranked #441
Ranked #20,446
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: 186 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Todd from California

3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very complex porter with chocolate, light astringent black malts, earth, touch of smoke and a complementary bitterness (Chinook & German Northern Brewer hops).

Extremely drinkable for the amount of complexities going on.

Nov 14, 2001
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Jason from Massachusetts

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

Impressive and a treat to drink, malty with dark fruity undertones. An all around drinkable porter packed with flavour. Dark and a bit heady with a wafting aroma of dark malts and slight hop.

Nov 14, 2001
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Aug 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Aug 31, 2014
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

Sep 01, 2014
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Fly4awhiteguy from Washington

3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

May 15, 2015
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Chris-1911 from Illinois

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

Mar 08, 2016
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Kdouble from Tennessee

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jun 17, 2018
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Sails_Ambassador from Washington

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

Jul 19, 2015
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BEER88 from Washington

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

Mar 31, 2020
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nstygles from Pennsylvania

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

Sep 03, 2016
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1971bernat from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dec 30, 2017
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marc77 from California

3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep brown hue, with flashes of clear crimson when held to light. Thick, creamy, persistent tan head leaves muddled, sparse lace. Dryish, bittersweet cocoa and dark caramel malt with a roasted edge dominates the aroma. Mellow, smoke tinged black patent is secondary. Pleasant, but understated aromawise. Snap of burnt malt initially in flavor yields to a sweet/tart melange of non descript caramel malt derived sweetness and a tart black patent afterbite. Slightly detracting roasted grain tannic astringency emerges mid palate concomitantly with mild hop bitterness, which partially offsets malt sweetness. A bit over attenuated, resulting in a dextrin lacking mouthfeel that approaches watery. Token chocolate malt presence emerges late and struggles to add richness. Finishes clean, dry and unremarkable. A decent, but overly tame porter. More malt backbone and a fuller body may have masked the mild tannic bite. Yawn inducing.

Apr 15, 2003
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beerguy101 from California

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Eclipse black color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is choclately and sweet. A medium bodied Porter. Malts are roasted, chocolate, toffee and smooth. Hops are grapefruity and slightly bitter. The hop bitterness is hidden by the roastyness of the malts, but show up in the lingering aftertaste. Nice balance. Smooth taste. The roastyness of this porter is its strongpoint. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Oct 09, 2003
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Bighuge from Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost black. Very thin brown head. Lacing is sporadic and comes in rings. Mild cocoa and roasted malt tones on the nose. Very faint. Taste is all about the chocolate and dry cocoa powder. Pretty nice overall. Some roasted malt bitterness as well. And some ghostly pacNW hop tones. Mouthfeel is quite agreeable. Body is about medium, medium-full maybe. Decent porter.

Dec 19, 2004
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RonfromJersey from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown body, with reddish-brown highlights, Three fingers of dense tan head. Good lacing.

Aroma is roasting coffe upfront, dark fruits to the rear.

Taste begins with deep roasted coffee, then a small dollop of chocolae, then dark fruits. Very well constructed.

Full mouthfeel does not overpower. Solidly drinkable.

A highly enjoyable and well made porter.

Feb 26, 2009
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sponberg from New York

4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great label with an Ionic (or is it Doric? No wonder I flagged architecture 101...) column theme. Pours a dark, dark red-brown with a thin but lacing head. Aroma of dry cocoa powder and coffee grounds with hints of mineraliness.

Mmm, I kinda think I could sorta get used to this. Dryish, with a burnt cocoa and dry coffee combination with a nutty maltiness filling in the background. Tingly carbonation, with a really nice dry roasted aftertaste. Searching for hops but not finding a helluva lot. The aftertaste is really nice on this, with dark roasty chocolate. Think of what an Oreo cookie, sans frosting, would taste like if you put it in the toaster for a minute - THAT is the aftertaste.

Merci beaucoups to the esteemed Dr. Shang for hauling this one back from the west coast.

Jul 23, 2004
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cokes from Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extremely dark amber-orange (black for the most part). Brownish head erupts, then fades to a tan lacing.
Faint nose of black malts and vanilla sweetness.
Taste is a mirror image on the nose. Heavy on the sweet, yet tar-like black malts. Vanilla bean flavors are all over. Lightly fruity and earthy underneath. Roastedness is basically absent, with just hints here and there. Quite sweet throughout. I like to see more roasted bitterness in my porters. Otherwise, this is a very pleasant tasting, mild porter. Ends with some leafy, floral hops.
Malt body could use a little beef. Has a slippery feel, that is just a hair on the thin side. Tiny carbonation.
A good session porter, if you are feeling like something a little less brash and more sweet.

Thanks for the Elysian stuff, jreitman.

Nov 03, 2002
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aracauna from Georgia

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

This on has an extremely dark brown body with a thin, but creamy, tan head. The aroma is full of sweet chocolate, toast and a touch of prunes. The flavor is full enough to be rewarding, but not enough to really satisfy a chunky dark beer craving and brings in a touch of charcoal. Could really pass for a decent stout.

Jan 05, 2005
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jreitman from California

3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Elysian brewpub in Seattle (south capitol hill) has some of the most interesting and unique beers in the area and the brewpub is a great place to hang out. The Porseus Porter is a nice, complex porter. Slightly bitter with chocolate and earthy flavors.

Apr 09, 2002
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PatandDavid from Massachusetts

4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very enjoyable and well-made. Had on tap at 'bones last night. Pint was dark chocolate in color, with some red highlights. Aroma was soothing and delicious: like roasted dark chocolate. The thick tan head left lovely rings through-out the glass. Medium mouthfeel. Intitial 'tootsie roll' taste was followed by some gritty roasted coffee notes. I like tootsie rolls. Very enjoyable, I could find no faults with this beer.

Nov 19, 2004
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CharlesRiver from Connecticut

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

For me this was the best beer that Redbones offered at their NW beer dinner.

Black in color with a nice solid white head that left a beautiful lace. The smell was mild but had hints of chocolate, coffee and all that good stuff.

What impresed me with this beer was how well it was balanced. Nothing seemed to be overpowering in anyway. However, I should also note that it wasn't extremely complex in anyway. Sometimes you don't want it to be. This was an extremely smooth Porter that I wish I could try in the bottle.

Nov 21, 2003
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Dogbrick from Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the Pike Street location. Pours black with a thin and creamy beige head that has decent retention. Sheet of lacing on the glass. Chocolate and coffee aroma with some malt. Medium body with flavors of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Some smoke is present too. The finish is roasty with a coffee aftertaste. Above average all around.

Apr 16, 2009
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque brown-black with brownish-orange highlights and a full, foamy dark tan head that settles into a tight 1/8" cap. Excellent head retention and great lace. A very nice appearance. The aroma is quite limited with a light chocolate and a somewhat sharp roastiness. The body is medium with a moderate carbonation level and an oily mouthfeel. The flavor is very straightforward: dark bittersweet chocolate and roastiness with a balancing acidity and medium level bitterness. All of these flavors are carried over into a dry finish that lingers in the mouth and throat. A very well done, superbly balanced, straight-forward porter in the English style.

Aug 28, 2002
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Sep 24, 2013
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