Palmetto Porter | Palmetto Brewing Company

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Palmetto PorterPalmetto Porter

Brewed by:
Palmetto Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Replaced by Palmetto Espresso Porter.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-21-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 84
Reviews by DousedInStout:
Photo of DousedInStout
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured near black with a two finger, tan head. Head retention is great, and lacing lasts all the way to the last drop. The aroma is exceptional - incredibly roasted, heavy on the espresso. A bit of dark chocolate as well. The taste is very smooth and drinkable - coffee and chocolate up front and nicely balanced with earthy hops. This is a pretty robust porter, and medium to full in body. A great example of the style, and a very pleasant surprise.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to "Garagekegger"for the bottle,poured a deep brown with a thin off-white head,aromas of dark fruit and bitter chocolate are pretty intense and inviting.Very flavorful some bitter chocolate and deeply roasted malt give this a a mocha french roast coffee flavor along with an underlying fruitiness,very nice.One of the better porters I have had in quite awhile a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, nearly black pour with hints of red coming out from the edges. Small head, but leaves some nice lacing along the way. Fresh ground coffee is prominent along with roasty notes and possibly a faint waft of citrus. My nose approves.

An almagamation of coffee, cocoa and roasted, toasted malts rolls over the tongue. Faint biterness works its way in on the back of the palate. Quite a tasty brew.

I really enjoy the body here...just creamy enough and not too heavy. I wouldn't mind a sixer of this if I had easy access to it. A nice example of the style from South Carolina. Thanks to kmpitz2 for the opportunity.

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Photo of sponberg
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled: 12 oz. bottle, in pint glass. One of the most beautiful deep ruby-russet colors you'll ever see. Head dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma: Chocolatey roast coffee with hints of caramel. Hits the tongue and explodes into bitter chocolate, toffee, coffee... all kinds of dark malt flavors to try and pick out. Almost an oatmeal stout sort of flavor in the background, although no oatmeal is used. Finishes with a taste reminiscent of roast coffee with a dusting of bitter cocoa. Not a huge hop presence in flavor or aroma, but enough earthy hops (Goldings? Fuggles?) to balance it out. A bit more hop and this would be world class, IMO. Medium bodied - not so heavy that you couldn't polish off many of 'em on a hot summer day.

A great warm weather porter - if I were sitting on a beach in South Carolina, this would be my first choice for a dark beer. One of the "gotta get some" brews that I HAVE to pick up when I'm visiting my sister in law in Charlotte.

Edit: Found an unintentionally aged year old bottle in my basement. Ages better than I thought it would, but better fresh.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a DARK brown-black in color. Virtually no head at all, despite an aggressive pour. Aromas are roasted nuts, coffee, baked chocolate. Sweet chocolate-malt sundae hits you up front. Lots of chocolate in the middle. Finishes with a dry and slightly bittering, yet very chocolatey aftertaste. Slick mouthfeel. Highly drinkable, especially when it warmed up a little bit. I would suggest this to someone wanting a good intro to the porters.

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this one.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Oldirtysurfer for this fact thank you for all four of the Palmetto brews...they've all been wonderful.
Pours a deep dark mahogany bordering on black with a smallish tan head that melts quickly to a faint ring of sticky lacing.
Aromas are burnt malts and dark fruits. Smell is sweeter than the taste.
Mouthfeel is very rich, creamy, and satisfying.
Taste is burnt malt, dark unsweetened chocolate with a hint of hop bitterness at the end.
Aftertaste is mostly the burnt malt which slowly dries from the hops.
Very nice....never gets too sweet or cloying...just the way a porter should be.

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Photo of whitekiboko
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Palmetto's porter delivers a very dark brown - almost black - body beneath a short head of creamy tan foam that drops relatively shortly to an average collar and lacy surface covering. Small spots of lace add a little to the appearace, but there's no real lacing about the glass. The nose is typically porter-ish with a nice, bright note of sweet, dark chocolate and some dark fruit. Medium-bodied and mildly crisp with a standard carbonation level, it becomes subtly creamy in the mouth as it warms and slides smoothly across the palate. The flavor delivers a well-balanced combination of deeply caramelized sugars (bordering on molasses) and dark chocolate, backed by a firm hop bitterness. Floral hops make and appearance towards the finish, and linger nicely with some mild, dark malt acidity, another touch of chocolate, and some low-key bitterness. Overall, a nicely balanced and drinkable porter. Well done!

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Photo of dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single - never a shortage of porters when blackie is shipping (sarcastic/eye roll)

appearance: nice palmetto tree label - poured into a great dane imperial pint, robust dark body, creamy mocha cap and nice lacing

smell: a big punch of roasted coffee, chocolate, roasted malt. quite nice

taste: underrated porter - great roasty body, lots of coffee and chocolate, hazelnut, caramel, espresso, oatmeal, toffee. this is a good one

mouthfeel: good - smooth, a little bit creamier and its a 4.5

drinkability: good

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Photo of cjgator3
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with a nice creamy tan head that sticks all over the side of the glass. The aroma is dark roasted malts and hints of chocolate. The taste is smooth and similar to the aroma with dark roasted malts and an ever so slightly bitter finish. Overall, this is a pretty solid porter that is recommended.

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Photo of bditty187
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, almost black in the middle but ruby influences are easily noticed around the edges. Beige foam, at the apex the head was only a half finger tall. Head retention was fair, the bubbles quickly faded to a soapy cap with naked spots. The subsequent lacing was spotty and not all that widespread. All in all, this is a good looking beer.

The nose is not all that chatty but the aromas I do smell are quite appropriate. Chocolate spiked with coffee beans, plus there is a tickle of dried nuts. Lightly fruity and earthy; it is a damn shame the potency is so low. I like what I smell. It says “Porter” to me. Thus, it is inviting! Sadly, even after it warmed-up even more the beer did not get any chattier, bummer. The nose is weak but inviting.

It only took be a few sips to realize a couple things. One, this is not a beefy American Porter, I am fine with that. Two, this is a really tasty and well-made Porter. Bitter chocolate with coffee beans upfront but this is quickly matched with sweet chocolate (not candy-like), molasses with some caramel notes that linger until the aftertaste. The modest amount of dark fruits, hop earthiness, and floral hints round-out the flavor profile. Even though this is not a hefty Porter, it is very tasty. I don’t mind the fact that hop bitterness is minimal, sometimes hoppy Porters wear me out. This is a damn lovely and well-made beer.

It is a tickle smaller than medium in body, the carbonation is fairly low but it feels natural on the tongue. While the mouthfeel is weaker than I’d like it really doesn’t harm the beer. So, what is the point of knocking it much? I should say the aftertaste is long and lingering; it is a lovely mix of roasted malts with chocolate, caramel, and coffee hints. Very nice!

Well, this might be the best SC beer I have tasted. This is a really tasty Porter. It is complex and yet simple in many regards. I do like. I would buy a six-pack of this and happily drink it with some really good burgers and all the fixings. Damn drinkable; very likeable… timtheenchanta this was quite a treat. Thanks!

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown to black in color. Brown head.
Aroma of chocolatey, roasty malt. Earthy, woody notes as well.

Chocolatey, roasty malt flavors are predominant. Hops for balance only. Earthy, woody notes give this porter some character and depth and would allow it to stand apart from most porters.

Mouthfeel just a bit thin and fizzy, but still pretty good.
Drinkability is good, although I'm not entirely sure what to think of the flavor profile.

Overall, a solid porter I'd be happy to drink again.
Big thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the bottle!

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle t a pint glass the liquids is dark with light carbonation. The head is small yet nice, dark tan and leave some lace.

The small is ok toasty coffee notes.

The taste follows, as it warms it gets better, really a nice tasting brew is the toaste coffee think is for you, I like it plenty.

The mouthfeel is nice good body but lighter carbonation but that is not bad in this brew,

The drinkability is good I really like this beer, Prosit , MK

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Photo of Goldorak
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: At the very limit between dark brown and pitch black, it sported a good looking dense brown head.

Smell: Interesting, it had a lactic, sour milk start that I wasn't too fond of, but underneath lies ground mustard, walnuts, curcuma and other curry-like spices.

Taste: Roasted flavors that were a little too ashy for my personal taste, especially in the finish, where it was down right acrid, and didn't help the light hops that seemed buried in the ashes. Body could have used a little more punch too. It wasn't as horrible as I seem to be making it out, my guess is that I probably had an off bottle that could have gotten heatstricken.

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Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of ncvbc.

A: The porter is dark, dark ruby red. From an arm's length distance the ale looks black. It's only on closer inspection (and with a light source) that the red colors come through. A small tan head mustered up on pour but is only a band around the mouth a few minutes later.

S: A delicious chocolate aroma wafts out of the glass. The aroma is surprising, I was expecting some burnt flavors but this is full-on powdered chocolate. The malts create an equally strong aroma that has graham in it.

T: Bitter baker's chocolate takes the place of the noticeable sweet chocolate in the nose. Roasted flavors emerge as well, adding a darker fuller taste initially. The darker flavors tend to drop off for the last part of the sip before adding a burnt taste at the end of the sip. A slight lactic sourness emerges when the ale warms on the tongue.

M: The mouthfeel has highs and lows. The thinness mid-sip is not so hot but the start and finish are quite nice.

D: The ale is an enjoyable porter. I always enjoy the touch of lactose that some porters manage to give off.

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Photo of charlesw
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep reddish brown. Nice head that lasts of tiny off-color bubbles. Make the color darker and you're perfect.
Smells like coffee malts. A little caramel. Sugar. Reduced heavy cream. I'd back off on the coffee.
Lots of coffee. Dark chocolate. Ashes. Little sweetness. It's a lot like an imperial stout, frankly. It's too much like an imperial stout, frankly. For a porter you need to up the body, back off on the coffee and burn. In an imperial version this might be OK - but you'd have to watch how you ramp things up.

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Photo of nocheinsbitte
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this bier for the first time today.

A: Practically opaque, a decent foam head with good lacing. A good looking bier.
S: Mild coffee, chocolate smell; mildly sweet. Nothing bad.
T: Not as thick and robust as some other porters, but that is OK in this case. Made for a mild southern winter, it is not too heavy and made to enjoy a few of these. Taste follows the smell, nothing pungent about this bier.
M: Rich.
D: I could have a few of these without thinking twice. A good bier, but not a great one. One that I will surely recommend to my frends.

Do yourself a favor and try one of these, worth your time. Prosit!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with a big cream colored head that lingered for a good while. Smell was spicey, chocolate and caramel with a hint of coffee. Taste was dominated by coffee. Right off the bat that is what came across the strongest. With hints of chocolate and a dry hopped back. Goes down very smooth and is an easy drinker anytime of night. This is a fine porter.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black with no light getting through. 1/2" tan head with average retention. Finally recedes to a film on the top. Beige lacing covers the glass.
Smell is good. Rich dark chocolate. Coffee and maybe some coconut.
Taste starts out as a roasted mocha flavor. Hints of rich dark chocolate in the background. Nice roasted finish. Somewhat charcoal like.
Mouthfeel is good, but just a tad thin. If the mouthfeel was a bit fuller this would be a top 5 porter for me.
Overall a good porter and a solid offering from Palmetto Brewers.

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: dark brown in color, with a lightly retained off-white head

s: smells solidly of a range of sweet barley and coffee roasts, a touch of chocolate, and an earthy hop aroma

m: medium and body with a moderate level of carbonation

t: roasts turn from bitter chocolate to astringent coffee in the aftertaste, earthy hop flavors, moderate cleansing bitterness

d: enjoyable, the best of the Palmetto beers I've tried

bottle at Blossom

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Photo of Ragingbull
2.7/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Black or cola colored. Strong malty smell. Syrupy mouthfeel but not sweet to the taste. Smoky flavor. A could see "porter fans" being split on this one. I think its possible for fans of malty porters to love it, while fans of the dryer or sharper porters might hate it. This beer was alright to drink, but not my style. I guess I fall more into the dry/smoky/bitter porter camp.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, cocoa in color. Medium to full mouthfeel. Smooth. Slight cocoa and malt flavor in the taste. Very smooth and very easy drinking. No where near as bad as expected. There were no "off" flavors to be found. I had read some pretty bad reviews and heard some unkind things about this beer. However, it was non-offensive and easy drinking. Decent beer.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a very nice, very sublime porter.

A - Rich dark brown bordering on black, nice tan head
S - dark chocolate, roasted malts and an underlying sweet malt.
T - similar to the aroma but with a touch of nicely balancing hop spice.
M - light to medium bodied, modestly carbonated and creamy smooth.
D - Very well balanced and sessionable brew. I paired this with a grilled chicken salad and was very happy with the result.

thanks to hunteraw for this via the little guy bif

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Photo of Loki
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled in a 12 oz. bottle

Poured a deep, dark brown almost completely black with 2 inch head that faded to a credit card thin layer that left fantastic lacing.

Smelled of roasted malt and chocolate. A quick swirl not only builds the head, but brings out notes of carmel.

Tastes of semi-sweet roasted malt and caramel glide very smooth over the palate with a slightly bitter hop and coffee finish. Medium to medium-high body.

A great porter and maybe the best think I've seen come out of SC short of a hottie from Charleston.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for the bottle Ross! Pours dark brown, with a solid frothy miocha cap. Lots of lace. Aromas are heavy malts, lots of roasty, toasted notes. Fruity, with lots of hops and dark chocolate. Flavours are roasty coffee beans, dark bitter chocolate, fruity at times, chocolate. Dry, creamy finish, and way too easy to drink.

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Palmetto Porter from Palmetto Brewing Company
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