Point Reyes Porter
Marin Brewing Company

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American Porter
Ranked #160
Ranked #10,653
3.97 | pDev: 11.84%
Marin Brewing Company
California, United States
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Point Reyes PorterPoint Reyes Porter
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Photo of biglite351
3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Sliver of orange. Tall tight tan head

S - Mild malts and cocoa. Mild but nice

T - Roasted malts with some dark fruit. Mild bitter hit

M - Thick with good coating, howver it seemed bubbly like a cola

O - a lot of potential but it falls a little short

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Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

About the most distinctive flavor of dark roasted barley I can remember. Nice balancing act between the sweet malt and the black charred flavors. Near black with a brown edge in the Leffe goblet. Nice and sudsy with a fine carbonation on the tongue. I like this more as I sip on it. Really a big mouthful of flavor. Nose of caramel with some hoppy resins. Moderate bitterness. A little sour burnt malt taste, but just enough to give it an edge.

22 oz bottle from Beer Revolution in Oakland. Not a bad deal for $4.99.

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Photo of cocogan
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no freshness date, poured into pint glass

Visual: Pours black with a cream-tan head.

Nose: Butter-bread, dark chocolate, caramel, followed by a spicy astringency.

Taste: Mild coffee, toasted grain, sweet berries (jam like sweetness), chocolate.

Mouth: Medium body, light middle, leaves sticky.

Overall: I like it. Up front the taste is pretty good. I especially like the berry sweetness; however, my palate grew immune to the taste midway through the beer.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown color with a little tan foam and a little bit of lace on side of the glass from first sip to last gulp! The smell of roasted coffee and spice had a pleasant aroma. The taste of roasted coffee (a little bitter) was evident, along with roasted malts and some kind of spice.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours black with a medium off-white to tan head. Some good lace. Solid retention.

S: Dark chocolate, hint of roast with some coffee, charcoal, straightforward porter smell.

T: Dominated by dark chocolate with a hint of creamed coffee. Subtle balancing hops work and make a delicious easy drinking porter beer.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, soft carbonation, easy on the palate.

D: Just solid. A textbook American porter, nothing great here, but good drinking pint.

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Photo of rambo10546
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had this at the restaurant in Point Reys Station and in the bottle from the grocery in Point Reys Station.

This is one of the two best Porters I have ever tasted in my life. It is so smooth and creamy with a distinct coffee with vanilla and caramel overtones.
It is very dark and will not pass direct sunlight. It has a perfect head and holds it really well. It is so easy to drink it is like drinking iced coffee.

My only dislike is the price since it usually sells for $6.00 a bottle.
CAUTION - Do not buy this beer if it has not been refrigerated from the time it was made until you drink it. If left on the shelf at room temperature it will go bad in short order. The Bev-Mo in Encinitas refuses to refrigerate it and I refuse to buy it unrefrigerated. I have complained to Marin Brewing to no avail.

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Photo of chadlebald
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep brown with a creamy toffee colored head. Lots of malt in the nose, reminiscent of chocolate chip cookies--interesting!

Lots of roast malt and coffee at the beginning but it's the subtle hops that linger on the finish.

My only complaint is that this particular one is over carbed--could be the bar (but it's Fathers Office in LA so that's a rare thing if it's their doing).

Will try again in bottle should I come across it!

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a luxurious deep brown to almost black with gigantic tan head. Nose is outright amazing with roasty malts, and some bacon bits like aromas too from all the roast. Lighter bodied than anticipated, but there's a smooth and rich roasty flavor that carries through nicely. It's surprisingly drinkable for all that roastiness. Nice beer.

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Photo of juhl31
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks taps

-black like crazy, good retention, would get a 5 with better lacing

-some roasty in there. not as much going on as i would like. opened up some as it got warmer though which brought it up to a 4

-roastyness for sure and very balanced

-sits with me a bit. good

-smooth, easy, not throwing a ton at me. clean all the way through

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Photo of augustgarage
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap and Blue Palms Brewhouse. Served in a nonic.

Chocolate-tinged seal brown body with a slender creamy tan head. Very pretty gradient of lacing, no legs, average retention.

Even at a chilly draught temperature, the heavy roast notes snake their way around your olfactory nerves. Fresh roast coffee, light cocoa, and hints of hazelnut. Rather straight-forward, but spot on for the style. Hints of cream come out as the beverage warms.

The aroma carries over directly into the flavor - coffee, roast malt, cocoa, nuts, with the addition of bitterness not present in the nose. Lush, mineral-heavy, toasty finish that lingers on for quite some time. Again, somewhat one-note, but it is a good note!

Fairly light bodied, with enough astringency to keep you from rushing through a pint. Good carbonation. A little less astringency and a sessionable ABV might improve things here.

Not as distinguished as some of its peers, this is a great (if somewhat generic) example of the style.

*EDIT: September, 2010* - This ale improves substantially on-cask, gaining a richness and depth of flavor while minimizing any mediocre qualities, definitely sample it in this modality if you get a chance!

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at the Most Honorable SuperHappyFun Stout Tasting. Bottle from Bevmo in Palmdale, CA. This brew pours the color of a cold cup of coffee with a medium khaki head that diminishes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of coffee, burnt malt and some dark chocolate. Medium, dry body with notes of coffee, dark fruit and toasted malt. The finish is burnt malt with a lingering hoppy taste left over. Above average overall.

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Photo of mjl21
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Poured into a pint glass. Comes in at 6.2%.

A-It was a tad dark at the pub, but based on the lighting it looks black. It has a half finger sandy head that is the result of a short pour. Not much lace is left.

S-Lots of malt. It is equal parts sweet chocolate and roast malt. As it warms it begins to smell more like a mocha with some extra chocolate thrown in. Hard to pick up on the hops.

T-Lots of sweet chocolate malt hits first. The roast malt provides a really nice backnone. The sweet malt is more prominent throughout each sip and the roast malt really shines after it has gone down. As it warms I do get a touch of lemon sourness.

M-A fuller bodied beer that is not overly heavy. It is nicely carbonated, smooth, and finishes dry.

D-A very good porter for those that like a sweeter porter.

Always enjoy this beer. Deserves all of the accolades that it has collected over the years.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent porter from Marin Brewing.

A littlle dark - looks more like a stout than a porter. Black-ruby body with a very khaki head.

Rich, chocolatey and roasted malt smell. Traces of coffee and brown sugar.

The taste is predominately coffee and roasted malts. Espresso, chocolate and slight buttery hints are quite noticeable.

Carbonation is a bit heavy, but otherwise a very nice beer. Even at 6%, very drinkable. Almost sessionable.

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Photo of illidurit
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Dark brown with reddish highlights and a massive, fluffy tan head. Tons of sticky lacing. Aroma is a little subdued but what's there is pretty nice. Milk chocolate, coffee beans, fudge, and toasted bread. Flavor is burnt coffee and the darkest possible chocolate, with only a quick flash of milk chocolate sweetness in the middle. Finishes dry and roasty with a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and airy. Pretty good beer, although rather stoutish.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

received this one a couple months back but just got around to tapping it yesterday. Served chilled and the entire contents poured into a tall 24oz glass, this one was consumed on 04/29/2009.
The pour was very nice, with a rich, dark black color and no light shining through on this one at all. Really nice head of tan that was easily a couple inches high at first, slowly settled down into a nice pillow that laid across the top and thoroughly coated the inside of the glass. Rich dark chocolate and roasted coffees are the first things that I am picking up in the Aroma. Really nicely done with hints of caramel and smoked malts, there is almost a peat like smell to it at times, especially as it warmed up. Equally well done as it transfers over to the flavor. Smooth, mellow, creamy, this was a very session able porter. Rich chocolate notes, hints of smoked malts, nice touches of coffee in the finish which left a slightly dry and bitter taste as it rolls away across the tongue. Very smooth and very enjoyable,
Overall while not the most complex thing in the world, this does have a lot going for it. Very rich and smooth and very well done, I would have no issues at all wit trying this one again any day of the week. One of the most solid, and well put together porters in a long time.

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Photo of tobyandgina
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brown, frothy head that diminished slowly. A thin head that lasted. Pitch black body.

Smelled of roasted coffee, bitter chocolate and black cherries.

Taste was a bit bitter and dry. There was some definite chocolate and espresso present. Strong alcohol on the back of the tongue.

Good mouthfeel and the drinkability is decent.

Good beer but probably won't seek it out again.

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Photo of Murchmac
1.36/5  rDev -65.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

R.I.P. Marin Brewing company. Everything I drink from you is overcarbonated and just awful tasting. The only thing that is good is the White Knuckle, and you jacked up the price.

This beer poured a huge head, dark color, tastes skunked, not thick like a decent porter should be. I don't know if they have Stevie Wonder brewing their beers over there or what, but every beer fits the same bill. Overcarbonated, thin, with flavors that don't make sense for the style. I say good day.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared the bottle with my brother.

Poured a nice deep brown color, almost black. One and a half inch tan head. There was little to no lacing on the glass.

Aroma was of ground coffee beans with a slightly undetectable bitterness, I don't know if it was from the hops or the roasted malts.

Taste is a smooth roasted malt bittersweet taste, akin to coffee.

Medium to full bodied, aftertaste is slightly bitter from the roasted malts and lingers on the palate.

Good drinkability- not a great porter but good enough to try at least once. I wouldn't pass this one up but I'm not going out of my way to drink more of this one.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, dark black color with a nice two finger foam creamy head.

Smells of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts.

Tastes smokey, coffee-ish, creamy and possibly with a splash of toffee. It has a mild bitter aftertaste and was also a little spicy. I'm not sure what that was from.

A nice Porter from a local brewer and would definitely recommend it.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a short tan head that quickly turns into a brown ring. Deep roasted malt with chocolate, licorice, and coffee. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate, some grain, toasted bread, and some smoked malt are all here. Bitter metallic finish. The good does outweigh the bad in this one.

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Photo of mattffrost
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into bottle.

Appearance Beer is a very dark cloudy brown. You can see tiny little brown bubbles that are lighter than the beer kind of cool Hardly any head that is a light brown color.

Smell Chocolate with roasted coffee smell. Roasted Malt present.

Taste Less sweet that I expected based on the chocolate smell I thought it would be sweeter. To me is a good thing its less sweet. I taste chocolate, a bit of a bitter finish but not to much. Very rich beer with a syrupy type feel to it with the low carbonation.

Mouthful Low carbonation with a good blend of not being to sweet.

Drinkability. One or two of these is plenty. A nice after dinner beer or you could pare it up with a dessert.

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Photo of bbothen
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown almost black color with a bubbly 3 finger deep head.

Some chocolate, toasted.roasted aromas, faint coffee, nice.

Tastes of big roasted maltiness, cocoa, chocolate, toasted notes, slightly tart, fruity, bitterness. Yummy.

Feels smooth, creamy, full, low carbonation, bitter finish.

Drinks nice & easy.

A tasty porter from a great brewery. Find this one.

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Photo of ironlung
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black. No light makes it through. Nicest head I've seen on an MBC beer! No lacing.

S: Totally roasted malt. Chocolate with hints of molasass. (is this a stout?)

T: Very creamy smooth porter. Not too sweet not too smokey.

M: Flavor definately lingers. I exhale and taste black liquorice. Not heavy at all.

D: Another 6%er form MBC. If this is your style than you'll really like what Arnie has done here.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Vendome, poured into an imperial pint glass, on to the beer:

Lovely to look at. Pours thick and black, as black as midnight in the glass, and the head is tan. My nose is getting lots of charred wood, bit of soap. Bits of cocoa. To the taste...more charred flavor. It's semi-sweet upfront and so damn smooth. There's some mild hop flavor in this porter, which starts to gain momentum in taste. Finish has notes of ground coffee lingering on the palate.

A mild porter with some well-placed hops. Good stuff.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color, very nice carbonation, huge creamy tan head, which leaves a big thick creamy sticky lacing behing. The nose is malty, lots of chocolate/toffee/caramel notes. The taste is big and malty, lots of chocolate/toffee. Medium body. Drinkable, this is my first Marin brew, and it's pretty tasty, recommended.

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