Point Reyes Porter | Marin Brewing Company

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Point Reyes PorterPoint Reyes Porter

Brewed by:
Marin Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by xlperro on 06-17-2002

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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of sendsilk
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of rambo10546
5/5  rDev +26.9%
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 gleemonger
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Sleestak
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deepest darkest black with a thick caramel colored head. Beautiful lacing. Roasted malts, licorice, coffee beans in the smell. Impressive so far. Tons of roasted malts, some coffee, slightly sour, even the licorice is there to an extent. Thick mouthfeel make this a decadent treat. Wow! I'm really enjoying this porter. I'm going to have to give this brewers other beers a try.

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Photo of Blue
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another new Marin beer. I am constantly amazed how many different beers these guys brew, they are all worth trying – especially this one.

The Point Reyes Porter comes in a 1 Pint 6 fl.oz. brown glass bottle, with the usual generic Marin label.

The body of the beer is definitely Porteresque. It pours a very deep, dark, ebony brown, that has a dark tan, but smooth head. Looks quite the part at the start, but as the head vaporizes to a thin steady layer, it loses it visual appeal a little, and this just misses the perfect 5 for me. Has good inherent carbonation that is retained throughout the drink.

Tastes are of Three Threads, Entire Butt, Porter, whatever you wish to refer to is as. It has all the principal ingredients of a great Porter and demonstrates them very well. I feel that this is quite a traditional offering, and I respect the fact this fact, they have not made it easily drinkable, light or inoffensive. This is a very Bold Porter that has massive flavors that some may find hard to swallow.

It is believed that early “Porters” had a very lambic character, and sourness that was a distinct dimension of this beer style. I note with great interest, that a sour aspect does indeed actually run throughout this beer from start to finish. Neither offensive, nor dominant, but it is always inherent. This lactic aspect adds the character that would no doubt have come from the old beer used to create the original Three Threads offering.

Aside form that, a smooth, silky mouthfeel and a very malty dimension is prevalent in the beginning and this balances the lactic aspect well. This mix of wild flavors introduces the beer to the imbiber. Quite something. The middle has a strong roast malt dimension that is almost masochistic. As the beer finishes, a bitter lingering coffee finish is detectable. Overall, a very drinkable, self-assertive Porter that I like, for whilst it is self-assertive, it is not conceited, nor even boastful, but it does know its own strengths.

Wow, I am pretty stunned by this beer. I don’t know why, because I am definitely not a few hundred years old, contrary to popular belief, but I personally feel that this has quite an ‘authentic’ taste profile for a Porter. No proof though.

A very nice offering, something different, and a well balanced Porter for my liking.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ebony with a meager lightening at the margins, but only with bright sunlight behind the glass. I think it's safe to say that this is the darkest, most photophobic porter on the planet. The large, milkshake thick head puts many stouts to shame and deposits thick vertical ropes of lace from glass edge to melting crown. Point Reyes Porter may not be as gorgeous as Point Reyes National Seashore (hey, it's beer), but it is a great looking version.

I'm not surprised that a beer that looks as serious as this one looks smells serious as well. Generously roasted malt fills both nostrils with scents of dark chocolate fudge and ground coffee beans. A whiff of citric hoppiness tries to break through the maltiness and barely succeeds. I'll try to keep the stout comparisons to a minimum, but...

Now *this* is a porter! It's strains against the upper limits of the style without breaking into Imperial porter territory (whatever that is). The flavor is big, bold and rich. Roasted black malt holds sway and is the font of intertwining rivers of melted bittersweet chocolate, dark caramel and espresso with a grapefruit peel twist.

Warming brings about an emboldening of the already terrific flavor. I was going to say that Point Reyes manages to retain its porterness (porterability?) despite its taste bud saturating flavor and medium-full body, but now that I think about it, I would probably identity it as a stout if blinded. If I like my porters to be this stout-like, do I actually like porters at all? Hmmm...

The mouthfeel is the least stout-like thing about this beer. Having said that, it's still bigger than many stouts and is as lushly creamy and as posh as all but the world's best porters. The fact that it firms up a bit with warming makes the bump in score an easy one.

Marin Brewing Company is a solid Left Coast brewer. I especially like their IPA and Mt. Tam Pale Ale. Nothing, however, prepared me for the style-busting magnificence of Point Reyes. This is one of the best American Porters in existence, hands down.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
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 ironlung
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Zorro
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear black brew with a large brown head. Impressive looks.

Smell is roasted malts and light acid scent. Some smokiness and a little bit of mint and a hint of citrus hops. There is a faint metallic scent in here but I am REALLY trying to pick out all the scents.

Taste is a shock at first, moderate strong wine like acid that reminds me of black Colombian coffee. The acid bite gives this beer a sensation of a lightness. Flavors of cola and coffee dominate here. Hops mostly make them selves known as bitterness in the aftertaste. Chocolate and milk flavors appear later as nuances to the base flavor of coffee and acid.

Mouthfeel is creamy somehow while tasting light. A Jedi mind trick, or the effect of the acid level?

I am surprised that I have to give this beer such a high drinkability score but the acid bite makes this very refreshing.

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Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first taste of Marin brews....I think.Poured a deep deep dark brown near black except a bit of ruby tint when held up to the light, a rather large mocha colored head atop.First whiffs I got were of cocoa with a big roasted malt aroma becoming more pronounced after the pour like French roast coffee mixed with cocoa very nice.A very dry porter at times almost raw in character bitter unsweetened chocolate and and earthy tones with that espresso roast coffee flare finishing woody with hints of raw nut.A bold tasting dry porter very nicely done I like the dryness of it,top notch in my opinion.

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Photo of MIrvine
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mickeymac
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Almost black with just a trace of brown, this beer pours with a big foamy tan head. The head sticks around and sticks to the glass, leaving considerable lace. It's a very nice-looking beer. The smell is an interesting mix of roasted malt, dark fruit, and a charcoal-like smell. The taste is bold and assertive yet somehow smooth and mellow at the same time. The hop bitterness seems to sneak as time passes, rounding out the roasted flavors nicely. The mouthfeel is expansive, with each sip seemingly turning into a mouthful. Marin never fails to impress.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of beerpadawan
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of hpthebull
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of MonkeyPilates
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Reidrover
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from 22 oz bomber.
What a beautiful beer to behold, dark,dark brown almost completely black , massive frothy.bubbly light brown head. Nice.
aroma is good of dark chocs and roasted malt, some lactic aromas but pleasing .
Knock out taste of esspresso coffee, reeally dark bitter sweet Belgian chocolate.Gooseberry like sweetness at the edge of the mouth..bitterness from the roasted malts abounds in the after taste, quite impressive.
Good mouthfeel, smooth and not boring.
A good porter indeed..liked it and found it on par with Deschutes Black Butte.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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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4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mjl21
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Point Reyes Porter from Marin Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 98 ratings