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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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 96
Photo of Murchmac
1.36/5  rDev -65.2%
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 barleywinefiend
2.9/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a deep deep brown, almost black with a dirty/tan head. Lots of carbonation. Exceptional!
Nose was some subtle roasted malts, chocolate and skunkiness. Like the beer was old or something but it wasnt. Taste was watery for a porter if you ask me. Roasted malts some chocolate and rather skunky aftertaste. Bitter not good. I've had better!

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Photo of charlzm
2.93/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled, consumed 03/10/08.

Very dark brown pour, almost black. Deep ruby/brown highlights when held to sunlight. Two finger tan head forms with moderate pour, reduces to thin laced skin within a few minutes.

Milk chocolate aroma with a touch of fruit: tart cherries, I believe. Smoky note as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a little thin. Well carbonated. Flavors are reined in: first is the mocha/chocolate roast malt flavor, then some bitter finishing hops. Some smoke character as well. Unfortunately, the smoke flavor reminds me more of the way an ashtray smells than of a proper smoked porter. A hint of the metallic on the finish as well.

Not a disaster, but I don't think I'll be buying this one again.

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Photo of biglite351
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
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 goodbyeohio
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

thanks again k

impenetrable light-wise and black as night, foam in two fingers seems to weigh the porter down. the airy mass crushes the beer into concentrate like superman does diamonds. soon, the foam dimples around the edges creating a melting snowbank effect in a tanner shade.

roasted dark malts and richly sweet chocolate coffee syrup wafts are secreted smoothly from this brew. candied fig notes and a superfresh german hop spiciness flow forth with a touch of wild dandelion. really a distinctly malty yet refreshingly 'green' porter aroma reminiscent of a certain favorite local dopplebock.

spritzy carbonation levels rise into the stratosphere. flavors are roughly discernable between bubble pops in the mouth. it's got a real post-char mochaccino resinous quality.. like the last, muddy drops of a powdered mix caffeinated sludge. the carbonation makes this feel rather dry, and the increased hop presence doesn't really do much to assist the cause of smoothing out this beer in an ideal caramelly fashion. really drinkable i suppose, because the fizz gives it a seltzer-like brevity. however, i like my porters a little heavier and smoother. this is an example of how carbonation can really throw off a beer with potential.

eh unless you can get it locally, then g-give it a try.

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Photo of Jredner
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Liquid Solutions. Pours dark brown and settles brown/black with a craggy mocha head that is a thumb thick and lasting. Very concentrated cocoa/coffee aromain the fore and it has a faint touch of coffee and slightly more chocolate on through the the finish. Fore is ever so slightly tart, but that quickly subsides and roast malt and chocolate come through. Slightly thin. Fairly acidic, but doesn’t have a the intensity of coffee flavor you often find in west coast porters. Some green herbal hop notes appear briefly near the finish. I had high hopes for this beer, but it’s really just okish.

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Photo of KingSlender
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I just cracked this brew open last night and was very impressed. The smell reminded me of cooking marshmellows over an open camp fire. As I poured the brew into my pint glass the aroma proceeded to get stronger and I had to put down the bottle to stop and enjoy the moment. The taste was a little overpowering, but well rounded. A very nice rich, brown head surrounded the circumference of my glass each time I took a sip. As the beer warmed the chocalate and smoke characteristics appeared to grow stronger.

The King recommends drinking this beer with a philly cheese steak sandwich.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This 22 oz. brown bomber was received courtesy of Eyedrinkale as part of a trade. Dark charred brown body had an extremely large foamy head that occupied ¾ of the pint glass. The aroma was coffee, chocolate, and roasted grains. The taste was an enigma, with a roasty and slightly sour taste let down by the very thin and watered down mouthfeel. Quite drinkable, but flawed porter.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sampled May 2007
Pours with a three finger thick, rich, creamed-chocolate colored head that sits atop an almost black brew. The aroma has a rich mix of chocolate, a dusting of roast coffee aromatics, toasted grain and something like a darkly browned bread crust.

Lightly carbonated, which gives this beer a very smooth feel to it. The beer is not rich though, in fact it might even be a little thin. Not overly roasted, but it does have a nice dark chocolate note plus a light roasted grain-husk astringency in the finish. Roasted coffee notes are apparent at times in the finish. This is quite easy drinking, and though I might complain a little about the mouthfeel, it is eminently quaffable. Lightly sweet with a note somewhat similar to burnt plums or maybe even raisins. Very light flavored in some ways, yet it is still distinctly flavored. I am not quite too sure what to think of the flavors at time, but this is tasty.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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 davexisxrabid
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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 magictrokini
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a small, tan head.

Smell: Dark malts with a hardy scent of unsweetened cocoa powder, darkened grains, and, well... that's about it.

Taste: Dark malts with a hint of dry chocolate and grains. Mild sweetness. Encroaching earthy bitterness. Drying finish. Pretty simple.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent porter. Let's just leave it at that, shall we?

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Photo of illidurit
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
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 chadlebald
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Dogbrick
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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 hoegaardenhero
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: nice thick crude oil body with no head but a few whisps of tan foam floating on top

s: strong milky coffee; toasted grain/biscuit; light sharp bitter grassiness

t: roasted coffee w/ cream; raw baked wheat; dark chocolate; some bitter leafiness and a dark roasted coffee bean bite

m: smooth and full; light carb

d: good all around porter; marin bc does a great job

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Photo of cocogan
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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 tobyandgina
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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 Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Simple, fresh and good porter. Mollasses aroma. Nice roast, milkchocolate, and low on the coffee flavour. Medium mouthfeel, with some grain. Easy quaffing with good malting for balance, though a bit bitter and acidic in finish. Another enjoyable Marin.

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Photo of Mustard
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16.6oz. brown bottle; plenty of self-aggrandizement, but no "bottled on" or "best before" date; purchased for $3.99 form the West LA Whole Foods on National and Barrington.

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark brown with rever-so-faint ruddy highlights; good-sized, chocolate-colored head; a good b-cup's worth of lattice type lacing; head hang's around for about a minute or so.

Aroma: Richly of milk chocolate and roasted malt; secondary notes include those of plum and cherry.

Taste: Sweet upfront with chocolate and roasted malt flavors predominating; fruit-like qualities ensue with an undeniable sour twang taking the lead role; buttery, grainy characteristics abound; finishes dry with a moderate bitterness; medium to full bodied; something of a smooth yet prickly mouthfeel.

Notes: Full-flavored, well-balanced porter; sour quality is a bit off-putting for me...

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Photo of BDTyre
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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 mzwolinski
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, more head than beer on this one. Took me 10 minutes or so to pour out a decent glass-full. The beer is pretty much black in color, while the head is dark tan. Aroma is roasty and cofee-grind like. Body of this beer is velvety smooth. The flavors struck me as rather understated -- chocolate and roasted malt with a fairly flavorful hop finish. The chocolate and some alcohol flavors come out with warmth. A nice robust porter -- more drinkable than a stout, but with enough flavor to satisfy, if not to amaze.

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Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with a caramel colored head. It left some lace.

S - It smelled somewhat smokey. There was also some chocolate and caramel notes.

T - It tasted of strong roasted malt, a burnt toastiness. Caramel flavors came through with some bitterness from a subtle hop flavor.

M - It was fairly smooth and creamy. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice porter. I would like to try more from Marin.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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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