Point Reyes Porter | Marin Brewing Company

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Point Reyes PorterPoint Reyes Porter

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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: 95
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 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 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 ATLbeerDog
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep brown/black similar in color as motor oil with a small tan head, and average lacing. Below average carbonation with a sweet smell of smoky roasted malts. Tastes of malt, coffee and tobacco Very sweet with a slight woody bitter taste. Light on the pallet, this beer is not bad but could use more flavor...raising the ABV would help.

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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 Sleestak
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
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 Stoneman78
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer won Gold in the Robust Porter category at the 2007 GABF
750ml poured into Duvel tulip glass.
A- Pours a pitch-black hue with brown highlights, head is brown, foamy and pillowy monster that is reminiscent of a Wendy's Frostie, good retention, moderate lacing on the glass
S- Nose is big time malts- cocoa, coffee, molasses, brown sugar, some dark chocolate bitterness and a touch of citrus in the background (reminds slightly of a Karl Straus chocolate-orange porter firkin)
T- Initial taste is bitter dark chocolate and espresso, followed up by some tart and dark fruit flavors (fig/plum/cherry) that are a bit of a surprise, and finishes with slight hop dryness
M- Surprisingly light-to-medium bodied, texture is watery-to-creamy, and carbonation is subtle
D- Solid and tasty porter that is easy to drink, I think it captures the style well but is not ground-breaking on any front, a touch too bitter for my taste, but a good overall performer
Buy Again? Undecided
Persona Score- 82/100

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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 rkuhnel
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bottle this one steamed and oozed an off white head that slowly rose out of the bottle. Even decanted carefully into a Duvel glass the head rose up and left huge bubbles as it kept expanding. Looked sort of like a swiss cheese. I have never seen one quite like this before, it gets marks for uniqueness. Color was a dark brown, and unlike most browns this one was attractive. However the head just sat there. I considered eating it with a spoon, but after about 10 minutes it settled down and left big hunks of lacing behind. Nose to begin with was chocolate malt, After the head had settled and I swirled it in the glass I picked up burnt woods, and coffee. Mouthfeel was creamy, in fact almost oily. Flavor was dominated by those Smokey chocolate malts. Finish was very long and dry. A very well done porter. I would say don’t drink this too cold.

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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 blitheringidiot
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours as a midnight buh-lack eggplant violent violet hue topped with a frothy faded beige tan cratered cap. 4.5 due to a dark buh-lack used motor oil curtain.

Nose is a buttery toffee and maple syrup covered buttered pancakes. Darn near but NOT stout like.

First swigs: Dry bitter vanilla English style porter. Kudos! Smooth grain waffle drenched porter. Bitterness edges off with a baker's chocolate and dry hot chocolate powder. A middle of milk chocolate, ice cream and vanilla yogurt.

Feel is medium bodied with a long linger of dry powdery loitering. Solid body.

Last swigs: Solid porter worth a shot. Well worth the duckets.

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Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
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 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 brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a stout-like obsidian with a tan head that persists well and leaves some splashes of lace

Smell: Roasty aroma with plenty of dark chocolate, too

Taste: Starts out with a roasted flavor with some chocolate sweetness; mid-palate, some fruity flavors creep in to round it out; the finish brings back the chocolate and fruit, with some coffee bitterness on the roof of the mouth

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very tasty porter that is incredibly easy to drink

Thanks, BeerRun13

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Photo of Reidrover
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +12%
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 Ego
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bought this online from liquidsolutions.com

big sizzling dark tan head, 3 full fingers on this one, it settles down at a good clip, the little bubbles becoming larger leaving an uneven and craggy lookikng asteroid look to the head, as the head hits low tide the lacing left on the edges of the glass looks like the marks those sticky octupuses used to leave on windows when you were a kid. as deeo a brown color without being black... nearly opaque, a good looking brew.

soft sweet cocoa, chocolate powder, dark bitter molasses, not too much but a nice offering.

taste etc...
dry and almost chalky (in a good way), powdery flavors of deep roasted coffee (not bitter coffee like starbucks). Some bitter tones endure on the back of the tongue, mild hints of burnt smoke are there, this has a nice viscosity to it.. not too thick like motor oil but thicker than some american porters (a category alot of them fail in my opinion). This really drives up the drinkability and enjoyment.

nice that it is only 6%... a very nice porter that drinks perfectly @ cellar temp. a nice blend of flavors all balanced very well. it is almost borderline too sweet but then I want another sip. good stuff.

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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 germaniac
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark brown, almost black. Head starts out billowy and bubbly, then quickly dwindles down to almost nothing. The nose is roasty, with sweet dark chocolate notes. Tastes of roasted malt, with a rich chocolate creaminess. There's just a touch of bitterness, to round out an overall smooth, delcious porter. This is one I wouldn't mind spending a few pints with. Purchased from the Elk Grove BevMo.

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Photo of Zorro
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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 baiser
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown colour, with a thick, frothy tan head. Wonderful lacing and great retention. Roasted aroma, chocolate and toffee. Taste was very nice. Toasted grain, coffee, some underlying dark fruitiness. A certain hoppiness gives this porter an interesting flavour. Finishes dry and bitter. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and this is a pleasure to drink.

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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 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 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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Point Reyes Porter from Marin Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 95 ratings.
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