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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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 95
Photo of mickeymac
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
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 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 TheLongBeachBum
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
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 Gusler
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again that exemplar color for a “Porter or a Stout”, Black Walnut brown, to ebony with a elephantine, head, and lace so thick you can cut it with a knife, both light chocolate in color. Lightly toasted grains, coffee, and caramel and quite sweet is the nose. Start is quite sweet with the top middling in feel, the finish purposeful in its hop spicy bite, the carbonation apropos to the style, a quite dry aftertaste that is long lasting, a “Robust Porter” to be sure, and one that is a treat to quaff.

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Photo of Mark
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since visiting the Marin Brewing Co. pub I have been trying more of their beer. This porter poured a deep brown and the head was tan. The head did disapate to a thin layer, lacing was wispy and scattered. Smell was roasty as was the taste. A very smooth subtle porter, along the lines of Anchor. Velvety mouthfeel and subtle carbonation, plus the above mentioned smoothness, all add up to a soild drinkable porter. Very nice.

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