Point Reyes Porter | Marin Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Marin Brewing Company
California, United States
marinbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by xlperro on 06-17-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
96
Reviews:
55
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
12.02%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
6
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Ratings: 96 |  Reviews: 55
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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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 mjl21
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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 +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 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 mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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 -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 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 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 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 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 mattffrost
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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 +2.3%
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 +11.3%
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 +8.2%
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 +2.3%
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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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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Point Reyes Porter from Marin Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 96 ratings.
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