The Captain's Porter | Moon River Brewing Company

very good
75 Ratings

Brewed by:
Moon River Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2002

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Photo of wrightst
5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of evanwoertz
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep dark brown in color with a nice 2" light tan colored head that lasts quite a while. Nice lacing paints the glass.

Smell: roasted malts and chocolate tones leap from the glass and are easy to detect.

Taste: nice roasted malt platform with some sweet chocolate, bits of molasses, and a hint of prune sweetness. Bitterness was nicely balancing out the sweetness here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer that was a bit thicker than some other porters but just short of approaching a stout. Aftertaste was brief. Smooth from start to finish.

Drinkability: this beer was easy to quaff and could be considered a session beer. Great balanced flavor that you sometimes don't get in a porter.

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Photo of G2Brew
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My, my, my palate, this is the best porter I've ever had. Understand, I'm talking about MY palate...if you like really sweet porters and lots of coffee flavor, this is not your porter. But it has huge chocolate notes, with just enough sweetness. Very, very nice.

Poured on tap into a tall BMB mug.

A - Very dark. Black, really. THICK, brown foam, a good two fingers, and left lots of lacing. Really a beautiful beer.

S - It had nice chocolate malt, and some roasted malts, with an underlying dark grain. Hint of the hops, but understated, as I would expect from a porter. This is really an unforgettable aroma.

T - Wow, wow, wow. This tastes so darned good. I am not a bit fan of sweet porters, but this really is something special. Tons of dark chocolate, strong grain bed, roasted malt, and caramel and molasses, balanced with solid hops bitterness that compliments the chocolate perfectly. Not at all cloying. This is a porter that I could have more than once in the same night.

M - Medium to full body, with light carbonation, just enough to give a little tickle on the tongue. Very smooth.

D - This is about as good as a porter gets, in my opinion. Something I can drink and feel very satisfied after one, yet if I have time, I can drink a second without any problem. I think it would pair beautifully with beef, but it went really well with the grilled chicken, swiss and bacon sandwich I had with it. Truly and outstanding brew.

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Photo of charlesbyrd
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Moon River Brewing Co. Served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep brown with hints of ruby once you reach the bottom of the glass. The head is cola-colored and disappears pretty quickly. Nice and oily with no sign of bubbles.

S: Just like the menu describes it, this smells like melted dark chocolate. The aroma is heavy on the dark malt, with charred wood toning down the bittersweet cocoa notes.

T: I could have this for dessert and be satisfied. The chocolate is still the most apparent note, which is surprising because of the strong roasted nose. The roasted malts lend a nice bitter counterpoint. I didn't taste very much in the way of hops.

M: Very smooth and clean, but also very heavy on the palate. This is definitely a meal in a glass. It has a nice oily texture and minimal carbonation. You can swirl the glass at any point and get almost no head formation.

D: Very, very good. This is one of the best porters I've had, simply because it's not as harsh as others can be. It's a formidable beer in it's own right, but very easy and clean to drink.

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Photo of Brewski4Drewski
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes, Enjoyed September 3 at Savannah Craft Brew Fest '11.
L: Pours delicious brown-black with an ice cream float looking head. F--- yeh.

S: Toasty, smokey malts, subtle coffee and dark chocolate nose. I want one now.

T&M: NOICE. Similar to smell...subtle dark chocolate/ coffee notes, roasted and smokey malts. Slightly bitter. Go on with ya bad self Moon Riv. Easy drinking porter, far from thin, but polished off a few before noticing I was holding up the line.

O: A must try for fans of porters. This might have been my favorite dark beer from the Brew Fest. I live a state above and have never seen/heard of these guys/ this brew.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer finished off my night at the Moon River Brewing Company.

This beer pours almost jet black with amber hints and a decent sized tan head that holds and laces nicely. The smell is not too overpowering but has nice sweet roasted aromas. The taste hits you with the usual chocolate and coffee like flavors. The mouthfeel was right on for the style with a nice body and smooth carbonation. Overall, A great porter, another one you must pick up if at the Moon River Brewing Company.

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Photo of jlove5
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Mickelswit
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a big black porter with a bit of off-white head. Holding it up to the light, there is just a tinge of crimson at the edges of the glass; the rest is black. The smell is just like an iced espresso. The taste was all deeply roasted malts, some bitterness and residual sweetness. Mouthfeel was thick and slightly silky. For such a big flavor, this remains very drinkable. An excellent porter.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of jsanford
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery on 2/22/11. Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Dark black with a creamy, khaki-colored head. Nice retention, leaves some sticky lacing.
S - Dark roasted malt, coffee, cocoa powder, and toasted nuts. Very nice, yet typical, Porter aromas.
T - Nice, roasty flavors of dark malt, coffee, and chocolate, with a slightly smoky quality. Excellent Porter.
M - Creamy with a medium-full body and moderate carbonation.
D - Very drinkable, and somewhat sessionable at around 6% ABV.

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Photo of Fenris244
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewpub, nice place, just sayin

Came to me almost black, its a really dark amber, little head, foam is a beige color, good lacing.

Very chocolatey in the nose, little bits of coffee and other roasted bitterness.

Taste is a little thin for my liking, chocolatey with a little bit of roasted bitterness and a metallic tinge on the finish.

Light in body, a little thin as I said earlier, super smooth though.

Overall, I really like this brew, would get it again, hopefully I'll be back in savannah soon

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Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep reddish brown colour with a half decent head that sticks a bit. Faint charcoal and toasted malt in the aroma. Smooth and crisp with a moderate body. Biting bitterness from the roasted malt is not astringent and rests at a perfect level. Touch of hops, both bitterness and flavour jumps in a bit but the malt stays on top with some sweet dextrin and roasted malt flavours. A real easy drinking porter, could be considered an ideal session beer also.

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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first beer I had at Moon River over the weekend,poured a deep dark brown with a small off white head,aromas of bitter chocolate and roasted nuts.A very smooth well rounded porter bursting with chocolate and heavily roasted malt flavors full nice mouthfeel lends to its drinkability as well.A damn fine porter it was a nice way to start off my Savannah trip.

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Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a small, medium tan head on a black body. good retention and lace.

S - coffee and rich brown malt.

T - roasty, dru malt up front with some coffee and chocolate in the finish.

m - medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - not complex, but its well made and satisfying.

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Photo of tigerpaws
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the better porters that I have tasted. Deep copper color is impressive and the hops are there but i think a little more would enhance this brew. Leaves a good taste after you drink it, and I noticed that this beer was the most ordered beer while i was in the bar. Most of the locals swear by this brew and I can't say that they are wrong I enjoyed it quite well..........CHEERS

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hotoberfest - sampled multiple times.

Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of robust roasted malts with hints of semi-sweet chocolate. Also present are faint amounts of char.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately dry roasted malt flavors kick things off and are soon dried out even further with hints of char. Midway through the sip the flavor profile sweetens a bit with the addition of semi-sweet chocolate which carries through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another with no problems.

Overall there weren't a lot of bells or whistles on this beer but it was solid and clean. Worth a shot.

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Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice dark brown, nearly opaque, with hints of amber, of course, running through at different times. The mocha-colored head stays for the long haul, though not more than half an inch, and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: A nice meld of bitter coffee, chocolate, charcoal, brown sugar, roasted malt, and molasses. A slight bit of citrus comes through also.

Taste: The aroma transfers nicely, as the charcoal and roasted malt flavors balances well with the brown sugar and sweeter flavors along with the mocha and coffee. Finishes semi-dry, with much of the darker flavors lingering.

Mouthfeel: Thankfully this one isn't too cloying, and the body, more medium than thin, lends itself to having more than one without being too much.

Drinkability: I usually wouldn't session porters, though if I had to this would be an example of one. Balanced and flavorful and a brew I'll try again when I'm in Savannah.

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Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap at Moon River Brewery. The appearance is a dark brown with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is chocolate and roasted malt. The taste is nutty and full of chocolate and malt.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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The Captain's Porter from Moon River Brewing Company
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