Porter
Russian River Brewing Company

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From:
Russian River Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Style:
American Porter
Ranked #28
ABV:
5.75%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,814
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 9.18%
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
277
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 27, 2022
Added:
Jun 14, 2004
Wants:
  167
Gots:
  33
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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Notes: From our humble beginnings at our original location at Korbel Champagne Cellars in 1997, the first beer we ever brewed was Russian River Porter. For us it is a little nostalgic thinking back when it was just Vinnie (and occasionally Wentzel) brewing in one of the original buildings at Korbel, just a stone's throw away from the old brandy tower. We love this beer's chocolate, toffee, tobacco, and caramel notes long with its dry finish. Enjoy!
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Rated: 4.04 by BarrelAgedG from California

Jul 27, 2022
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Rated by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Have wanted to try this beer since 2010 when I learned of it existence. What a great porter! This one did not disappoint.
Feb 18, 2022
 
Rated: 3.98 by Mista_Carta from California

Dec 30, 2021
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Reviewed by sjrider from California

4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Can pour- black coffee with big khaki head leaving scattered frosty lacing. Nose is roasty and chocolatey. Taste follows with a bit of bitterness and spice. Lingering dry finish. Tasty.
Nov 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4.1 by InfernoBoss from California

Jul 29, 2021
 
Rated: 4.74 by Vylo from New Jersey

Jul 04, 2021
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Reviewed by Todd from California

4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
16oz canned on 12/08/2020. Sample from the brewery. Thanks, Vinnie!

Pours pitch black, dark ruby edges, massive two-fingered, tan colored head. Light coffee, chocolate, tobacco, and dark bread in the nose. Silky smooth on the palate with a medium body and some creaminess. First sip brings brownies with slightly burnt edges to mind. Rich, malty sweet upfront with caramel, toasted malts, roasty bitterness, cocoa, chocolate, spice, black treacle, a little tangy, burnt, semi-acrid, smoke, and a bit of ashiness. Finish is bone-dry with some breadiness.

This is one of the best unadulterated Porters that I've had in recent years. A classic. Reminds me of Porters from the late 90s, which makes sense as this was the first beer that Russian River ever brewed. So damn good.
Mar 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.17 by jakecattleco from California

Jan 02, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Jun 09, 2020
 
Rated: 4.11 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Oct 19, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by cryptichead from Illinois

Jul 02, 2019
 
Rated: 4.17 by unclekeith from Alaska

Mar 14, 2019
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Reviewed by GarrettB from Colorado

3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75
July 27th, 2015 - I didn't know RR made a Porter until today, which even in this diminutive, thimble sized glass, has a nice frothiness to it. The scent has a distinct creamy and coffee type smell, and the mouthfeel is light. In fact, it might be too light, but while the mouthfeel needs a little more substance the flavor is a yummy reflection of rich and cocoa heavy brownie mix.
Feb 13, 2019
 
Rated: 3.89 by taospowder from New Mexico

Jan 21, 2019
 
Rated: 3.71 by CJNAPS from California

Jan 11, 2019
 
Rated: 3.74 by BerryKumquat from California

Dec 26, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by acurtis from New Jersey

Dec 25, 2018
 
Rated: 3.77 by Keananmichael5 from California

Feb 10, 2018
 
Rated: 4.02 by Nunya from Ohio

Dec 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4.18 by crobinso from Colorado

Dec 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4.26 by tylerstravis from Colorado

Dec 11, 2017
 
Rated: 4.17 by Mxsluis from Michigan

Nov 07, 2017
 
Rated: 4.24 by coryhk from California

Nov 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3.84 by curlybird from Pennsylvania

Oct 23, 2017
 
Rated: 3.94 by leprechaunandfatman from Ohio

Sep 20, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by frasergrove from California

Sep 06, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by faatcase from Virginia

Aug 16, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by BergBeer from Hawaii

Jul 31, 2017
 
Rated: 4.34 by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

Jun 15, 2017
 
Rated: 4.3 by jtk21351 from California

Jun 15, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by andyjeigh from Oklahoma

Jun 05, 2017
 
Rated: 4.29 by swanfungus from California

May 09, 2017
 
Rated: 3.7 by BdM from Netherlands

Apr 29, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by sgregory from Connecticut

Apr 22, 2017
 
Rated: 3.7 by abagri from Massachusetts

Apr 16, 2017
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Reviewed by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
From tap at RRBC. Had this after having Pliny, so it's hard to rate this one. It's good, but didn't wow me. It's definitely a solid offering though for sure.
Mar 24, 2017
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Reviewed by Buck89 from Tennessee

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a pint glass from the source. An opaque dark brown color with a generous tan head. Great lacing in the glass. Aromas of coffee, toast, and roasted malt. Tasted like a classic robust porter: roasty with coffee, cocoa, and ash. Medium bodied with a fairly dry finish.
Feb 26, 2017
 
Rated: 3.46 by brandonld23 from Massachusetts

Feb 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4.38 by Bum4ever from California

Feb 11, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Feb 06, 2017
Porter from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 359 ratings