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English Porter
Ranked #46
Ranked #13,894
3.9 | pDev: 9.23%
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Dark and earthy, this robust porter exhibits rich mocha-like complexity, with a dry finish that keeps all hands on deck.
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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 199
Photo of micromaniac129
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep and dark with a mocha head thats quite dense.
Aroma is all malts here.
Drinks full on the palate with a big roasted malt taste.
At the end it's chalky and dry.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle, this fine English porter pours a near pitch black with brown highlights, a moderate head of foam that dissipates to a thick ring and some great lacing. Nose of dark sweet chocolate, sweet dark malts, roasted coffee, and some raisin notes. Flavors are up front deep roasted goodness with chocolate and coffee coming into play on all sides, some black raisin notes, and a lightly roasted malts character in the aftertaste with little hop notes. A stout drinkers porter! Moderate carbonation, smooth mouth feel....absolutely great!


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Photo of hophugger
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours pitch black with minimal head and nice clinging lacing. Aroma is malt forward, that is all. Taste is pretty basic, with some nice hints of coffee and a touch of chocolate. Mouthfeel is ok, a touch astringent, but OK.

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Photo of metter98
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short tan head that died down, leaving lots of lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of chocolate malts are present in the nose. Slight hints of coffee also become perceptible as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of dark, chocolate malts along with hints of mocha and coffee beans. Although no bitterness is noticeable, there are enough hops to help malts any sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This porter is rather flavorful and goes down easily. It is a good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of 57md
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color. The roasted malt notes on the nose are fairly weak. Decent roasted malt in the flavor profile but there was also a funny “off” flavor that I could not place.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown with a coffee colored head that trails the glass. The smell was really great with nuts and roasted scents coming through. The taste was also very nice with heavy sweet flavors coming through but without being too heavy. Really liked this one and will definitely try again.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a delicious and very robust draft porter. Just a shade below a stout. Nice layered roasted barley notes with some bitter chocolate in the finish. Enjoyed every sip.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown/black with a rather short tan head of foam.
Aroma-Faint roasted malt note
Taste-Roasty, dark malts, nutty, faint chocolate, slightly oily finish. A nice overall English porter.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer very much. The mocha that was promised in the description was split between chocolate on the nose and a coffee flavor. Was hoping for more of a blended taste - that been said - very good to excellent beer. Best of the Heavy Seas in my opinion - given limited exposure.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 2/6/2015 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a medium brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out smoky with flavors of black coffee and dark chocolate. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in along with a little bit of sweetness. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are other porters that I would choose first.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear thick jet black in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some very faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foam mocha colored head that reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts, dark fruits (plum and fig), roasted coffee, and dark chocolate.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of dark and roasted malts with a light amount of dark fruit (plum and fig) sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of roasted coffee and dark chocolate with a light amount of earthy hop flavors in the finish. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades away slowly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

O: A very enjoyable and very tasty robust English Porter - I really enjoyed the richness of the flavors and aromas. Easy to drink and hides the alcohol well.

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Photo of Lucular
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an awesome offering from Heavy Seas. The only negative is that one beer out of my six-pack had a somewhat metallic taste (and no, I did not drink straight from the bottle). Deep and roasty with notes of coffee, vanilla, caramel, and chocolate.

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Photo of ordybill
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Very pleasant mix of malt, chocolate and coffee. Appearance- The beer is midnight black in color and has a small tan head Taste- A very nice English Porter flavor of malt with coffee, very nice. Palate- A medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation. Has a slight oily texture Overall- This is a very nice example of an English Porter. If you like that style of brew give this a try.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Two finger creamy head, really dark brown with a thick mocha appearance and color. Body is nearly black with some dark edges of faint red, but going for real big on opaque appearance.

Mild fruity ester and hints of small acridity on the nose. Slight hints of roast grain with a touch of drip coffee. Not much really going on but half decent.

Palate comes slightly wet, with a bit of tight distracting carbonation. Finishes grainy and a bit dry burnt slightly, a small hint of sour quality which brings out the coffee a little more. Mid palate seems a bit lacking in much to say on anything, with some hints of fruit cherry a little on the finish. Mild roast kicks in with some warmth but also a bit of cola sweetness which gets exaggerated with the carbonation feel.

Kind of lacking a bit overall and comes off with a bit of soda character that doesn't help to bring out the porter goodness.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Label stamped Best By May 0915.

A: Dark brown body with ruby tints. Mostly opaque in the glass. 1/2 finger of mocha-colored head with average retention. Light lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, coffee, almond, toffee. Well done toast. Faint smoke. Brown sugar. Raisin, dried cherry.

T: Tangy, semi-sweet roasted malts open with the development of a balancing, traditional hop presence. Fairly dry finish with lingering chocolate, lightly burnt bread in the finish. Alcohol is consistent with 6.8% ABV and its presence is a good fit.

M: Moderate carbonation with a medium to full body. Nice and rich on the palate. Smooth.

O: Very enjoyable. I particularly like the chocolate notes and the balanced hopping. There is a certain char element that I really dug, but it might not be for everyone.


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Photo of UPMD_Bill
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into glass

A: dark brown almost black. Head almost the color of chocolate milk.
S: roast coffee beans and some spice
T: rich with some smoke and spice, no real bitterness
M: light to moderate carbonation.
O: enjoyed and would buy it again. rich and satisfying, with lots of interesting flavor, yet not too heavy. Good balance for a winter beer,

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Photo of jp32
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black in color with a copper colored head that begins to turn khaki in color and foamy as it settles onto the beer.

Flavor profile is smokey at first. Gets a little tart in the end. Aftertaste really lingers more than it should. Halfway through the beer I'm wondering where that smokiness went. Mouthfeel and carbonation are excellent, exactly to my liking. All in all a pretty good, earthy, porter.

The bottle says best by May 09, 2015.

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Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Huge licorice in aroma, with roast malt and dark chocolate forming the base.

Flavor is roasty at the base, with nice cocoa notes and dark fruit. It's a bit sweet initially, and there's a touch of acrid character. Finish is lightly bitter. Diacetyl emerges late.

Mouthfeel is rich, but there's a silt character that's offputting.

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Photo of tec6456
4.66/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great mouth feel. Nice notes of chocolate and coffee without being overpowering. Very nice porter underneath the mocha taste. I usually don't notice the smell, but this one smells great. Definitely will be a go to porter for me.

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Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a big dark tan head. The head burns off quite quickly, but a small amount lingers on. The aroma is dry roasted notes, with toffee and dark chocolate. Needs to come up to about 48-50F to get the full effect. Some English hops also contribute. This is a much drier in flavor than American style with some molasses and light coffee notes. There is mild carbonation and a nice weight to the body. Would love to try this from one of Heavy Sea's casks.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Off to a OK start head was a 1/2 inch of deep mocha bliss that faded out all too quick like a cheap soda. Beer is a nice shade of inescapable blackness.
S - Dry yeasts are not shy in this one! Very English Porter smelling of chalky yeasts with very little notes of roast, coffee, or anything chocolate. I am scared.
T - Wow uh wow it has a very weird chalkiness to it that reminds me of soap. It seems to have other roasts/ chocolate tastes but all are muddled with hardcore tobacco or something. BLECH
M - Carbonation is OK it should be smooth and medium bodied but more carbonation makes it easier to drink this beer.

Overall skip this one if you can I usually partake in sweeter porters but this one is very earthy and raw.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle from the first bottled batch (14275, Best By 5/9/15)

A: Deep dark brown with a nice thick mocha head that doesn't stick around. No lacing but leaves a collar.
S: Tons of roast and malts with hints of black coffee.
T: Roast through and through, but with an odd soapiness to it.
M: Light level of carbonation that only has the slightest wave of carbonation.
O: Soapy tasting porter to me that is quite slick in the mouth.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color. The head is a finger high, with a tan shade. Retention isn't that great, nor does the head leave any lacing behind. (3)

Smell: Wow, this has a load of dark chocolate - combined with the additional coffee notes, it completely smacks of a good mocha. I'm also getting some more general roast, tobacco, and even dark fruits. I have to say...Heavy Seas absolutely nailed the aromatic qualities of this.(4.25)

Taste: The taste isn't far off, either. It opens up with a combination of mocha and dark fruits, with roasted flavors building up slowly but surely. I'm getting a good amount of tobacco and caramel on the back end. Not supremely complex, though it doesn't need to be. It's absolutely delicious, enough said. (4)

Mouthfeel: It feels fairly light, airy, and bone dry. It's carbonated well...perhaps even too well? The fizz takes away from the feel of the beer slightly - honestly, it hurts the drinkability a bit. (3.5)

Overall: This can easily be mentioned in the same breath as Fuller's London Porter. Only flaw is that it's somewhat over-carbonated. Really, I don't care - this is probably the best Heavy Seas beer I've had yet. (4)

3.95/5: A welcoming addition to the HS lineup

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz beer poured into a pint glass.

A: Pitch black with a towering brown head. Retention is awesome. Foamy rings of lacing.

S: Semi-sweet dark chocolate, mocha, fudge sauce, deeply roasted barley. Hints of soot and charcoal. Tight whiff of berries. A touch yeasty and earthy too.

T: Leathery and earthy. Acrid and smokey. Deep roast. Char. Black coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Some roasted malt acidity. Vague hint of fdarkfruit deep within. Dried tobacco leaves. Drying acrid and charred finish.

M: Medium bodied. Lush and creamy texture. Modest prickling carbonation.

O: A little heavy on the roasted malts, and drinkability suffers a bit because of it. That's not to say this is a bad beer. Not by any means. It's just more of a 'one and done' sort of beer.

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Photo of Jason
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date, sample from the brewery.

Two fingers of light brown head on top of a very deep and dark brew. Big chocolate and coffee nose with hints of dark fruit. Very roasty but not bitter or very burnt much at all, juicy with a dark fruitiness. Unsweetened chocolate, chicory, mild roast coffee and light molasses. Very true to the brewers intention and the style they are going for here, a real meaty Robust Porter and one hell of a treat to drink.

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Deep Six from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 199 ratings