Nitro Porter | Cumberland Brews

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87
very good
49 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cumberland Brews
Kentucky, United States
cumberlandbrewery.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by GuinnessSmurf on 04-28-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
49
Reviews:
22
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A moderate porter that hits all the strides of the style from start to finish. Solid and non-offensive for a most enjoyable session.

The porter starts with a dark brown color, near clarity, and a massive head that has a hard time separating from the liquid. Tightly knit, the creamy tan bubbles of the foam result in a thick blanket that's tough to get a sip arround- taking on Guiness-like proportions.

Medium aromas of nutty coffee, cocoa, mild char, and a hint of malty toffee or caramel fill the nose in moderate fashion. The sturdiness of foam prevents more vibrant aromas from impeeding. Mild alcohols give the impression of cherry esters as the beer warms.

Flavors follow suit with a focus on malty-rich caramels or toffee. The swirl of heavy kilned malts deliver flavors of bitter chocolates, Columbian types of coffee, walnuts, malted milkshakes, and mild fruity esters. A hint of grassy, herbal hop flavor morphs into a dry bitterness late. Again, all flavors hit medium strength throughout for a very enjoyable and inviting session.

Full creaminess upfront due to the expansive carbonation. But as the creaminess subsides, the beer makes a quick transition to lightness, airiness, and roasty dryness in finish. Without giving away all malty richness, the beer ultimately finishes semi-dry with a linger of roast and a tinge of hop bitterness.

Again, a solid porter that has all the halmarks of a well made dark ale. But with no element that separates it from others, the only memorable trait will be the persistent foamstance.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft nitro-tap, beer served in a nonic pint glass. The beer poured dark brown with about an inch creamy tan head. Very good lacing and head retention. The aroma wasn't strong, but it was still nice smelling like coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is pretty much the same way it smells (except taste is stronger), but the coffee and roasted malt are more noticable than the chocolate is. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and it's creamy and very, very smooth. Drinkability is very good for that same reason, it's very smooth and really easy to drink. Easily it's my favorite of the beers at Cumberland Brews. I'd recommend it to anyone making a trip there.

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Photo of mattmarka1
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nitro creaminess. Some roast but not much else.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

A: Pour is black with garnet highlights. A very small tan head quickly turns into a thin ring of lace around the sides of the glass.

S: Aromas of roasted grain, coffee, and dark chocolate immediately hit the nose. As the beer warms, aromas of heavy cream, toffee, caramel, and molasses appear.

T: Notes of molasses, dark chocolate, toffee, caramel, coffee, heavy cream, and roasted grain are apparent in the mouth. Subtle traces of dark fruit can be detected in the background. The finish is smooth and long with huge roasted grain and chocolate flavors.

M: Medium-bodied, oily, and smooth. Very creamy in the mouth. Carbonation is not really all that apparent. Very quaffable.

O: Compared to many American porters, this porter is much softer and smoother, with a great nose and a great flavor profile. Despite the depth and intensity of flavors, however, the beer remains very accessible. In my opinion, this is one of the best beers in Louisville, and certainly deserves its status as a local favorite.

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Photo of Lukass
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of KYGunner
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Not a fan of Nitro beers because the blast of nitrogen washes away the flavor and this is no different. There are hidden glimpses of stout like malts, char and chocolate. The mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat creamy but all seems lost in the nitrogen.

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Photo of psmith161
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of kmpitz2
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This comes off the tap a dark brown color with a thick creamy head. The nose is not very strong, but there is a distinct mocha aroma in it. The taste is wonderful. The coffee and chocolate swim in a pool of creamy goodness, just begging me to drink more of it. What a nice beer. The mouthfeel is about on for the style, not thick like a stout, but not too thin. Just about right. Drinkability is very good. Hell, my brother doesn't like dark beers, and he said this was a good drink! Try this one. Please. What a treat.

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Photo of Magery
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of JustinSparks
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of clvand0
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a sampling glass at the brewpub (and brought a growler home). Pours a dark brown color with a nice fluffy off-white head. The aroma isn't very strong, but there is a bit of nice maltiness there. Wow, what a great taste. Extremely creamy and smooth. Drinkability and mouthfeel are top notch. Has a slight coffee and malty flavor. Some creamy chocolate there as well. Just wow. Best porter I've ever had.

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Photo of crbnfbr
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of MaseFace
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Cresant
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft nonic pint. 1-2 fingers of creamy tan head. Body was an opaque ebony/brown.

Smelled subdued yet fresh and malty.

Taste was lush but contained. Malts and minor hops. Restrained coffee notes. Butter. Very mild chocolate hints. Not cocoa bitter, or molasses flavored.

Mouthfeel was quite creamy without being too filling/full. A very nice offering.

I will order this one again.

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Photo of Nordbier
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nolen12
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of beerme626
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of SheepNutz
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a sample glass. It pours a deep ruby red color, almost black, with two fingers of medium tan head. There is a good amount of lacing left behind. The smell is a little light (probably due to the nitro), but has some roasted malt and molasses character. The taste is sweet at first, and very malty. Has lots of coffee and mocha taste. The mouthfeel suffers due to the nitro. The drinkability is really good though. Could possibly be one of the greatest porters ever if it wasn't nitro poured. I would try to buy a keg of this just to serve it out of a regular CO2 tap.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Nitro Porter from Cumberland Brews
3.99 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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