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Panther Lake Porter | Silver City Brewing Co.

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Panther Lake PorterPanther Lake Porter

Brewed by:
Silver City Brewing Co.
Washington, 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 03-01-2005

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 43
Reviews by lwillitz:
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3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had the "six shooter sampler" at Silver City Restaurant and Brewery. This was one of the six. For whatever reason (small servings, straight glasses, environment, etc.) detecting the smells of these beers was difficult. Also, the heads had receded by the time the waitress brought the glasses to the table, decreasing my enjoyment of the appearance. With all of this in mind . . .

A - pitch black body with ruby highlights; tan head

S - coffee and roast malt; weak smell

T - rich roast malt flavor with black coffee

M - medium body; average carbonation

O – could be fuller-bodied for a porter

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Photo of NWer
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown almost black into a pint glass. Nice head retained well for a long time.
Aroma of coffee from the get-go. Very pronounced coffee notes.
Taste is sublime. Milky smooth mouthfeel. Enjoyable. No edge to it at all. Not a porter fan. I normally prefer stouts but this is an exception.
Overall I definitely give it an up tic for a solid effort.

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Photo of jpbebeau
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Snooprobirob
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of drinkin-beeers
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of rfreed
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

A: Black. Foamy head. Excellent lacing throughout.
S: Small roasty notes. Coffee.
T: Coffee, chocolate. Slightly roasty.
M: Smooth. Medium carbonation. Big body.
O: Good representation of a porter. I like the fact that there isn't too much black patent flavor. Would have scored higher if the carbonation was a bit lower.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from 1/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red brown, one finger light brown head and lacing. Roasted malt, coffee and light hop aroma. Smooth, smoky sweet malt flavor with light hops, good for a low abv porter. Light bodied, but worth a visit again.

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Photo of OregonGrown7
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of VashonGuy
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of lloydboss
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of jwc215
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Red Robin, Silverdale, WA:

Pours very dark brown to black with a tan head that thins and stays. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of rich dark chocolate and robust coffee.

The taste is of dark chocolate and caramel with coffee roast and an earthy bitterness balancing the sweetness. Alcohol very well-covered. Finish could last a bit longer.

A very good example of a robust American porter!

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Photo of neenerzig
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bottle of this at a grocery store in Port Angeles, as my wife and I are staying here over night. Brouth this back to my hotel room. Poured out of a 22 oz. bomber bottle into a pint glass, this beer pours a very dark brown, almost black color that's not interested in letting in any light whatsoever. Has a tan, light brown head that's about 1/2 an inch when first poured that settles to a fairly thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a big cluster swirl of a film layer of foam on the beer's surface. Decent lacing too. Aromas of very roasted malts with caramel and chocolate sweetness that gives way to some coffee and hop bitterness. The taste is pretty much the same, with dark, roasted caramel and malt sweetness that gives way to some roasted, black coffee bitterness and a bit of earthy, astringent hop bitterness as well. Has a somewhat crisp, also smooth and slightly creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. The roasted malts and coffee flavors really like to linger on the aftertaste. Has a clean finish. Glad I got a chance to try this one on this vacation. A good example overall of this style I feel.


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Photo of elektronen
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of M477
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of froghop
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark brown with a small khaki head, and good lacing.

smell is faint, cocoa, weak coffee, a touch of vanilla, and some roasted nuts.

taste is on the watery side, chocolate, sour malt, vanilla, roasted nuts, and weak coffee, ends dry.

an okay porter better than most silver city brews.

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Photo of Anew
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Donkster46
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of flagmantho
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich black hue which allows very little light to transit the body. Head pours a couple fingers of frothy dark-tan foam, and it is pretty tenacious.

Smell: aroma consists of vegetal hops with a little bit of roasty character deep underneath. This is kind of typical for a porter, but the vegetal flavors are poorly masked here. Still, could be worse.

Taste: surprisingly smooth for a roasty beer. Starts off with a light sweet flavor and then transitions to a darker, roasty flavor. Vegetal hops persist, but there is a light chocolatiness to go along with them. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent level of carbonation. Too light to be really creamy, but decent.

Overall: this beer is OK. It's got a few good points going for it, but I find the cooked-vegetable quality of the hops a little too overpowering for me.

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Photo of Stevotex
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jeffsta1
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty, dark color.

Smell is mild. Nothing off, but nothing great.

Taste is also rather mild. Dark malt, but not intense.

Moderate mouthfeel, wouldn't mind it richer, kind of a lot of carbonation.

Finish is clean, well-integrated, finally a slight hint of bitterness.

Overall this is a fine session porter, if you want such a thing. I usually want a richer one.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: black as night and devoid of light, thick creamy head

Smell: milk chocolate, coffee, dark and rich espresso

Taste/Mouthfeel: rich chocolate, coffee, chocolate birthday cake(don't ask me, I just call it how I taste it), fairly hoppy but not too much, surprisingly refreshing sweet finish

The only drawback to this beer is that it a seasonal brew made in the summer. I was very impressed with this beer and think it pushed me over the edge from an occasional stout drinker to a porter lover. Once again, it's a dark beer thing.

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Panther Lake Porter from Silver City Brewing Co.
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