Friar's Porter | North Country Brewing

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North Country Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by WVbeergeek on 04-03-2005

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of CBodamer
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dmaradei
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Mattsk1
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of PastorMeat
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of DLSheidy
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Omnium
2.64/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served on-tap at the brewery.
Pours a dark brown with a finger of off white head, no lacing. Aroma is seriously muted, lots of baking flour a little roasty but meh. Flavor is toasted caramel malt, and an onslaught of sweet cherry, I font know where it comes from, but its sickening sweet.
This beer is like if firehouse red had a retarded porter for a brother.

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Photo of Xandrose
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of scm2787
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Cylinsier
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black with a tan film for a head.

Smells of toasted oats and brown sugar.

Flavor is toasted oat malts, nutty bitterness, mildly acidic coffee and some cocoa.

Medium body with a soft carbonation.

Pretty good flavorful porter, would have again. Good flavor balance.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

North Country Brewing
Friars Porter
Cask @ Pipers Pub

Served at room temperature on a warm summer day.

LOOK: Dark brown with a very creamy foam top that lasts the duration of the drinking experience. Sheets of lace decorate the glass, that look of a great beer is here.

SMELL: Roasted malt, muted fruit, woodsy hop notes, coffee, chocolates and dark bread compose a very nice and inviting aroma.

TASTE: Follows the nose with a nice roasted malt quality, with notes of dark chocolates, oats, coffee, and mild dark fruits. Mild but assertive bitterness, astringent qualities, but more of a ghost hop than a major player in the flavor. This is about smokey roasted malts, cocoa, and nutty qualities. Reasonably complex and mostly just delicious.

FEEL: Medium bodied but lighter, small carbonation and ultra smooth. Silky smooth, delicate, easy to quaff feel.

OVERALL: A quality beverage from North Country, and proves to be a great cask conditioned ale. Perfect after dinner beer, meant to be savored with substantial sips.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of biglite351
3.07/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - just a bit of red around the edges, tight tan hear.

S - very, very mild malts and chocolate.

T - Smooth malts and chocolate up front, mild bitter turn in the after taste.

M - light covering, but a lot of tingle through the after taste. You feel it on the tongue, back of mouth and down throat.

D - two or so.

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Photo of Lepley
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got growler of this on the weekend. Labeled Friar's Coffee Porter.

A: Pours deep murky blackish-brown. Little to no head, but it was in a growler for two days.
S: Roasted, sweet, malty.
T: Rich roasted coffee, chocolate, light bitterness.
M: Smooth, not much carbonation, again it was in a growler.
D: Pretty well rounded and drinkable porter. I would have liked to see some nice head on this, maybe I'll have to order a pint the next time I have a chance to eat at the restaurant.

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Photo of cichief
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had at the brewpub in Slippery Rock.

A- Pours a deep brown, with a nice tan head.

S- Slight coffee scent with hints of sweet chocolate.

T- Good coffee-chocolate flavor, well balanced, not too sweet.

M- Smooth, medium body, plenty of carbonation, but not fizzy.

D- Definitely one of North Country's more drinkable beers.

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Photo of beerphan
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler -> goblet
ABV: 6.1%

Pours black with a glorious thick 2 inch mocha head that lasts. Patchy lace clings to the glass

Nose: Dark malts, chocolate, and coffee fill the nose. A very rich full scent.

Taste: The rich dark malts are upfront and in your face. Touches of dark chocolate and burnt coffee grinds. A nice lingering hop bite in the finish leaves you wanting another sip. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is a bit crisp for a porter, not very chewy, but it works for this brew.

A very sessionable porter from North Country. I could drink this all night long.

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Photo of burnstar
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This porter is very dark with a small head that leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is faint dark malt. This stuff is quite hoppy for a porter but there is also a strong roasted and chocolate malt presence. Nicely balanced- the additional hops really work in this brew. The mouthfeel is also just about right. Not too heavy and easy to drink. Definitely a good choice at North Country.

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a 5oz sample platter.

I am beginning to realize that I might be a closet porter fan, and don't even realize it. This was a shade behind the Bucksnort Stout for my 2nd favorite sampling today.

What a beauty to look at! For a porter, its very dark, ruddy-ebony, almost opaque. Of course it had a wonderful cream colored head with strong, clinging lace. Nose was the only weakpoint - it was murky, peaty, hard to pinpoint.

A stronger than most use of hops for a porter, but it swallowed surprisingly mild and light. The main undercurrent to the hops was a dark chocolate with caramel accents. This beer was enjoyable, drinkable, and I would try it again. You won't regret trying this offering.

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Friar's Porter from North Country Brewing
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 18 ratings