BeerCritic


Two bros red eye porter
07/14/2009, 6:44 PM
Filed under: Porter (English pint, stem glass)

Translucent deep reddish brown under an off white head, acetic, sour body with a smooth mouthfeel. Delicious. On tap at issac newtons, newtown, pa.



Bell’s Porter

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 93, porter, pint, stem glass
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5.6% in 12fl oz. estimated at 150 C
Purchased at: Bound Beverages, Bensalem, PA for $3.33

Aroma: nice, chocolate, malty, dark, roasty. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: tasteful, brown, opaque, tan head, thick lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: heavy malt, light hops, medium strength, high craft. 9 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, smooth texture, roasted finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: deep, malty, I’d have it again, okay value, high craft. 18 out of 20.



J.W. Dundee’s Porter

J.W. Dundee’s Porter
ABV: 6.5%
IBU: ?
Calories: 170
Volume: 12 oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s as a part of a sampler
Price per fl oz: $11 / 144 fl oz = $.07 per fl oz
Consumed on/at: home on March 18th, 2008

sensory first impression: My first ever porter, I’m sure, and not likely the best exemplar. It’s thick enough to be dark, but still translucent. Very chocolaty, quite nutty, and not at all unenjoyable, but not nearly to the degree of Rogue or Brooklyn’s stouts. Okay lace – tan head, but not frothy or deep. Good aroma. Okay color – a bit alcoholic.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt flavor is: chocolate, coffee, nuts, and roast.
Hop flavor is: resinous, and herbaceous
Yeast flavor is: doughy, moldy, and very dry
Other flavors include: alcohol, corn, raisin, a touch of smoke

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is: dark reddish brown, thick but not inpenetrable
Liquid is: dark and translucent at 90%
Head and lace are: thin, tan

Taste/Flavor:
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: medium to heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: light
Sour level is: very light

Palate/Tactile:
Body or Mouthfeel is: medium to full
Texture is: creamy, thick, papery
Carbonation is: flat
Finish is: long and not bad at all.

Overall experience: A fairly dark beer with a nice nutty chocolaty taste. For the price, it’s fantastic, but for the type, it’s lacking. Spending $ on a 12 pack sampler, vs a 6 pack of chocolate stouts at 10% is like to result in different outcomes. This is likely the best of the sampler though.



Yuengling Original Black and Tan
07/29/2008, 10:05 PM
Filed under: Porter (English pint, stem glass), Yuengling | Tags: , , ,

Not nearly as abysmal as their other offerings, but not great either – I think that the taste here leads to the idea that their porter would probably be rather nice, considering the price, but this mix of lager and porter only hints at what that might taste like. Rather like a weak brown ale, this is just okay.

Aroma is okay, taste is about average, palate is poor, visuals are average. Overall, it makes me want something else.



Anchor Porter

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 98, porter, english pint or stem glass
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5.6% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 150 C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $2.50

Aroma: leather, funk, armpit. feet. 7 out of 10.

Visuals: opaque, black and oily, persistent tan head, thick lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: leather, tea, licorice, corn, little hops, well crafted brown style. 8 out of 10.

Palate: flat soda, smooth, quick flat finish. 3 out of 5.

Overall: Like delicious but flat root beer. I would not seek it out a second time, but this is not my favorite style. It seems of a high craft. 15 out of 20.



Captain Lawrence Smoke from the Oak, batch 2 (Wine Barrel)

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 98, Porter, English Pint, Stem Glass
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.4% in 25.4 fl oz. estimated at 340C
Purchased at: OakTree Buy Rite in South Plainsfield, NJ for $14.99 (special thanks to Jay for this back store grab.)

Aroma: wine, oak, age, extraordinary, overwhelming, pungent. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: fully opaque, black, thin wispy tan head, strong lacing. 5 out of 5.

Taste: grapes, oak, electric, sauerkraut, wet, burnt, pine, cherry, beautifully crafted. 9 out of 10.

Palate: surf, mercury, long, strong, bitter, sour. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Reminds me of the smell of a house burning. I wouldn’t seek it out again – smoked is not my favorite style, though I’m glad I had a chance to sample it. It’s extremely well crafted, and in my palate, it’s extremely close to wine. 17 out of 20.



Rogue Mocha Porter
06/17/2008, 2:32 AM
Filed under: Porter (English pint, stem glass), Rogue | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

ABV: 5.1 %
RateBeer rating: 90
Calories: estimated at 150C
Volume: 12 fl oz.
Glass: stem, pint, shaker
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington (thanks, Mike!)
Price: $1.42
Consumed at: home

rivers red with blood
a faint musk coffee dust ball
quick creamy finish
cocoa root beer for adults
a light touch for bold brewers

aroma 7 out of 10
visuals 5 out of 5
taste 8 out of 10
palate 4 out of 5
overall 16 out of 20



0lfabrikken Porter

Glass: Stem glass
Purchased at: Canal’s discount Liquor Mart, Burlington, NJ
Price: $8.07
Size: 22.3fl oz
ABV: 7.5 %
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 400 C
RateBeer Rating:100

Aural: quiet opening, quiet carbonation, uneventful pour

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: amazingly strong
Balance: sweet
Impression: delicious

Malt Aroma: chocolate roast coffee
Hops Aroma:
earth tar resin
Other Aroma:
prunes
Notes: Amazingly deep and burning aroma – one of the best ever.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: black
Clarity: fully opaque

Head Retention: persistent
Lace: little
Notes: An amazing deeply present appearance.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: bitter

Impression: incredible
Malt Flavor: caramel toffee chocolate roast coffee
Hops Flavor:
earth resin citrus
Other: cocoa,
chocolate liquor, hops, bitterness.
Notes: This is easily one of my favorite beer flavors of all time.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: sharp drying warming
Body: full
Carbonation: average
Finish

Length: long
Intensity: strong
Balance: bitter
Notes: the coffee, raisin, and other dark notes are very present in the wonderful finish.

General Impression: 20 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: The dark notes are most enticing. Absolutely one of my favorite beers.



Flying Dog Road Dog Porter

ABV: 6 %
RateBeer rating: 57
Calories: estimated at 150C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: stem glass
Purchased at: Varsity Liquors, Princeton, NJ
Price: $1.33
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Not great, but not bad. Dark, roasted flavors, coffee and some chocolate, on top of a watery base. Aroma is faint, stale, and chocolate. Visuals are deep brown, with a quickly dissipating head. Taste is roasted, chocolate, coffee, and spices. Palate is top of mouth, somewhat hoppy and long lasting finish. Second Impression is much like the first – not great but not bad. Many others stomp on it comparatively.

Aroma: 4 out of 10

Visuals: 3 out of 5

Taste: 6 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 14 out of 20



Sierra Nevada Porter
05/21/2008, 4:20 AM
Filed under: Porter (English pint, stem glass), Sierra Nevada | Tags: , , , ,

Glass: Stem Glass
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ.
Price: $ 2.75
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV:5.6 %
Estimated Calories: 150 C
RateBeer Rating: 90

Aroma 6 out of 10
Intensity: Faint
Balance: Sweet
Impression: Neutral

Malt Flavor: Bread Sweet Nut Caramel Coffee
Hops Flavor:
Floral Herbal Spice
Other:
Corn
Notes: Not a deep flavor, but not bad at all.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: Black
Clarity: Opaque
Head Retention:Persistent
Notes: Very good appearance for such a widely available beer.

Flavor 8 out of 10
Intensity: Middle
Balance: Sweeter
Impression: Nice
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread Sweet Caramel Coffee
Hops Flavor: Earth Floral Herbal
Other:
Notes: Flavor here has some depth, but not a lot.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Creamy Warming
Body: Medium
Carbonation: Lively
Finish

Length: Medium Long
Intensity: Stronger
Balance: Sweeter
Notes: A very nice aftertaste, though not long lasting.

General Impression: 16 out of 20
Craftmanship: Middle
Freshness: Fresh
Personal Taste: Okay
Notes: Many stouts are far more enjoyable, but are usually much more expensive. A very affordable nice brew.




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