Apr 28, 2011

Port City Porter

Port City Porter photoDark and roasty.

While Port City Brewing’s Monumental IPA may be more seasonally appropriate, I’m a sucker for a dark, roasty porter any time of year. This is the second offering from the company that I’ve been able to find at my local shop and, had I enjoyed it this past Winter, I might favor it a bit more than the IPA.

This is a fairly robust porter with a decent level of roasted malt along with a nuttiness that was a welcome surprise. The brew weighs in at 7.5% ABV, but is easy drinking and smooth.


This brew pours dark, dark brown with a large mocha colored head.


Roasty malts, light chocolates and a subtle nutty character fill the nose with a great balanced aroma.


I love the smooth roast to this beer. It’s got just a hint of a char on it, but isn’t too much to impact it’s drinkable nature. There’s also a surprising amount of a nutty character to the brew that’s a nice change of pace from other porters I’ve had recently. The light chocolates mingle with the roasted malt to give the brew a bit of a dark coffee vibe. The Magnum and Fuggles hops the brewery uses in the recipe add just the right amount of bitterness to the lingering and slightly dry finish.


I’m thrilled to have found this porter and IPA from a local brewery. This porter will be perfect when the cold weather returns much later this year. It’s going to be a staple in my household for sure.

Rating: 4/5

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