May 9, 2014

DC Brau Penn Quarter Porter

I do like a good porter, especially one so close to home. I suppose that’s why I always enjoy a bottle of Port City’s Porter whenever I get the chance. It’s a favorite of mine, but after having a few cans of DC Brau’s Penn Quarter Porter, it may have been supplanted as my go-to local. Well, that is, if Penn Quarter were more readily available.

DC Brau’s porter weighs in at 5.5% ABV and is more akin to a cross between a standard porter and a stout. It’s robust, with the roasty character of a porter as well as the body and mouthfeel of a stout. Yet, with all that said, Penn Quarter is still quite smooth and approachable.

DC Brau Penn Quarter Porter photo


The brew pours stoutish — dirty oil in color, thick and slow. It’s capped by a smoothly falling head of dark brown, rocky foam.


Chocolate, espresso, a light char, tobacco and an earthy roast combine for a great smelling beer.


Oh yeah…. that’s a solid porter — robust, roasty, chocolaty and smooth. It drinks like a stout in terms of its viscous, velvety mouthfeel. Coffee, hints of cigar, distant campfire and and overall earthiness round it all out nicely as alight level of bitterness lingers in the lasting finish.


I really liked Penn Quarter Porter. It’s not a beer that I often see, but it will surely be one that I will pick-up whenever I run across it in the future. Rich, robust and full-bodied, it’s got a great flavor and is deceptively smooth and accessible.

Rating: 4/5

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