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Greenport Harbor Black Duck Porter



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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
A black ale that puts the flavor of the malt front and center. It has a mild hop character that balances strong notes of cocoa and hints of coffee. A full-bodied treat that pairs well with chocolate as well as fresh shellfish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
two7offsuit (449) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2016
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of malt and dark chocolate. Flavor is roasted malt and coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (9412) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2016
Tap in LGA airport. Very well made Porter. Dark dense pour with a dense clingy head. Mocha, roast, some hops, full body. Really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (7810) - ITALY - JUN 5, 2016
on tap piuttosto scura discrete note tostate un filo di caramello buona beva leggere note fruttate

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
trapped (2120) - New York, TURKEY - FEB 16, 2016
Draught @ Albion. Dark brown with reddish tint with decent sized creamy tan head, coffee beans aroma, low carbonation, faintly sweet mocha taste, thin body, medium bitter roasted malt finish. Lightweight but satisrfying porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (14613) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Bottle - Pours dark brown tan head - nose/taste of cocoa, caramel, coffee, light roast - medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jb (2872) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2015
Iím getting about as sick of this style as IPA. None can be differentiated very much is the trouble. Grainy, black malt driven. Appearance is clear very dark brown with orange highlights and very spotty lacing. Average.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
Omems (12) - New York, USA - OCT 14, 2015
Tasted like old raisins steeped in (old) flat cola. Funky stink, meh mouthfeel and gross taste. Sorry guys, I like some of your other stuff, but this incompatible with my palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ron (3507) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2015
Bottle. The beer is near black with a thin tan head and no lace. The aroma offers chocolate, malt, roast. A bit of cocoa in the flavor with a slightly bitter finish. Pretty smooth on the palate. Thin body on this porter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sammy (10891) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2015
Off aromas with mollasses. Somewhat thin porter. Good looking retained head. Bitterness in ffinish and malt.Thx americo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChadPolenz (1654) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2015
Itís rare to find a porter below 5% ABV these days. Though itís also rare to find a traditional, to-spec porter for that matter. Greenport Harbor Black Duck Porter is a pretty standard, no frills porter at only 4.7%. Thatís actually not an easy brew to make so Iím impressed even though the beer is just plain good.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a flared snifter. There was no freshness date and it cost $3.05 ($0.25 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark brown body with light brown highlights. Pours to a two-finger, tan, foamy head which retains pretty well but doesnít leave a lot of lacing.

Smell: A lightly sweet malty aroma with a hint of milk chocolate and roasted malt. Not too intense, but nice.

Taste: When I think of a no frills porter, this is exactly what comes to mind. Thatís not to say this beer doesnít taste good Ė it does Ė just that it opts for normalcy over distinctiveness. Itís quite sweet right from the get-go: some dark malty flavors akin to that of a brown ale. Minor notes of toffee and milk chocolate up front with some dry roasty bitterness on the finish. I also detect a slight tanginess, which isnít uncommon. Iím not sure if thatís intentional or if this bottle is a little old. I will say all the flavors are in the right place in the right amount here, so this is an enjoyable brew even if it doesnít knock my socks off.

Drinkability: Greenport Harbor Black Duck Porter also has the mouthfeel I associate with a traditional porter. Itís not exactly velvety, though itís certainly soft and smooth with low carbonation (not crisp at all). Nor is it sticky or cloying. Thatís not surprising considering the beer is only 4.7% ABV. It does have quite a lot of flavor for such a light body. Might not be a bad beer to session in the colder months.

RATING: 7/10

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