BroSpud (2188) - , Massachusetts, USA - JAN 25, 2010
12oz bottle. I fully expected not to like this based on my memories of the original Narragansett beer/swill that has been gone for close to 30 years now (damn I’m getting old). But this ain’t bad at all. In fact it has a real strong character all it’s own that makes it actually stand out from alot of the other porters out there. I found it to be sweet with a smoky after taste that also carried flavors of licorice, root beer and raisins plus maybe vanilla? Lots going on here. Will require further study. nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2012 The aroma is not completely to my liking but not bad. It is metallic and a bit dusty with both chocolate and coffee. There is also a bit of root beer in it. The appearance is brown with a foamy head. The taste is like the aroma with the metallic part in the finish. The palate is well carbonated. Overall a pretty average porter with a unique aroma. SanfordBrewer (1574) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2010
(br-btl cm-lbl,12oz, at Redlight Redlight in Orlando FL)sebletitje (10080) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2009
opq-bk, thin-lasting-cm-head, med-co2, med-body.
aroma: chicken-coop(bad) funky-chclt.
flavor: ^chicken-coop, §chclt-§astringent-§charred-malt, almost enough characterless hop bitterness to balance, nasty coop flavor throughout.
maybe bad bottle, there seems to be a dichotomy among ratings and descriptions of this beer, so maybe they have a great porter but poor bottling sanitation.
Cheers to Tony @ OTH for opening this one.
Pours dark brown, off-white head.
Aroma dark malts, intense roasted goodness, caramel.
Flavor, amazingly easy to drink, lots of chocolate malts, roast, hints of hops bitterness, carbonation might have been a tad too high, nice bready/dough finish.
This is tasty! redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2009
12 oz bottle. Smells pretty damn good, super caramelly, chocolatey with hints of coffee and vanilla. Pours dark brown with a reddish hue at the center with a thin white head that dissipates. Huge molasses and caramel notes in the flavor, caramelized and burnt sugars, roasted malts, burnt marshmallow, very creamy and smooth. Shockingly good! I did not have high expectations but this is a solid porter!
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 30, 2009
Poured into a tasting glass from the tap
The appearance is a dark black with a brown head left a little film on the rim of the glass.
The smell was a strong malt flavor, a little hint of a burnt flavor and a little caramel.
A good smooth porter that was very warming going down. A great beer for a winter night or a cool spring or fall day.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 16, 2009
Pours brown with a thin tan head. Smells of roasted maly, raisins. Tastes watery and vegetal with some dark fruity hints on the finish. puboflyons (3432) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 15, 2009
From a 12 fl. oz. bottle with no date or lot code. The first thing I noticed was that the inside of the bottle cap was stamped with the names of a couple of streets in Providence, Rhode Island. This is probably some fun marketing thing. The pour is a drak brown with creamy beige head that lingers for the session. The aroma is mildly smoked but little else. Bold mouthfeel. The flavorr was also mildly smoked with some lingering hops. It reminded me of a watered down Guinness Stout. I have got to say that this was far more impressive than I expected. It was a bargain for under $6.00. drmachata (7) - Rhode Island, USA - FEB 28, 2009 does not count
The best thing I can say about Gansett’s Porter is that they brewed a Porter here in the Biggest Little! The dark brown pour offers promise of a robust drink, but the modest head begins to sober the drinker. Nose offered promise in the hints of chocolate roast, but the body was weak, with little character. Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Pours a dark brown color with a small brown head. Nose roasted, malty, sweet, vinous subtle notes. Initial taste cocoa, roasted malt, cream, and nuts. The flavor is very mild and subdued. The body is very light and watery. Mid palate to finish is mildy vinous. Definitely designed for a virgin porter drinker. Palate duration is average and head retention. Overall nothing special.