Mike is helping me out with a guest post this week. Thanks a lot!
Port City Porter by Mike Felts
Thanks to Rob for allowing me to guest review while he's away from
Daily Beer Review. Hope the review lives up to expectations!
Port City is a new brewery out of Alexandria, VA, started in January
2011. They've grown quickly and are currently served by a very large
number of restaurants in the DC metro area. DC has a lively beer
scene, but has historically not been served all that well by local
breweries. There were a handful of brewpubs such as Capital City
Brewing, District Chophouse, and Rockbottom, but few breweries that
distributed other than Dogfish Head (which has a handful of their Ale
Houses in the area). Recently there’s been a number of breweries that
have cropped up in the DC area, such as DC Brau, Chocolate City
Brewing, and Port City Brewing.
After tasting all their beers recently at their tasting room, the
Porter was my favorite and that’s what I’m reviewing today. The beer
pours a dark black, that is completely opaque except at the edges
where some light starts to come through. A minimal tan head sits atop
There are a lot of roasty characteristics in the aroma, particularly
chocolate and coffee, cut with a nice malty, bready aroma as well. The
taste follows through from the aroma, continuing the malty notes from
the aroma. Most porters leave me feeling like I just drank a watered
down stout, which really isn’t something I’m going for normally.
However, the Port City Porter has a nice hop profile from the addition
of Magnum and Fuggles hops to give it a life of its own. There’s a
nice long finish that continues on much longer than the typical
porter, which is primarily due to its hop character. It starts out
well-balanced, gets a bit hoppy after a bit, and then evens out, with
almost a bit of mineral flavor at the end of the palate, which luckily
isn’t very strong.
[As reviewed: 12oz bottle, 7.5% ABV, 45 IBU]