778: Yuengling Dark Brewed Porter

778 - Yuengling Dark Brewed PorterName: Yuengling Dark Brewed Porter
Brewery: D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc.
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Pottsville, PA
Style: American Porter
Alcohol Content (ABV): 4.7%
First Brewed: 1829
Price: $1.99

Tasting Notes
Offers a faint malty aroma with little hops. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light of such a dark brew, while its roasted malt flavor finished with a slightly sour, chocolate bite.

Ricky’s Thoughts

First off, look where the brewery is. Fun! I have actually been to Pottsville. I have heard rumors they named the town after me. But I will leave that for you to decide. Also, we have to thank Scott for this. He brought us two bottles of this on his last trip to the Valley. He actually handed them to us after a pint at Fate Brewing Company right here in Scottsdale. He will be vital in the success of our list as much as he travels. Cheers, Scott!

I haven’t had this beer before, but I am a HUGE fan of Yuengling. We couldn’t get it in Indiana, but every time I went to Florida I would grab some. There were times I wouldn’t make it out of the airport before I grabbed a pint. We moved to Arizona, and can’t get it here, either. We have a bottle of Yuengling left, and thanks to our good friend Dennis, he snagged us a can of Yuengling Light the last time he was on vacation. We will be doing an “off the wall” review of those two beers next. Sad we can’t get them here, but it makes the beer that much more enjoyable. Cheers!

In the Glass: The beer is pitch black in the glass. It has a nice thin white head with a carbonated lace. Hearing how thin this beer tastes has me concerned about my overall enjoyment of it, but the fact this recipe dates back to 1829 is pretty exciting. That, and it comes from the oldest brewery in the United States.

Nose: Not much going on here. There is a subtle malty aroma, but nothing to write home about. It’s actually quite bland, to be honest. If I am getting anything it’s a nice dark chocolate aroma. Granted, I have a glass of hops sitting there that I have been sipping on. Beats the Rolling Rock and Natural Ice I had at dinner! By the way, Culinary Dropout is a great restaurant if you are ever in the Valley.

Flavor: What flavor? There isn’t much going on here. It is lightly carbonated, but the flavors don’t really come out until the aftertaste. To be completely honest, this beer is boring with very little character. This is NOT a typical porter, that’s for sure. I wonder what makes it “dark brewed”…

Mouthfeel: There is a light carbonation up front, but the beer is easy to drink. It is quite thin on my palate, offering very little body. If I was doing a blind taste test with this, I would never consider this a porter. I know that is the point… but add a little creaminess to it, or something. You do get a little bit of chocolate malt character toward the finish, but it comes and goes just as fast.

Aftertaste: There isn’t much aroma on this. There isn’t much flavor. There also isn’t much in the aftertaste. I am not getting much of anything, really. I get this is an old recipe… but maybe they should consider changing the recipe to keep up with the modern craft beer revolution.

They might have named Pottsville after me, but this isn’t a beer that I would approve them brewing in my town! (I am kidding… they didn’t really name Pottsville after me. Or did they?) I will stick with my Yuengling and leave the dark brewed porter for the birds.

BEER NAME – The bottle says: “BREWED EXPRESSLY FOR TAVERN & FAMILY TRADE”

Rating: 1.5/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

I don’t think that I have ever had the beer that we are doing tonight before. It is Yuengling Porter. I’m not sure I even knew before this that Yuengling made a porter. I don’t know a ton about Yuengling other than their lager is pretty decent and very popular. When we lived in Indiana, there was a big fuss about not being able to buy it there, and so when we were able to get it (like when we were in another state where it was available), we would alway grab one (or a case). But, this is their porter… a completely different beer. So, let’s see how it is.

In the glass it looks like a typical porter. Dark and sort of thick. It had a bit of head, but that didn’t stick around long. The color is very dark, basically black. It doesn’t have a strong smell to it, but what is there smells pretty good. It smells like a porter, with subtle notes of dark chocolate in it. Not overwhelming so far, but nothing bad either. This could be a good session beer if you like porters. Let’s try it.

First taste… well, as expected, it tastes like a porter. But a very basic porter. I actually really like porters, but I’m also really picky about my favorites. (I believe I’ve mentioned this before, probably several times.) It’s got a sweet taste to it, with some of that dark chocolate and also a bit of burnt coffee. But it’s not spectacular. I like it, but I wouldn’t say there’s anything special about it. But again, not a bad session beer if you like porters. And since we can’t even get Yuengling here, I probably won’t be buying it again.

Rating: 3/5

777 bottles of beer on the wall…

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