Cumberland Brewing Co.- Porter


Cumberland Brewing Co.- Porter Review

Five years in, Cumberland Brewing Co. is still going strong with a loyal local following. Fans know that, rain or shine, sun or sleet, there is always a friendly conversation and a good pint at their local taproom. Located in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, this brewery, while not shying away from more experimental beers, also show a strong hand at brewing styles familiar to everyone, such as the Porter.

This porter pours very dark brown with a red hint. Out of the growler, its carbonation is low. The head is a light tan, very small and thin just on the edge of the glass. There is a roasted malt aroma with a nuttiness and lightly roasted coffee. The mouthfeel is full enough not to be a dark lager but not a stout. There is no harsh, acrid or scorched notes. The flavours are of nuts, cola, soft licorice, sweet chocolate and are well balanced and integrated. This beer finishes roasty, quick and pleasant.

Why Beer Drinkers Come to Cumberland

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    Overall Enjoyment

About This Beverage

  • Colour: Brown
  • Head Size & Retention: Flat. No head
  • Carbonation: Mild Carbonation
  • Clarity: Clear
  • Balance: More Malty
  • Drinkability: Definitely Drinkable
  • Enjoyment: I would recommend this beer to a friend
  • Malt Characteristics: Coffee or Chocolate, Nutty, Toasty/Roasty
  • Hop Characteristics: Earthy
  • Palate: Medium Bodied


Five years old, the Comox Valley’s Cumberland Brewing has a strong local following based around great beer and a cosy, friendly atmosphere. Their Porter is nicely stylistic accurate and familiar.


Perfect mouthfeel for a porter, not as light as a dark lager or as heavy as a stout.


Despite adequate and stylistically accurate carbonation, the head is pretty much non-existent.

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