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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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We worked with our friends at Equal Exchange to brew this English style Porter. Specialty malts provide caramel and dark chocolate notes and a sweet, smooth body, while coffee beans grown in the Mexican El Triunfo biosphere yield roasted, bittersweet notes that compliment the malty sweetness. The result is a balanced beer that showcases the flavors and aromas of both beer and coffee - a fitting equal exchange.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DiarmaidBHK (3395) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Draft at Brixx Greensboro. Pours coca cola brown with a half inch of khaki foam. Nice coffee notes on the nose. Big, big coffee on the tongue which I happen to like. Finishes clean. Very nice!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (6111) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Big fresh coffee, espresso, roasted malts, vanilla, milk chocolate, and a nice lingering bitter coffee finish. Wake up muthafucka!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
devman171 (967) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2013 Nice dark pour with brown head, smell is heave coffee, taste is coffee but not much else.. needs a bit more of something

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2375) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Large light brown head of fine bubbles. At least 2 inches thick. Strong coffee and dark chocolate aroma with a bit of ash and more coffee! Color is a very dark brown bordering on black. Wow, massive coffee up front that lingers for the duration but diminishes as you go along. Body is a bit thin but still full flavored. Dark roasted malts, burnt toast and a bit of bitterness late swallow. No real alcohol presence. This is basically coffee with a bit of alcohol. Not my cup of tea if you know what I mean. Ha ha! A good brew if you like coffee. Too much coffee for my tastes though.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dlovell2 (777) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Dark brown with tan head. Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate aroma. Roasted malt flavor and brown sugar with cocoa flavors and coffee finish. Some hops in finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1321) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2012
22 ounce bottle, stamp on bottle says enjoy by 03/15/13. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with an inch tan head. Head retention is good, and thereís a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and vanilla. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and some caramel and dark fruit. Nice balance between the sweet and bitter flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit creamy and has moderate carbonation. I think itís a good overall brew, and definitely worth trying at $5.99 a bomber. Recommended if you like coffee beers.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2403) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Pours a five-finger khaki head that takes a while to fade leaving a good lace. Totally black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Chocolate/coffee nose. Flavor is roasted coffee, some chocolate, dry finish. $7.20 for a 22oz bottle from a Tullyís Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gachupines (901) - USA - DEC 28, 2012
Black with a thin tan head. Aroma is a big whiff of black coffee with maybe a slight hint of chocolate. Flavor is almost like an iced mocha or coffee ice cream. Tasty, especially if you like big coffee flavor with a sweet aftertaste. Body isnít bad, maybe a touch thin. Pretty solid, could be a bit over balanced on the coffee end, but that should be expected with the name. Otherwise, I could really only complain about it being a bit one note, but itís not a bad note at all.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfinney23 (1672) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2012
They are not lying about the coffee in this one. Looks like coffee with a tan head. Big coffee aroma and taste, along with some chocolate. Nice bittersweet balance.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChainGangGuy (4375) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2012
22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: A medium-small, tan head sits atop a black body. Near nil lacing.

Smell: Features a sublime scent of whole roasted coffee beans. Many stouts and porters can give off a roasty, coffee-esque scent, itís true. Even many coffee-infused beers donít seem particularly emboldened beyond the base malts. In this, however, the added ingredient is undoubted. Also, quality chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and a faint, faint fruitiness.

Taste: Thereís a great bittersweet coffee bean flavor upfront accented by roasted malts, chocolate, caramel and burnt sugars. Very light touch of licorice. Low dark fruitiness. Bitterness from the hops, but also some imparted by the roasted malt and coffee beans. Plenty of coffee flavor on the finish and in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth, yet also a bit crisp.

Overall: A tantalizing and energizing beer. Iíve had a few coffee-based beers lately and this has been the best of the bunch.


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