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Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter

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RATINGS: 182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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This robust porter has a full body with some hints of chocolate from the chocolate malt and midnight wheat. The mild noble hop aroma showcases the roasty flavors and subtle fruit and spice notes of the artisan-roasted Fair Trade/Organic coffee of Black Mountain, NCís Dynamite Roasting Co.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (1206) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Bottle pour opaque dark brown with moderate tan head. Nose lots of coffee, roasted malt, but a slightly odd earthy undertone. Taste mostly coffee then dark roast, hint of dark fruit. Light bitterness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2323) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 5, 2014
12oz bottle, received via trade with bluesandbarbq First, a big thanks to Louis for sending me this beauty. A stunning beer from beginning to end. Iíve had a few of their beers and their Mocha Stout had been my favorite, but this is now king of the hill. It pours out a dark brown/black body with a thick, creamy medium/dark tan head. Long lasting throughout the glass. It doesnít get much better than that. Aroma is chock full of coffee/chicory goodness. You could say thatís itís one dimensional but itís a great dimension...lol. The flavor opens up a little more and has a little more depth than the flavor, and coming to the porter party is coffeeís good friend chocolate. I donít know if itís just me, but I also got some chocolate chip cookie in this beer...crazy. Mouthfeel is spot on, silky smooth..full and round and it really helps support the flavors crashing around on the palate. I couldnít have been more happier with this product and those in the south should celebrate this beer whenever possible. It reminds me in many ways of Meantimeís coffee porter or Midnight Sunís coffee porter, but this is better than those two I think.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ACHops (730) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2014
12 oz bottle, served in a pint glass. Pours dark inky brownish black with medium thin lacy mocha head. Aroma is big fresh coffee and dark roasty chocolate malts. Taste is rich, very dark chocolate malt... nice charred notes without tasting burnt. Coffee flavors are there, but less so than the aroma and are dominated by the heavy roasty flavory. Tough to pick between this and the Oatmeal Porter... the coffee flavor here is a wonderful match for the dark chocolate malt notes, though it lacks the overall smoothness the Oatmeal Porter has. Maybe a hair shy of the Oatmeal, but this is very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (2982) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Crazy Expresso taste. Coffee beans and water. Black pour with white head. Sampler draft at bier garden in Asheville. Almost too much coffee going here but still enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadRobin (2028) - Silver Spring, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Poured from 12 oz. bottle. Opaque, near black with a thin tan head and very good lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee, roasted malt, chocolate and tons more coffee. Taste of intense roasted coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Medium/light body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
david60176 (2) - - OCT 17, 2014 does not count
coffee, black, minimal head, medium sweetness, light sweetness, very bitter, full body, slick feel, soft carbonation. Strong coffee aroma and taste. A coffee drinkerís beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"at first, a little light on the nose, but it opened up quite nicely. light bodied and easy drinking, yet had a smooth texture and flavor that was definitely enjoyable...mostly dark coffee, roasted malt, and a hint of chocolate. Thanks Lou!"

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bulk_Carrier (2224) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was received in a trade. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice dark brown color ranging close to black. There was a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within less than a gentle half minute. There was some light clingy lacing. The smell had a nice blend of roasty coffee beans to a light cocoa. The taste was mainly sweet but still had a light robust coffee flavoring underneath. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat sharp but still maintaining itís Porter like quality of a decent smoothness. Overall, I say this was a pretty good Porter for the most part.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jandd1983 (2685) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Sampled at the brewery. It poured a clear brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of moderately roasted coffee and spices. The taste was medium to heavy roasted dark coffee with some bittersweetness and a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pumpmaster (1144) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2014
12 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $5.99/6-pack. Very good!


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