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RATINGS: 1069   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
Pipeline Porter is smooth and dark with a distinctive roasty aroma and earthy complexity from its diverse blends of premium malted barley. This celebration of malt unites with freshly roasted 100% Kona coffee grown at Cornwell Estate on Hawaii’s Big Island, lending a unique roasted aroma and flavor. A delicate blend of hops rounds out this palate-pleasing brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Beautiful dark brown pour with ruby highlights and a two finger tan head that diminished quickly. The aroma was coffee, chocolate, caramel and a tiny bit of roasted malt. Coffee and caramel dominate the sweet flavors of this porter. There isn’t much smoke or much hops to balance the beer out. Nice, but lacking something on the backside. The lack of complexity and relatively thin body dissapointed me a bit. I had fairly high expectations for this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Bottle from AlohaC. thanks Christian. Pours a dark brown,clear but dark. There was a very distinct aroma of coffee coming from this. Kinda’ of one sided but still not a bad beer on a cold winter night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (5354) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 31, 2006
I was mildly suprised by this beer. Knowing that I’m not a big fan of kona brewing, this was actually not half bad. Nice roasty chocolate, coffee nose. Flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of hops. Smooth, but thin. Not suprisingly the body is thin, which seems to be the problem with all kona brews.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
CapFlu (5100) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2006
(Bottle) Sampled at the PNW Christmas Party at Oakes in Vancouver, December 9. Pours a tan head with an opaque body. Coffee and smoke nose. Really thin with a coffee and smoky flavour. Caramel finish. Thanks BeerPrince for sharing - I’ve now got the State of Hawaii covered..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
grandridge (224) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Flavor is a little light. I was expecting a big robust beer and it tasted a little watered down and not as complex as I was hoping for. I was kind of dissapointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aracauna (3488) - Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Pours a dark, dark ruby wiht a small head. There is a light fruitiness to the aroma and a bit of ashy coffee. The flavor doesn’t seem to compare and comes across as a little thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Bottle from realale420. Black and meidum body with no head. The taste was sweet with massive coffee notes at the end. maple/ brown sugar also. Smooth but alittle too sweet. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2006
12 oz bottle from either Hi-Times or Bev-Mo I forget which. <P> Pour is solidly black and the body holds a diminishing, thumb thick mocha head that is fairly creamy looking. <P> Aroma is primarily coffee, with lesser chocolate notes and then some reserved roasted notes. It smells as you’d expect. Nothing negative or exceptional. <P> Medium bodied fore with relatively subdued coffee notes, roasted malts, chocolate, mild burnt bitterness and a dry cocoa finish. Not thin really, but not in keeping with the thicker new approach of most US porters. Very solidly enjoyable, again without being exceptional, but without any real negatives either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Not as heavy or as oily smooth feeling in the mouth as a porter, and with the dose of Kona coffee more flavorful than a British porter for sure. Not heavy enough to be a stout, and too one dimension and simple to be a stout, but the richness of the coffee moved it beyond a simple porter. Not sure what to call it. Nose was definitely coffee. Taste was coffee and some malts. Thin in the mouth for a porter, but average for an ale I guess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vyvvy (5529) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2006
Big thanks to Beerdrenched for sharing this Hawaiian porter - I’m sure this won’t be seen in Missouri otherwise. Pour black with a nice tan head. The aroma has lots of robust coffee that is quite clean and somewhat grainy. Medium body with quite a bit of carbonation. The taste comes off more simplistic and disappointing than expected. It starts off with watery coffee and finishes with the coffee and some sourness added. There just wasn’t much else unfortunately.

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