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RATINGS: 1070   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mmmbeer (1389) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2008
12 oz. bottle pourd into pint glass- poured non transparent black when held to a light source, high-light carbonation of very tiny bubbles, nice tan one finger head formed but showed minimal lacing. Aroma of a dark roasted malt, brown sugar, and coffee. Hits the mouth with a wide body, malt was nicely roasted, sweet coffee comes in the middle and it’s not Folgers kids (!), finish has twang of coffee remaining and is a little acidic. Now I just have to remember that this isn’t coffee because I want to crack the rest open early in the morning to wake up to!!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
morrdt (715) - Dirty Mo’, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2008
12 oz. single bottle from Total Wine in Jacksonville, FL. Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma is all coffee and maybe a touch of malt. Taste is rather bodacious with a coffee and roasted malt combination. Very drinkable, not too overwhelming, a very nice porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2008
Black beer with a pretty thick tan head. Nose is mostly coffee with a hint of chocolate and malteds candy. Whatever coffee they used in this is freakin’ tasty. A thinner bodied porter that allows the coffee addition to really shine. Easy to drink and enjoyable. Probably want more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (4835) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 24, 2008
12 oz, bottled Aug 27, 08. Opaque black with a half-inch creamy head that deposits sugary lace. Aroma of fresh roasted coffee bean, slightly tempered with some dark brown sugar. Flavor is almost overpowering coffee at first, then some light caramel and marshmallow come to the rescue, leaving a nearly-balanced coffee and charred wood aftertaste. Medium body is a little watery (in a good way), smooth and roasty-dry. This is not my favorite porter, but I give it an extra tenth on "overall" for being exactly what it set out to be: a good Kona coffee-flavored beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kidmartinek (4631) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Dark black beer, thin tan head. Good lacing. Buttey coffee aroma. Taste is like milk, sugar and loads of good coffee, and I don’t even drink coffee. Mouthfeel starts out smooth but finishes a lttle rough. Consistency is medium/thin. Finish has a lot of coffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 20, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2011 SDFOB-2008. Draft. Smooth porter. Very good coffee flavors at the start and middle. Finish is a little off. A good drinking beer. Have had this a many times on trips to Hawaii. When on draft the beer is really nice. A great medium roast Kona coffee, roasted malts, chocolate. Medium bodied with a really creamy mouth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4781) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2008 Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a bubbly, beige head. Smell: Coffee-scented nose with notes of dark malts, unsweetened chocolate, and a hint of dark caramel. Taste: Sweetened Breakfast Blend coffee with traces of chocolate and caramel. Not too terribly much in the way of hops or bitterness, but this serves to allow the coffee flavor to rest leisurely on the palate. Chocolate dosed coffee in the finish. Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: A surprising, subtly tasty treat with a reasonably, sensible ABV. I’ll have another, please.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Pours nearly black with a ruby hue and a clingy tan head. Obvious aroma of coffee with roasted, vanilla, leather and nutty notes. A bit thin in body with cocoa and coffee flavors. A little chalky with a little DMS. A little lackluster.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2008
UPDATED: APR 27, 2013 12oz from Sam’s, Durham. Dark, thick pour with a substantive body and moderate head. Huge roasted malts and coffee in the nose, exactly my hopes in picking up this beer for the first time. No overpowering bitterness, but just a deep flavor that’s well suited to the abundant malting and gives this beer depth (along with a killer finish). I’ll be getting this again, for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2008
Fairly solid brown pour, off whitish head. Coffee aromas. Coffee flavors, not overpowering. Some roast malt, medium/light bodied. Pretty straight forward, pretty good and drinkable porter. A good take on a coffee style beer usually reserved for the stouts. For a brewer that has some macro style to it’s other brews, this one is just unique enough. Not real complex, but definetely worth a try.

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