JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 2, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle: Dark black, nearly opaque color with almost non-existant light tan head. Aroma has fair amount of roasted coffee, bit of burned dark chocolate, ash. Flavor has bit of coffee and milk chocolate, with touch of vanilla and bit of highly kilned malts. Finish is mildly sweet.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Body is opaque with a thin mocha head. Aroma is heavy coffee, straight, black, no cream, light caramel, straight forward and pleasant. Taste is heavy coffee, lightly mettalic with some caramel, light nuttiness to it with dark chocolate.
IrishBoy (3686) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Ledgers; Mose of cpffee?, chocolate, and some roastiness. Dark cherry brown with a small tan head; flavor of coffee?, cocoa, with a tiny smidgeon of hop bitterness. Only big drawback was that it was kind of watery. Good coffee porter.
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 20, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
in bottle. if there ever was a coffee beer so well made a non-coffee drinker would enjoy it... this is the one. looks like coffee, smells like coffee, tastes like coffee. and not boring coffee. delicious shade-grown, perfectly roasted coffee. are there hops here? probably. malt? probably chocolate. what’s missing is the rest of breakfast - this beer screams to be consumed with grits, bacon, toast, and eggs.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 20, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the bottle from Wilbur’s. Pours reddish black with a thin beige head. Roasted coffee and chocolate aroma. Nut-filled roasted flavor that is not too acidic from the coffee. Pretty lacing. Body a bit light, but medium carbonatio works well with the palate. Fairly sweet finish, but otherwise quick.
hayduke (3079) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2007 From a bottle poured a very dark brown tending toward black with a fat tan head. Big nose of coffee, chocolate, and dark roasted grains. Mouthfeel medium with an oily coffee bean texture, and flavor is not nearly as powerful as the aroma. This is not bad stuff, and as a porter is decent, even if not quite in the top tier. Re-rate: I had this again last night, and this time a little warmer. Improves the flavor, and so improves the rating a little.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 19, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from AJ’s Fine Foods - Pours a clear brown color with a 3/4 finger thick light tan head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is coffee and roasted malt. Flavor is also coffee and roasted malt with a touch of bitter-sweet chocolate. Medium body with a slightly bitter palate. Not too bad for a coffee beer. Just not a real big fan of them. Worth a try.
ogglethorp (916) - Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours almost black with a dense tan colored head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, brown sugar. Flavor is roasted grains, coffee, chocolate, caramel. Palate is medium, medium carbonation, bittersweet finish. Nice.
ElGaucho (2115) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Coffee aroma. Some sweetness in the nose as well. Not much in the way of hops. Fully opaque body. Tan head that is virtually nonexistent. Initial mouthfeel is weak and watery. I bought two other bottles to bring back to Illinois for Cornfield and El_Borracho, but I’m starting to wonder if this beer is worth the hassle. Served a little above ideal temp, but that shouldn’t matter that much with this style. Then again, do you really want a thick, rich porter when it’s 80 degrees and humid? Probably not. My mother bought me a Newcastle during a grocery run on our 1st day in the islands. Nice gesture although I kinda snickered. But, it actually hit the spot. So, perhaps an ice cold Pipeline porter is actually pretty tasty. Pretty light at 5.4%. Gets better as the palate gets used to it. Kona knows what it’s doing, but are very conservative in what they will bottle. Only those brews they think will sell to a wider audience will they make that investment on. The Pipeline porter I think they know is a departure from their bread and butter customer so they made it a "limited release" to try to get people to think it’s special so they’d buy it. They make some pretty fine brews at their brewery on the Big Island. I wish they’d bottle some of their envelope pushing brews. Not a bad brew. Head flattens quickly. Coffee aspect has a long finish. I hope it doesn’t keep me up tonight. Well calculated and well executed effort.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 bottle from a trade with asteele8. Dark, almost opaque, brown with ruby highlights, complement a small tan head that recedes quickly. Toasted grain aroma with coffee notes and a hint of spice. Smooth and rich mouthfeel with light effervescence, a real palate pleaser. Brown sugar sweetness and a touch of peppery bitterness leads to a slightly sweet finish, although the coffee provides some balancing bitterness of its own. Nice brew.