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RATINGS: 1074   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TSHammy (1) - - NOV 6, 2013 does not count
Right out of the bottle or on tap at the Kona Brew Pub. Pours jet black. Very smooth and perfect for coffee lovers with a basic coffee roast all the way through the beer. Easily drinkable and quite nice. Best served ice cold.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
juliette_27 (6) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2013 does not count
This beer has everything you would want in a porter. It’s smooth, mouthfeel is not too heavy, but not too thin. The coffee undertones are just enough to satisfy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
murph3irish (17) - Linthicum, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2012
This is exactly what a porter should be in my opinion. Sweet, dark, bitter, and smooth. Looks great, tastes great and felt great on the palate. Only negative mark was given due to the smell. Could have been a little stronger on the nose. Top notch porter and a very drinkable beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tjbender (4) - - FEB 17, 2012 does not count
Puts out the scent of coffee when poured into a balloon glass, making for a very welcoming feeling as you sip it. Very dark brown coloration, almost black, with a light brown head that doesn’t foam up too much. Taste is excellent, and best served cold. Has the smoothness and bittersweet taste of a porter, but the coffee, even if it is a small amount, adds a distinctive flavor to this brew. It’s a unique experience, and one that greatly exceeded my expectations when I randomly grabbed one off the shelf to try. Brings up an interesting question: why do all the best beers have to be limited-run brews?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cohiba73 (11) - Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Great porter, hints of chocolate blend well with the coffee flavor, nice and slow dissapting head with medium to full mouthfeel. Great session beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
orge3 (3) - Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2011 does not count
perhaps my favorite beer. a great porter with the great taste of kona coffee

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2007
I had this beer on tap at the brewery while I was on vacation there. This has a dark ruby color which is very similar to the Black Sand Porter that Kona makes as well. Very little sunlight is able to penetrate the glass. The aroma from the pint glass is extremely powerful. As my nose approached the glass, I was got strong dark roast coffee aromas; almost like an espresso. The espresso flavor was present as well. This beer had a very heavy coffee flavor with a hint of chocolate on the back end. I love how this medium to heavy bodied beer tastes on my tongue. This is one of my favorite Kona brews. Although the bottled beer is not made at the same brewery as the kegged beer, I would highly recommend this beer to anyone that likes robust porters.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SSSteve (4006) - - OCT 1, 2008
dark brown with ruby highlights under a medium sized creamy tan head. coffee dominates the aroma. flavor is also loaded with coffee, so much in fact that this almost tastes like one of those chilled coffee drinks. not bitter(and raw) tasting like many coffee style beers. i really don’t even get anything similar to beer except carbonation. now normally if it doesnt resemble beer i would hate it but i’m just really impressed with the sweetness of the coffee and the low bitterness and absence of acidity and the sweet creamy flavor. they nailed this one. it’s just awesome. never had a coffee beer this good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (5169) - Georgia, USA - NOV 2, 2008
This one pours a rich, chocolaty, opaque brown with a thick and fine-bubbled tan head. Aroma is strong and mainly of coffee with hints of unsweetened chocolate. Roast, smoky coffee taste dominates the flavor, which has a subtle undertone of chocolate. Texture is smooth, and finish leaves a flavor of mocha.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cabroncito (1) - USA - JAN 9, 2009 does not count
So I just bought this beer at the Valero last night and I have to say I am very impressed. I usually prefer dark beer, but I usually keep it to Imperial Stouts. This Porter was very satisfying. It pored a nice dark color, not like the motor oil look of a stout, but once poured the glass was not translucent. Right away you get the wonderful coffee aroma from the pour. And for me the taste was almost like drinking an iced coffee, but in a very good way. It went don’t very smooth and left a clean aftertaste. Most coffee flavored porters and stouts I’ve had, have left a bitter coffee aftertaste, but not so with the Pipeline. It almost drinks like water. This is definatly my benchmark for Porters now. it is a very drinkable beer and does not leave you feeling full as if you had just eaten a loaf of bread.

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