Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2003 What a great beer...I actually elected to have a second pint of this stuff instead of trying a new beer to throw onto this site. Looked gorgeous....very dark with a brown head. The aroma had coffee and cocoa...the taste followed suit, but I loved the way it all came together in the end....a cocoa powdery mouthfeel along with more coffee and hops....rather unique, very good! RERATE: This is my favorite beer of '03 so far....it tastes like those authentic chocolate covered coffee beans you get in latin america.....an excellent beer brewed in the hills of central Texas.
SudsMcDuff (5323) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had on draft at the Gingerman in lovely Austin,TX ..Has a very nice Caffien addicts coffee mouthfeel, good burnt roasty flavours..very pleasing bittreness, oh god the delicous bitters!!! Sweet coffee molasses smell..balck with a dark dark red tint..nice head, Ever present like a soldier on duty...low lacing that is like an uncle....yes, this is a fine fine brew that I really wish i could get all the time!!! hail real ale!!!!!
SPDickerman (828) - Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2011 Pours a rich dark brown with a small tan head. The aroma is strongly of coffee, as expected, with nice malty undertones. Tastes almost just like coffee with a nice alcohol kick and mild hoppiness. The fresh spring water can be tasted as well. Full-bodied with a smooth, creamy texture that is a little bit thick. There is not very much carbonation, but enough for the brew to be alive. Real Ale Coffee Porter finishes smooth, rich, creamy, a little sweet and a little dry. Iím so glad I found this.
jimmie65 (318) - Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown, almost black pour with a tan head. Aroma of coffee and malt, caramel. Lightly sweet and very light bitterness, well balanced. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, espresso. Finishes dry.
Excellent beer, very drinkable.
jtclockwork (6224) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Darkish brown pour with tan head. Strong coffee notes. Coffee, caramel and roasted malts in the taste. Rated 10/18/09
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2007 Very attractive medium brown color with red highlights and a tan dissipating head. Aroma has earthy, roasty, smokey notes. Flavor is deeply roasty with light smokiness. Finish is dry. There is a light hop bitterness that adds balance to all of the malt. Enjoyable seasonal from Real Ale that improves as it warms. Re-Rate: Pours very dark brown with a lightly retained beige colored head and nice lacing. Big chocolate malt aroma. Really nic roasted coffee flavor; big chocolate as well. Very rich tounge coating palate. Yes!!
lb4lb (2112) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was just what I wanted it to be.
Had on tap at the draught house.
Pours a rich opaque black with a small tan head. Smell is beautiful. Perfectly roasted malt, mild but well roasted coffee beans, bittersweet to dark chocolately goodness. Smooth in the mouth, and carbonated nicely to cut into the slightly thick mouthfeel and a deliciously roasted coffee/ chocolate/ caramel bittersweet rich flavor about it. A touch on the sweeter side of porters which I like, but not cloying at all.
Bottle this stuff already, so I can share the love!
ilovedarkbeer (2138) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Pours a nice dark brown color with amber lacing. Head is small and coffee colored with a pocked yeasty appearence. Smells of roasted malt, java, and chocolate. Taste is of nice mexican coffee and chocolate. This quite possibly is my favorite porter. Body is medium and the finish is long and warming. Honestly a great beer due to the perfect balance and hidden alcohol presance. Bravo.
ttoadee (463) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not as overpowering as some "coffee" beers. Definately an American porter, the hops are present. The coffee nose is there, but subtle. The coffee comes in about mid sip, but disappears behind a vanilla malt, and mellow hop, finish. The best porter, or stout, I have had in a long time.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Originally reviewed: 1/20/11. Best if enjoyed by 1/20/11 printed on the side. Iím a rule-follower.
Pours an impenetrable dark black with no head at all. Obviously, no lace either. The nose is full of freshly ground coffee grounds, brewed espresso, mild chocolate, and a nice roasted quality. Very nice smell. The mouth is of moderate depth. Carbonation level is mild, but itís not thin. Full finish.
The coffee notes take off right where they left with the nose. Big roasted coffee all over the palate. Melds well with some bittersweet chocolate and faint almond. This is almost like drinking a chilled coffee. I like it. Well done. The look turned me off a bit, but this beer came through where it counts: flavor. Good beer. Iíd like to have this one again.