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RATINGS: 218   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Brewed with organic roasted barley and chocolate malts for a rich, dark and robust flavor with an infusion of organic vanilla beans and coffee from the Dominican Republic farm community Alta Gracia.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arayaga2 (1776) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Brown black with a big, dense tan head. Bold coffee aroma , but not overpowering or acidic. Taste is rich, clean, flavorful coffee, with mild chocolate in the finish. Very well executed. $2/12oz

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mansquito (3346) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Pours a tannish looking head over a pretty black body. You got a whole lot of coffee and roasted malts hitting you all over the nose, which of course should not be surprising considering the fact that the beer is named after a coffee plantation. However, unlike the last coffee porter I had (the Kona Pipeline), the coffee here was way more pronounced. The taste of the beer was a tad sweet, again all sorts of loaded on the coffee. The vanilla was a really minor flavor and I am not surprised that some previous reviewers missed it entirely. So is this a beer of a coffee beverage? Overall, it is pretty good, and smooth, but I donít know how many you could take in one sitting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (5925) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2009
12 ounce bottle thanks to Jim! Pours a almost totally black color with a medium tan head. The aroma is sweet milky notes, loads of coffee. The flavor is nice; sweet coffee, roasted malts, vanilla and more roasted flavors. Nice. Easy to drink. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (3676) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 25, 2009
12 oz. Opaque chocolate with a small head that tries to last. Aroma of good coffee and cream. Flavor is coffee and roast barley with some light caramel. Medium body is drinkably watery and has no carbonation. Gotta like coffee to like this one, but thatís what they tell ya right up front.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4809) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 23, 2009
On tap at Churchkey in Washington D.C. Pours an opaque black with a creamy, slightly off white head. Very nice aroma, toasted grains, coffee with cream, earthy. Flavor is nice too, strong coffee, nuts, toasted grains, some nice malty sweetness that rounds things out. I missed the vanilla, but that might be me. Finish is medium bodied, a little dry. A good coffee porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (10772) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2009
Tap at EarthMatters, NYC. Pretty solid coffee porter. Pours a dark black with a strong, off-white head. Nose is all coffee bean, roasty and a little malty. Flavor enhances the coffee experience. Almost bitter coffee intensity. Some light choclate notes. Medium in body with mild carbonation. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2009
12oz from Tylerís Bottle Shop, Carrboro. Thick and sludgy pour with a medium crisp head. Pleasantly roasty nose initially suggests the kind of depth from a nice coffee milk stout, with inviting (if one-dimensional) chocolate malts emerging. Body is a bit thin for me, though I realize that some brewers insist this is appropriate for porters. Taste starts out nicely, with a hint of the vanilla coming in (thankfully not too much), but it somehow gets a bit ashy, for lack of a better descriptor. Nice to try it but wasnít so impressed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (3998) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2009
12 oz bottle. I had very low expectations for this one and was anticipating just a slght hint, if any, coffee notes at all........boy was I wrong. Aroma on this one was all coffee, like a cold cup of sraight up black coffee. The body was pitch black but looked just a little thin and the head although large and deep beige was just a little to foamy and not tightly packed enough to garner a 5 on the rating. The body was a little thin and the carbonation was a bit too bubbly for this style beer. The aroma had lots of burnt coffee, slight hint of cream, and some burnt toast along with burnt dark fruit. Really solid stuff and I bet if you threw this one into a blid taste test it would rank up there with the big boys.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Dark color with a small head. Aroma has lots of coffee but not that robust. Light roasted coffee and toast. Flavor is light and very much just coffee. Thin body and coffee aftertaste. No bitterness and no complexity. Simple and boring and more like beer flavored coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11450) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Draft. Medium beige head atop brown-black body. Aroma is medium sweet, roast/coffee, light vanilla. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, light caramel. Low carbonation, somewhat watery light-medium body.

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