kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2006
22 oz bottle, via ClarkVV. Pours a clear dark brown with a finger sized light brown head that left nice lacing. Pleasing aroma of chocolate and roasted malts, cold day old coffee, and a light hoppiness. Flavor leaned toward the roasty side with an astringent black patant malt and coffee finish. Moderate bitterness balances out the sweeter chocolate flavors nicely. Body is fairly light and thinish with nice moderate carbonation that scrubs the palate clean for the next sip. A very enjoyable Porter, but then again, I’m a really big fan of coffee so maybe it’s not for everybody. cathschlag (48) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2006
Bonne odeur de café. Belle couleur brun foncé. Mousse adhère bien aux parois du verre. Grosses bulles. Un peu mince en bouche. Le côté crémeux n’est pas assez présent. DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2006
Barrel Draught at the GBBF, Kensington Olympia 05/08/2004
Black slightly rich on the palate with a fruity aroma. Some bitterness in a dry coffee roast finish. DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 13, 2006
(22 oz bottle: Obtained 24-Feb-06 in trade with Eyedrinkale, thanks Mike!) Wow, no mistaking that this is a coffee porter. To me, the nose is roasted coffee and yeast and nothing else is allowed to break through. Lots of bitter roast and coffee in the flavor too, but again, very little of anything else, so this is too unbalanced for my tastes. It’s not the least bit sweet, not chocolaty, not toasty. Body is medium, but thins considerably in the finish. Very dark brown in color with ruddiness at the edges. I think the highlight of this beer is the tan head; it builds to a full inch in height on the pour, the bubbles are tightly knit, and it shows superb retention. Lacing is patchy. I like coffee-flavored beers, but I need them to have more than just the dark-roasted coffee. Unfortunately, this beer is lacking those other qualities, so it’s definitely not my thing. And after trying the Drayman’s Porter, the base for this coffee beer, it’s clear that the coffee is significantly overdone as it tramples what Drayman’s shows is there originally. JugOPunch (83) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 11, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2006 On tap at the Horseshoe Pub: All coffee aroma, like opening a bag of beans with a burnt expresso tinge. The flavor is the same all burnt dry expresso. Good strong and rich but all too one dimensional. I am a big fan of this brewery and this is a good medium bodied porter but it is too satisfied with the coffee flavor. I would have liked to taste more hop and more complication in the palate. Good but not great.
ABUSEDGOAT (2759) - California, USA - FEB 13, 2006
Dark reddish brown body (black) with a large tan head. Aroma is roasted coffee and a hint of chocolate. Flavor is the same, a decent porter I guess. The coffee quality couldn’t even come remotely close to matching Peche Mortel. A solid offering, but nothing to write home about. weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2006
Appears black with a light tan head that slowly fades. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of light coffee with some lactose sugar standing out with that creamy aroma.
Taste is of the same aromas with a pleasant sweet, sugary, coffee enhanced flavor.
Mouthfeel is slightly thin with the bitterness winning out over the creamy coffee richness. hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2006
22oz bottle shared courtesy of weeare138. Poured a medium and clear brownish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of coffee grounds, lactose, and some chocolate. Tastes of lighter coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. sarah3961 (29) - allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Pours dark brown. I didn’t find the aroma to be overwhelmingly coffee- but the aftertaste definitely is. I would drink this one again. Some sweet caramel-like undertones. beerbill (3618) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Bottle. Pours a very dark reddish brown with a light mocha colored head. Aroma is overwhelmingly coffee. Flavor is less dominated by the coffee, but still very much in the forefront. Strong bitterness, which I guess comes from the beans. Also some roasted malt flavors present. Chewy mouthfeel. I wonder if they make a decaf version?!