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RATINGS: 1079   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   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 Hawaiis Big Island, lending a unique roasted aroma and flavor. A delicate blend of hops rounds out this palate-pleasing brew.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElGaucho (2393) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2007
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 Im starting to wonder if this beer is worth the hassle. Served a little above ideal temp, but that shouldnt matter that much with this style. Then again, do you really want a thick, rich porter when its 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 its 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 its special so theyd buy it. They make some pretty fine brews at their brewery on the Big Island. I wish theyd bottle some of their envelope pushing brews. Not a bad brew. Head flattens quickly. Coffee aspect has a long finish. I hope it doesnt keep me up tonight. Well calculated and well executed effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - FEB 16, 2007
MMMMMM... What a tasty brew, lots of coffee flavor, Not overly bitter, sweet chocolate, with some bitterness on the finish, very enjoyable brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
troopie (2300) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - FEB 15, 2007
Poured black with a thin tan head. Aroma of rich coffee and chocolate. Malty coffee and chocolate notes with a coffee finish. I would definitely drink this again

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2007
Pours a nearly opaque dark brown with a thin, wispy-lacing light tan head. Lightly sweet earthy dark malty aroma has some mocha dark chocolate coffee notes. Body starts with a mild caramel malty sweetness and some toasted nutty notes revealing a slightly more bitter, smooth espresso finish. Not much mouthfeel here, but a decent coffee presence.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2007
12oz - Aroma is roasty chocolate malts and coffee. Pours black with a medium head and good lacing. Flavor matches aroma. Palate is creamy and a little thin. Still a very tasty coffee porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - FEB 11, 2007
Bottled, whilst in San Francisco.
Deep dark brown colour with foaming dark brown head. Lovely coffee and mocha aroma. Smooth chocolate and moca flavour, plenty of coffe flavour as well. Easily drunk at the end of a good days golf.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 9, 2007
This is avery nice porter. It pours a dark brown color with an inch of head. Its roasty with both coffee and malt flavors. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (9403) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2007
This very dark brown ale poured with a miniscule tan head, and a strong scent of coffee. The beer was served way too cold and the flavor was stunned at first. However, after some warming, the porter-like flavor became evident and blended well with the kona coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
troysworktable (109) - Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2007
12 ounce bottle. The pour is a dark brown, almost black, ale with a tinge of ruby at the very edge. The head is frothy and light brown. The bottle claims that this limited edition porter is "made with 100% Hawaiian Kona coffee," and that is apparent in both aroma and flavor. In addition to the coffee, which is the leading flavor, there is also a slight biscuity base and dark chocolate tones. The coffee is an intense, strong flavor, really more like eating chocolate-covered espresso beans. The flavor is mostly bitter with minor sweetness to offset. The bitterness is driven by both hops and coffee. The porter is thick with a light oiliness on the tongue and palate. I enjoyed this, but wouldnt be able to drink it all the time. I am just not a coffee drinker. I appreciate this porter for what it is, and highly recommend it as a "must-drink" for coffee lovers.

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