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RATINGS: 1077   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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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.

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3.1
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Not the biggest fan because of how one-dimensional this brew is. Pours black with kakhi, smallish head that has decent lacing. Aroma is fully kona coffee and the flavor is the same cup of joe. Mouthfeel is like drinking a coffee flavored soda. Okay.

3.2
Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Having the aroma of iced coffee, this pretty much drinks like a cool cup of coffee with light carbonation and a dark malty sweetness. In appearance, it’s a very dark mahogany, clear around the edges, with a slender tan head. Not a bad beer to wake up to.

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JaffaHawk23 (76) - Broomfield(via Iowa City), Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Bottled, poured into chilled pint glass. Opened the bottle and immediately smelled roasted chocolate coffee beans. Very thin head and dark, dark brown color. If you want a coffee flavored beer this is one of the best i’ve had. Slightly bitter yet very smooth taste on the palate. It’s not a beer I could drink all day but a couple will treat you right.

3.6
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2007
Oh hell yeah this was an excellent porter. Quixotically sweet but dry, fun all around. I wish more porters had coffee right up front like this one did.

3.7
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Pours a deep brown with a tan head. Smells a little sweet of chocolate and coffee grounds. Taste is a little bakers chocolate and a lot of fresh coffee. Very thin and watery on the palate with a coffee aftertaste. Nicely drinkable but falls short in areas I thought it would shine in.

3.3
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Poured black with a small brown head. Light aroma of coffee. Coffee flavor present. Not much else. Not bad.

3.8
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - DEC 24, 2007
Bottle. Thanks to lb4lb. Poured a thin black color. Aroma is chocolate and coffe. Taste is smooth and caramel.

4.6
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.

3.3
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2010 10/16/07 12oz. bottle thanks to my sister in Seattle. Pours a very dark brown with a slight fizzy head that quickly gives way to one of the least carbonated beers I’ve had. Strong coffee in the aroma & flavor. Nice roasted malts. Slightly bitter, but overall mild brew. Somewhat thin if not oily mouthfeel. Smooth & easy drinking. Overall a good, unique porter.

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RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2007
Thanks to Secret Santa for sending this. Pours brown with a khaki colored modest head. Aroma of fresh coffee, peanuts, toast, and something sweet and milky if I let the glass sit still without any swirling. Roasty astringency is there, but it’s balanced with a sweet mlky taste. Finishes milkier and creamier with a bit of toast and just a slight bit of hop bitterness. Pretty thin mouthfeel, but it comes off as totally intentional cause this beer is wonderfully drinkable. I haven’t had a beer like this that begs the question of "where’s the next one?" in a long time. I love the easy going nature of this beer. Any astringency is balanced by sweetness, but all flavors are mild, and really easy going. Very nice!


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