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Eye Opener Coffee Porter - East End Brewing Company

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 80
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 14
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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East End Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rabsten on 09-12-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of irishevans
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- If you look hard enough you can see an amber/ruby fade around the bottom of an otherwise opaque black beer, and that is when held up to a light mind you. also has a fluffy dead-even tan colored head that fades to a fluffy half-finger ring.

N- the coffee is a bit faint on the nose considering. also some yeast, caramel, and some roasty malt scent. there is a little bit of a herbal hop smell there too.

T- caramel and light roast coffee. in the beginning of it, the herbal/piney hop taste is there, and the coffee, seems weaker in the beginning, but as it goes on, the hop taste fades and gives way to a strong coffee flavor. caramel is the noticeable background throughout. I want to note that the kind of coffee used, or whatever was done it (roasting, etc.) made whatever style of coffee used were perfect. the flavor that comes out of it is wonderful in this style of beer.

M- Piney at the start, becomes more smooth as it goes on, until the coffee bites on the finish.

D- Undeniably my favorite coffee porter I've had. It really is an amazing beer, I can't say enough in it's favor. I hope this becomes either a seasonal release or a rotating brew.

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Photo of butti001
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this on cask at Fatheads in Pittsburgh. I have recently been turned on to East End Brewing and I have yet to be disappointed, so I figured, time to give the eye opener a shot. I was very pleased with this coffee porter and I would reccomend it to anyone who can find it.

Appearance: Pours coal black with nice mocha colored lacing in my tulip.

Taste: Coffee. Chocolate. Very enjoyable roasted and sweet malt backbone that is complemented with a nice hop profile. I found it to be bittersweet.

Mouthful: Very smooth and drinkable. This beer is a little too sessionable! That's why I am afraid to purchase a growler ha. Carbonation is on key.

I was really impressed with this brew. I only wish that more people in Pittsburgh would support East End's endeavors to brew GOOD BEER.

Thanks Scott.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fine example of brewing excellence in the Burgh, big time coffee notes explode in the aroma with dark roasted malt layers and creamy underpinnings. Hops arrive with big herbal qualities, the color of course is pitch black eats all waves of the visible light spectrum. Large tan mocha head forms pleasantly. Flavor has rich roasted coffee bitterness with a creamy solid porter bases bringing dark chocolate to the table as well. Mouthfeel is full bodied yet creamy in nature with a nice unwavering carbonation level that let's these big characteristics shine so well. Drink ability, another favorite of the Big Pour this definitely capitalized on being the official beer brewed for the Big Pour and it definitely lived up to those expectations. Someone please edit this is the eye opener porter and should be around for a minute.

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Photo of philbe311
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - An active cascading pour yields slightly more than two fingers worth of dark slightly lopsided slightly rocky dark tan thick batter-like head... Quality retention gives way to a thick rich chunky lacing... The color was a wonderful dark brown that allows the slightest bit of light to leak in at the bototm of the glass... Very slight chilled haze... Quite still... Bunches of lacing cling to the glass... This is a nice looking brew...

S - Wonderful coffee aroma of freshly picked beans... Some roasted malt goodness... Perhaps some faint dark chocolate notes... Hints of soy sauce... Some charred bbq notes...

T - The common place coffee is at the forefront but shares the stage with some lightly roasted malts... Some minor dark chocolate notes... A slight touch of artificial sweetner...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Ultra smooth... Ultra sleek... Ultra silky... Creamy to start... Turns lush midway through... Finishes light and delicate... Not much in the way of carbonation... A bit of chalkiness on the finsih... Quite pleasurable sip after sip... Nicely done...

D - This is a spectacular beer all the way around and surpasses Gratitude as my favorite East End offering... Insanely quaffable... Loaded with flavor and complexity, especially considering the moderately low ABV... An outstanding job by East End and something that I they make again in the future...

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Photo of HosP
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32oz swingtop bottle from thebouch3. Huge thanks for this beer! Poured into new Three Floyds glass.

A- Poured dark, black in color. Not quite one finger head, light tan in color. Fades down to a thin cap.

S- Nose is full of coffee notes. Not quite as full as I expected. Roasted malt notes come through towards the back.

T- Very nice coffee flavors throughout this drink. Slightly burnt taste. Flows into roasted malt flavors. Sweet chocolate taste drizzled in the middle. Ends with some bittering aspects. Throughout nice flavors, nothing overly bold, but better than most porters.

M- Not quite a full body, closer to medium. Moderate carbonation, bitter coffee stays with you.

D- Very good coffee porter. One of the better coffee beers I've had. Drank the whole bottle tonight and could have another this weekend. Typically always lean towards stouts over porters, but this one could stand up with some stouts.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

1 Liter Swing-Top

Pours a very nice black color, nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger tan head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is big time malty, with some nice coffee notes, slight vanilla, with some slight roast note as well, there is some nice chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is very nice, malty, with lots of coffee notes, and a nice touch of chocolate/toffee. Medium body, this one is kinda creamy, with a very slight bitter finish. A very tasty brew from EEBC. Thanks Ben!

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Photo of CoalCellar
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh growler into my DFH pint glass.

A: Pours out sludgly black and builds a mild dark brown head.

S: Smells of high quality fresh roasted coffee.

T: Rich black coffee, chocolate, roasted grains, and a pleasant alcohol finish.

M: Thick and rich

D: Very drinkeable. I don't know what the ABV on this is, but is sneaks up on you.

An exception offering from East End that should be made yearly. Grab this stuff while its here, it won't last long.

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Photo of rabsten
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ah, another Scott Smith success.

Datk brown to black with choc. Head. Good lacing. Nice. Espesso aroma from the insane amount of Rachael Carson blend coffee. Other notes of hops, toast, & sweet malt. Nice too.

Lots of tasty coffee and alcohol along with the trademarked East End phenols. Sweet. Good mouthfeel, fine drinkability.

Bottom line: yet another great S. Smith product. Get it whilst you can, man.

EDIT: yes, it should be 'Eye Opener" with an "R". Sorry Scott. Regardless, this is right up there with Toaster and Homewood Reserve. Go get some now.

FOLLOW UP: One week after getting this growler I opened it up for brunch. Man, this is so smooth and drinkable I could easily go through a growler is a sitting. This is phenomenally drinkable. Very, very good.

SECOND FOLLOW UP: Two months in I grabbed another growler. A bit mellower coffee-wise but man, it's still awesome. Dear Scott, please brew this again and maybe, perhaps, consider a bottling run. This should be available to share/trade with beer fans nationwide.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was fortunate to get a taste of this at East End's Festival of Darkness. Really enjoyed it so I purchased a bottle.

A: Pours a viscous dark black color with a thick brown foam head that has great retention. Nice thick lacing.

S: Lots of burnt and roasted coffee scents and lots of milk chocolate and dark choclate.

T: There is ample amounts of roasted coffee flavors up front and throughout the taste. The sumatra coffee is the most predominant flavor. There is also a little sweetness from the milk choclate.

M: A nice full body beer that leaves a roasted taste on the palate.

D: This is a fantastic offering from East End. If you enjoy coffee flavors in your beer, this is a beer you must get.

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Photo of Omnium
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Thick dark black 1.5 finger of tan color, thick lacing.
S - Nicely roasted coffee beans, light sweet malt, a little smoke.
T - Huge massive coffee flavor, nice earthy hop bite in the middle, a touch of smokey roasted malt and a little nuttiness on the end.
M - Creamy Texture, a little metallic after a while, but its faint.
O - Tons of great coffee flavor in this brew, one of the best Coffee Porters I've had

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Photo of akorsak
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 1 L swingtop bottle from Al's of Hampden. I love the oversized East End offerings. This is an 'Eye' bottle, featuring Commonplace Coffee.

A: The porter is dark, stout-like in its depth. Opaque obviously. A tan head, coffee and cream in color, approached a finger on pour and left minimal patches of lace behind.

S: The nose has plenty of coffee, a rich aroma that nicely segues into bitter chocolate and toast. The porter base is well-suited to carry the coffee. A lactic sweetness adds to the swirl of ingredients.

T: The porter body is strong, roasted with dark chocolate malts and semi-sweet chocolate. There is a smooth creaminess that suggests lactose or oatmeal, an au lait aspect for the porter. Coffee is a recurring theme, a delicious roasted flavor, not as intense as in the nose, that leaves a roasted bitterness behind. A strong pairing of coffee and porter, good to the last drop.

M: The mouthfeel is rich, ample porter and coffe to go around. A little thin at times, the ale is generally robust. Makes me want to trek to the 'Burgh for some Commonplace (and East End too).

D: A delicious coffee porter, combining two of my top three liquids (sorry, oxygen dihydride takes the top spot).

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Photo of Stigs
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on cask @ Sharp Edge Creekhouse, served in a pint glass

A - huge 3+ fingers of rich and frothy dark tan foam, lacing like mad. the beer is the color of very dark and strong coffee.

S - coffee, fresh not stale like usually found in coffee brews. ends with some milk chocolate and nuttiness. not too overbearing, just yummy.

T - more fresh and strong coffee (italian roast), chocolate accents near the end, gracefully blended with a touch of biscuity malts and some hop bitterness. only bad note was a very slight metallic twang noticeable on some EEB beers.

M - rich and creamy, had this on tap a couple times but the cask just gives it a whole new level of character.

D - one was perfect to start the chilly night off with, would love to start any day with a mug of this.

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Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

From a bottle, pours dark brown to black, good carbonation and head retention.

The smell is all coffee grounds, a little caramel and roasted malt, dark chocolate. The flavor is more coffee, bitter chocolate. It taste a little like filtered coffee grounds, but balances well with the roast and smoke. Finish is a little thin, but this is still very enjoyable.

Would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of Mounty4Life
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up, assuming same beer having open eye on label and says coffee porter! Appears opaque black with light tan head that sticks around. Smells of coffee, roasted malt and a definable hop presence but has a lil alcohol on top. Taste is of coffee roasted malts and the hops smooth it out for a great finishing touch! Mouthfeel is so smooth and creamy went right into 2nd on my porter list! Just had me lapping for flavor for next couple minutes. Scott at east end I applaud you on a very delicate selection in a difficult field!

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. Always happy to try a new beer from Scott at East End Brewing.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tannish head. The aroma is heavy on the coffee and roasted malt, as expected. However, I also get some spicy red pepper in the aroma which is a welcome surprise and goes very well with the other notes.

The flavor is more of the same. The dominant flavors are coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. However, the cayenne pepper notes are also present. The only other porter I can remember getting this much cayenne pepper from is the Deschutes Black Butte XXI. I don't remember the other people I shared the bottle with getting the pepper in the aroma or flavor so it may be there, or I could be imagining it.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well this one certainly is bringing some nice coffee character. It's like, pow, right in the mouth. And it does kind of rest in the mouth a good bit, but, the body of the beer seems a bit thin, and I feel like if it were a bit thicker, the flavor might linger a wee bit more in some sense. Overall, this is a pretty nice beer. However. At $16 a bottle, this is not worth the price. I can go buy Founders Breakfast Stout and drop about the same coin on it.

P.S. Isn't it about time that coffee stouts get their own classification? Just sayin'.

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Photo of troysoy2
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked a 2011 swingtop bottle up at the re-release party at Commonplace Coffee, where I also had a chance to try the coffee that was used in the making of this beer.

Poured into a pint glass, I must say, the head is nice and impressive. A finger and a half of bubbly, thick, tan head, with decent retention and a thin coating of lacing all the way down. Nice, deep brown, opaque coffee-like color.

The smell is strong coffee, a bit bitter, but at the same time it's also a sweet, grassy coffee. Maybe just the tiniest hint of bready malt.

Initially, there is a sweet, citrusy taste, which persists while your mouth is coated in light roasted coffee flavor. Moderate bitterness, but I think they used just the right coffee to get a more complex coffee taste than your average coffee porter. A hint of citrus hops and not a whole lot of malt gives this beer a drying finish, which is nice, since the coffee is a tad sweet. Well balanced! Mouthfeel is about right for a porter.

I really enjoy this coffee porter, and I would put it up against any other coffee porter out there. Now I just wish I had more...

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Photo of quine
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with a small light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Smells fantastically of coffee, with a little dark chocolate.

T: Much like the smell, it tastes strongly of coffee.

M: Not particularly thick, and lightly carbonated. Although a little thinner than I would have expected, it's not bad at all.

D: Very drinkable. I'm halfway through my second glass, and if left unchecked, might drink my way through the entire growler.

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Photo of beerphan
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask @piperspub -> imperial pint

Arrives black with an inch mocha head. Sheets of lace up and down the glass.

Nose: Coffee. Enough to open my eyes :)

Smooth body. Great feel from the cask, impressive. Once I get over how creamy good the mouth is, I can start sifting through the strong chocolate and coffee flavors that dominate the huge malt profile. Slightly burnt but crazy complex mix of dark chocolate coffee and some chewy caramel. Grassy hops let you know they are there but well hidden in the background. A twinge of unripe crab apple let's us know the yeast is still active. Bitterness from the heavy charred malts and hops allows the brew to finish dry.

More than happy the state finally appproved the beer, thanks to Pipers Pub for providing cask choices to be envied.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler, black and tar-like in color with a lighter brown head. Looks thick, dark and sexy.

Smell is of fresh brewed coffee and some very pleasant chocolate notes.

A nice complex little brew here. Big time coffee flavors, almost like layers of coffee, if that makes sense. Different blends. Chocolate malt is also there lending a bittersweet cocoa note.

Mouthfeel is thick and full bodied. Good level of carbonation.

For an American Porter, this one is very memorable. I think Coffee Beer should be a style in itself. Consider my eyes opened.

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Photo of billab914
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 liter swing to p into my Dogfish snifter. It poured pretty close to black in color with a frothy tan head filling about a half inch of the top of the glass. Decent head retention with a little lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a pretty bold roasty coffee presence to it. I get some sweeter malty flavors cutting through the coffee bitterness with a little bit of a chocolaty flavor to it. Very nice aroma overall, the coffee and malts really come together nicely.

The taste has a nice balance between the coffee and the malty flavors. I get some milk chocolaty and caramel flavors more up front while the bitter, roasty flavors come out more in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was a very good beer. It was very flavorful and also smooth and easy drinking for the style. The coffee really integrated nicely into the beer instead of dominating it. Very enjoyable beer to sip on this cold evening.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black, opaque body and a big brown head.

The aroma is bursting with coffee, tons of it. Behind that coffee flavor is a bit of both chocolate and roasted character.

The flavor is almost all coffee, with the porter peaking through from underneath. In fact, this beer tastes more like coffee than any I have encountered up to this point (yeah, I've said that before, but THIS time I mean it). After tasting a fresh roasted cup of black coffee I pick up roasted malts and a bit of chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel is a bit creamy, moderate carbonation.

This sucker is pretty drinkable, and is another fine East End beer, but I have to agree with the government: "Eye opener" is an unacceptable because I fell asleep with a few more sips of the last of the growler in my glass.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type - 33 oz flip-top bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/tan with black tint. Nice 1 inch creamy head and think lacing.

Smell - Dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits. Really overpowering strong aroma of coffee!

Taste - Strong coffee influenced flavors, with roasted, smokey malt backbone. Sugars and chocolate are present but takes a backseat to the bitter, bold coffee kick. The finish has a little hop citrus, and some caramel and molasses also comes out.

Mouthfeel - Thick, bold and coffee heavy. Tounge gets bitter coffee, malts and some chocolate. Palette gets more coffee, some dark fruits and sugars. After taste is bitter, coffee and chocolate.

Overall - If you like coffee this is for you. Its very straightforward and a bit simple in flavors. Malts and coffee, with chocolate and hops as supporting role. Its tasty and well done for a coffee porter. Even though i enjoy a sweeter version, this is done well and worth a dirnk.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Guess this used to be retired? Bottle 12/2012

Black color, light brown head, sporadic lace. Aroma of roasted coffee, dry chocolate, roasted malts, sweetness. Light bitter coffee, roasted notes, chocolate powder, brownie batter. Creamy, near full body, rich.

Good sheet.

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Photo of glid02
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

32 oz. bottle shared by Grant – much obliged!

Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of robust coffee, partly drier roast and partly smoother and more espresso-like. Moderate amounts of roasted malts linger in the background, as do hints of unsweetened chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the coffee isn’t quite as large. Moderately dry roasted malt flavors kick things off before being overtaken by large amounts of coffee. The coffee fades a bit midway through the sip, allowing slight semi-sweet chocolate flavors to work their way into things. Coffee and roasted malts carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It’s a bit on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass with no problems and could have another.

Overall this was another beer that East End has taken to extremes – not that I think that’s a bad thing – along with Toaster. A very coffee-forward beer that is worth a shot.

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Eye Opener Coffee Porter from East End Brewing Company
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