Eye Opener Coffee Porter - East End Brewing Company
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3.03/5 rDev -25.4%
A 1-liter bottle (or growler, however you want to look at it) purchased at Al's of Hampden and shared with wishuwerebeer. This brew appears a dark brown color with a finger of smooth, creamy tan head that slowly recedes and leaves a coating of lacing upon the glassware. When held to the light, you can see the body displays quite a bit of deep ruby clarity.
The aroma includes fresh roasted coffee with an earthy component and a citrus twang that is very similar to that which can only be attributed to the effects of coffee grounds/beans. As the brew warms up, it has a minty sort of herbal quality which I am assuming to be the hops coming forward in this brew. Overall this offering is quite roasty smelling and enjoyable to the nose.
The taste however has a peculiar sort of yeasty "greenness" that I find to be distracting and somehow it makes it's way into the aroma after getting the taste in your mouth. It has quite a bitter roasted quality of malt which blends nicely with the flavor of coffee. It leaves a lingering green leafy taste which is a little fruity in the mouth coupled with coffee, bitter roasted malt and a slight drying chocolate character. The off flavor here of green yeastiness ruins this brew for me and as much as I try to focus on the good qualities, the green flavor keeps coming back and I can't oversee it. The green aspect brings out a mineral taste which just adds to the bad aspect of this beer's flavor.
This is a medium bodied brew with a light, enjoyable level of carbonation. It is carbonated enough to support a head for a bit and have a light prickly feel in the mouth. For nearly 7% alcohol, it is hidden quite well in both flavor and warming factor. This is a brew that had a lot of potential and I wouldn't mind trying it again. I am glad I shared the bottle with a friend, I could finish my glass but was not interested in having another. Perhaps I got a bad bottle based on other people's reviews or maybe I let it sit in the cellar for too long.
01-25-2011 23:55:11 | More by stakem
3.2/5 rDev -21.2%
A liter swing-top bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.
Pours a straight black in the glass, with 1-2 fingers of darker mocha colored head. This retains with a thin layer of froth that stretches across the surface of the liquid yet still leaves back some rich lacing that hangs in heavy foamy swathes down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of fresh roasted coffee grounds, sweet chocolate malts, and then a bit of earthy hop character in the background. Unfortunately I'm also picking up some chalky and plastic band-aid off-notes in this as well. They aren't completely off-putting but are noticeable and detract from the nose a bit.
The taste is a mix of thick chocolate and caramel sweetness, dark roasted malts, and a light leafy bitterness. The coffee flavors seem much more muted here than they did in the nose and take some punch away from the profile. The finish is dry and roasty, with that chalkiness rearing its head again. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with more of a soft and bubbly feel in the mouth. It would seem to need a bit more sharpness to help bring out those roast and coffee flavors. Thankfully that nearly 7% ABV is well hid and is a big saving grace of this beer.
Wow, I have to say that this was pretty much a disappointment, especially since I had such a good experience with this same beer out of the growler back in 2009 (a solid A Coffee Stout for me). The off-notes, lack of coffee flavors in the taste, and overly soft body just didn't get the job done for me. I guess this is one that just didn't translate well to the bottle.
01-27-2011 16:36:20 | More by Kegatron
3.55/5 rDev -12.6%
1L swingtop shared with a buddy. Poured into a pint glass.
3.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy light brown head with average retention for a coffee beer and a good amount of lacing.
4.0 S: Not surprisingly, coffee is the main attraction here. Not too strong and not too weak, it works well with the base beer. Base beer is roasty, smoky, and grainy to an extent. Fairly dry with a touch of char.
3.5 T: Again, a good amount coffee, smoke, roasty barley, and a touch a char. Again this is dry. It's good, but it could use some crystal malt or something to get some sweetness in there.
3.0 M: Mouthfeel suffers from the same problem in the taste. Not enough residual sugar so not enough body. Lighter medium body. Carbonation is at a good level, but it would be so much better coming out of a thicker, richer, creamier body.
3.5 D: Pretty good beer, but not worth the price. I bought two so I could see how it ages, but give me the bill for some FBS anyday over this.
03-10-2011 05:13:17 | More by DavoleBomb
3.65/5 rDev -10.1%
Served in a wedding snifter.
Oh, trust me, my eyes are wide open... Anyway, this stuff pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of sandstone-khaki foam. The nose comprises molasses, dark coffee, perfume, and a light bit of roasted malts. The taste brings in more of the same, with the coffee really coming through earthily and greenily. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a pretty nice coffee porter, nothing amazing but enjoyable enough for what it is.
09-02-2013 18:15:04 | More by TMoney2591
3.65/5 rDev -10.1%
A - very dark with a brown head. When you move your glass the head leaves a trail like coffee does.
S - very coffee-centric. Malts underneath but noticeable.
T - heavy coffee flavor while cold, bitterness of coffee. As it earns it starts opening up with a porter-esque flavor... in other words, drink warm.
M - sharp like coffee. Heavy coating but not much tingle.
D - as a coffee lover I could drink this all day.
12-03-2010 23:41:48 | More by biglite351
3.7/5 rDev -8.9%
On cask @ sharp edge creekhouse-served in a pint glass.
A- Body is a deep nearly opaque dark brown. Served with a nice 1 finger foamy, bubbly light tan head. This has perfect retention! Traces od lacing left down the glass...but not much.
S- Aroma is great and I'm sure the head has a lot to do with that...Roasted coffee beans are the most dominant upfront, with a nice dose of mocha, dark malt, and a touch of vanilla sweetness to balance it out. Nose is warm and inviting.
T- Roasted malt and coffee beans are the highlight upfront with subtle tones of mocha and sweetness just barely along for the ride. The flavors intensify for the finish with a roasted malt/ big coffee flavor dominating the profile. There is a very subtle sweetness detectable also- but not enough to unmask the huge black coffee character going on here. What lingers is a big roasted malt bitterness.
M- Given that this is a cask beer there is little to no carbonation (which adds to the black coffee character)..but the mouthfeel is fairly smooth and silky.
D- This is a very interesting brew. Its like an extreme black coffee porter with the most subtle hint of sweetness that doesn't come near balancing it out. If you like a big coffee punch in your porter than this is the beer for you. Me- I find it novel and great to try once, but a bit over the top. Another solid, interesting creation by Scott at East End.
01-09-2010 00:41:38 | More by PittBeerGirl
3.75/5 rDev -7.6%
Thanks to zcrxt for this big bottle in NOOB 4 BIF. Opened and poured into a plastic solo cup, cause that's how we roll at keg parties, lucky I had this beer! Best I could tell it was a nice dark brown with a light brown head that subsided quickly. The nose was all coffee, great coffee aroma and hints of nuts. Flavor was lighter than I expected but coffee still dominates with some chocolate and walnut. Very easy to drink, no pronounced bitterness or off flavors. Just not that exciting or complex. Overall a good beer I would certainly drink again if I had the chance.
05-30-2011 15:11:32 | More by wchollif
3.75/5 rDev -7.6%
Full on black in color. Forms a moderate sized tan colored head. Decent retention. Some sheeting lacing. Aroma is full of coffee. Roasted malts and chocolate, but very strong coffee. Taste is nice, but not overly impressive. Weak , watery coffee. A light chocolate note. Earthy With some Light woodsy notes. Finishes watery and thin. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Very light bitterness. Maybe even a bit acidic. Coffee acidic.
A drinkable beer. Not the greatest, but better than expected.
09-01-2013 23:51:12 | More by Florida9
3.76/5 rDev -7.4%
Poured a dark brown-black with a small tan head that receded to a collar and left a bit of lacing on the glass. Roasty aroma, coffee and dark malts, and not a whole lot else. More of the same in the taste, ground coffee beans, semi-sweet chocolate, dark malts, some earthiness, and a touch of creamy sweetness. Nice body, medium but robust, about right for the style. A good one overall, and I can be pretty picky when it comes to coffee beers.
01-26-2013 22:55:32 | More by Rifugium
3.8/5 rDev -6.4%
Picked up a bottle at Capones in Norristown, PA. I have always liked EE bottles, a cool flip top 1L bottle that becomes a nice little growler when finished with the original beer contained in the bottle.
A - Pours a bit like root-beer basically brown with a hint of reddish tint as you look through it. Poured pretty aggressively and managed to secure only a small head of bubbles that instantly runs for cover.
S - I read some of the other reviews where people were assaulted by fresh strong coffee. I certainly got a dominant coffe profile but there was something else in there that put me off a bit. It almost smelt like the plasctic contained in the flip cap. Something that definitiely detracted from the otherwise rich coffee front. As with other coffee beers, I sometimes get a secondary hint of bitter chocolate. Nice, but I dinged this one .5 for the strange whiff I got.
T - Pretty good with a nice coffee cup of joe taking center stage. Personally, I liked Planet Bean much more than this one and found myself comparing this to Bean as I was drinking it (recognizing though the stout v. porter classes). The taste includes a backbone of bitter chocolate as well. Nice, but not outstanding
M - Somewhat thin, a little bit lacking here.
D - Still enjoyable and would probably go back for round 2 to give it another shot, but in my opinion lots better in the class.
02-12-2011 15:28:24 | More by Beerisheaven
3.83/5 rDev -5.7%
Thanks to davolebomb for this one (as usual). Shared a swing-top.
Poured a nice dark brown color with nice creamy looking head. Smell got me very excited right off the bat. Very nice strong coffee smell that ends with a wonderful dark chocolate taper. Taste let me down off of coming off the that luxurious smell. Don't get me wrong, this is one hell of a beer. The taste had various steps to it. Started out with a nice burnt cofffee roast taste which lead to a nice rich sweet but bitter dark chocolate taste. After all said and done, I was left with my favorite part which was an awesome coffee bitterness that lingered in my mouth. When all said and done, my only major complaint was all in all it wasn't nearly as strong as I was expecting coming off of that extremely aromatic onslaught that started it all. Still very satisfied in the end though. On the flipside though, this beer does go down very easily, making it easy to drink much more at a time.
03-10-2011 05:26:09 | More by jbbjr0387
3.95/5 rDev -2.7%
32.8oz flip-top bottle that doesn't say Eye Opener anywhere on it.
A - Pours a dark chocolatey brown with a large brown head. the head lasts forever with good lacing also left on the glass.
S - Coffee of course, some chocolate and wheat as well.
T - Coffee, nutty, roasted malts.
D - Thin body, fizzy carbonation.
O - Yep, it's coffee. Light body makes it an easy drinker. Pretty one dimensional.
01-03-2012 04:47:32 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.95/5 rDev -2.7%
Picked up a growler of this at Capone's today.
Pours a deep brown/black with amber highlights around the outside. Has a small off white head that leaves nice lacing down the glass.
Smells like coffee, roast, chocolate, hint of caramel.
Taste is of coffee, light roast, caramel, and herbal hops. Lingers with a chocolate and coffee tinge.
Mouthfeel is a little thin for me, between moderate and light.
Drinkability is good, its very inviting and pleasant overall.
02-12-2011 05:08:24 | More by bs870621345
3.98/5 rDev -2%
1 Liter swingtop bottle shared by StormKing47 at Al's of Hampden. Shared with the Al's of Hampden guys. Poured into an tasting glass.
A - Pours dark brown, borderline black, with a nice one finger tan head that dissipates quickly leaving light lacing down the glass.
S - Eye opener is the perfect name for this one. Coffee aroma is strong and ever present. As it comes to room temperature you pick up a bit of bitter chocolate and a touch of sweetness from the malt. A touch one dimensional but still very nice.
T - Could there be any more coffee in this one? Bitter dark roast coffee up front giving way quickly to a thin, chocolate flavor. Finish is lots of strong, dark, coffee that lingers for a short time. I think I could actually pass this off as a cup of coffee. A very solid coffee porter.
M - Heavy flavor and body with medium-light carbonation. A bit on the thin side for what I like from my porters but still a good feel.
D - Pretty good. I would say porters are my second favorite style behind stouts and, while I liked this one a lot, it was a bit too thin for my liking. Still a very nice porter, just not the best I have had.
12-26-2010 23:00:11 | More by orangesol
Eye Opener Coffee Porter from East End Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.