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Eye Opener Coffee Porter - East End Brewing Company

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Eye Opener Coffee PorterEye Opener Coffee Porter

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 13
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rabsten on 09-12-2009)
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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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'.

Photo of Rifugium
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of orangesol
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of stakem
3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of akorsak
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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).

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Wasatch
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of outoffocus
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the incomparable beerisheaven for another good-looking bottle of East End brew. An evening I'll long remember for a couple of reasons, one of which being 7 squirreled-up girls in the basement on a sleepover. Bring me a beer, dammit!

Pours out of the stylin' 33.8 oz. flip-top into two pint glasses just fine, a brown so close to black as to make no difference. Smell is what I'm hoping for: light coffee, roast, held up gently by a framework of sweet malts.

Eye Opener brings what I want in a coffee beer: that is beer, & coffee, not just a howitzer blast of Peruvian beans. Smooth bean greets my thirsty throat, but it's a quiet, gentle coffee taste that's buttressed by the sweet malts. So smooth I have to believe there's oatmeal here. Great body to this, hits a nice pitch of being full enough to support the beer, not filling my tummy, but makes me want to slug it like Gatorade. Nice mix.

Very good beer & a really nice coffee beer; the most drinkable example of the style I've come across in a long time, if ever.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of tommyguz
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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Eye Opener Coffee Porter from East End Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.