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Eye Opener Coffee Porter - East End Brewing Company

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 80
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 6.13%
Wants: 14
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:
Beer added by: rabsten on 09-12-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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. (401 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.67/5  rDev -10%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
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. (1,576 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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'. (544 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (836 characters)

Photo of orangesol
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (1,146 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
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. (1,997 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (810 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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. (983 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
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). (1,207 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
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! (577 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (402 characters)

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. (1,069 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (1,036 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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. (271 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.57/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (976 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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. (492 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (1,397 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (772 characters)

Photo of philbe311
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
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... (1,395 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (957 characters)

Photo of Omnium
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
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 (414 characters)

Photo of Stigs
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (776 characters)

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Eye Opener Coffee Porter from East End Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.