Eye Opener Coffee Porter - East End Brewing Company
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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
4.23/5 rDev +4.2%
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'.
08-19-2012 08:25:24 | More by RblWthACoz
4.45/5 rDev +9.6%
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!
04-13-2012 20:58:45 | More by Wasatch
4.1/5 rDev +1%
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.
02-27-2012 04:25:37 | More by wvsabbath
4/5 rDev -1.5%
A – Pours a deep black, with a really nice toffee colored head that sticks around for quite a while.
S – Lots of espresso roasted bitter coffee, some dark roasted malt.
T – A nice coffee bitterness, with really rich roasted malt. Some hop bitterness is in there as well.
M – Full bodied, and bottle conditioned. Carbonation was really good too.
O – I really like East End’s bitter approach to the coffee porter. It’s a nice change from the overly sweet dark beers that are all over the place. I look forward to this seasonal offering next year.
02-20-2012 14:03:28 | More by cps98
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
4.2/5 rDev +3.4%
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...
12-17-2011 02:01:33 | More by troysoy2
4.1/5 rDev +1%
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.
10-30-2011 00:57:39 | More by billab914
4/5 rDev -1.5%
Poured from a swing-top bottle into a Cigar City snifter. A small film of khaki foam settled on top of the chestnut brown body. The head vanished quickly; moderate lacing.
The nose is as named...coffee...with a faint nuttiness in the background. Honestly...this smells like a filter full of wet grinds (not a bad thing...)
The taste is coffee through and through...starts out sweet and turns to a roasted flavor toward the finish. Not very complex, but flavorful.
Medium mouth feel with moderate carbonation...smooth finish.
Overall this is a well done beer that could benefit from a little more of, well everything. If the nose, body and flavor packed a little more punch, this would be outstanding!!
06-04-2011 00:59:48 | More by mgbickel
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
4.58/5 rDev +12.8%
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...
05-22-2011 01:33:16 | More by philbe311
4.22/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
04-25-2011 00:55:32 | More by Mora2000
4/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
04-23-2011 02:46:58 | More by maximum12
4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
04-14-2011 19:54:56 | More by glid02
Eye Opener Coffee Porter from East End Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.