Fogbuster Coffee House Ale - Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.

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Fogbuster Coffee House AleFogbuster Coffee House Ale

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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Paper City Brewery Co., Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jwaks on 05-01-2010

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Reviews by jeff1973:
Photo of jeff1973
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Hair of the Dog tulip.

A - Dark brown opaque. Big dark tan head, lots of carbonation. Leaves decent lacing.

S - Sweet coffee upfront. I guess this should be what you expect from this beer. A little bit of a sharpness to like you get from a really cabonated soda.

T - That sharpness comes out first (almost acidic??), then blends with the sweet malts with a strong coffee flavor to finish. When the acid starts to blend with the sweet aspect it almost reminds you of pasilla chiles (spicy and peppery)

M - Light to medium, which I did not expect. Very light on the tongue from the carbonation, then ends a bit watery.

D - High. Lots of carbonation and watery finish. The 8.5%ABV is not very noticable.

Not what I expected. Was looking for heavy rich coffee porter (maybe along the lines of Black Butte XXIII). Was over-carbonated for me and that seem to give it a acidic "sting".

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ouncer, no freshness info that I can find. Pours near black, the head is limited at about 1/4 inch, dark mocha, some retention, going to a blotchy film, colar and just a smidge of spotty lacing.

Dark malt, coffee and dark chocolate in the nose.

Chocolate, coffee, dark malts, smokey. Kind of sludgy for my liking. Thickly flavorful and kinda dense and lifeless, cant say I'm in love with this one..I'd likely enjoy it more with some more carbonation and a bit less body.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at a tasting. Thanks Mike.
Pours a pitch black body, a small amount of head, khaki in color. A small amount of lacing stick around. Smells faintly of roasted malts, a minor note of coffee beans, maybe some toffee. Tastes of weak coffee, a touch of Carmel malts, medium dry finish. Light carbing. Medium light body. $6 for a bomber. I'd consider trying this again.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. This is my first beer from Paper City Brewing and I am excited to try it.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick tan head. The aroma is very heavy on the coffee with a little bit of roasted malt mixed in. One of the strongest coffee aromas I have had in a beer. The flavor is more of the same, but there are a few differences. While the coffee is still the predominant flavor, I get a lot of chocolate mixed in which really compliments the coffee well. I also get some roasted malt as well as some cream notes which also go very well with the other flavors. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very good coffee beer. Glad I got to try it.

Photo of puboflyons
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was on tap at the Brattleboro, Vermont Brewer's Festival on May 22, 2010. The pour is very dark brown but not quite black with an inch beige head that lasts for a short time and leaves a plesant lacing. For a coffee porter I think I expected more coffee in the aroma and although it was there it seemed muted with the malts that also swam around my nose. The bold mouthfeel was followed with a coffee taste that was a bit more obvious than what I got from the aroma. There was a nice dry hoppy finale. However it had some kind of punch that really soared through my senses.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black in color, nice light mocha head of a good finger.not much lacing.

Aroma is ok. Not a whole lot of coffee, or at least a light roast. Some nice roasted notes and chocolate too.

Mild coffee,toasty, roasted, and chocolate.

C, reamyslick, medium in body.

D rink is pretty good

Photo of Jwaks
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving : 22oz bottle
Ale brewed with Pierce Brothers Fogbuster Coffee

Nearly opaque umber in color, the body supports a thin khaki colored head showing fine bubbles and scant sticky lacing.

Loads of coffee bust through the aromatic fog, probably a city roast or darker, melding with inticingly sweet roasted and burnt malts, hints of toffee, powdered cocoa and spicy hops. The aroma is very pleasant but reticent, I prefer big, perfumy and fragrant beers.

Hoppier and more bitter than expected, coffee, burnt malts and bitter, citrusy hops last from start to finish. Coffee flavor is assertive but not overdone with great roasty, acidity and earthy flavor. Dark chocolate, biscut and bready, roasty and along with slight toffee work into the midpalatte and long, delicious finish.

The best part about this beer is the mouthfeel, it is very smooth, slick and quite easy to drink while being decievingly strong. The finish lasts for nearly a minute with delicious roasted coffee, toasty malt and spicy hops.

High abv alone limits the drinkability, it is closer to an imperial porter than a porter. This is one to savor slowly than quaff.

Wow, a genuinely awesome brew from Paper City Brewery, this is a great find and an even bigger surprise. I can only hope they continue their efforts branching out and trying new brews like this fogbuster and riley's mother's milk stout. I'm a fan and you will be too!

Photo of cbutova
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black with a silky tan head. Retention is decent and a creamy ring and pillow stays behind. Slight lace.

S- Big coffee presence over roast malt and milk chocolate.

T- Rich blend of strong, dark roast coffee cocoa and malts. Some caramel as well. Slight dark fruit.

MF- Creamy rich body with nice silky carbonation. Some warmth and cocoa coffee bitters.

DB- Better than what I remember, very nice dark roast coffee flavor profile.

Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single somewhere local in MA.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/2" tan head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head falls slowly, with ample lacing. Aroma is dark malts and pungent coffee.

Taste starts with dark sweetness, giving way to rich coffee in the middle, and gets a bit boozy by the close. All comes together nicely though. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is very nice as well. Worth finding this special release from Paper City.

Photo of PicoPapa
2.92/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Pours an almost black color with a small amount of tan head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is boozey with some coffee and roasted malts. Earthy. Taste is a boozey coffee flavor. Some roasted malt and burnt coffee flavors at the end as well as some bitterness. The taste is kind of a sicky sweet flavor that I'm not sure how I feel about it. Maybe its the strong alcohol flavor that is mixing with the coffee that somehow ends up not being very pleasant. Right now drinking a bomber of this seems to be a daunting task. Overall, I won't be buying this again.

Photo of Liverpool08
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black, thin mocha colored head. Smell is ok, a little roasted coffee. Taste follows a nice little coffee flavor with just a hint of cocoa. But the flavor is really coffee, dark black with just a hint of bitter. The carbonation is just right and makes it very easy to drink. Its actually a really nice beer to have more then one if not for the high ABV. My first from this brewery, and I will be back to try others. A nice coffee beer.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bpmber poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Very dark brown with a thick tan head. Excellent retention. Thick, foamy rings of lacing.

S: Rich dark chocolate and some lovely nutty coffee scents. Light citric hop smell, faint alcohol, tight berry fruitiness, and some vanilla bean.

T: Nutty tastes are closely followed by lots of roasted coffee beans. Woody and smokey. Quick flash of citric hops. Plenty of dark chocolate. Berry esters are stifled, but there. Finishes with lots of coffee and a soft charcoal-like smoke.

M: Medium bodied, creamy, and full. Moderate seltzery carbonation is a bit distracting, but it works its way out of the beer after is sits for a little while. A little too light in the mouth, I would like it to have a little more body.

O: Great coffee taste, but the base beer lacks a little character.

Notes: Not bad. A tweak of two and they might have a really special beer.

Photo of Brad007
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a thin brown head into my glass. Very much like a porter with nothing ill-mannered to write about.

Aroma is rich with roasted coffee, cream and cocoa notes. Just a hint of alcohol warmth as well.

Taste is rich with roasted coffee, a slight hint of cocoa and cream upfront. Visceral, yet delicious. Alcohol warmth is muted as well.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering cream and coffee notes. Not much else is left at the back of the throat.

A very nice example of the style. Usually, if you want to create an "imperial" porter, you'd brew a baltic porter. Regardless, check this out.

Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a black looking brew. The head was thin and tan. Not a whole lot of lacing going on here. The smell of the beer was roasted with some elements of coffee on the nose. The taste of the beer had a big malts base and had some subtle coffee tones to it, also a little bit of chocolate too. The mouthfeel was pretty carbonated which left a tingle inside the mouth. Overall the beer was decent. Can't say I'd run out to get more but I would probably have it again if it was offered to me.

Photo of DIM
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This looked like a stout, it had a completely black body with no highlights. It poured with a large, creamy tan colored head.

s: Fairly mild overall with soft coffee aromas plus some chocolate a hint of lactic sourness.

t: Mellow coffee flavor without the bitterness balanced nicely by milk chocolate sweetness and that signature porter sourness. This had some warmth overall, but the 8.5% abv was very well incorporated.

m: Big bodied with ample, creamy carbonation.

o: Without a date on the bottle I can't say how old this was. It certainly isn't a coffee bomb, but this well crafted beer struck a very nice balance. Thanks Eric, this was good stuff.

Photo of axeman9182
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, received after working closing for this year's ACBF. It was allowed to warm for about half an hour from the fridge before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Paper City Fogbuster pours just short of absolute black. With the proper lighting there's a tiny bit of mahogany highlights coming through. There's a solid 3+ fingers of tan head sitting atop the beer, and both head retention and lacing are superb. The nose is a little bit muted, and it's tilted too far in favor of coffee and away from other dark malt flavors for my taste. The flavor is a bit more balanced with some dark chocolate, but bitter coffee (amplified by the roasted malt character) is still dominant. The body is fairly full, as one might expect from what amounts to an imperial porter, but it lacks a certain smoothness that some of the best in the style have. That may be due, at least in part, to a slightly overactive carbonation that buzzes on the tip of the tongue and comes across at times as a bit of a nuisance. Rather than having too much coffee flavor added to it, I think Paper City's Fogbuster just doesn't have enough character coming from the rest of the brew to really make it a great beer.

Photo of thepeter
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Black with a tight little frothy head

S- Coffee, and some dark roasted malt

T LIke a fresh espresso served cold. A bit bitter from the hops but very pleasant and to me mimics the bitterness of a cup of coffee. Clean aftertaste and very nice.

MD - Smooth and creamy and went down really nice. I would definetly have another

This is a straight forward delicious coffee porter, exactly as you might expect, simple and really well done.

Photo of Daktyls
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Well, either I poured wrong, or this beer just has a ton of head. I ended up with a 6 finger head that dissipates slow at first, but then picks up and leaves a super dark colored body with a big bubbly head that's mocha in color with tan notes here and there.

S: Mild dark chocolate notes with quite a bit of dark roasted coffee and malts, lots of malts.

T: Distinct coffee notes are very present in the taste along with unsweetened dark chocolate notes. There's a little bit of lactose present and some other light sweetness present.

M: Medium body with a medium-high amount of carbonation. In my own personal opinion the carbonation slightly detracts from the overall flavors.

O: Overall, quite good, perhaps one of the better coffee flavored beers that I've had in terms of coffee-ness, I'd probably buy it again if I wanted to show a friend a good example of a coffee "flavored" beer.

Photo of Flounder57
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a nice two finger mocha head. It is pitch black no signs of carbonaation at the top of the glass. Head has reduced and left some spotty lacing on the glass too.

Smell: mocha/chocolate, roasted coffee, smokiness, and some bready malts.

Taste: A lot of coffee. Really roasty, but really bitter from the coffee too. A little too much for my palate.

Mouthfeel: dry, very bitter, a little harsh, lingering bitterness, medium to full bodied, and medium carbonation, and somewhat dry too.

Overall: This beer would be better if it probably didn't age on the coffee as long. Whether it is french roast or some kind of dark roast, the bitterness dominates all the other good flavors from the beer.

Photo of silentjay
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a slightly brown black with a good sized dark khaki head that laces ok and lasts a while.

plenty of dark roasted coffee on the nose with a tiny bit of cream. a tiny bit of licorice and some roasted malt reminds you this is still a beer.

flavor also has a good amount of coffee as the aroma does, but much more diversity is there. a bit of chocolate and roasted toasty malts sweeten things up after the bitter coffee gives way. It finishes dry and chalky and there is a bit of spicy hops that linger on the palate for a bit.

medium bodied but creamy. carbonation is there, subtly. would like a bit more body here. finishes almost watery.

goes down ok. Not overpowering coffee flavors, which is good, but not enough "beer flavor" backing that up to make this into a great beer.

Coffee stouts and porters have been done, and though this is a good one, its not better than a number of others.

Photo of morebeergood
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Dark brown body with a nice beige head. Good lacing on the glass. Smell was mostly dominated by coffee. Taste was really nice, with plenty of notes of dark barker's chocolate and espresso. Mouthfeel was on the bitter side; I would have preferred more of a coffee aftertaste and less espresso grinds. The high abv was not very present, so it was fairly drinkable. It's a pretty good porter if you love the addition of coffee.

Fogbuster Coffee House Ale from Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.
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