Coffee Monster - Pizza Port Solana Beach
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4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad in Carlsbad, CA.
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, roasted coffee/espresso beans, and freshly brewed coffee. Taste is much the same with a slight cocoa flavor as well. There is a medium amount of roasty coffee bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is really tasty and super drinkable.
08-07-2012 01:10:25 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
On tap at the Port – Carlsbad
A: Coffee Monster pours a deep dark brownish color nearing black with a shade lighter edge to it. Nice creamy one finger plus of light tan head that subsides to a ring and leaves just a few scattered splashes of lace on the drink down.
S: Smells of just straight cold steeped coffee. Strong and bold java. Fills my senses all the way across the table. Quite incredible. The coffee aromas overpower anything else detectable here. Really nice.
T: Tastes of pure deep rich roasted coffee. Just all green earthy roasted goodness. Has a nice touch of bitterness back palate and some roasted grain character peeks through a tad as the brew warms up in temp. Starts to reveal some dark fruit and dark chocolaty notes as well until your next sip which just brings on another onslaught of java. Slightly sweet with a hint of alcohol heat but ABV’s are really nowhere to be found under all the coffee flavs here. Really is a Coffee Monster and is just delicious.
M: Has a slightly viscous mouthfeel and medium body that floats across the palate nicely. Smooth and frothy with a sticky linger. Gives a lighter impression. Very Porteresque. Finish has a little crisp point to it but is somewhat wet.
D: I found myself gulping this one down way too easy. Much like an iced café. One of the best coffee infused beers I have come across yet.
Would definitely recommend to anyone seeking out a good coffee brew. Reminded me a lot like Ballast Point’s Victory at Sea without the vanilla or harsh alcohol distractions. Enjoyed this even more actually.
04-04-2012 22:59:40 | More by Nugganooch
3.58/5 rDev -15.6%
Sampled on tap at 1702 Tucson; August 2011
Arrives from the tap with a half-finger thick, nicely browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is a deep brown, though not black color that shows a clear, rich brown around the edges. The aroma smells of huge, rich coffee notes, ample burnt molasses and lots of toasted complex whole grain notes. The mix of dark malt sweetness and coffee works pretty well in the aroma; there is just enough sweetness to keep the roast character from seeming harsh or overly roasted. A touch of roast nuttiness starts to come out in the aroma after the beer has warmed up for a while and at times this smells like a mix of coffee and chocolate liquors.
Thick and viscous as it hits the palate, the beer really sticks to the mouth, even after the beer has been swallowed. The finish has an ample roast and hop bitterness, but also has a really rich, brown malt richness that isn’t really sweet, though does approach that. Up front there is a dark malt sweetness that is pervasive, this is minimized by a big roast character, bitterness and warming alcohol in the finish though. Big flavors of dark chocolate, amply darkened brown sugar and that dark malt sweetness play a supporting role to the roast and coffee flavors that are clearly dominant in this beer. After my palate adjusts a bit to this beer it doesn’t seem nearly as thick as it initially had, though there is still no doubt that this is a big beer.
Not bad, in fact I can see this being a big hit for those that crave Imperial Stouts with coffee. I am certainly enjoying it, though I likely won’t have the need to ever try this again. The roast bitterness can seem a bit harsh in the finish at times, though this is a typical problem for me in a beer like this.
02-12-2012 03:30:54 | More by Gueuzedude
Coffee Monster from Pizza Port Solana Beach
92 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.