Costa Rica (Coffee Porter) - HaandBryggeriet

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Costa Rica (Coffee Porter)Costa Rica (Coffee Porter)

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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 12-02-2011

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Ratings: 92 | Reviews: 32
Reviews by Neorebel:
Photo of Neorebel
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - upon opening the bottle, the tan colored suds started gushing out uncontrollably. This could be a sign of a bad bottle. Eventually, I was able to pour and the murky, rocky road color of the brew is noted.

Smell - Contains coffee, molasses, and toffee candied aromas. Although nice, something about it seems potentially artificial.

Taste - One dimensional coffee flavor with a burnt sugar sweetness. The finish kills it a little, as it's borderline cloying.

Mouthfeel - Thin, a bit watery. I don't say this due to the low ABV - a 6% porter could still have a soft mouth feel that adequately coats the palate.

Overall - Unless what I had was a bad bottle or batch, skip this one. It was hard for me to finish. I had such high hopes for it...

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Pours a hazy dark brown with a small tan head that quickly goes to a collar that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is lots of coffee, some roast and lactic chocolate with a little smoke and nuts.

The flavor is sweet nutty chocolate malts and roast coffee with a dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with very low carbonation.

Overall, it's one-dimensional but with great coffee notes. A little pricey at $10 a bottle - there are other more affordable coffee beers that are better.

Photo of BlazerT
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pitch black with densed, caffee latte like, medium head. Good lacing. Dark, roasted malts aroma - intensive coffee aroma also hints of dark chocolate and dark, dried fruits. In taste you can feel mainly coffee flavours, low acidity (coffee) and medium bitterness. Also dried fruits flavours noticable. Medium body, oily texture, dry, medium carbonation, finish is bitter with hints of dark chocolate and coffee. In general good coffee porter, may be not the perfect combination of coffee with dark beer, but still good.

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

This beer pours a clear, very dark brownish amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, frothy beige head, which leaves a rain forest profile lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells of pungent, musty bitter coffee grounds, an oily nuttiness, some mild bittersweet chocolate, and soft herbal, leafy hops. The taste is biscuity, bready malt, more medium cafe-infused chocolate, mild dark juicy fruit, a bit of charred grain, a twinge of lactic sweetness, and soft earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is rather innately reserved, the body a sturdy medium weight, and pretty silky in its overall smoothness. It finishes still on the sweet side, though generally tempered by the continuing espresso bitterness expression, and some beaten down noble hops.

A pretty well-rounded porter, big on the coffee guest star, sure, but the other attributes do not falter - that choco-lacto dryness/sourness is present and certainly accounted for here. A tasty tipple.

Photo of Gmann
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color with medium bubbled tan head. The head size was decent but had lots of retention and left some lacing on the glass.

The beer has a wonderful aroma of coffee beans, really quite fantastic. Some lactose notes. I don't really pick up much else, no need to.

Nice roasted base, woody, wet bark. The lactose provides some milky sweetness and there is some brown sugar notes as well. The coffee is wonderful in the flavor as well. Really tastes like fresh coffee beans. There is a bit of a barky spice that I pick up. Some tea like flavors in the finish.

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation. The beer has a building bitterness on the palate and finishes slightly dry.

This is a really good coffee porter. Nice woody and coffee flavors.

Photo of Bung
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml. Picked up at Charleston Beer Exchange.
About black, finger of light tan fading down to dark tan head. Retained very well.

Aroma, Plenty of chocolates and toasted malt. Lighter coffee.

Taste, Light roast malt, caramel, milk chocolate pretty prominent with the lactose sugar. Roast and coffee even this out very nicely. Kind of a mocha latte finish.

Medium bodied, carbonation on the higher side the only thing I would change to just a little bit less or to a finer carbonation. Drinks very easily still.
Another good one from HaandBryggeriet.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a gigantic head, despite very slow pouring.
Nose shows cocoa, sweet dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Funnily enough the chocolate is a lot stronger than the coffee.
Flavours are much more focussed on the coffee, with overt roasty characters. Underneath is sweet, syrup-like malt and a hint of acidity. I'm not sure if the coffee and sugary sweetness really work together.
Way to much carbonation.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of aromatic coffee is quite nice with light dry roasted malt notes. Taste is a good mix between aromatic coffee notes with little astringency and roasted malt with a dry finish. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation. Very tasty coffee porter with very subtle smoky notes that I usually associated with the Haand brewery.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black, but more a super dark brown. Medium brown finger of head adorns and laces well. The aroma was nice, though not super in-your-face. More chocolate than coffee, but there's a good bit of roastiness. The taste gives more a coffee bitterness, roast, milk chocolate and more roasted malts. The feel is good, creamy, fairly full bodied.

Not out of this world, but it's really solid and above the curve as far as coffee beers goes.

Photo of Simont
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75

Outstanding but with some flaws coming from high carb - most likely factors outside the brewer's control.

A: musty roasted malt with a lot of chocolate malt. Coffee aroma almost matching but a small step behind, comes across as mellow and nutty. It smells more like someone opened a tin of good coffee - as opposed to brewed coffee. Incorporates well into aroma of this beer.

A: Very dark brown almost black. Completely opaque, but ruby red highlights show up at the edges as you struggle to get a light to shine through the beer. Which isn't going to happen. Possible age/ temperature fluctuations or other rough handling caused my bottle to becoming overcarbed. Or it could be the result of coffee aging with the beer, or a slow breakdown of some of the lactose? ... either way I got quite a head stand on my first gentle pour - 25% beer 75% tan foam. Easily remedied, but worth mentioning.

F: Very dry roasty porter w associated choc/ black malts - in awesome harmony, and well attenuated to leave a dry, bittersweet chocolate impression at the back of palate. I don't get much sweetness from the lactose (stated on label as an ingredient). And then there's the coffee - also works in balance with the malt, but it comes across more clearly on the nose. Flavor-wise it's there, but it's somewhat hidden behind the big and similar roast malt character. I wouldn't want more coffee flavor in this beer, it's subtle and very well incorporated.

M: Slight acrid roastiness stings on the finish, I think primarily from the very high carb. I suspect this was once a full, creamy mouthfeel but unfortunately now seems a little harsh/ back of my tongue is burning kind of experience. I wish I could have drunk this closer to whenever they capped this bottle.

O: Coffee is a beautiful thing and hard to get right, particularly packaged in bottles because of the way it changes with the beer over time. In the same mind as Stone's ENJOY BY thing - they should do that w coffee beers as well. This beer was very nice, a fantastic coffee aroma, with a subtle but balanced coffee flavor that seemed to meld very well the robust porter underneath.

Photo of peabody
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark brown to black liquid with 1/2 finger of off-white suds that quickily dissipate.
The brew looks thin somehow.
Aroma is charred malts with a chocolaty coffee. I get some raisin and very little alcohol. There is a sharp smell of bitterness here that might be coffee and alcohol but it's hard to tell.
Taste is malty coffee and alcohol. For a 6.2% beer this seems not quite mature like it needed more time in the vats.
Mouthfeel is very clean and the coffee lingers just a tad before the alcohol takes over and finishes this hot brew out.
Overall this is a good try but for ten bucks I won't be buying this again.

Photo of buschbeer
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 pint .9 ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is dark brown with ruby highlights. I got a meager mocha head.

S - The aroma of roasted coffee and chocolate are noticeable. It is not an overwhelming smell.

T - The taste is of coffee. There is some sweetness. The aftertaste is somewhat burnt.

M - Medium to full. Low carbonation.

O - It is a decent coffee beer. I don't necessarily like the burnt flavor, but it is not horrible. I have no idea how old the bottle is. It may be old with some off flavor, but the store I purchased it at seems to go through their beers in a timely fashion.

Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger-high creamy tan head that died down but never completely faded away, leaving a thin layer of bubbles completely coating the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of roasted coffee beans in the nose which become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of roasted coffee beans but only has a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, extremely smooth and a bit thin on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very smooth and easy to drink and would make for an excellent breakfast beer.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours jet black with a two finger creamy tan head. The beer exhibited good head retention and moderate amounts of lacing on the glass.

S: Intense aromas of freshly ground coffee beans and mild bitterness.

T: Like the smell, coffee and bitterness dominate the flavors of this beer with a certain lightness to the bitterness. There was a great complexity of flavors and balance.

M: Medium bodied with fairly high amounts of carbonation and extremely smooth.

O: This would make a great breakfast beer as the taste of the coffee is so pleasant and has nothing artificial to it. The coffee aromas and flavors are lovely, intense, and well balanced. I really enjoyed this one.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

No crowberries here...just coffee. (Would that be considered an inside joke, or just a crappy one with a seriously vague antecedent?) It pours the murkiest black-brown possible, with no real light passing through, topped by over a finger of sandy sienna foam. The nose is dominated by dark coffee, with some rich cocoa and some minor bits of roasted malts in the background. A small shaft of molasses comes through as well. Nice stuff here. The taste follows pretty much identically. Seriously, I have never encountered a taste so very similar to a smell. Damn, now this is consistency, baby! The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a creamy, smooth feel. Overall, a damn fine coffee porter. 'Nuff said. Trust me.

Photo of dorianmarley
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is rich, dark brown with a big tan head and very nice lacing.

Nose is musty, with sweet malt, lactose, and some coffee.

Taste is sweet and roasted, with lactose, coffee grounds and espresso beans, and mild hops.

Mouthfeel is smooth; milk-like, with medium carbonation.

Overall, it is nothing special. The flavors are basic. But the roasted quality is quite good: not overdone and quite pleasant.

Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coal black color and a thick, muddy consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A big amount of coffee in the smell (as you'd expect), with some malt and vanilla as well.

T: Tasted of coffee more than anything else, with a good amount of malt, chocolate, and vanilla in the finish. Not as powerful or dynamic as I expected it to be, but a likeable flavor nonetheless.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a surprisingly dry and smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: In spite of a couple of minor hiccups, this is a drinkable, well made beer.

Photo of Kmat10
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- Dark brown with one finger of mocha head that stays around for a while

S- Bitter coffee grounds, little chocolate, toasted malts, little rum and vanilla

T- A little bit of sweetness from the vanilla an chocolate, the coffee isn't overpowering, mild hops and toasted malts

M- Medium bodied, very smooth, coffee stays with you for a while

O- Very nicely balanced coffee porter not too much coffee or too malty, I like how this beer is not that heavy, very easy drinking porter

Photo of a0lbudman
4/5  rDev +3.1%

A-dark black color with a small brown head that leaves a lace
S-dark roast coffee aroma with a light chocolate smell with some hops in there
T-same roasted coffee taste with a light chocolate note that gives you a hop bitterness in the aftertaste
M-full body, sticky and light carbonation
O-Has most everything you want in a coffee porter and goes down great on a cold day

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the Protest Bottle Share For LA Beer Week held at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, CA.

Pours a hazy dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee beans, alcohol, and slight celery aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy cocoa and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the celery aroma I am getting is a bit odd.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely dark brown, almost opaquely black, and only leavened in hue at the very edges, where it becomes an oily, translucent chestnut. Head is bulbous and large-bubbled, almost fizzing up in extravagance. The colour is a pleasant very light coffee-crema beige, and the lacing forms as sudsy rings as it falls. The head and the associated carbonation is a little worrying, but otherwise it looks pretty decent.

Nose is pleasant sweet coffee, all the way, cut slightly with a touch of crisp acidity, possibly from the carbonation, as it settles down a little as the head does. Touches of leather, chocolate and pepper come through as well, all providing a dark roastiness, that never really gets towards roasted or astringent—it's a mild sweetness throughout.

Taste is lovely, and the feel is way better than I expected. The slick, oily palate has the texture of cold espresso, and it manages to coat the tongue with its array of coffee, milk chocolate and creamy sweetness. Very clear and clean, and very luscious—there's not huge complexity in flavour, but the simple sweetness is soothing, warming and comforting.

Finish is surprisingly long, and while some of the sweetness drops out on the back leaving a sense of dryness, those cocoa and coffee characters retain the ghost of the sweetness, so the illusion lasts for much longer.

Really nice brew from Haand, who I believe I'm yet to have a disappointing beer from. This is smooth, slick and very drinkable, while making a really nice showcase of the coffee.

Photo of beergoot
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coffee colors and aroma hit right off the bat. Turbid, dark brown; thick, tannish head. Roasted coffee beans; burnt grains in the nose; acrid and pungent. Espresso flavor; rich, roasted grains; slight char taste; burnt toast; dark chocolate. Smooth, velvety feel; rich and sugary.

Coffee -- rich, deep roasted -- no cream, minimal sugar (though just enough to 'sweeten' things up just right. Delightful...

Photo of ADZA
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark as night kola hue which leaves a frothy,creamy two finger head that stays.

S-Strong dark expresso,Dark chocolate and dark malts.

T-Even though the hops are there i feel they take a step back with the predominant tastes being Rich dark coffee/expresso,burnt toffee,dark Belgian chocolate and a dark fruit hoppiness at the end without being bitter at all and the after taste is more like when you have just finished a very milky cappicino very nice especially if you are a coffee lover as well a beer lover.

M-Medium bodied and somewhat creamy,not as creamy as a milk stout but nearly there.

O-Well what can i say apart from that ive had many a coffee porter in my time but this brew definately nails the coffee factor and it really does taste like a ice coffee/beer and in my eyes a perfect compliment to a dark rich dessert and i would definately buy again cheers.

Photo of Digimaika2
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(4.0) A: Caramel brown with a very tall and bubbly head that’s also semi-creamy. Long lasting retention with minimal lacing.

(4.0) S: Caramel, brown sugar, roasted coffee, cocoa, and vanilla. Bold aromas that are enticing. The coffee aroma is more medium roast than a heavy espresso aroma and more in sync with the cocoa.

(3.75) T: Rich caramel, chocolate, slight smoke, roasted coffee, black licorice, herbal qualities, and hints of dark fruits. The coffee is present but the cocoa and caramel sweetness are slightly overpowering. The herbal qualities (anise-like) are very nice as this warms.

(3.75) M: Full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Slick and oily.

(3.75) D: This is very good. Perhaps was expecting more coffee than cocoa, and slightly drier and less full bodied, but still quite nice and glad I tried this.

Photo of Agent1
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - After letting this calm down in the glass and giving it time to warm, the head has settled and is a nice, soft, light brown/ beige color. Not a ton of head, but the retention is good. A deep, dark, menacing elixir. Looks great.

Smell - Rich and smoky aroma. Very strong and complex. A surprising amount of coffee grounds are noticeable, along with dark candi syrup/ brown sugar, toasted malts and even wood. The coffee aroma smells akin to that of a darker roast or espresso bean, despite the light roasted beans depicted on the label. Quite a bit going on here. This is worth spending some time with.

Taste - Excellent use of sugars. All the grain hits me after the sugars, followed by the coffee and a the bittering hops and smoke. Baker's chocolate is noticeable. A nice woody aftertaste, most likely imparted by the beans and the hops. Coffee is very obvious and situated nicely. Definitely bitter in a very good way. Hell, coffee being used as a bittering ingredient -- who knew!!? Almost comes across as a hop flavor in a strange way. This works really well with the sugars and the grains.

Mouthfeel - Spends most of its time lingering on the roof of the mouth. Very nicely balanced; tingling the tongue and front of the mouth. This really sticks to the palate. Not too chewy, but still medium to full-bodied. Very smooth and syrupy.

Overall - I really appreciate how this beer is not too heavy. The malt body is definitely prominent, yet not too overbearing. I find some Porters and Stouts can be hard to drink in one sitting or can be excessively rich (although, there are times when I crave that). Overall, the coffee sits perfectly in the mix. I must admit, I am a coffee geek and I am a *tiny* bit turned off by the slightly stale flavor of the beans that were used, but in some really strange way, the stale coffee bean flavor almost compliments the sugars, smoke and malts (it also might be the hops creating that "stale" taste, too). I would be interested in having this with even fresher beans and a slightly lighter roast. All in all, one of the best Porters I've had, and that's saying a lot -- I've had quite a few in my day! An excellent beer.

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Costa Rica (Coffee Porter) from HaandBryggeriet
87 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.