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Costa Rica (Coffee Porter) - HaandBryggeriet

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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

86 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Norway

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 12-02-2011)
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

wchollif, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

kaelingirl, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Gmann
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Gmann, Feb 05, 2012
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CummingsK21, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Agent1
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Agent1, Feb 17, 2013
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imperialking, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, opaque sable just a couple red tomcat whiskers above black with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled tan head. Aroma has notes of semi-sweet chocolate and coffee and hints of caramel and molasses. Coffee flavor has chocolate and caramel tones and is a little sweet, but not too sweet. Body is fairly thick and heavy, but fizz is minimal. Overall, a darned good porter, which I recommend to all porter and coffee beer lovers.

Cyberkedi, Dec 06, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev +7%
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.

metter98, Jan 30, 2012
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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.

TMoney2591, Dec 02, 2011
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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.

avalon07, Dec 15, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

was almost a gusher due to rough handling from the Christmas wrapping/unwrapping. pours black and almost completely opaque with a nice dark mocha head that laces well and lasts forever.

creamed coffee aroma, with definite lactose sugar being detected. smells like a dark roasted iced coffee, which I love. a touch of milk chocolate with a bit of roast/char and dark caramel.

chocolate milk with espresso, a slight nuttiness, and a good amount of cream and sugar (lactose sugar). some cacao nibs and caramel sweeten the beer up more, which is then balanced by a significant roast/charred flavor on the finish. a touch of sour fruits are present behind all of that and maybe some woody hops.

thinner than a milk stout, but just as silky with a subtle velvety carbonation that suits the flavor profile well.

overall, a very good beer. sits between a milk stout and coffee porter, so its hard to rate "to style" but I think it takes good aspects from both to create a unique beer. It has much more creamy sweetness than a coffee porter, but it is thinner with more roasted coffee flavor than a milk stout. Another impressive beer by the Haand brewery. They can be "hit or miss" but when they hit, they nail it. This one isn't quite Odin's Tipple, but it's definitely a beer to be respected.

silentjay, Dec 26, 2011
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Costa Rica (Coffee Porter) from HaandBryggeriet
87 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.