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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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87
very good

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

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 12-02-2011)
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1/5  rDev -74.2%

badgerman, Jul 30, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

roach4230, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Rekrule
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Rekrule, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of tom10101
3/5  rDev -22.7%

tom10101, Jul 28, 2013
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...

Neorebel, Jul 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Kevincredible, Jul 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Dave_Treat, Aug 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

craft_shannie, Jun 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

djrn2, May 03, 2012
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

CrazyDavros, Mar 01, 2012
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3.36/5  rDev -13.4%

Azza_G, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

xdefeatsy, Jul 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

InfragilisBrew, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of dorianmarley
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

dorianmarley, Jun 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

livingtodie, Feb 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

scameron, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in an Alchemist pint glass.

A - Gusher alert! Pours with a giant head, roughly 50% of the glass, that finally settles to a thick cap and splotches of lace. Dark brown body that's chocolate-colored at the edges.

S - Nutty and mildy stale coffee ground flavor is unsurprisingly front and center, but there's also a vaguely metallic note. Slightly burnt toast, baking cocoa, hint of smoke, and some earthy, musty flavors.

T - Taste is again heavy on baker's chocolate and coffee, with some earthy grains mixed in for good measure. It's hard to tell if the acidity is from the coffee or some nascent infection. There's a touch of tart dark fruit at the tip of the tongue, while smoke, char, and lingering caramel round out the finish.

M - Dry, roasty, and grainy medium body, with moderately harsh carbonation. Thankfully there's no alcohol presence.

D - I'm not sure if there's brett in here, or if this is just really acidic and attenuated, but it's mildly fatiguing to drink. There are some nice flavors, but I can think of a half-dozen better coffee beers below this price point.

MasterSki, Jun 27, 2012
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3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great dark brown/black colour with a big, smooth, tan head. Fair head retention.

Earthy coffee aroma with some musty sweetness. Lacking clarity and intensity. Better as it warms but the bigger coffee aroma is teemed with more earthiness.

Rounded coffee flavour. Light sweetness. Some acid. Slightly earthy. There's something missing here but the base flavours are still good.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Maybe it just needs a little dash more body to hold everything together.

This isn't a bad beer but for all the fantastic dark beers HaandBryggeriet do, this misses the mark. There isn't the intensity of the Akkevit Porter, Dark Force or Odin's Tipple. It's still a good beer but it doesn't grab me.

dgilks, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of Simont
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Simont, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Beaver13, May 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

acurtis, May 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

liamt07, Jul 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

TasteTester, Jul 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

AngusOg, May 24, 2013
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Costa Rica (Coffee Porter) from HaandBryggeriet
87 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.