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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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very good

32 Reviews
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Reviews: 32
Hads: 95
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 4.6%
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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Photo of Digimaika2
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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. (828 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (446 characters)

Photo of Kmat10
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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 (515 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of tsauce2
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 16.9 fl oz bottle in to a globe glass

A: SRM is dark brown. Head is light tan, 1 in, dissipates to 1 cm. Medium carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Robust coffee notes, malt. Sweet smelling. Light hop notes on the nose.

T: Does not follow the nose. Mild hops shoot straight down the palate, followed by medium roast malt and coffee notes. Not sweet at all. Aftertaste is coffee and malt, with a dry semi-bitter finish.

M: Medium/light body. Combination of hop forwardness and malt and coffee additions give a mf that is at first excited by hops and then coated by malt and coffee notes.

O: A good beer. Interesting combo of hop-forwardness and a medium malt/coffee base. The aftertaste is a nice light/medium coffee which I like. I would drink this beer again. (764 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (981 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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 (373 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (1,531 characters)

Photo of ADZA
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (883 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (677 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: single finger head with nice retention and lacing on a jet black body.

S: coffee, vanilla, chocolate, brown sugar and roasted malts.

T: this one is fairly sweet, mostly due to the vanilla up front and light milk chocolate in the finish. The coffee is well applied and doesn't overshadow but provides less bitterness than I would like. more roasty than bitter. oak notes as well.

M: medium body and high carbonation. too carbonated for my liking.

Overall: I would like a little more from the coffee. still overall a very nice beer. (537 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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... (406 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of light tan foam on top of a opaque, black body. The head settles slowly and leaves good lacing in the glass.

S - A dense, dark aroma of chocolate, espresso, rum, and vanilla.

T - Dark sugar and dense malt up front with a touch of nutty caramel in the middle. Finishes with slightly smoky coffee, spicy hops and a bit of anise.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Nicely done, the coffee is readily apparent, especially in the aroma where it adds an unusual complexity to the beer that would almost leave me wondering if it were barrel aged if I didn't know better. (645 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (626 characters)

Photo of silentjay
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (1,290 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (790 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (638 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of Agent1
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
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. (2,182 characters)

Photo of Gmann
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
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. (769 characters)

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Costa Rica (Coffee Porter) from HaandBryggeriet
87 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.