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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

91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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Norway

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 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 djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +16%

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 olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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 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 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 nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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 imperialking
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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 KAF
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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 Cyberkedi
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of dgilks
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Costa Rica (Coffee Porter) from HaandBryggeriet
87 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.