Joe Coffee Porter - Philadelphia Brewing Company
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2.35/5 rDev -36.7%
Hmmm, it isn't exactly creamy for a cap, but it isn't bubbly. We have this almost creamy, off-white cap sitting on top. It reminds me of fine sandpaper, you can see the tiny individual particles rather than being a clean sheet of paper.
The retention time is fantastic, It always has a minimum one millimeter of cap at all times. My favorite type of lacing, solid curtains all the way down. Carbonation is definitely hidden in the dark body. It is similarly colored to soy sauce, near impenetrable to light except when viewed at the right angle with diminished volumes.
Exciting for me... coffee! It is a common coffee smell that I've noticed more and more beers to contain. It reminds me of day after Folgers brand coffee that went cold because you didn't drink it that morning. Minor hop presence gives it some bitter similarities to what coffee is offering. One problem exists... A sharp nature surrounds the coffee. It reminds me of organic solvents such as acetone or ethanol. More closely related to acetone mixtures than anything else.
Something went wrong in this beer. I had the gal take a sip to see if it is just me. The opening is exactly like the nose. Freeze dried coffee that you served over ice. Some sweet nature that reminds me of table sugar more than anything else.
A moment after the coffee there is an explosion of chemical natures. It is acetone, metallic, iron, copper, and hints of ethanol burn. I literally gag. I can only minimize its presence by taking minutes between drinks. I can't drink this too fast for fear of my tongue jumping out of my skull. The finish is bitter coffee notes with make-up remover splashed into it.
Thin, very very thin. This is the definition of watery. When people want to know what water tastes like, they offer this up as an example. The flavors rip and slash unwillingly, but never linger for more than a few seconds which is a blessing. It truly has no characteristics that benefit it. This feels like a lager gone soft with coffee. Least its carbonated well.
Perhaps this is a coffee stout or porter that has been mistreated. It has a unbelievably thin body, watery to disappointment, flavors that can't overcome the oxidation, and a vision that offered promise.
The alcohol isn't a problem, can't be more than five percent. I'd definitely not want to try this particular bottle again. I'd like to try this fresh, though. I feel it isn't a good bottle to judge this on, even though I drank about eight ounces of it... what am I judging exactly? Well that is Philadelphia Brewing Joe Coffee Porter!
12-16-2010 06:03:41 | More by Khazadum
2.38/5 rDev -35.8%
Deep reddish brown, dark tan head, not so much retention.
Coffee, some earthy hops, a bit of esters, and a little bit of dark caramel.
Stale coffee, green pepper vegetal flavor, slightly acrid.
Feels very lean. Lower carbonation is definitely a plus for it, though.
Not so great.
10-19-2011 16:58:13 | More by MrOH
2.53/5 rDev -31.8%
A - slight red brown around the edges. Large dropping head.
S - semi strong, unpleasant sent. Bityer.
T - sort of tastes like cheap coffers. Oddly not bitter considering the smell.
M - coats nicely, mild tingle on the rear sides of the tongue.
D - I would have to pass as you get a shot of that scent each time that you take a drink.
04-12-2010 00:04:22 | More by biglite351
2.65/5 rDev -28.6%
12oz. bottle poured into a curved pint glass.
A- Looks like cola. With a tad of a fizzy dark khaki head that doesn't stick around.
S- Highlight of the beer, and that's not saying much. Smells like coffee, brown sugar, and maybe some roasted malt.
T- Some coffee, maybe some roasted malt and a touch of sugary sweetness. Acrid flavor on the back end kills any enjoyment.
M- Thin, overly carbonation, and has an offputting astringency on the backend that overrides any coffee bitterness.
O- I won't reach for this again. Boring and poorly done.
08-01-2012 01:30:44 | More by JWU
2.75/5 rDev -25.9%
A - near black body that looks very thick. A light brown head sits on top and, true to style, fades quick leaving nice lacing and a little film on top.
S - Coffee... definitely a coffee. Definitely a dark roast coffee. The downside is that there is a burnt smokiness to it that turns me off.
T - Same as the smell. Dark roast coffee, a bit of sweet, but the smokiness reminds me of Rogue's Chipotle Ale. Not a bad flavor just not what I was in the mood for or expecting.
M - Full bodied with a clean finish.
D - it would probably be better after one or two, but I couldn't get there.
Normally I'm down with Philadelphia Brewing's beer but I'll pass this one up.
10-02-2009 22:38:12 | More by drcarver
2.78/5 rDev -25.1%
A: This porter beer has a dark color
S: You can smell caramel and coffee from this porter
T and M: You can taste the coffee in this, which overpowers the caramel. This beer is creamy.
D: The only reason why I probally won't drink this again is I am not a coffee drinker. I couldn't even finish drinking it because of the strong coffee taste.
01-28-2010 03:20:04 | More by MikeRa
2.8/5 rDev -24.5%
A - poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Thin head, little to no retention. Not surprisingly, the color of cold coffee. Slight amber/orange hue. No lacing.
S - whole coffee beans, a hint of dark chocolate.
T - a bit sweet, finishes with a coffee/chocolatey note. a little underwhelming frankly.
M - thin, very thin. tiny amount of carbonation.
O - a bit disappointed in this one. had higher expectations based on their Shackamaximum (sp?) offering and was hoping for a bigger beer w/ more apparent coffee notes. appreciate the effort though & am more than happy to support my local brewery.
10-19-2012 23:18:02 | More by JNM
2.83/5 rDev -23.7%
Pours a deep amber to black in color, with a tan head. In the aroma, small sweet malt and a hint of coffee. In the taste, roasty and sweet, almost creamy, like a milk stout, a hint of coffee and a small hop. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry coffee roast in the aftertaste. More hops and roasty malt than coffee, ok, but eh! at the same time.
10-08-2010 19:00:29 | More by OWSLEY069
Joe Coffee Porter from Philadelphia Brewing Company
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