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Convenient Distraction - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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very good

28 Reviews
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Reviews: 28
Hads: 181
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 24.02%
Wants: 10
Gots: 34 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
O'so Brewing Company & Tap House visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Ri0 on 04-02-2014

Imperial Porter masterfully blended with Aquacate coffee from the Narino region of Columbia and Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans.
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Reviews by don1481:
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4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle purchased with strong recommendation from Kaleb at Ray's Liquor in Tosa.

Poured into Mr. Pint (I really need to invest in better beer glasses)

Appearance: Pours very thick. Dark chocolate - almost black - in color. Next to no head.

Smell: Oh, man. This has coffee and vanilla notes that are strong, but not overpowering. A little bit of the booze hits, but it's pretty well masked by the other notes in this. Definitely a balance between the coffee and the sweetness.

Taste: The coffee roast taste and the vanilla sweetness again balance themselves out nicely. A hint of the booze here as well. More of a bitter underlay to the taste that surfaces after a bit, but again - the vanilla sweetness does a nice job of balancing that out.

Mouthfeel: Bitter aftertaste, kind of like what you get after drinking coffee. A little stickiness lingers.

Overall: I got another bottle of this bad boy to hang out in the basement. I'll probably revisit it in a few months' time, but this is pretty darn good. Color me impressed. Good call yet again, Kaleb!

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.06/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The idea behind this beer is great, but it has too much green pepper flavors going on to be a success.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 750ml capped bottle into Night Shift stemware.

Pours a coarse, light mocha colored head that dissipates quickly. Beer is opaque and pitch black with stringy and spotty lace that sticks around. Pretty average.

Nose is espresso, chocolate, molasses, liquorice, roasted malt and vanilla beans. Very deep and rich. Enticing!

Opens chocolate and espresso. Some liquorice, fudge, roasted malt tartness and molasses in the middle supported by booze and a nice, vanilla sweetness. A bit more tartness at the end from the roast accented by a boozy, sweet finish and the same aftertaste. Pretty tasty!

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Slick and oily in the mouth and goes down warm and rich. Finishes filmy and oily with a lingering aftertaste that sticks to the palate. Fits the flavor perfectly.

Its no surprise that the highest rated porters all tend to be imperial porters and this is a great example of why. Great, thick, chewy body with layers of flavor the complement each other well. Worth trying for sure.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Austin32
3.41/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I was very disappointed with this beer. You read the ingredients "Aquacate coffee from the Narino region of Columbia and Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans" and you think there is no way this could be bad....well, it just does not come together. The flavors all seem to compete and don't blend and it seems like your taste buds just get confused and you just look at the glass in your hand and think what the hell was that. I also read the label again to make sure I read the ingredients right. Normally a fan of most O'so stuff but they missed the mark on this one.

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Photo of morimech
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

No bottle date that I can find. I believe this was a new addition to Casanova's shelves so I took a risk. I do not want to buy and old coffee beer. Nice porter color that is deep black in the glass. Large head forms and is slow to recede to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass. Nice coffee aroma. Not the most coffee dominant beer but it is definitely there. Malty notes of chocolate muffins, licorice, and molasses. I get some earthy hops as well. One thing I am not getting is vanilla. Alcohol is detectable but is not boozy. In the flavor the coffee is not as upfront as I like. It is more of a complimentary component. The base porter is a good one with nice malt flavors and earthy hops. Notes of cocoa, dark fruit, and brown sugar. Maybe a touch of vanilla. Alcohol comes on strong in the finish. I think this would of been more successful if it was a lower ABV beer. Big body but it is a tad over carbonated.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown when poured, black in the glass with a drippy halo of lacing.

Smells like roast malt and fresh butter. Did somebody empty a butter churn into this?

Very mild coffee and vanilla notes, and a distracting fresh butter smell. Dairy qualities, milk, cream, butter. Dairy forward. It's not the movie theater popcorn of Diacetyl, but the fresh butter note is conveniently distracting. Medium bodied and creamy, buttery even. Not sold on this one, it has potential aside from its one glaringly obvious flaw.

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Convenient Distraction from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
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