Perc E Bust - Full Pint Brewing Company

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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Full Pint Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: IronCitySteve on 02-25-2011

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Ratings: 140 | Reviews: 52
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Photo of reitzbrewing
4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On draft and aged in Jack Daniels barrel at Korner Pub in Mt Lebanon. really good example of what barrel aging can do.

Photo of Roguer
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a small tan head with decent retention and spotty lacing. Brew is a dark brown, almost purplish black.

Aroma is of coffee, cocoa, and roasted barley, roughly in that order. Fairly mild but pleasant.

Flavor starts off thin, with cream, cocoa, coffee, and a nicely balanced bitterness. Coffee and bitterness come through slightly stronger as it warms.

Brew is fairly thin with a lively mouthfeel. Medium length wet finish. Very drinkable.

This is a pretty decent coffee porter. I find that I just want a little more from it, almost across the board: more aroma, more flavor, more body.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this on draft with mixed feelings but I saw the label and needless to say I've finally figured out why they call it Perc E Bust, basically a German fraulein serving a mug of coffee with all of the right features. Look the label states fuggles and Columbus with IBUs of 52 with coffee this could be the one of the hoppier coffee porters I've ever had. Deep black body pours into my La Fin du Monde chalice with a deep thicket of creamy tan head. Lacing is thick and evenly spread, with a nice hint of dark chocolate and licorice in the nose. Hints of mild dark charred coffee roasts amongst a creamy chocolate nose with herbal/mild citric notes. Flavor has a nice bitter coffee astringency with dark chocolate bitterness and earthy/mild grapefruit finish in the hops department. Who ever offered up labels like this I applaud them because those generic labels weren't anyway to continue to the trend of how these beers should be popularized. Mouthfeel is mild cream with a mid bodied evenly flowing carbonation level ends up actually drinking smooth with a touch of coffee roast astringency. Overall experience keep up the creativity and bottle or send the pils my way...I used to love Barret's Pillowrock Pilsner down in Morgantown, WV...I'm sure this pils was his creation.

Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not to get overly literal here, but "perky" and "huge" aren't synonymous words. On to the beer.

It's a solid dark brown, too dark to see through. It grows a nice tan head to a bit higher than one finger. Retention is good, as the head lasts the entire way and never falls very much. A good amount of patchy lacing sticks to the glass.
Malts don't show off too much roast in the nose; even though the coffee offers it, it focuses more on the coffee notes pre-roasting, it seems. It's got porter strength, which might take the huge stout drinkers some getting used to , but it's good if not simple. In the flavor, a bit more roast kicks in. Coffee is less subtle, which is something that works slightly against the aroma.
These days, it seems porters need to be defended for not being huge. The body in this beer is right, giving medium strength to hold it together without weighing it down. Carbonation is moderate, flowing nicely without being too crisp but both crisp and smooth enough.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: I always pour soft so I don't notice this well, it's dark and beautiful but I poured it with no head

S: Great coffee smell deep rich inviting you to taste it

T: Unlike a lot of coffee beers this one lets you taste the base beer which I enjoy so much you get that sweet roast slight burnt just a hint of chocolate from a great porter then you taste coffee afterwards.

M: very good body not stupid thick like an amazing porter but what you expect from a porter very solid

O: I'm supremely pleased about this beer I'm sick of coffee beers being pure coffee then nothing else this one is like hey there is a base beer here check out it's amazing taste and then a zap of coffee

Photo of WoodBrew
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The name alone is awesome. The beer itself is decent. It poured a opaque dark with almost non-existent head that is not lacing. The scent is coffee. The taste has peat and coffee. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with subtle carbonation. Overall it a coffee flavored beer.

Photo of McNealc31
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The aroma delivers on the promise of coffee, as does the flavor. Coffee dominates, but there is a caramel sweetness behind it. Very complex thanks to the blend of malts. Ends dry and bitter, but more of a coffee bitterness than one from hops. Light and smooth body, if a bit watery.

Very nice coffee porter.

Photo of tempest
2.96/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had a bottle at Liberty St Tavern. I like a good coffee porter, but I didn't get any java or mocha, and instead found the dark grains to be unfortunately thin. There was a mellow caramel and a little roast, but no big black roast or cocoa. But the body was at least light, you know, so I could move on to the next beer quickly.

Photo of output01x
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1-finger tan-colored head that slowly recedes after a few minutes to a thick dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a dark brown that nears black with no traces of color when held to light. Decent lacing can be seen throughout consumption but little seems to stick around.

The nose is basically comprised of aromas of dry, roasted coffee beans, black coffee, and dark chocolate. While not the most deep or complex, this nose is enjoyable and sets you up perfectly for the taste.

Flavors of bittersweet and dark chocolate impact the palate immediately with flavors of black chocolate and unroasted coffee beans quickly noticed as well. Swallowing releases more of the aforementioned flavors with a bit more emphasis on the coffee. As these flavors subside, a dry coffee flavor begins to really stand out ends up lingering on the palate as an aftertaste.

The body on this beer is surprisingly light considering its appearance. Even though it does allow plenty of flavor to come through, it is still very drinkable and rather refreshing. The carbonation is a bit fizzy, especially in the swallow, which contributes greatly to this beers drinkability and refreshing character.

Photo of tone77
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of coffee,some roasted malts. Taste is very strong on the coffee, some malts, a touch of hops is present. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall while not a bad beer, the strengh of the coffee was a bit to much for me, however coffee lovers will probably enjoy this beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark sepia-brown pour has a thin, milky, dark walnut toned head that is rather short lived. Thin, spacious and speckled lacing has large voids of open opportunity.

S: Rich chocolate, smooth caramel-coffee roast, with an milky almond like nuttiness.

T: Flavor is bitter earthy chocoalte roast, a bit burnt, sweetened up by the presence of some caramel and dry creamer. Bitter coffee on the leave has a flavor that is a bit linear thereafter. Decent lingering finish but in terms of complexity it is the coffee that is the one most staged here.

M: okay, a bit slick and oily in texture with a near medium body, nil carbonation. Doesnt do much or attributes much in the end.

O: Overall an all right coffee stout, a bit thin substance wise, good strong coffee presence if that is your only concern, thereafter may be a bit of a letdown.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P- AOH

A-coffe black in color that is opaque and a 2 finger head that is foamy and tan. Leaves a nice lacing.

S- chocolate and roasted coffe hit the nose. Nice combo.

T- strong coffee bean and roast flavor. A smokey end on the flavor as well.

M- medium bodied and more carbonated than i would like from my porters. Not as creamy as one would hope but not bad.

O- This is not a bad porter. I am not a guru of porters to begin with but i have had worse and better.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of tommyguz pours a rich brown color with a super-fine bubbled head...looks almost nitro. Retention is awesome because of it and the lacing very nice. Bonus points for a spectacular label and a great name.

Nose is milk chocolate and coffee...quite original descriptors, I know! Smells good and fresh.

Taste is less astringently roasty than many coffee beers. The coffee flavors are there aplenty, but it maintains a great smoothness. Maybe it is the sweetness...regardless, it is a tasty coffee porter. Not a whole lot of complexity here, like in the aroma, but it is a fine beer - I have been pretty impressed with the 2 Full Pint offerings I have had so far.

Photo of MikeCz
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whilst I was ducking into Smoking Joe's on Pittsburgh's South Side for one last beer for the night, I spotted this little number from Full Pint. Purc E Bust poured out dark and with a nice thick brown head. You can immediately smell not just the aroma of coffee, but quality roasted coffee. The core of this hometown brew is made up of Guatemalan coffee beans from The Commonplace Coffee Company in Squirrel Hill. This beer starts sweet, but is balanced out nicely with roasted malt for a nice smooth finish. Fans of quality porters will notice that this craft brew can hold its own against more expensive brews. All in all, this a beer Pittsburghers can be proud to call their own.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: Very dark brown with light brown rings around the edges. 1/8 inch bubbly head and no retention

Smell: Real nice roasted gourmet coffee and some woody notes

Taste: The Guatemalan coffee used to make this beer has just an ok flavor, it has a little roast and a little sweetness to it similar to vanilla. There is a slight hint of chocolate and wood on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body and ample amounts of carbonation

Overall: Good coffee porter. Nother about this beer is mind blowing but the beer is highly drinkable and has some overall good components

Photo of DrDemento456
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a pint of this last night at the Rivertowne for 4.25 Whoot local!

A - Pours a solid black amber. You can see through it but just barley. The thin 1/4 inch layer of mocha colored head left a nice bit of sticky lacing.

S - Not as strong as the name implies but I do get soft tones of roast and chocolate. Kind of like a cappuccino!

T - I was glad it had a very balanced taste of coffee without being too bitter. Roast flavors are the best part of this beer which are light to medium tones and I do get a distinct chocolate but not bittersweet or bakers. More cocoa but not dry. Didn't really pick up any hops but that's what I like in my porters, more malt!

M - Drank with a nice medium body. Sweet but not cloying. I sipped it pretty quickly.

Overall it's not the best coffee beer I had but ranks up there with balance. Not extreme or immensely flavorful like other coffee beers but light and flavored enough to have a six pack. Would be happy to pick up a six pack if I found it at a local bottle shop. Hook a brotha up!

Photo of psuKinger
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into my Church Brew Works pint glass. I've had this beer a couple of times before, including at the Brewery. It was one of my favorite offerings of theres, during my visit.

A: A charming dark brown (shades of black) beer with lots of lively carbonation on the pour, and hefty brown head on top.

S: Chocolate and Mokah come through at a moderate volume, with a touch of *roastiness* lying underneath.

T: More coffee flavor in the taste than the nose. Notes of dark (bitter) chocolate and roastiness present as well. Bitterness arrives a bit earlier than I'd expect, and that makes for an enjoyable, unique experience.

Classic American hop flavor can be detected at an appropriately low volume here. Everything pulls together quite nicely. It's moments like this that I wish I could give something a 4.25 rating... a 4 feels too low, to me, but the 4.5 too generous.

M: Great carbonation initially, and it leaves plenty of roasty/java flavors behind on the finish. Well done.

D/O: Very drinkable. If the question is "would you like another one?", my answer is "yes". An enjoyable experience.

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one aggressively and was awarded a finger of nice brown head. The body is so dark brown it's almost black. Head goes down (giggidy) after a few minutes, leaving a thick, healthy ring and dusting. Good amount of lacing attempts to cling to the glass.

Dark malt, a hint of dark fruit, dark coffee and a hint of chocolate. Simple yet elegant.

The flavor starts off malty and quickly brings in the coffee. It tastes like a light roast, and is quickly backed up with a little more malt and some hints of chocolate.

The body is light to medium. The carbonation is a little fizzy, and it's certainly easy drinking, but it has a light creamy quality to it once you start swallowing the beer.

Photo of Rifugium
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Iron Abbey, Horsham, PA

Poured a dark woody brown color, translucent, with a foamy cap of off-white head that retained well and left a nice layer of lacing. Aroma was coffee-forward, notes of dark malts and cocoa. Smooth coffee taste, dry and not so bitter, backed up with a good roasty maltiness that made it a beer and not a cold cup of coffee, woody, with a touch of cocoa, and a dull earthy hop finish. Robust but not overblown, medium-bodied, and quite drinkable.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Split a 12 oz bottle with waldo567 at room temp.
The beer is poured into a pint glass and gives minimal beige head that fades to nothing fairly rapidly.
Color of the pour is a clear brown hue which allows plenty of light to pass through the glass.
Aroma is rich roasted malt with some coffee grinds and a hint of malt sweetness, almost a brown sugar hit.
First sip reveals an easy drinking, mild carbonated beer with smooth texture.
Flavor is sweet malt and then some roasted notes followed by just a hint of coffee-like bitterness.
No real hops that I pick up anywhere.

I do enjoy this beer and was kept up a little later than anticipated, probably due to any caffeine in the beer.

Well crafted beer that is simple straightforward, and good.

would buy again if I found it.

Photo of Mikus
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sharing one of these with the wife. Great look, BIG roastiness and great coffee taste/aromas, bit thin on the mouthfeel (granted, though, it is a porter). Another strong showing in a dark beer by Full Pint. Good stuff.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a light brown head. In the aroma, coffee, and a roasty malt, a bit bit sweet too. In the taste, dry coffee, and a small sweet to dry maltiness. A small bite and a medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry coffee in the aftertaste. A bit thin, but a nice big coffee presence.

Photo of Ryan011235
2.82/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a nonic pint glass on 6/24/13

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July 2013
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Dark brown color with a short lived head that manages to boast webs of wide lace.

The aroma is simple - roasty dark malts with meager coffee notes. The malt has small touches of grainy complexity; it seemed to have an oat smoothness that I reckon is the wheat. The taste is tangy and roasty but, unfortunately, with a lacking for coffee. As is, it's a competent, average sort of semi-chocolatey porter. Puffy carbonation hits hard against a hungry body; the feel isn't as plush as I might like.

Photo of 57md
2.99/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown, almost black with practically no head. The nose is rather bland - nothing much there. There is some roasted malt flavor, but this offering is pretty thin in general. Also, I am not really picking up any coffee tones in this beer. Kind of a flop!

Photo of Beerparrot
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A little thin for my tastes of a porter, yet enuff good taste and aroma to satisfy.

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Perc E Bust from Full Pint Brewing Company
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