Perc E Bust - Full Pint Brewing Company

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 141
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 5.87%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look at that label! Anyway, This beer poured out as a dark black color with a brown head on top. Some thing retention on top without much lacing at all. The smell of the beer is chocolaty, roasted and has plenty of coffee on the nose. The taste of the beer is nicely balance, it's got some sweet grains in there along with the coffee to bitter it up a little. The mouthfeel of the beer was well carbonated, it go smoother as you drank it. Overall it's not a bad beer but I've had better coffee beers. (500 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I dont know what it is about coffee beers, but when trying a new one, I'm always a bit apprehensive. It's always nice to be pleasantly surprised that someone was able to pull off the job in smooth fashion. And that's what we've got here: a nice easy drinker that takes hold of all the characteristics you'd hope for a real pleasant drinker. (340 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (1,283 characters)

Photo of orangesol
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the Brass Rail into a standard pint.

A - Pours pitch black with a small half finger khaki colored head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of dark roasted coffee, earthy hops, chocolate, and the ever present dark roasted malt. The coffee is a little bitter, combining with the hops to almost for a black ale.

T - Starts off with a big dose of bitter coffee slowly giving way to a mix of dark roasted malt, chocolate, bitter hops, and some light fruitiness. The finish is mostly dark roast with some light bitterness, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Roasty, hoppy, feel that lingers on the pallet.

O - This one is OK. Like a cheaper version of Troegs Dead Reckoning honestly. I didn't have a problem finishing it but I won't be rushing out to get another. (846 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Full Pint Perc E Bust

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Dark brown with a ruby tint. Big off white foam, solid lace stickage.

Smell: Pleasing aroma of cocoa, vanilla, coffee and malts.

Taste: Roasted malt, bitter coffee and pine hops interact well. Decidedly bitter, some porter like qualities, light dry cocoa. Coffee flavor with dry cocoa and some hops. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, good feel for the style, carbonation a bit prickly.

Overall: Solid, solid beer from Full Pint. A six pack would be a worthy investment. I like the hops and coffee, and this ale has depth and body to it. Good stuff. (649 characters)

Photo of tempest
2.96/5  rDev -21.1%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (843 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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! (1,033 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger off white head

smell: roast, coffee, malts,

taste: bitter, coffee, roast, hops

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: more bitter then I would of hoped. glad to try something from this brewery.

cheers,
The CPJ (294 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a chestnut brown with light edges and a fuzzy bubbly light brown head. Nose is fairly nice, chocolate fudge and cake batter with a nice rich roared coffee note subtly accompanying. Taste is a bit watery and much more roasted with a tinge of burnt coffee. Still a decent cakey type quality but much more muddled than the nose. Body is lighter with a gentle to low carbonation and dry chocolaty finish that lingers a bit. (425 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (988 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a deep brown colored brew with a one finger tan head. The head fades relatively fast to give a moderate level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is big in roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Mixed with these smells are some lighter notes of some brown sugar and a little bit of dark fruit. Overall, it is quite a tasty smelling brew.

Taste – The taste starts out more roasted malt and brown bread in flavor. Soon the coffee comes to the tongue along with some of the brown sugar sweetness that was detected in the nose. As the taste advances further the chocolate then comes to the scene, melding well with the coffee flavor to produce a mocha taste. These flavors slightly bitter the brew in the end and leave a rather satisfying flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was rather thin with a carbonation level that was on the slightly higher side. The body was too light, and to allow the nice chocolate and coffee flavors to shine, a thicker body would be necessary.

Overall – While it had all the right flavors, it lacked the body to hold them up. Just a bit more in the body and the brew would be wonderful, but without it, in some ways it is akin to drinking watered down gourmet coffee. (1,285 characters)

Photo of Boto
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle: This one pours a fairly opaque darker brown color. There was a small tan head that didn’t linger long or leave much in the way of lacing. The aroma is good. Coffee and chocolate malt are predominate. Some hops are in there too, but they are hard to determine exactly what they are. The taste is very good. Fair amount of the coffee on to, with some chocolate malts in the background. Dryness to the finish. Lots of hops being hidden back there. Nice. Definitely helps to be a coffee lover for this one! (518 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown. Has a glazey coarse foam that remains as a thin layer. Light seeps through around the edges.

Rugged malty notes with prevalent coffee, sweetness, dark caramel/molasses, and a hint of vanilla. Still, rather grainy. Definitely on the sweeter side.

Coffee is muted and bitter. The bitterness is accretuated by earthy hops and acrid burnt grain. Very malty and on the rich side. Sweetness is like a remnant grain sugar. Finishes with intense earthiness (almost mucky) and medium in length with some hop flavor carryover.

Has decent body. Carbonation is medium-to-mild. Late sizzle saves it. Otherwise, it feels a little flat.

Very average porter. Coffee isn't big and tasty as I would have liked. (719 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
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 (564 characters)

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. (777 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Perc E Bust has a dark brown body and a solid-looking tan head. I can immediately see lacing beginning to form on the glass, and the retention is pretty solid also.

Heavy Coffee aromas mix with caramel malt. The coffee is a little bit acrid and bitter in the nose, hopefully the flavor is different.

Big time-coffee flavor, and although there is a hint of that bitterness from the aroma, it isn't as powerful. The coffee mixes with a good amount of chocolate malt and a dose of black malts. Bits of both caramel and molasses make a appearances also. The finish as well as the background have a little bit of hop bitterness. Any hop flavor that I can pick up comes from the finish, with light, fruity accents. The more I drink this, the more the hops express themselves, very fruity with a substantial amount of hop-induced bitterness.

The mouthfeel is really highly carbonated; it basically explodes on the tongue. A little too much carbonation for me, and a little less body than I would like.

I love all things Pittsburgh, and I generally enjoy Full Pint beers, but I admit that the more I drink this one, the less I enjoy it. One of the many coffee beers that fall into the acrid category, and there is too much carbonation for something that is called a “robust porter” (although that categorization could just be for the effect of the world play on the name). (1,372 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color,with a moderate head of tan foam.
Aroma-Roasted coffee, dark malt
Taste-Dark roasted coffee,dark chocolate, black patent malt. Nice, strong coffee flavor throughout, faint charred note in the finish. A nice match for a steak or fully dressed burger. (330 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
2.82/5  rDev -24.8%
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
Lot 303

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. (565 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/black, 1/2 creamy head and some lacing.

Smell - Smokey malts, molasses, coffee, dark fruits, plum, rasin, added brown sugars, some cocoa and a little chocolate.

Taste - Huge coffee and roasted malts are main flavor. Dark chocolate mixed with some cocoa and a little chocolate also adds flavor. Some molasses and brown sugars add some sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness, tounge gets the coffee, chocolate and smokey malts. Palette gets dark fruits, malts and coffee. Aftertaste is coffee bitter and a little chocolate sweetness.

Overall - A nice coffee porter, smooth, flavorfull and easy to drink. No alcohol is present, and its balanced pretty well. For sure a good beer that you can enjoy even if your aint a big coffee fan. (781 characters)

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Perc E Bust from Full Pint Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.