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Tempest - Rising Tide Brewing Company

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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 8.09%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rising Tide Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Tempest is the first release from our seven barrel series. A smooth brown porter, Tempest features healthy portions of dark crystal, chocolate, and brown malts, coupled with the addition of coffee beans to the mash and cold-steeped coffee during conditioning for a rich smooth balance of malt and coffee.

We are pleased to have partnered with Bard Coffee to produce this beer. Bard provided the wonderful Nicaragua Don Rodolfo Dark coffee with hints of bittersweet coffee and smoke.

(Beer added by: ToasterChef on 09-12-2012)
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Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BeerFMAndy:
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
5.2% ABV, no date.

Thanks Keith!

A - Tempest, when held up to the light, displays a clear rich brown color with almond highlights. A dense light khaki head rises up but sinks somewhat quickly to a skim with little fingers of wispy lace.

S - Soothing, moderately roasted coffee wafts out with a pleasing and inviting aroma, surrounded by lightly roasted chocolate malts. Dusty, dirty, dry cocoa pulls through for a rough earthy scent that compliments the coffee and malt well.

T - Coffee flavor has begun it's departure from the shores of the aroma leaving a fuller flavor of the brown porter ashore. Brown and roasted malt give the taste a touch of dark chocolate with more cocoa notes coming through.

M - Despite this coffee porter's name, this beer is incredibly smooth and medium-light bodied. Light carbonation bubbles are present but not harsh and the dry finish is welcome amidst the roasted, lightly bitter notes of the coffee.

O - Rising Tide's Tempest is a very smooth, almost delicate beer that brings some robust flavor attributes to the table. Coffee and notes of chocolate go well together but are light enough to not overpower the lighter body. Nicely brewed, I think I'll enjoy this with some Espresso-rubbed cheese from Sartori.

BeerFMAndy, Jan 30, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In my pint glass this beer was a very dark brown, almost black, color. There was a tiny tan head, and no lace.

A roasted malt aroma. Some coffee and chocolate.

The taste was more exciting than the aroma. Mostly coffee, some chocolate, more sweet than bitter. Burnt toast.

A lighter beer, very enjoyable.

lordofthewiens, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber bottle

Pours near black, noderate retention of the mocha head, collar, low sheeting and more then respectable fine and high on the glass lace.

Mild chocolate on the nose.

Smooth and flavorful porter, I get mostly layers of chocolate, with a light cafe au lait coffee presence.

Def. on the light side body wise, but hey, so what? Enjoyable, easy drinking and flavorful enough. The finish is bone dry.

Billolick, Jan 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

NilocRellim, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Hairrrrrrrr, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of doremite
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

doremite, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of Rappaman
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Rappaman, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of JSBILK
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

JSBILK, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of Kmlund
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Kmlund, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of wesley14
4/5  rDev +4.4%

wesley14, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass . Much thanks to Toasterchef.

A solid classic opaque walnut brown body, with a thick whipped top that hangs on, off white but a good single crown that hangs nicely. Lots of creamy retention sticking around, leaving a good solid puck while drinking.

Nose has a good milky coffee sense, and light roast characters with the malt backbone. Whispy airy simple drip coffee, with creamer. Good, solid, simple, delicious smelling.

Palate hits with classic creamed coffee morning crispness. Light roast with a spicy quality to the finish, with a minor carbon quality. Slightly milky with a bit of depth to it. Good whipped milk top feeling in the palate also.

Overall simple solid and good, could have again.

smakawhat, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a thin wispy tan head, sticks around for awhile although there isn't much for lacing.

Smell has a strong aroma of coffee right off the bat, picking up some roasted malt to balance the nose, chocolate also lights up the nostrils.

Taste isn't as coffee forward as the nose but still quite evident, roasted malt with a slight bitter burntness takes over, body is a bit too thin for me, assertive carbonation.

deltatauhobbit, Nov 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Massbmx, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of jdauria
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

jdauria, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the clear burgundy brown brew. Head promptly skims and swirls toward the edges, with slow-falling sheeting lace. Aroma is nutty sweetness and coffee.

Taste starts mocha sweet, coffee carries through from end to end, with minimal bitterness. Mouthfeel is way creamy smooth, and drinkability is great. Nice one here.

ppoitras, May 06, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I do enjoy a good coffee porter, although this was a bit on the expensive side for a straight coffee porter.

Pours a decent creamy but bubbly almost 1 finger head fades at a med pace, with some layered lacing, over dark molasses cola brown color with hints of ruby light coming through.

Nose has nice coffee, fresh brewed as well as fresh roasted and ground beans, dark porter malts with hints of dark caramel, cocoa, toffee and a little nutty, and maybe a hint of roast.

Taste starts with rich creamy malts, darker malts with dark caramel, hint of cocoa, powdered cocoa and slightly chalky, hint of roast and maybe touch of tin, vanilla, etc. Then coffee, it's not super strong, but a nice fresh roasted coffee bean, fresh brewed coffee, very slight acrid on the back end as well as a little bit of a yeast flavor. Finish is a bit more bitter, with more coffee grinds, roasted flavors, little vanilla and cocoa, and hint of more acrid burnt roast.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, creamy and fairly rich, decent carb.

Overall not bad, decent beer with nice flavors, decent malts, a fair bitterness, nice coffee flavors aside from the hint of tin and light acrid burnt roast, but fairly drinkable and tasty.

jlindros, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of MaineMike
4/5  rDev +4.4%

MaineMike, Nov 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

BostonPhilly, Jun 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Davepoolesque, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic, the beer is a dark, vibrant, ruby-highlighted, dark brown color with a healthy amount of carbonation bubbling along the glass and a thin, filmy, off-white surface coating of head. Aromas of bitter and dark roasted coffee beans, with a hint of dark, bitter chocolate. Seriously smells like a fresh, slow roast. Flavors of roast fill your tastebuds initially, followed by a bitterness that is smooth and strong. There are hints of bitter baker's chocolate in the undertones, and a touch of creaminess that brings some levity to the dark, robust flavors. Coffee grinds and roast in the aftertaste, riding a thin, clean body. Clean, smooth finish, with a slight roasty linger. Solid brew, very heavy on the coffee throughout.

GarthDanielson, Feb 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Azrael, Feb 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

chippo33, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of ToasterChef
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This new beer from Rising Tide is a coffee porter, with coffee supplied by Bard Coffee (Bard, Tempest, get it?). On 7 barrels were produced. It is only available on draft, in Maine, with limited growler fills from the brewery. I believe today was the first day growlers were available. My growler has been in the fridge since I brought it home a few hours ago. I poured into a pint glass.

The beer has a deep dark brown color, with small, foamy light brown head. It is an opaque beer, but some carbonation can be seen rising right at the top. Pretty good lacing is left behind—thick curtains of foam cling to the walls of the glass.

The beer smells of fresh roasted whole coffee beans. It doesn't have the bitter smells of a cup of coffee, it's much more like a bag of beans. Some maltiness (which also comes across as roasted) can also be detected.

This is a very smooth, easy drinking porter. There is a good amount of coffee flavor, but it isn't exceptionally bitter. Nor do the roasted flavors seem too strong. But, it is very much a coffee-flavored beer, albeit not an extreme one. Tempest is much more subtle. There is some sweetness in the finish; it is reminiscent of toffee.

The beer has a medium body and carbonation that feels average for the style (to me, porters always seem like they have a little less carbonation than other styles, and Tempest does this as well). My lips do have a film on them, but it isn't sticky. My mouth has a slightly thinner coat, and it isn't all that flavorful, but it does retain some coffee notes.

I like this beer. It's a nice, simple coffee porter. It's probably the addition of the Nicaraguan coffee that limited this beer to 7 barrels. Otherwise, I could easily see this one added into Rising Tide's regular rotation. But even if it is never brewed again, this is a great first entry into Rising Tide's new single batch series. I'm already excited to get a growler of the next one (which should be ready in about 3 weeks, I heard at the brewery today). If you see this one on draft, grab a pint, or even better, head over to the brewery and grab a growler.

ToasterChef, Sep 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

erlenmeyer, Nov 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

braican, Feb 22, 2014
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Tempest from Rising Tide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.