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Tempest - Rising Tide Brewing Company

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86
very good

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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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
Photo of andrewinski1
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. I had to get this because I love Bard coffee. The body is black; there is a light tan colored head.

The aroma has mild coffee notes, but is overall not very strong.

The taste is light in flavor, with some pumpernickel bread. The coffee flavor is not very roasty, which makes the overall taste in line with a nice brown porter as opposed to the hybrid stout style. Very nice.

This is light in body, with nice crisp carbonation.

I like this. My two reservations are the price (I got mine for about eight bucks) and the labeling of the beer as a coffee porter. Technically it's a coffe porter for sure, but a lot of beer enthusiasts might see that label and have expectations of big bold roasty flavors. Subtlety and drinkability are the name of the game here.

andrewinski1, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of BostonPhilly
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

BostonPhilly, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of meehandennis
4/5  rDev +4.4%

meehandennis, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of wesley14
4/5  rDev +4.4%

wesley14, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of erlenmeyer
4/5  rDev +4.4%

erlenmeyer, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of BobZ
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a .4L Weizen/Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Light to medium brown in color with little initial head, about 1/4”, which quickly recedes to a cap, nice lacing.

Smell: Big roasted malt with coffee, nice on the nose.

Taste: Roasted malt as advertised and as expected. Nice coffee flavors and overall “lightness” to style, meaning as a porter I expect less depth and richness than I would from a stout. Really not much beyond the roasted malt and coffee flavors, no real chocolate flavors to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but somehow thinner than expected even for a porter, not much depth of body.

Overall: I really like what this brewery has offered to-date, I thought Polaris was exceptional and I think Ursa Minor is excellent; however, this offering does nothing to stand out. It’s a fairly run of the mill porter that lacks both depth of flavor and body. Not a bad beerby any means, highly drinkable, just an average to slightly above average beer.

BobZ, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of Azrael
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Azrael, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of PeterIngemi
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a 22oz bottle poured into a duvel glass.

A: pours a very dark brown with half a finger of very slightly brown head, some nice spots of lacing.

S: smells light a slightly toasted brown ale, with notes of chocolate and coffee, a nice nuttyness to it as well.

T: much like the nose, nice toasty brown ale flavor with some nuttyness and notes of coffee and chocolate, gets kinda close to the porter style maybe... If it was a very light porter, nice nutty roasty coffe and light chocolate flavor overall.

M: deffiantly on the light side, particuarly for porter style, but they do call it a brown porter on the label, overall seemed to have almost a wateryness to its drinkability and lightness, would have liked to see a touch more heft here.

O: a solid brew, just wish it was a bit more hefty... But I don't think it was supposed to be, like the label says brown porter , I think it is primarily A brown ale with some light porteresque qualitys... Overall a very tasty and drinkable brew.

PeterIngemi, Dec 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

JSBILK, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

MaineMike, Nov 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Hairrrrrrrr, Apr 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

jman892, Jan 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

tneenan1, Mar 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

DCav, Nov 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

stunna, Jan 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

topace, Mar 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Rappaman, Jan 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

jdauria, Apr 05, 2013
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Tempest from Rising Tide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.