Bean Porter - Night Shift Brewing

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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 10
Gots: 31 | FT: 5
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Night Shift Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Davepoolesque on 12-05-2013

Barrel Aged Coffee porter
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Ratings: 170 | Reviews: 19
Reviews by donkeyrunner:
Photo of donkeyrunner
2.77/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Black with a pocked beige head. Good retention. Smells like coffee with faint whiskey highlights. Vanilla and cigarette ashes in there too. Tastes like thin, blah, watery coffee discharge. Very, very low carbonation. The coffee and mildly vanilla roast malt sit like an amorphous puddle without high or low lights. The low carbonation really helps to muddle an already messy beer.

I love Night Shift enough to chalk Bean up to either a bad batch or maybe it just doesn't hit my palette in a good way. My wife loved it so maybe its just me.

More User Reviews:
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped bottle into a Founders snifter. 2014 vintage. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a luxurious 1 finger light coffee colored head with moderate retention. Beer is pitch black and opaque. Lacing is web-like, thick, and spotty with excellent stick. Really good looking beer for the style.

Nose is mocha, cocoa powder, vanilla and oak. Like an iced coffee... one of my favorite aromas from a beer.

Opens chocolate, mocha and cocoa. Luscious iced coffee complemented by milk chocolate, vanilla, cream and a light booziness in the middle. Cocoa powder coarseness towards the end. Lightly boozy and sweet chocolate in the aftertaste. Amazing.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and slick in the mouth and does down warm and rich. Slightly messy finish with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. Very smooth and drinkable.

I'm admittedly a huge sucker for dark, coffee flavored beers but this is honestly one of the best I've ever had. Rich and smooth but infinitely drinkable, this might be Night Shift's best beer, and certainly their best non-sour beer. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of Kmlund
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on-tap at the brewery. dark black pour. Smelled fantastic. Really get the coffee aroma and some bourbon on the nose. Really smooth and great carbonation. Big bold coffee flavor. The bourbon flavor from the barrel is much more subtle. As it warms you taste more of that and some vanilla. Really great beer. Might be my favorite offering from Night Shift so far.

Photo of NinaElizabeth
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

long time beer advocate lurker but this is my first review...

A: super dark, opaque pour with a thin off-white bubby head which quickly dissipates and leaves a milky haze on the top

S: coffee coffee coffee, vanilla, caramel, milk chocolate

T: follows the nose with fresh coffee, milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla. A tad bit of spice and earthy notes. The barrel influence is incorporated nicely here and I think the bourbon shows up on the finish, which I like.

M: a little bit light, ok carbonation, smooth

O: I used to sling ice cream for years and my first thought when I tried this was coffee milkshake or black and white milkshake. the beans really shine through and there's a nice milk chocolate malty backbone. The bourbon and spice notes are nuanced and I think all the flavors work well together with not one thing overpowering any of the others. Overall, a really great offering from a great local brewery.

Photo of Stellartaste
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a very solid porter. Very strong flavor of vanilla with a hint of bourbon. Nice balance and very drinkable.

Photo of Tery_Noseworthy
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Subtle bourbon and vanilla. Rich. Delicious.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured pitch black with a slight off white head. Huge roasted coffee notes on the nose, as expected from a coffee porter. Tons of coffee flavor up front. So much so, that I think the vanilla gets lost a little. As it started to warm up, the vanilla really started to shine through. The bourbon barrel is well incorporated and adds something to the overall flavor without taking over completely. Mouth feel was a little thin with perfect carbonation. Overall a damn good coffee forward beer that I could see myself enjoying at breakfast.

Photo of hylinski
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An awesome porter that hits the nose with caramel and delivers on taste.

Photo of sgulner
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Lots of coffee flavor and nose. Bourbon burn, but the vanilla mellows that. Amazing balanced example for this newer style.

Photo of Dope
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12/8/14 bottling date.

A: Very dark brown pour; not quite black. Tall, fluffy light bright head. Head fades slowly, leaving almost no lacing but there are still specks here and there. Decent retention too.

S: Mild coffee and lots of vanilla. Really reminds me of marshmallow. Like marshmallow fluff actually. Mild chocolate in there, no real sign of bourbon but maybe a little sting?

T: Get a little bourbon here initially, some oaky caramel. Mild coffee beans too, not in-your-face but still notable. Plenty of sweet chocolate. Then there's that marshmallow fluff that sweetens the whole thing up from start to finish. Bittersweet finish with the coffee beans really trying to assert themselves along with light hints of cocoa. Light earthy coffee, oak and hints of chocolate and vanilla linger in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, slightly higher carbonation than I expected. Gives it a lighter, airy feel.

O: Hmph, a really solid brew from Night Shift! This is not a "coffee porter" where it basically tastes like drinking cold, carbonated alcoholic coffee. The coffee notes are well integrated and well balanced by the sweet vanilla and chocolate and caramel. Good balance with a nice fluffy mouthfeel lends to excellent drinkability too. Very nicely done.

Photo of dabarton
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vanilla forward, robust malty body, understated chocolate finish. No noticeable bourbon or alcohol taste. Excellent, well-balanced beer.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Love the label and have always loved their logo. Pours very dark. Light doesn't invade this beer. Head is a thin, oily ring of tan bubbles. Thin, uneven rings of lace. The aroma is very heavy on vanilla bean. It's also clearly not shy with the roasted coffee bean presence. Very chocolatey with hints of oaky bourbon. The bourbon comes out more in the flavor and I find it to be quite enjoyable. Vanilla bean, sweet chocolate, and a surprisingly balanced coffee bean taste. Some burnt caramel and dry yeast. Finishes with the vanilla, coffee and chocolate trio wrapped in a soft, bourbon blanket. It's medium bodied with a creamy feel and lower carbonation. A yummy, lingering bourbon aftertaste. I find that Night Shift is a brewery that isn't afraid to get weird with their offerings and sometimes it doesn't work. In this one, they went for a style that is very well liked and added bourbon to it, making any beer geek worth his or her chops salivate. I thought that they really put together a delicious beer here that I was a big fan of.

Photo of PHBoiler
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This smells and tastes like a vanilla latte. Really smooth mouthfeel with some creaminess that balances this beer. Not overly sweet or bitter. A joy to drink. Really smooth coffee roast with just enough vanilla flavor that is well integrated. Not picking up the barrel but I don't miss it.

Photo of jaasen64
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a 12oz tulip. Collaboration between Bean Snowboards and Night Shift brewing. Bottled 12/2/13 (~1.5 months ago), brewed in November (I'm assuming it spent a month at most in barrels).

Description: Bourbon & Rye Whiskey barrel-fermented porter infused with vanilla & coffee beans.

A- Pours a dark brown that appears an opaque black in the glass. About a finger's worth of off-white head that has decent retention but recedes to a flat top. Decent carbonation level with nice consistency.

S- Fresh coffee with just a hint of vanilla, light dark chocolate malts hiding just beneath the coffee, walnuts, whiskey barrels are present but blend in with the coffee and are hard to detect. Very aromatic could smell the coffee as soon as the bottle was opened.

T- Milk chocolate, coffee- a little bit acrid compared to the smell but not but not bad, vanilla extract, licorice, rye barrels add just a hint of spiciness, bourbon comes out a little bit more on the finish balancing nicely with the chocolate/coffee/vanilla aspect. Overall nice flavors however they don't complement each other as nicely as I'd hope they would and the taste isn't quite as "fresh" as the aroma is.

M- Fairly light but just enough body for the 6.5%, carbonation a little bit on the low end but nice for the style, silky, fairly smooth.

O- I love snowboarding, beer, and supporting local companies so this was a no-brainer as something that I needed to try. As far as the beer this is probably the best non-berliner that I've had from Night Shift. The aroma was very nice however the taste didn't quite live up to the smell and I felt like the flavors didn't balance quite as nicely as I'd hope they would. I also don't think the barrel fermentation really added anything, if anything the barrels are clashing a bit with the beer. Overall though it wasn't a bad beer and it was definitely a unique treat that is worth trying. I hope they make this again as it's definitely something I wouldn't mind trying again.

Photo of Ian_B
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Contender among the most perfectly complex, balanced, flavourful, and delicate porters out there.

This should be brewed all year-round.

Please, Night Shift, never stop.

Photo of greg4579
2.68/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

I fear there is an infection here.

Photo of Flounder57
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter at their tap room.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark brown black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Roasted coffee up front, vanilla, oak, vanilla bean, bittersweet chocolate, smoke, and earthy notes.

Taste: The bourbon barrel flavor smooths things out, but you still pick up all the aromas on the palate. Some bitterness and mellow bourbon vanilla flavor throughout the whole sip.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, some boozy alcohol, from the barrel, slight bitterness, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty nice 3B porter. Definitely taking a bottle home from this brewery. This will be a hood bottle to share during Christmas.

Photo of jdprmd
2.95/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Look - A bit light … looks more like a brown ale than a porter. Its a dark brown with a light kaki head.
Smell - Coffee, oak, bourbon, oak acidity and then subtle sourness.
Taste - Same as smell but something is off here… it must be the sourness I smelled… what ever it is I don't like it.
Feel - Light, lacking body.
Overall - This may have once been good but something went clearly wrong here… and I assume it will only get worse. As of now I could only drink half the beer before pouring the rest out. I got this as an extra so I can't complain but I would be weary with this beer… I don't see it getting better, only worse.

Photo of Respirologist
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml Bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 2015, my first Night Shift beer in almost a year.

Appearance: Chestnut brown pour, Khaki brown head with good retention. Light penetrates but only the top of the beer. What is expected for a porter.

Aroma: Milk Chocolate, (not dark), Mellow Coffee, not like black straight up coffee, but like coffee with some creamer. Slight bourbon & vanilla and ever so slight caramel. Solid Aroma.

Taste: Coffee beans, Chocolate, Slight Bourbon, not aggressive but you can tell there is bourbon somewhere in there. A little dark chocolate in the front of the tounge which dissipates in the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Slightly lighter mouthfeel than I would like in a darker beer, however I understand this isn't a stout so while I prefer it a bit heavier this is easily drinkable and crushable if there is such a thing for a porter.

Overall: It delivers exactly what it claims on the label I can't argue that. I would love to keep this beer's recipe as a porter and possibly have it in 16oz cans non-barrel aged (much like Fiddlehead did with Hodad) and have Night Shift brew " Bean Stout " something with more aggressive coffee and bourbon notes, longer barrel aging (guessing it's a short time in the barrel based on frequency of releases) and a more oily thicker mouthfeel and something which light stand no chance of penetrating. On that note Bean Porter is a porter and I've rated it as such. I would drink this again.

Bean Porter from Night Shift Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.