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Bean Porter - Night Shift Brewing

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Bean Porter
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Davepoolesque on 12-05-2013)
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Reviews by jaasen64:
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3.86/5  rDev -7%
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.

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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Bean Porter from Night Shift Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.