Guilt Belgian Coffee Porter - Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company
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Reviews by MDDMD:
4/5 rDev -0.5%
A-dark brown color with a good tan head and decent lacing
S-dark malt, coffee, chocolate, molasses, hint of spice
T-dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, light spice, light char, mild bitter finish
F-medium body with moderate carbonation smooth
O-enjoyed this coffee porter, nicely balanced flavors
03-24-2014 04:21:24 | More by MDDMD
More User Reviews:
3.89/5 rDev -3.2%
22oz bottle. Wow, what did that (fallen?) angel on the label do? The imagery does well to convey the name of this offering, but as to why it's actually called 'Guilt', I ain't even gonna ask.
This beer pours a more or less solid black, with significant brown cola tints, and two solid fingers of foamy, creamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves a few swaths of melting Swiss cheese lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.
It smells of sharp black coffee, bready caramel malt, mild sour milk, edgy dark orchard fruit, bittersweet cocoa powder, gritty brown sugar, and a nutty earthiness. The taste is nut-infused coffee, with a healthy dose of cream, more bready pale and caramel malt, a hint of wet ash, softly spicy yeast, light molasses, weaker dark chocolate notes, and a tame earthy, leafy bitterness. No hint whatsoever of the 8.3% ABV, so, bully for that!
The bubbles are pretty low-key, just a zesty frothiness at times, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and beginner-grade smooth, nothing particularly interfering, but nothing inherently memorable, either. It finishes off-dry, the sweetened coffee character still pretty heady, as is the yeasty 'Belgian' essence, and with maybe a suggestion of the so well-behaved big booze politely ringing at the outer gates.
While there are indeed a few kinks to be worked out here (shore up the mouthfeel, though, and all will be forgiven), I quite enjoyed this commercial rendition of a homebrewer's award-winning recipe, always a cool thing. The guest coffee isn't shy, but doesn't overpower at the same rate, leaving us with a nice sipper, at least until that still AWOL booze quotient comes in for a sure to be interesting confession.
06-07-2014 04:45:44 | More by biboergosum
3.76/5 rDev -6.5%
Mini-growler fill picked up at Brewforia Meridian for a pretty pricey $8ish.. Poured into my FSW goblet.... decent 1/2" light tan head.. okay lacing... the brew is pretty much black.
Nose smells about right for a "Coffee Belgian Porter" :-) Proper mash-up of good coffee with some background spicy phenols and light dark maltiness... a bit of dark fruit with warmth.
The palate isn't as complicated as the aroma... instead it is the aroma compacted.. everything is still there, but is truncated a bit. Pretty tasty.. and very drinkable.
Medium body with a nice bubble...
I honestly had little hope for this beer... Belgian-style stouts and porters never really seem to hit a good equilibrium. Guilt does very well with the coffee additions... I dig it. I hope it sees bottles and I hope they make Boise.
02-12-2014 06:33:35 | More by JohnGalt1
4.2/5 rDev +4.5%
22oz bomber purchased at Mid Columbia Wines & Spirits in Kennewick, WA, for $5.95. No freshness date on the bottle – it appears that Selkirk Abbey, after initially not dating their bottles, then including a bottled-on date on the labels, has now gone back to not dating them. For those interested, this was brewed with coffee from Doma, a local coffee roaster located in either Post Falls or Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (or maybe both).
Periodically poured into a 12oz Iron Goat snifter, this beer was matte black with a big, creamy and bubbly mocha-colored head that hung around for a few minutes before receding to a skiff.
Roasty coffee and mocha scents are what the schnozz detected. Funny, the label just says coffee but the aroma has quite a bit of chocolaty, mocha-ey scent to it. No hop aroma stood out, which is just as well where porters are concerned. As it warmed, things got a little boozy.
The taste starts off with some roasty, coffeeish bitterness, but then is matched with a mocha-ish sweetness. There was a mild, dry hoppy zap to the palate at the swallow. I had thought, from the smell, that it would be a little bit boozy tasting, but that aspect of the nose didn’t seem to translate to the taste too much, though there was a small undercurrent of alcohol “heat” that made itself gently felt towards the end of the bottle.
The body was relatively full, but the carbonation was sufficient to keep it from being a heavy, burdensome beer to drink – very Belgian, which makes sense considering the brewery.
This functioned as an excellent after-dinner beer following a good meal. I hope that this doesn’t remain a one-off beer, as I could get used to it.
05-11-2014 20:13:16 | More by woemad
Guilt Belgian Coffee Porter from Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.