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Isadore Java Porter - Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery

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Isadore Java PorterIsadore Java Porter

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very good

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jcalabre on 09-18-2003)
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Reviews by jcalabre:
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To the shock of no one, this porter poured dark brown with a bullwinklian tan head. The aroma, the flavor the whole enchilada is coffee (ok, java). In this eclectic brewpub, which reminds one of a hippy coffeehouse, a java porter is appropriate, and darn tasty.

jcalabre, Sep 18, 2003
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

williamjbauer, Apr 14, 2014
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3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Boulder. Another old favourite on the lineup brought in for stout month.Big coffee aroma. Lace sheet of off-white inside a black body. Carbonation right there. A story in Big coffee this one. However appreciate essionable 4.7 abv.Appreciated for what it is.

Sammy, Feb 13, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

spark3148857, Jun 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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minterro, Aug 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Arborescence, Jun 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

stumac, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of Dithyramb
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on nitro at Southern Sun. Deep, dark black brew allowing virtually no light to shine through. Thick dark tan head with excellent retention and rings of lace. Nitro apperaance is nice, with the cascading and all. Aroma was coffee, with some espresso seeped in sugar in the background. Taste was heavily coffee, though finished as more of a creamy coffee drink in the end with hints of vanilla. Mouthfeel was thin medium, but smooth and tempered by the nitro. Drinkability lost a little bit due to the almost dessert quality of the brew. Otherwise, this would be excellent served with a dish of vanilla or used to enhance tira misu.

Dithyramb, Aug 30, 2005
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4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its always hard for me to keep my soap-box politics out of beers and reviewing, so when I prodded the waitress at Mountain Sun about where their coffee comes from I was sad to find out. Starbucks. But seriously, why no semi-local roaster? End Rant.

This porter was actually surprisingly light in its blast of straight coffee grounds. I felt that the light mouthfeel of this stout was actually kind of one of its strong points; it had the essence of the oils of coffee without the blackening bitter-acidity that Java porters usually exhibit.

Nice mouthfeel on this beer as well, light without being thin. This would be a tempting Sunday-morning beer.

GreenWBush, Sep 12, 2004
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2/5  rDev -48.6%

crobinso, Aug 04, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured an opaque obsidian, nearly indistinguishable from a stout, with a small tan head that receded to a patchy layer after being allowed to get closer to room temperature. Roasty aroma, dark malts and coffee notes...as expected. More of the same in the taste, though honestly, the coffee wasn't as pronounced as I'd have thought it would be, and I actually got more coffee flavor from one of their stouts. Still good though, so I can't complain. Not quite full-bodied; quite drinkable.

Rifugium, Aug 14, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry and earthy black patent and chocolate malt scent along with loads of coffee notes. The taste is great. It has a dry earthy flavor that boasts of black malts any coffee. It's rich with the java taste; very nicely done. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good tasting beer. I'm a huge fan of this style, so this is right up my alley.

WesWes, Jan 23, 2006
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black body, tan head.

Aromas of java; sweet, life sustaining, nectar of the gods java.

Nutty coffee beans, sweet mocha, bitter espresso.
Dark and satisfying. Roasted barley and coffee joined in fermented bliss. Overselling it? Absolutely, but if you stop by, drop $4.20 on a pint, you'll be glad you did.

Oily mouthfeel, suitable carbonation, bitter chocolate finish.

A sessionable porter.

BradLikesBrew, Jul 18, 2010
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3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, yup. This is a java porter. Black pour, little head. I can smell the coffee 2 feet away.
Of course coffee gets stronger as I move closer. Roasted malt and raisin appear briefly.
Coffee is dominant in this brew. Chocolate, raisin, fig and dark plum try to come through, but don't completely. Roasted malt is powerful in this one. Wish for more complexity, and I don't really like coffee.

Mebuzzard, Apr 14, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Domingo, Nov 21, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

shade13, Jul 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

MissMeg, Apr 13, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark black brown with a tan head, poured into an eight ounce glass. Medium amount of lacing.

Smell: chocolate, coffee

Taste: coffee, chocolate, roasty malts, dry

Mouthfeel: nitro, smooth

Drinkability: nice brew, definitely get again. gnice hearty dry porter.

beersheppard, May 21, 2010
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3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On nitro at the sun. Dark brown color with a creamy espresso head.

Aromas of burnt malts and lost of coffee.

Taste is very similar. Nice roasty porter up front with a kick of espresso through the finish.

Light dry body with ample carbonation. A very drinkable beer that is quite strong in the coffee flavors.

rye726, Mar 10, 2008
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

MsRif, Dec 24, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In boulder, on nitro-tap. This one is a nearly opaque brew with a nice head of tan foam that lasts quite long and leaves almost no lacing. Nitro apperaance is nice, with the cascading and all. Aromas are all coffee, deep dark espresso roast, with some nice roasty malt notes, and some caramel, and vanilla as well as some chocolate. Taste is coffee infused with some nice roastiness and some chocolate as well. Good, but a bit thin, and one dimensional for a coffee beer. Similar to many others I have sampled over the years. Mouthfeel is medium bodied nitro fullness, drinkability is quite good. $1pint night can be insane when you are getting the alcoholo buzz and coffee buzz from this brew. You're up all night after 2 or 3 of these beauts...Nice stuff.

francisweizen, Aug 02, 2005
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3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$4.20 for a pint on tap at Mountain Sun. Dark brown-black. Smells malty, coffee, not too shabby. The flavor was a coffee-heavy porter but it worked in this case. I don't usually dig coffee beers but this one was alright and had a smooth mouthfeel. Very easy to drink.

ArrogantB, May 09, 2009
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Isadore Java Porter from Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery
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