Cornelio Nunez Porter - de Garde Brewing

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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 23.53%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: anteater on 09-10-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The recipe for this beer is based upon mid nineteenth century brown porters. We spontaneously fermented this beer with our native yeast and bacteria in second use bourbon and red wine barrels. After extended aging, and collaborative sampling with Coava, this was racked onto Coava Coffee's single origin 'Cornelio Nunez' coffee beans before packaging.

Brite coffee aromas and flavors lead the way, with a subtle acidity and mellow barrel nuance complementing the chocolate and coffee notes from the grain, and the earthy character from the hefty dose of Fuggle hops.
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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 8
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Photo of Greenplastic615
1/5  rDev -72%

I love de Garde and this is just god awfully horrendous.

Photo of oregonskibum
4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is described as an old world porter. Poured into a stemless wine-style glass.

A: Muddy, dirty brown. Okay, I know De Garde doesn't filter their beer. But this just looks like dirty river water after a heavy rain. This is definitely a beer best not looked at closely or you'll start to have some doubts.

S: Wow - coffee, coffee and more coffee. This smells like cold, French pressed coffee. And not the cheap coffee you find in some beers, but really good coffee. There are some cocoa notes with a bit of tart dark fruit, but really, it's just about the coffee.

T: Yup, more coffee. The chocolate, malty flavors are more obvious in the taste, although the coffee is still quite pronounced. A slight tartness is evident in the taste, although not the overly sour, almost infected flavor of many old world porters I've tasted before. This is quite enjoyable.

M: Good carbonation, perhaps a little thin, although I'm not really sure how much body should be expected with this style.

O/D: I came into this beer with little expectations, having bad impressions of other old world porters. But this was completely different. I doubt a true old world porter had amazing cold pressed coffee added. But it totally worked. I went back for several more glasses and enjoyed each one. Another amazing beer from this new brewery.

Photo of dar482
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

The aroma hits of coffee and light roasted malt of a porter.

The beer then turns a 180 on the palate of tart cherries and almost an oud bruin quality.

A really surprising, fun, and most importantly, delicious brew.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you, Brian. For a change, this didn't gush.

Black with a creamy brown head, this looks nice! The nose is nicer. Rich coffee, chocolate and roasted grain, this is an outstanding old world porter. A moderate lactic acidity, some red wine and bourbon. The sourness immediately brings to mind the New Glarus version. The coffee character is exquisite. Fresh, roasty, with a pleasing cocoa note, and minimal coffee acidity, this is a genuine treat to the nose. The coffee is also intensely rich and fruity.

The palate opens with a big lactic sourness, a touch of vanilla and a moderate pedio sourness. Vanilla, mild bourbon, a modest vinous note, this is refreshing and juicy. The coffee character that is so prominent on the nose does retain top billing, with a blend of unsweetened cocoa, dark fruit, some blackberries and chocolate syrup present. This blend really well with the sourness, clean, lactic, big and refreshing. Bourbon is secondary here, with the red wine flavor working really nicely with the coffee. Moderately sweet on the finish with a blend of roast, caramel and coffee, this beer is quite wonderful. Highly recommended.

Photo of artoolemomo
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Received with just a sliver of very light beige head which dissipates quickly. The body is murky and muddy chestnut to chocolate brown which appears to be opaque. The brown darkens as you near the bottom of the glass.

Nose- Lots of coffee which dominates the entire aroma. Very rich and smooth. Don't really get any other notes. Swirling shows an even rich and deeper coffee. Starts to show a little bit of the sour.

Taste- Very similar to the nose- lots of coffee. Reminds me a bit of Founder's Breakfast Stout but a little more sour, a little more sweet. Very solid coffee taste which dominates the flavor profile. Sour/sweetness has a slight metallic edge to it which is actually enjoyable. Light fruit which suggests cherries or raisins. Tiny bits of chocolate and cocoa. Tartness does seem to be more than just an after effect of the coffee- it tastes like lactic acid. Definitely a interesting take on coffee beers which often have an unintentioned but similar taste. Above average to good, closer to good. Definitely nice to see De Garde tackle a different style and mostly succeed.

Mouthfeel- Almost medium bodied with light carbonation and a bit of grittiness. This is definitely an unfiltered beer.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing with solid coffee and a nice tartness to break the one dimensional nature of the coffee. Four dollars seems reasonable for a 12 oz pour.

Overall- As I wrote before, above average to good. Definitely worth a try. Solid coffee porter. Nothing amazing but pretty much flawless unless you value clarity in appearance.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and tart with malt, coffee, and pepper aromas. Taste is much the same with sour and tart malt and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity and roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting concept but the taste is slightly better in my opinion.

Photo of anteater
4.11/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Not sure what the availability of this beer is - as far as I know it has only been brewed once so far.

A: Opaque dark brown with a thin tan head

S: Enormously bright coffee bean notes with just the slightest hint of tartness

T: Coffee coffee coffee. Taste follows the nose very well. The coffee taste is very realistic, almost like drinking an iced coffee - unlike the super rich roasty burnt coffee flavors found in bigger beers. This beer is intensely refreshing with its slight tartness which lingers on the tongue a bit longer than the other flavors.

M: Carbonation level is medium, the mouthfeel is a little smooth and creamy

O: I can't say I've had anything quite like before. What makes it stand out is the quality of the coffee aroma and taste. From what I've experienced, there is the "beer coffee" flavor found in most beers but this one smells like your glass is actually full of beans and tastes as refreshing as an iced coffee but with a slight tang that makes it truly unique. Great beer.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a tulip.

pours a dark murky brown with a slight head. smell of straight up coffee and honestly nothing else. taste is so different from the nose. starts out huge on lemon then you get the coffee then it turns almost lip puckering tart. such a change in flavor throughout. wow. finish is sour and it lingers on the palate. this will get a ton of mixed responses. medium bodied. mild carbonation.

overall just a super interesting beer . try it for the uniqueness.

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Cornelio Nunez Porter from de Garde Brewing
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