Shade Grown Coffee Porter - Real Ale Brewing Company
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3.9/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Real Ale's Shade Grown Coffee Porter, which is brewed with Katz coffee beans, pours a mahogany body that allows some crimson tones to shine through its middle when held against strong light. A slightly vigorous pour produces a massive cappuccino head. I find that Real Ale's beers don't yield much by way of froth. Perhaps I overcompensated a little. Oops?
The nose is not complex, but it is very appealing. Roasted malts and dark roast coffee shine through. Nice and clean.
The taste follows the nose exactly. Real Ale has done a nice job of incorporating an adjunct whose flavor is already suggested by bittering hops and roasted barley malt. The coffee is crisp, clean, and turns the beer's excellently roasted malts' flavors up a notch. But the beer's mouthfeel leaves something to be desired. It's too thin, and doesn't do justice to the richness of flavor that has been achieved here. More malt, perhaps?
Shade Grown Coffee Porter is a beer that I'll be drinking next year, too. But I do hope that by then the folks at Real Ale will produce a more substantial beer that's identical in taste.
Serving type: bottle
10-30-2012 22:37:02 | More by GMB
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