Shade Grown Coffee Porter - Real Ale Brewing Company
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5/5 rDev +26.3%
This seasonal release from Real Ale is draft only until their bottling capacity is expanded now that the new brewery is up and running.
This is a rich, robust porter with a dry,slight vanilla finish. Brewed with organic hops, malted barley, making a tasty brew.
You'll taste coffee and toffe as you drink this - it would pair well with rich/sweet dessert foods or fine after a heavy meal. Be sure to find a bar/pub where a few kegs are kept on hand so you can get this fresh as it's best when first tapped.
01-01-2008 02:55:49 | More by beerdiablo
5/5 rDev +26.3%
My favoirte Coffee Porter. Austin trips, I make sure to try and find it to bring back home.
Perfectly blanced between alchol, malty, beer flavor and rich coffee over tones...without being to heavy like you are drinking an entire meal. Hard to just have one of these special beers.
05-12-2010 14:39:44 | More by ryan58813
4.88/5 rDev +23.2%
Dark to black in color. Looks very similar to guinness, only the head doesn't stay around as long. The taste is amazing if not unexpected. This beer is a must for coffee lovers... a joy to drink. The best Blanco Real Ale so far... like nothing else I have ever had. You owe it to yourself to try this beer while its in season.
11-09-2005 15:02:30 | More by maxwere
4.88/5 rDev +23.2%
Bought a few days ago from Central Market in Austin, Texas. Being drunk tonight (poured into a wine glass) where I'm staying tonight in Killeen.
Rich roasted coffee and chocolate aroma. Pours almost black into the glass, held up to the light it is a glowing mahogany brown.
Flavor is intense. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate dominate. Reminds me of a black iced coffee with a shot of espresso but richer and has that nice beery texture in the mouth. Some hops in the background but they are slight. Definitely can pick up some vanilla and again more dark chocolate.
Mouthfeel is unbelievable. Drinkability? Well I wouldn't call it a session beer. Meant to be slowly. I should add I think the ABV is off. I think the alcohol is higher 6.3 ABV.
02-04-2011 05:57:41 | More by jmbranum
4.75/5 rDev +19.9%
As with some others, this came to me in a trade. Actually, it was an extra in a trade, which always seems to make me feel extra-guilty for not reviewing such beers on a timely basis.
Right off the bat, I got a beautiful finger of deep-tan head that both hung around and released a fragrant nose of coffee in doing so. Color was a deep, dark cola-brown with little light penetration and deep brown at the edges. Nose was ... wait, let me turn off the coffee pot before it burns. Hold it, the coffee pot was not on!?! The beer was that redolent with coffee. Now what - in lieu of coffee; blend with fresh coffee; pour out and have some coffee? Ha! to that last musing. Full speed ahead! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full and although the coffee and its attendant bitterness were there, I also got spearmint and chocolate on the tongue. I kid you not on the mintiness. The finish made me think that I had just brushed my teeth with coffee toothpaste. Zounds! OMFG, do NOT have this around me on a school day! I'd have this with my oatmeal or grits and head in, only to have real coffee upon arrival. This is liquid danger, Will Robinson. Katz Coffee, eh? I may have to look into this. Slurp.
02-12-2010 09:19:34 | More by woodychandler
4.65/5 rDev +17.4%
On Cask at the Gingerman in Houston.
A: Pours a dark brown color. A two finger tan head forms a sticks throughout. Sticky lace is left down the side of the glass.
S: Sweet and toasty malt up front. Chocolate and vanilla. Coffee is present, and never fades to the background. Though it is never up front and center. A soft, but excellent aroma.
T: Toasted malt, chocolate, and vanilla. A huge smooth chocolate flavor with just enough coffee that always in the background. The coffee is never acrid or sharp. Subtle and excellent again.
M/D: A medium body with low carbonation. This is supper smooth and creamy. Exceptional to drink. I quaffed several of these with ease.
This is just an excellent porter all around. Even more so on cask than on tap or in bottles. I love how the coffee is definitely there, but it never takes over. With so many coffee beers it is just acrid and astringent. This is incredibly smooth and subtle. One of my favorites, and highly recommended.
03-08-2010 16:24:33 | More by champ103
4.65/5 rDev +17.4%
A small, off-white filmy head sits on the black-brown, hazy beer. Aroma is dry cocoa and fresh coffee. At first the front is dominated by bitter cocoa and coffee. But as the beer warms, a very nice, light, sweet milk comes in strong. Through the middle is a very tangy, chocolate malt. The finish is bitter cocoa, coffee, faint nuttiness and a nice, surprising fruitiness. This is a delicious, full-flavored porter that's just bursting with character. A shame that it comes and goes so quickly every winter.
12-29-2004 02:56:55 | More by kbub6f
4.58/5 rDev +15.7%
Cask at the Plano Gingerman
A: Pours a deep hazy black with a big creamy tan head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. This is one aspect of the cask conditioning where the beer really gains a lot more points. The bottled version is slightly undercarbonated and this vastly improves upon that.
S: The nose isn't much different from the regular version. Lots of coffee and roasted malt.
T: Taste is also similar but there is a vanilla flavor along with the coffee, cocoa, and roasted malts.
M: The feel is the most changed on cask. Lots of creamy carbonation. Medium-Full bodied and delicious.
D: If only I could buy this in a bottle. I would buy it all the time. It's close to guiness as far as feel with more flavor.
Highly recommended if you can find it on cask.
12-09-2009 00:42:48 | More by GregSVT
4.58/5 rDev +15.7%
Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a tulip pint glass.
A - Dark brown with deep red notes shining through at the edges. Moderate tan head dissipates after a few minutes.
S - Strong coffee attack, rounded out with malty sweetness and milk chocolate.
T - What you would expect from the nose, the palate is hit by the coffee flavor, soon fading to chocolate and sweet malty notes. Has a creamy finish.
M - Moderately thin with noticeable but not overly present carbonation. Leaves the coffee flavor in the mouth without being sticky.
D - A great porter, one of the best I've had. The coffee flavor is just strong enough to enhance the natural taste of the roasted barley, and overall the beer is extremely balanced. Could (and would) drink these all the time -- too bad it's a seasonal.
12-20-2010 21:59:50 | More by NefariousR
4.53/5 rDev +14.4%
Served on-tap at Trinity Hall Pub in Dallas in a pint glass
A - Just beautiful. Looks black and opaque at first glance, but once I'd got some way through it and could tip it a little to look at it against the light, shows to be a very dark, chocolatey brown. 1/4 inch light brown head lasted until the end, leaving small amounts of lacing down the glass.
S - Plenty of coffee on the nose with roasted malts. I detected a very slight chemical note though, which detracted a little.
T - Nothing chemical here, just plenty of coffee and, given the name, a surprisingly large amount of bitter dark chocolate. Not quite as full-flavoured as the Fuller's London Porter, but seeing as I'd happily give that a 6 for taste, this very much earns the 5.
M - Very smooth and medium to full-bodied. Didn't find carbonation to be the problem that a few others had commented. I assume that's just down to who is serving it though.
D - Slips down very easily and left me wanting more. Were it not pretty late, I'm sure I could have quite easily had at least one more.
02-06-2007 00:22:51 | More by Washburne
Shade Grown Coffee Porter from Real Ale Brewing Company
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