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Shade Grown Coffee Porter - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Shade Grown Coffee PorterShade Grown Coffee Porter

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very good

196 Reviews
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Reviews: 196
Hads: 356
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 15.78%
Wants: 29
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: assurbanipaul on 12-07-2003

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Photo of beerdiablo
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of ryan58813
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.87/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of maxwere
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.74/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of champ103
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of NefariousR
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of BrewsCrewSA
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Real Ale's first mass-marketed release, circa mid-to-late 2009.

A - Pours dark, opaque, not a speck of light shines through. Extremely brown, almost black, with a tan head fizz that dissipates abruptly. No lacing throughout, but still appears as inviting as when it's first poured. Overall, a beautiful color for this beer.

S - Smells of toffee, Heath bars, candy sugar, with a faint freshly-baked bread profile in the background. Does not give off a strong coffee aroma as one would imagine.

T - Huge malty layers of chocolate and coffee. Alcohol present throughout, but not syrupy. Excellently balanced. No suggestions of hops whatsoever. Toasted biscuits and bready malts toward the finish. Great coating of alcohol that blends extremely well with the coffee overtones. Sweet but not overly so; actually, just the right amount of what appears to be candy sugar, maybe added late to the brewing.

M - Excellent. Sits well against the palate, not overpowering or overwhelming. Goes down extremely smooth.

D - Likely pairs well with dessert. Maybe a bit strong for sessions, but one or two at a time wouldn't hurt. An excellent effort overall by Real Ale.

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Photo of spaceycasey
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - dark brown that only lets the smallest hint of light through with a creamy, creamer-laden coffee colored head.

Aroma - rich coffee, chocolate malt, not hop aroma perceived.

Taste - moderate coffee with coffee malt flavors (distiguishable from coffee flavor from actual coffee) and chocolate. Sweet, smooth, balanced. No obvious bitterness.

Mouthfeel - smooth, creamy, full bodied.

Drinkability - very high for a beer as full bodied as this. Drinkable enough to make it the exclusive beer of an entire session.

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Photo of Washburne
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 2 finger head that lingers for a long time.

Smell is very strong of cofee with some roasted chocolate malts pulling through. Nice sourness in the back to balance with a nice undertone of tofee.

Taste is of cofee. It dominates some of the other stuff going on that coincides both with the nose and palate, but it makes for an excellent beer.

This beer is fairly smooth and highly sessionable if you like good coffee. Coffee dominates this beer and I love it.

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Photo of sliverX
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Blake for this one.
Poured pitch black with a slight chestnut when held to the light. Thin light tan head that hung around at not much more than a film and ring around the edges.
Smell was about what was expected deep roasted malt, coffee. Not much else.
Taste was a very sweet coffee, one that you had soaked a pound of malt in. Definitely pick up some bitterness but it's from coffee not hops. This is just a wonderful brew.
Mouthfeel was tingly, very lively carbonation a bit on the thin side but it doesn't detract from the brew.
Drinkability, well this is a damn fine brew and would have a few and make it a regular in the fridge if it were a local.

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Photo of kindestcut
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Coffee Porter pours a very dark brown bordering on black. The head is moderate but then again, I didn't see the pour. The aroma is as advertised...this is a coffee porter. The aroma is very strong (and nice) roasted coffee.

The taste is just wonderful. The coffee comes through, and honestly it dominates the flavor, but I also taste a porter sweetness that can only come from the malt. There is a hop there in the distance but it is hard to detect.

I truly could drink this beer all night. And during those cold winter nights, this is a great beer to enjoy at the local bar. What a pleasure this beer is, and from a Texas brewer no less. Now, if they would only bottle it...please!

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Photo of chadspivey
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

drinking a pint at the gingerman as I write this.... I know, I'm a dork

A: Can't really find a light source that makes this beer anything but opaque. Nice head, maybe quarter to a half inch. Light brown head that dissapates in less than a minute. It leaves those clumps of big bubbles on top, i love that.

S: Not a very strong smell, maybe the beer's too cold. Smell chocolate and coffe. More coffee than chocolate, which is cool.

T: say now, that's alright. could definitely see this one aging well. Delicious coffe aftertaste. I feel like theres more coffee in this than any coffee beer i've ever tasted. And it's blended very nicely. It's got acoca-cola flavor that really ties it all together too, so nice.
I wonder if there's caffeine in this...

M: I wouldn't change a damn thing about this mouthfeel, it's simply perfect. Creamy, smooth, but with excellent amount of carbonation. Perfect mouthfeel, hence the 5.

D: Just keeps getting better. Hands down, I could drink more of these than real coffee, and I'm a man who loves his coffee.

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Photo of dungaree
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this one at Flying Saucer in Houston. So when it got to me it had no head. Served in large pilsner glass. Very dark, actually opaque. Smelled of coffee! Yum. For a while I wasn't into porters but after this one I'm reinvestigating them. Tastes of coffee and maltiness. Two of my favorite flavors. Very, very drinkeable. Thoroughly enjoyed. Another hit from Real Ale.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Gingerman Austin

Aroma: Cold coffee sweetened with a touch of malt

Appearance: Clear ruby brown glass barely covered with a thin tan head that left wisps of lace.

Flavor: So smooth for a coffee porter. Nice round profile starts with a dose of black coffee that is quickly sweetened with milk chocolate then fades out with a great black patent taste. The black patent isn't harsh or biting at all, just the full flavor of the grain. There is also a coca-cola taste thing working that just lends to the drinkability.

Mouthfeel: Medium thin body with low carbonation level

Overall Impression: Real Ale does it again. This is a great beer with really nice flavors working together to be more than the sum of their parts. For not being a porter fan, I'm happy to sing this one's praises! Strongly recommended if you're lucky enough to see it

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Photo of Morris729
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with just a slight tint of ruby and with a thick and creamy light tan head. Nose is fresh roasted coffee beans along with a bit of chocolaty malt. The taste is dominated by the rich and robust bitter coffee but there is the perfect blend of sweet chocolaty malts to balance everything out wonderfully. A tremendous choice as an after-dinner drink and one of my favorite offerings from Real Ale. Sampled on-tap at the Addison Flying Saucer.

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Photo of gtermi
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours like your typical Porter. It is dark brown with a thin white head.

S: The first think I can think of when I smell this beer is chocolate covered coffee beans. It is one of the best smelling beers to me.

T: I get a decent amount of coffee and some roasted malt. It later has a slight dark chocolate as it lingers on the tongue.

M: The beer is pretty smooth, but has a decent amount of carbonation. If it had a little less carbonation, it would be better.

O: I feel this beer is one of the best from Real Ale. I always enjoy their beers and get excited every year when this comes out.

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Photo of army01
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into a pint.

Drinking the Real Ale Coffee Porter now. It's pretty good. Completely different than the Bridgeport Cafe Negro. The coffee is a little less pronounced and a less chocolatey, but very creamy. Completely different styles, and both have their strong points. The more I drink of the Real Ale, the more it is growing on me. Solid offering.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks goes out to exiled for sending this brew as an extra in one of our trades.

Poured into my imperial pint glass the beer is deep dark brown with red highlights. The almond hued head fills about three fingers worth of my glass. It looks so creamy an inviting. After settling webs of lace cling to the rim.

The aroma is smooth roast coffee. Almost no bitterness in the nose at all. Toasted malt and hints of vanilla cream as well. Very pleasent.

The flavor is so mild it's insane. I mean that in a good way. Sweet and creamy coffee. No bitter bite. This tastes just like how I like my morning coffee.

The body is a touch thin. This would be my only fault I can find. Light carbonation with a slightly watery finish.

Overall a supremely drinkable beer. I think I took about four or five gulps and it was gone. I will have to talk to my Texas trade partner for some more of this.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with some slight brown highlights around the edges when held up to the glass. When you smell the beer, you wonder if you are smelling beer or strong coffee. I can also smell some malt in the aroma, but it is well hidden behind the strong coffee smell. The taste is what you would expect from a beer that smells just like coffee, with lots of coffee flavor and some roasted malt. I expected this beer to be thicker, but it is a relatively thin beer in the mouthfeel department, but that is not a bad thing. When it gets cold outside, I could drink lots of these beers while sitting by a fire.

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Photo of AlesRTasty
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this fine ale during my first visit to the Gingerman in Dallas.
A - dark, opaque with a tan creamy head
S - like coffee, the name doesn't lie. roasted malts over power pretty much all
T - it taste fantastically like coffee. many roasted malt overtones with chocolate characteristics
M - smoothish, medium carb and medium body. I thought at the time it was served too carbonated
D - I started off with this one and i enjoyed it so much i had to have more. I love this brew.

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Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Burnt leather-brown. Two fingers of tan head that remains throughout and provides a splendid amount of lacing.

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, and a faint hop hue.

T: Very strong coffee, hops, and cream. Unlike my last review of the draft version, the hops were more noticeable in this batch. While much of the focus may be on the coffee (Katz Coffee) aspect of this brew, there are wonderful malty flavors and hoppy bitterness qualities to this beer as well.

M: Not overly viscous and I am sure there will be some who gripe at this aspect. I, for one, am fine with this mouth-feel.

D: I love this beer. So much so, that I have to temper myself because I cannot afford to keep restocking this in my fridge. There is no way I will be able to cellar this.

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Shade Grown Coffee Porter from Real Ale Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.