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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

319 Ratings
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Ratings: 319
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 27
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: assurbanipaul on 12-07-2003)
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Photo of xnicknj


3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass - thanks to SamuelJackson45 for this extra

Pours a full opaque black with little head and retention. Everything fades out quickly, leaving some streaks of lacing along the glass.

A decent bouquet of scents with espresso, floral hops, light chocolate, and roasted malts.

A surge of caramel and molasses up front with rich flavors washing across the palate. Bitter hops combine with syrupy tones through the middle. Another wave of espresso and coffee flavor finishes it off with light hop bitterness.

Fuller medium body with higher carbonation. Alcohol is masked completely, as the beer drinks like a ghost. A pretty solid porter, and the coffee flavors are right on.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 07:30:37 | More by xnicknj
Photo of EgadBananas


4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to JJFoodie for this!

Pours a very dark brown, nearly black with some dark brown around the edges. A light tan finger of head adorns, leaving nice splotchy lacing.

Nice dark roast coffee on the nose, subtle but intense. Some rich chocolate fills the back in, with some nice malts in between. Smells great.

Taste is ripe with coffee, more bitter though, not as much chocolate, and some nice roasted, toasted sweet malts. Finish is a bit coffee and hoppy bitter.

Creamy, solid upper medium feel, but a bit on the crisp side.

This hits the spot. Great drinkability; could easily be sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 02:17:44 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of Tifore


3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Recieved this bottle in a trade from Twiggamortis420 (Greg). Thanks buddy.
Poured from the 12 ounce glass into my DFH Snifter.

A - Pours a really dark brown that you can't see through except when held up to the light which also brings some red and orange hues to the brew. A small 1/2 finger head develops but quickly turns into a pretty decent sized cap with some light lacing.

S - The smell is delicate on this brew which I wasn't expecting. I was expecting big BAM of coffee. I do smell some light coffee notes with a real sort of sweetness, perhaps some semi sweet chocolate and carmel. Also has a pretty good malty smell to it.

T - A very refreshing porter for sure. Really crisp and not so thick as I was expecting. The flavors aren't very big here either kinda like the nose but I get some sweet malts, and some coffee / chocolate. Very similar to the nose. No hops really to speak of and I have this wierd sort of metal taste left in my mouth. Maybe the barrel used to brew it out of? Interesting.

M - Mouthfeel is nice. It has some good carbonation which adds a nice touch and the beer isn't too thick which was very unexpected.

D - If it wasn't for this darn metallic taste which stays with me throughout drinking the whole beer I might be willing to have another but this taste is strange. Just kinda tastes like they scrubbed the sides of the take with a brillo pad and let that be part of the flavoring process. I'd be intrigued to visit it again from another batch.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 05:12:58 | More by Tifore
Photo of alleykatking


3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. I have gotten 3 bottles of this recently in trades so thanks to all of you guys for this.

A- Pours a deep cola brown looking color with ruby highlights when held to the light. One finger tan head pops up and shows medium retention. Lacing is ringy and light overall.

S- Coffee notes come into play first along with a strange off putting acidic hint as well. A metallic taste comes over this and hints throughout the entire beer. Light bitter baker's chocolate hints toward the ending of the beer. A basic smelling coffee porter with a touch of its own umph.

T- Black coffee notes with a hint of cream is the front flavor on this beer. Some light darker chocolate (bitter) in the middle of the beer with a hint of roasted malts which make up the base of the beer. The ending shows back a little coffee again but this is overtaken by a metallic taste. No real hop flavor at all in the beer which for some reason I expected.

M- Lighter mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Coffee notes with light chocolate notes left on the palate. The aftertaste of this beer is mostly metallic tones with a hint of coffee and alcohol. Flavors were a little off with the metallic taste but other than that it is coffee forward which it should be. Not clean tasting from of course the metallic taste but other than it would have seemed to be clean tasting. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer has the chance to be very good. I can't wait to crack open some of the other bottles of this I have to see if the coffee and porter itself can dominate in the taste and not the metallic flavoring. ABV seems to be hidden pretty well only showing up toward the ending. A nice try for Real Ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 20:50:23 | More by alleykatking
Photo of aristeros


4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an English pint. Dark brown with ruby highlights, one and a half fingers of creamy tan head. Head is retained for about a minute and a half with light lacing.

The nose is big and roasty and -all- coffee. To be generous, maybe creamed coffee with notes of chocolate, but it smells more like I've found a cup of cold coffee. I find this appealing.

Bitter roasted malts up front, black coffee, nuts, and molasses, followed by dark chocolate. Very mild hop presence effectively balances the beer. Moderate body, smooth texture, and a moderate ABV well-masked make for a very sessionable beer.

One of the better porters I've had--well-balanced and the parts blend seamlessly, rather than a porter with coffee 'added on.'

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 03:12:06 | More by aristeros
Photo of Slatetank


4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks so much to captinredbeard for this unsolicited beer - cheers Corey! Poured chilled from the 12oz into a willybecker.

A lovely cola colored porter w/ translucent clarity and garnet hued as the base w/ a frothed milkshake head of 2 fingers w/ a miniscule bead. The lace sticks well and retention is excellent - a beer that appears like you could sink your teeth into it! A smell of caramel covered in cocoa and mild milk ball w/ light roasted aroma and gentle toasted elements w/ a slight dark cocoa bitter scent. The feel is rich and malt drenched with nutty and semi sweet texures. The carbonation is medium w/ a subtle bitterness and toasted effect w/ slightly dry and clean feel overall.

The flavor has lots of smooth roasted and bean flavors w/ a cocoa and nutty coffee cohesion. The flavor is creamy with a mild vanilla and sweet caramel malt tast in the middle. The mild brown sugar tip is toffee tinged w/ a nuttiness and almost dessert-like malt ball flavor. I really enjoyed the porter I could probably handle a few at a time without hesitation. The balance and smoothness gives a very drinkable and seemless quality. I appreciate the fact they didn't just dump a bunch of coffee for intensity's sake. The porter base is respected in this.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 18:01:21 | More by Slatetank
Photo of pwoods


3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Exiled for this nice extra.

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a deep brown with lots of ruby light coming through. A moderate head on the pour without much retention or lacing.

S: Smells of light roast coffee with some added acidity. Milky and even some darker, slightly bitter chocolate notes.

T/M: Pleasant coffee flavors that don't over power the Brown Porter base. More of the milk and dark bitter chocolates. Not a ton of roasted maltyness, which is a surprise. The acidity from the aroma is just barely detectable. Body is medium to medium light with mild carbonation. Maybe cask style for a bottle?.. hence Real Ale? I don't think I've had any of their other beers.

D: 6.3% is actually a bit surprising as there is no hint of alcohol and it's very drinkable. I thought this would be closer to 4% than 6%. Not a very flashy beer but definitely something I'd order at a local pub with dinner or during a game.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 23:31:47 | More by pwoods
Photo of NefariousR


4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 21:59:50 | More by NefariousR
Photo of LacquerHead


4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a Sam Adams pint

This poured a very dark brown. Fairly translucent for a porter. The head quickly dissapates to thin lacing.

At the get go Real Ale claims it to be a Coffee Porter; therefore, I am expecting strong coffee flavors - and that is what I got!

At a cold temp this tasted very thin. However, as it warmed up the beer came alive, allowing for the coffee flavor to do its thing. The coffee aspect was not overly robust nor was it weak. To me it was just right. It reminded me of an iced coffee.

As one would expect coffee is at center stage, however, at times I detected a slight taste of biscuit. There was very little hops, but there was some bitterness at the end of each drink. As I neared the bottom of the glass there was an alcohol taste that showed up now and again.

M/F: it taste thin at colder temps. It had a light carbonation but it never felt flat.

D: I drank a whole 6-er, and enjoyed every one of them.

Conclusion: it was on the lighter side for a porter, but all in all, this was a very good American porter. Solid! This beer stayed consistent to the end.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 17:00:02 | More by LacquerHead
Photo of JonathanCrites


4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this in a bottle at a Christmas Party

A - Drank from a Bottle at a Party.

S - I love coffee and you get lots of coffee and dark roast in the aroma.

T - Strong coffee flavor with little or no hop taste. Whatever hops present blend in with the other flavors well. Bitterness of the coffee builds nicely.

M - Medium, this helps define the difference between porter and stout for me.

D - Very drinkable with a nice ABV and light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 15:53:56 | More by JonathanCrites
Photo of portia99


4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (best by 1/26/11) received as an extra in a trade with mattisloco. Thanks! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours very dark...almost black color. When held to the light some really nice ruby red highlights can be seen. Practically no head forms at all, even with a fairly aggressive pour. Sadly, only a minimal collar forms, just about white in color.

S - Lots of roasy aromas, not surprisingly coffee dominated. There is a bit of a nuttiness, a sweet creamy character, maybe a touch of vanilla. Quite good smelling coffee beer.

T - Again, not surprisingly, the flavor can be described as coffee dominated...but this is a good thing. Very coffee, but ironically, not much astringency...almost like a coffee with cream to take the edge/harshness away from a black cup o' joe. Very smooth...not much for hoppy bitterness, enough to be noticable, but really only enhances the roasted malt and coffee aspects. A loose brush of sweetness really evens this one out.

M - Medium bodied and carbonation. A bit oily and slick...not much coffee acidity. Prickly and tingley on the tongue.

D - This is a very well presented coffee beer. Reminds me some of Surly's Coffee Bender, which might be the Gold Standard of coffee beers. This combines a big coffee character, low astringency, flavorful beer with a very satisfying smoothness. This could be an all day drinker. Would love to get more of this.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 01:54:38 | More by portia99
Photo of aglose45


4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Real Ale Coffee Porter

Got this as an extra during an IP trade with philhyde...

A: Pours a very dark brown with a very small tan head which faded quickly.

S: Nice roast coffee notes up front, mild bitterness, followed by some sweet dark chocolate.  This nose is very balanced and excites me for my first sip.

T: Delicious bitter coffee flavor up front, followed by a very minimal amount of chocolate.  I kind of get the iced mocha latte feeling with this beer which is pleasant.

M: This is where I have a bit of a complaint.  Maybe this goes along with the iced mocha latte take on the beer, but the feel is a little watered down.  The carbonation is light to medium, nicely done.

D: This is a very drinkable beer, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this beer.  Thanks Phil!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 02:05:39 | More by aglose45
Photo of ckeegan04


3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Mahogany brown with a thin, light brown head. Foam fades to a thin ring with faint head left on top.

S - Coffee is certainly thr strongest aroma but is not powerful by any stretch. Roasted malts underlie the coffee. Just a bit of bitter chocolate as well.

T - Lightly roasted coffee beans up front with a nice roasted malt backing. Just a touch of bitter sweet chocolate as well. A hint of dark fruits comes through towards the end.

M/D - A touch on the thin side but very easy drinking. Bitterness lingers after the drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 18:47:21 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of depechemode1983


3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich mahogany color with a tan two finger head that lingers for a while and leaves small patches of lacing. Smells of coffee and toasted malts. Has a someone bitter sweet smell. Like a fresh pot of coffee. There are sweet roasted malts in the taste along with lots of coffee flavors. Traces of bitter chocolate as well. It finishes bitter-sweet. The mouthfeel of this beer is somewhat thin although somewhat creamy. That carbonation is just right on this one. This is a very drinkable porter. The flavors come together nicely and none of them become overpowering. This is a beer i always look forward too at the end of the year.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 00:35:06 | More by depechemode1983
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer

Pours ½ finger of khaki head. Color is a caramel copper dark brown.

Aroma: Very roasted. Not a lot of coffee here. Chocolate, vanilla, and caramel.

Taste: Vanilla, caramel, roasted malts, nuts, and chocolate. The coffee shows more here.

Mouthfeel: Dry, roasted, and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends bitter, roasted, and clean.

Overall, a decent coffee porter, but I didn't like the coffee that was used very much. Still, it had a decent drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2010 16:25:44 | More by mothman
Photo of OakedCanuck


4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into standard pint. from notes

This dark brown to black beer pours with a light tan head and decent retention. The smell is mainly coffee with some roastiness to it and a hint of vanilla. The taste follows the nose with pronounced coffee. However, the coffee is not bullying out other flavors. The chocolate, vanilla and some caramel come through as well. The mouthfeel and drinkability are quite good. The medium body does not make this a heavy beer which allows for an enjoyable couple of bottles. I am pleasantly surprised about how well balanced the coffee is in this one. Unlike many many many coffee infused brews, this one gives you a strong, yet subtle, coffee flavor and allows the other flavors to come out. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 18:02:33 | More by OakedCanuck
Photo of LittleDon


4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A half pint at the Gingerman in Austin, TX

Black and opaque with a khaki colored head. Fair head retention. Coffee and toasted bread aroma. Some carbonation up front, more than I'd like, perhaps. Coffee is present in the middle with a bittersweet chocolate finish. Medium mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2010 03:19:23 | More by LittleDon
Photo of PittBeerGirl


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Body is a nearly transparent chestnut brown hue. Pours with a 2-3 finger foamy creme brulee colored head which fades to a very thin coating and a thick collar. Traces of lacing left behind in the glass.

S- Nose leans toward the sweeter side. Vanilla, caramel, roasted dark malt. The coffee presence is more prominent in the back of the nose than initially.

T- Very mild accents of vanilla, coffee, and a hint of caramel, a bit milky. The roasted malt really comes through for the finish as the initial flavors (which are very mild anyway) fade away. A moderate roasted malt bitterness lingers on and on.

M-High carbonation and a light to medium weight drinkable body-fairly smooth and classic porter.

D- Overall this is a very good porter. Not too bitter and not too sweet with the classic porter drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 02:45:45 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of SamuelJackson45


4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark coffee color look.

S- Smell of coffee and robust roast malts.

T- Taste of coffee and malts with bittersweet chocolate notes coming out.

M- Smooth and wet nice coffee taste to the pallet with bittersweet chocolate notes from the roasted malts.

D- Pretty good beer from the south. Love fair trade coffee and Porters a easy combo for me to drink.


Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 07:14:01 | More by SamuelJackson45
Photo of Lldeegan


3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of stopbarking. Thanks!

Pours a deep brown with hazelnut highlights, with a thin cream colored foam halo.
The beer smells of sweet cocoa powder and fresh coffee with a touch of vanilla, oak and sherry.
Very light and sweet tasting up front, followed by a rich coffee and roasty malt flavor that fades to a bitter sweet finish.
Light, bubbly, medium bodied beer, not as thick as a stout.
This beer is really top quality and from a brewery I'd never heard of before. It has everything to love in a porter, it's sweet, rich, robust roast flavors and a high drinkability without palate fatigue. A really enjoyable beer to drink. I'd save it for after dinner and let it warm a little bit while drinking and it will really open up.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 03:01:46 | More by Lldeegan
Photo of jlindros


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

THis interesting looking coffee porter thanks to TexasStout. My first Real Ale beer.

It pours a lighter 1/2 finger head that is bubbly but fades slowly over an essentially pitch black beer, with very slight hints of light sneaking through.

The nose has plenty of dark malts, some crystal, a little chocolate, hint of roast, some sweetness, and a hint of a boozy aroma (a little much for 6%). I get some very light earthy hops as well. There is a bit of a coffee aroma, some fresh roasted coffee too which is nice, but I think much of the coffee has been lost while it sat in my fridge. I'll have to get it fresh and try it again.

The taste is similar, but coffee actually comes out into the foreground a lot more here. It reminds me a lot of my coffee nut brown homebrew. A nice coffee taste, light acidity and fresh roast, a light kahlua like coffee flavor too. Some dark malts, but they take a back seat to the coffee. Some crystal malts, a light chocolate and roast. There is some bitterness, not a lot, brought a bit by the coffee and roasted malts, but also a hint of an earthy hop. It finishes with more bitterness which comes out more on the finish, with a little more creamy kahlua and coffee flavors. It's not a dark roasted coffee, more like a lighter to medium roast, so it doesn't destroy the rest of the beer. It plays very well.

The mouth is a medium body with decent carbonation.

IT has a medium drinkability, with a bit of the syrupy sticky feel on the mouth lingering, and the bitter roasty flavor comes out more late on the finish. The nose brought out a little more alcohol aroma than I expected, but it was not there in the taste at least. I wouldn't call it sessionable, but it drinks well.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 14:56:09 | More by jlindros
Photo of urwithdave


4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Captinredbeard for the extra. Poured into my CCB snifter.

A- Pours the deepest darkest brown color u can get without being black. Two fingers of a tan head. Tons of bubbles racing to the top. Pretty solid retention. A ton of lacing left.

A- very simple yet very nice. Chocolate and coffee. Not much else.

T- sweet coffee and milk chocolate. A hint of vanilla. Again simple but well done. The flavors are all balanced.

M- only knock is that it's a little thin. Highly carbonated, but not overly so. A sweeter coffee finish.

D- I could really drink a lot of this beer. I suggest u seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 06:33:22 | More by urwithdave
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wagenvolks for including this one as an extra last year, finally got around to trying it. 12oz bottle into a Brooklyn goblet pours a deep opaque black with barely any head. Aroma is fresh ground coffee and baker's cocoa. The taste is a nice amount of coffee in front of dark malts and a hint of chocolate. The beer is rather smooth and easy drinking, even on a hot summer afternoon. This is an enjoyable beer, one I certainly would have again.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 18:00:50 | More by atsprings
Photo of TMoney2591


3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to JJFoodie for this bottle!

Does the shade really matter? Regardless, this guy pours a slightly translucent dark brown with ruby highlights and a quickly-fading head of ecru foam. The nose comprises coffee, molasses, roasted malts, and a hint of leather. The taste echoes the smell, though the coffee and leather bleed into each other, diluting one another a little bit. They do come back in the aftertaste, though. The body is a straight medium, with a light carbonation, smooth feel, and fairly dry finish. Overall, not a bad coffee porter, but something's lacking in the flavor department. I can't quite pin down what exactly, but something... Still worth a shot, though.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 09:28:47 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of mikereaser


3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a coffee like brown with a decent size tan foam

S - mostly coffee aroma with some dark fruit and bitterness

T - mild coffee flavor with some bitterness to it, everything is pretty mild and nothing too outstanding

M - creamy mouthfeel and good carbonation

D - seemed like a decent beer all around, just nothing too amazing

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 17:27:48 | More by mikereaser
Shade Grown Coffee Porter from Real Ale Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.