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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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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 29
Gots: 42 | FT: 1
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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 StoneBrewFanatic
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with some amber color when light is coming through the glass. Two fingers of tan head with minimal retention and lacing.

S - Sweet roasted malts, dry cocoa, coffee, vanilla, caramel, and a touch of alcohol.

T - Roasted malts and coffee first, a dry cocoa is present from start to finish, caramel and vanilla notes with a slight bitterness to the finish.

M - Smooth and creamy.

D - Very Drinkable and enjoyable, one of my new favorite porters.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Rich brown in color and a faint quick fading head. Not a lot of lace on this one either. Nothing really out of the ordinary on this one.

S - Kind of faint to me but here is a very nice roasted coffee aroma that is accompanied by a wonderful creamy foam-like scent. Reminds me a well brewed cup of coffee with lots of milk froth on top.

T - Again, a very nice coffee flavor to it. Not too overpowering with bitterness and lets the roasted flavors come through. The light bitterness from the hops/coffee pair well with the creamy and smooth body.

M - Great carbonation on this one for the style with a medium body. Very nice soft texture on the palate that disguises all hints of alcohol.

A very solid beer from a brewery I haven't heard much about. One of the better/surprising extras that I've gotten throughout my trades.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 2-21-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured a very dark brew with two fingers of foam, carbonation is present, decent lacing ring

S - Roasted malt, coffee, hint of dark chocolate

T/M - Medium boded, malty flavor good amount of coffee hints of chocolate. Not much hop aroma if any

D - Very drinkable, got this one in a trade as well. So far I am pretty impressed with Real Ale, would like to try more of their offerings. Another brew that I would like to get again. I highly recommend this brew

Photo of AgentZero
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A dark brown beer with a khaki head that didn't really leave anything on the sides.

S - A lot of roast, coffee is actually kind of lighter smelling for something that has the word coffee in the name.

T - Caramel and toffee, some faded coffee, little bit of nutiness to this.

M - Creamy, medium carbonation, medium bodied.

D - Not bad, nothing I'd make an effort to obtain, but it's a decent enough beer.

Photo of gnemesis
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into wine glass on 03/07/2011.
Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head, dissipates quick, and leaves very little lacing. This ale smells of caramel, fig, brown sugar, a small amount of coffee, and perhaps some booze? It's only around 6% so I'm not sure how that's possible. The coffee is more forward as I sip. Some bitter chocolate, molasses, and roasted malts emerge as well. Medium/thin body and medium/high carbonation round out this beer... a bit thin for my liking but not terrible. I found this to be a good beer for a coffee porter but lacks the fullness I prefer. I should also add that this is past it's "Drink By Date" of 1/26/11.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good looking brew. Black and typical of the style, with a nice smooth, silky head and pretty good lacing.

Smell is nice and dark-roasted, heavy coffee and malts, very good.

Taste is overly coffee yet overly delicious. Very nice indeed. Easy going roasted malts compliment a slightly chocolate but intensely coffee flavor that lingers on long after the sip.

Medium bodied and amply carbonated for the style.

Drinks well. I'd have this one again for sure. Downright delicious.

Photo of Marty30
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dajtai007 for this extra! Poured at 55 degrees into a pint glass.Excited to try this.

A. When held up to the light body shows a clear dark brown with plenty of carbonation. A one inch fizzy head dissapates rather quickly and leaves barely any lacing.

S. Coffee grinds are the first thing that comes to the nose followed by milk chocolate and roasted malt.

T. Pretty much the same as the smell, coffee comes first but it isnt very dominant as I expected it would, but very nice, I get alot of milk chocolate some caramel in the the back. some earthy notes in there as well.

M. Nice medium mouth that coats the pallet pretty nice,alot of carbonation in this one.

D. I could drink a sixer of this no problem. I don't detect any alchohol and its a very tastey brew that I would reccomend to anyone who likes coffee in there beer.

Photo of SkipWeathers
2.56/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - kind of a ruby brown, little fizz

S - minimal aroma; no real smell at all

T - slight roast flavor, maybe some weak coffee, not much else

M - thin, weak, dissipating quickly, not much here

D - would not be hard to drink several of these, as long as you like weak porters.

A weak offering from Real Ale. I love their Devil's Backbone (my quaff of the Summer of '10), but this is not so good. I was hoping for some bold flavors here but none found. Was similar to Pipeline Porter. I had high hopes for it but it was disappointing too.

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle at Jo's Coffee in Austin. While I liked the balance of coffee and roasted malts, this drank more like a brown porter. There's a mild, but not too bitter coffee flavor. It tasted like a very light roast and was quite drinkable, but you'd expect a richer beer for a coffee porter. Give it a try, it's certainly a new take on the sub-style.

Photo of BrewsCrewSA
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of stephens101
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bubbly and active tan head sits large atop this black brew; but size does not equate to longevity. Big notes of coffee roll out of the glass during the pour. There's some brown at the very edges when held to light. Some stringy lines of lace stick randomly.

To the nose and we get creamy espresso with an afterthought of roasted coffee beans and a nice vein of dark chocolate. Taste isn't as bold as the aroma, but involves sweet malts, more roasted coffee beans, vanilla, some cocoa, and a substantial and welcomed hop woodiness. Creamy and satisfying, although a little thin for the style. A bit of alcohol swirls around in the back.

A nice little change of pace from one of my favorite Texas breweries.

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

Got this bottle as a bonus from optimator13...thanks Evan!

Aggressive pour into a Duvel tulip yielded a solid finger of sandstone head. The foam quickly dissipated leaving tiny swirls on top of the chestnut brown body.

The nose has lots of roasted malts and ground coffee up front. Hints of chocolate and grains sit subtly in the background.

As the nose indicates, the coffee and roasted flavors dominate. The same flavor pretty much lingers throughout the drink...good, but not complex.

The body is on the light side of medium with mild to moderate carbonation.

You will have no problem throwing down a few of these bad boys. Tasty and easy to drink...a great after dinner beer!

Photo of augustgarage
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to lnashsig for nailing another one of my long-time wants. I was going to save this for breakfast, but the aroma of bacon (I'm making Spaghetti Carbonara) and the best by date of 2/18/2011 (tomorrow) overwhelmed me.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Very dark but essentially clear auburn liquid with light-brown highlights when held to a strong light. A smattering of light khaki suds grace the top, but recede fairly quickly to a lasting collar and a burbling slick fed by the steady upthrust of carbonation. Fine fluid lacing, no legs.

Very delicate aromatics - the perfect mix of roast malt and roast coffee, such that I can no longer distinguish which is which. Very little else going on in the nose though, and these notes are restrained. When the beer warms, this doesn't improve.

Malty, chocolate-tinged palate entry, soft without a hint of astringency from roast. Hints of vanilla. Though it lacks a lactic note, there is something about this that reminds me almost of a milk stout more than a porter. Mild grassy hops deliver a modest bitterness which dries out the bready dainty finish. The coffee used seems like a very mild blend and is more earthy than fruity in nature. Well balanced and tasty beer, though lacking the intensity of many other coffee beers I've sampled which holds back the rating just a bit here for me...

Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, smooth and velvety.

Big time drinkability though the base flavors are disappointingly muted. More a session ale than a sipper, curious how this would hold up on cask.

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks tsatem for this bottle.

Drink by date: 04/05/2011

A - pours a light translucent brown into a dark impenetrable body with minimal off-white head.

S - Coffee, fresh cut grass, roasted malts.

T - Really nice balance of coffee and malt, with a touch of sweetness. This is actually very good! Great balance, and good complexity throughout.

M - Thin body, light. A bit small for a porter, methinks.

D - Very enjoyable beer, highly drinkable. And not heavy.

Photo of bens0n
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very dark brown, close to opaque but not quite, with a small amount of foamy off-white head that dissipates rather quickly, but leaves a tiny amount of lacing behind.

On the nose I can pick up on sweet malts, and delicate hints of roasted coffee and vanilla.

Flavor wise its very similar, I would say its on the sweet side, the coffee is really not very prevalent in the flavor, I get more vanilla. Very rich, but not overpowering. Not as roasty as I was expecting though.

This beer is pretty thick and has a nice level of carbonation, very very drinkable. Not extremely filling, but very satisfying.

Side note: Reminds me alot of southern star buried hatchet stout, but much more toned down.

Photo of amcmaho1
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

vintage 10' bottle brought back from Dallas
bottle states "best by 01.20.11"
poured into "Darkness" snifer

Appearance: Great classic porter coloration, dark, letting virtually no light through. Pours with a big head which slowly dissipates, though there is some nice lacing.

Smell: Where freshness may be an issue here, i am getting only a little bit of coffee on the nose. Granted what's there smells great, and is assimilated in the beer nicely. Along with that there is some milk chocolate, bitter cocoa, rich malt, and low hop aroma. I would love to have this beer very fresh to see how big the coffee profile is supposed to be. It seems subdued now, but still a nice asset to the more traditional porter flavors.

Taste: Initially there is the coffee taste, more in the aftertaste than anywhere else. I get a very slight metallic taste along with some small hop bitterness, but mostly coffee, and roasted malt flavors. Where the coffee was lacking on the nose, it seems to be stronger in the taste, along with some definite chocolate tinges.

Mouthfeel: Very thin for a porter; certainly not the slightest bit viscous. The carbonation level is decent, and i think that it's a very balanced coffee porter: no cloying sweetness, nor overly bitter coffee flavors.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, although something which should probably be enjoyed very fresh. It's an easy drinker with nice hints of chocolate and undertones of chocolate, all with a light ABV. I'll certainly drink this again, given the opportunity.

Photo of JMad
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug...

The beer is dark brown with a tight bubbly tan colored head.

I smelled dark and milk chocolate along with roasted coffee beans.

It tasted of toasted caramel malt, coffee, and had a nice lingering bitterness.

The mouthfeel was smooth with a medium body, with a dry finish.

This beer smells great and tastes good, better to drink this one early in the evening.

Photo of mountsnow1010
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a tan fluffy head that recedes quickly leaving behind a fair amount of lacing.
Smells like coffee but with earthy undertones that I have found in most porters. I could be walking through a forest with coffee trees around me.
Tastes like coffee with a bit of earthy roasty malts. The coffee flavor isn't quite as strong as I've experienced in the past with other coffee based beers but it's still nice.
MF - Surprisingly light, thinner than I was expecting. Drys the mouth out a bit too.
DB - This is the most drinkable coffee based beer that I have had thus far, mainly due to MF and ABV.

Not a bad brew but pretty thin bodied, and a bit of a watery taste.

Photo of jmbranum
4.87/5  rDev +23%
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.

Photo of thenewflesh
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark black with a medium head that fades within minutes, leaving very little lacing. Thought it'd be a little thicker.

S: Smells very faintly of coffee, not quite enough for my taste.

T: Hits the tongue with an underwhelming light taste, since I was expecting a harder hitting porter, maybe because of how dark it is. The flavor is there though, coming through with a sour hazelnut taste.

M: Thinner than i expected, but still not bad. Carbonation is at a good level here.

D: Very drinkable. Even though I was hoping for a slightly stronger porter that would accommodate the blistering cold, I'm still glad i picked up this brew.

Photo of obrike
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label says best by 4/5/11...assuming this is a fairly fresh bottle. Got it on sale for $6.99 for a sixer at Round Rock Specs Friday after work.

Pours a dark brown, almost black with a normal head, very little retention...small amount of lace.

Smells of subtle coffee, some dark roasted malts, good...but nothing beyond that

I can taste a bit of the coffee...maybe a touch of chocolate...roasted malts, good, but again, not mind blowing

It's actually a lot thinner than I expected, but certainly quite drinkable. Would probably not go out of my way to by this again at regular price, but well worth the 6.99.

Photo of seeswo
3.09/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a reasonable tan head. Smells very weakly of roast and coffee. To be fair, it says best if consumed by today - acquired in a trade. Anyway, taste is very low-key. It's like a very basic but smooth porter that was dusted with the tiniest bit of coffee. I can only rate what I've got, but this is very basic. No off flavors, so thats good? Very smooth mouthfeel, but thin, and reasonably drinkable, I guess. Very forgettable.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to brewnic for the extra. Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours deep, dark brown with a nice tan head and retains laces very well. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee aromas up front. Espresso, cocoa and "day-old" coffee present in taste. Medium body that fades a bit towards the end. Nice coffee bitter, drying finish that stays with you. Not much sweetness, but a rather good balance throughout. A pleasant surprise for me as I am not a big fan of coffee porter brews.

Photo of deadliest
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Black with a finger of creamy tan head and lacing that totally coats the side of the glass.
Smell - Coffee and cocoa and not much else.
Taste - Coffee and chocolate dominate, a little bit of vanilla, and smoky malts.
Feel - Medium mouthfeel, creamy and smooth.
Drink - Most drinkable porter I've had so far. Can definitely put away a few.

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

A - Pours black with some light coming through around the edges and bottom of the glass.

S - Biscuity malts with some coffee and a touch of prune and cocoa.

T - Sweet malt, coffee and cocoa apparent, this surely has some chocolate malt in it right? The coffee flavor isn't as overpowering as many other brews, it's well balanced by the malt and a light bitterness from both the coffee and hops.

M - Medium in body and fairly heavily carbonated. Fairly dry as well.

D - Pretty tasty, I wouldn't hesitate to pick it up if I ever had access to it.

Shade Grown Coffee Porter from Real Ale Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.