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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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Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Fall

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Added by assurbanipaul on 12-07-2003

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Reviews: 196 | Ratings: 357
Photo of frenchblood21
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- A beautiful deep dark brown. Cream colored head that disappears quickly.

Smell- Coffee and chocolate in that order. Almost smells like root beer.

Taste- You can taste the coffee right up front. Maybe some dark bitter chocolate. Hints of roasted malt too. Alcohol sugar comes in on the back-end.

Mouthfeel- Really nice mouthfeel. Exactly how a porter should go down. Not as thin as an IPA, but not as thick as an Russian Imperial stout.

Overall- A great seasonal beer from a good brewery. Grab some if you still can, but drink them ASAP. These won't taste good for long.

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Photo of DavidST
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, best before 2.2.12. This pours a dark brown, almost black with a nice tan head with low retention. The smell is a little lighter than expected, some roasted malts and coffee. The feel is medium, taste is light also, some roasted malts and coffee, good but a little disappointing.

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

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams glass. Pours like cola with minimal head and lacing. Light coffee and toffee aromas. Taste some coffee and chocolate notes with sweet roasted malt. Finish is very dry but seems flat and thin. Would like to see more robust flavoring with this one - not bad but not great either.

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Photo of jkanavel
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, clear, bubbly, reddish around the edges. Weak head, no retention whatsoever.

S: Pretty standard given the addition of coffee in the brew.

T: VERY dry, this is not a sweet porter. Smooth vanilla, bitter-sweet chocolate notes, definantly some nice coffee, but more like a french press coffee than an espresso. Not sure what degree of roasted the added coffee was.
Acid levels are WAY to high in this beer. After the first bottle I was done. No question about it. It left a sour gas station coffee flavor lingering on the back of my tongue.

M: Effervescent. Really highly carbonated. Thin, kind of water.

O: This beer tastes good on the front of the palate. Pretty good indeed, everything else about it falls flat imho. I try to drink local often, but this is just not what I want representing Texas's contribution to brewing. There's always Rahr and St. Arnolds...

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Photo of elNopalero
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt brown-slash-ruddy amber color with thin lacing.
There’s a lot of light-yet-roasty notes in the aroma. Some coffee flavor but it’s not overpowering. The roasty notes hold up while sipping. A pleasing warming porter with coffee? Pour me another, por favor.

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Photo of harrymel
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 01FEB12

A: pours brownish black with under a finger of off-white foam which falls quickly to a central cap and rim. Dark. No lace.
S: smells like coffee (not as strongly as I would have thought), and like a dry porter. Some toasted malts, some soil, a little nuttiness.
T: The coffee takes second seat on this beer. The porter is very nutty, almost a burnt cashew tone with some vegetal tones. the coffee comes back around, but in a sweet sense. Finish is a little gauzy. Has a nice creamy taste to it as well.
M: Medium bodied with lower carb. Gives it a full bodied feel without feeling heavy or burdensome. Semi dry finish.
O: Pretty good, as a coffee porter, I would suggest, but as a porter, I would offer as a decent example.

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Photo of eye2
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with very dark amber hints when the light hits it. Looks a lot like cola. Zero head. Zero bubbles percolating up from the bottom

S: Smells like good roasted coffee.

T: Superb. Strong coffee taste and bitter sweet.

MF: Perfect carbonation (even though it appears not to have any). Warm from the alcohol.

Overall: Top-Notch. Recommended.

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Photo of zdk9
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours black with some black walnut highlights. About a finger of uniform cocoa head and lots of pocadot lacing.

S- Heavily roasted nuts- almonds, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts; fresh coffee grounds;

T- Bits of dark sweetness poke around lots of roast and coffee. A hefty amount of coffee and a hefty amount of sweetness leading to a nice balanced and complex pas de deuz of a taste.

M- Nothing too strong in terms of bitterness or sweetness, so it goes down nicely.

O- A very nice roasty porter with sweet and bitter notes throughout along with a coffee flavor that invites but doesn't overwhelm.

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Photo of kbuzz
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my trusty snifter. Stamped with a best by date of 1-25-12. Wish I had a bottled on date - I'll drink some and cellar some and tell YOU when it's "best by".

A: Pours a dark brown color with mahogany highlights. A half finger head dissipates to a thin rim of off white bubbles. Nice lacing.

S: Tons of coffee and smokiness. In the backdrop you get some roastiness, but not a lot.

T: Smoke, pork and coffee again. Except in the taste there's more roastiness. Very sweet, but not cloying. Some caramel, some brown sugar. A very floral hop presence as well. The coffee isn't necessarily a dark, bitter, espresso quality. More of a "standard" coffee taste. And the dominant flavor is that pork/smokiness.

M: This is medium bodied, but there's a pleasant creaminess in the texture that helps it to coat the mouth.

O: Not bad. The coffee isn't as prominant in the taste as I'd prefer from something labeled a coffee porter. I'd almost call this a smoked porter actually. The mouthfeel is something to build off of for sure. A solid effort and I like that the ABV is slightly higher than most porters tend to be.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark cola colour, with a nice tan head that fades before long, but leaves nice lacing as I drink.

The smell isn't quite what I had first anticipated, it's a little sweeter on the nose than I had been expecting. You can smell the cocoa and coffee beans, but not overwhelmingly. There's a thing roastiness to it.

It's a tasty beer. Follows the themes of the nose with the roasty chocolate and coffee being predominant. A little burnt on the back end, and a hint of the hops that must be in there somewhere.

Not quite as full bodied as I had expected, but that's not to say that it's thin or watery, just not as round and chewy as I had (for some reason) imagined. Good carbonation, but ends up being a bit filling for what it is.

I enjoyed this beer. Sorry, this is Texas, so I enjoyed this 'ale.' Sadly it's not available in my area (I picked it up on a trip to Houston to bring back), so I probably won't be able to try it again anytime soon. If not for the restriction of availability I could see myself drinking it semi-regularly. Definitely my favourite from what I've had of Real's brews. Check it out if it's in your area.

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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 doughanson78
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to bhollas for this one.

A: Black, but not super black. No light gets through. Half finger creamy tan head with alright retention and pretty good lacing.

S: Roasted malt is the dominate aroma, but its not huge. Nice milk chocolate behind the roastiness. Maybe a touch of of vanilla. Coffee is very light and almost non-existent.

T: Milk chocolate upfront. Roasted malts come through next, but sort of light. Again not much coffee at all.

M: Medium light body. A touch on the thin side for me. Light carbonation. Medium creaminess.

O: A decent porter. Doesn't hang with the big boys, but good for a small local brewery. Very drinkable.

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Photo of imasloth
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Couple of beers this afternoon and I was feeling sleepy ... so I cracked this one! :)

A- Dark brown with the slightest reddish color around the edges (not entirely opaque). Poured hard into a snifter and gave a finger's width head which is now a light dusting over the top of the beer. Carbonation appears low. Light lacing.

S- Mostly malt with a light coffee in the background. (I'm from Austin but have never had Katz' coffee and can't speak to its quality. I go Third Coast.)

T- Great bitterness, with the chocolatey malt to follow. The coffee is rather subdued, but noticeable and delightful. Slightest hop bitterness.

M- Good rich body, with a nice bitterness and the secondary feel of alcohol.

O- I think the total is greater than the sum of its part (and I privilege taste over all else). This beer tastes great and I'd pick up a sixer if in the mood for a dark beer.

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Photo of bayougutter
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a snifter and it produced a one inch off white head with little lacing. Dark brown in color with a little red coming thru with the aid of light. Head didn't stay around long.

Smell is sweet malts, chocolate, cocoa, prunes, and a hint of coffee. While the aroma is inviting it's a little muted.

The taste is just about what the aroma suggests only a little bolder with a little more of the coffee on the finish. Malt profile comes thru as well as the chocolate/cocoa. Nice balanced taste.

Mouthfeel is full and a little on the creamy side for a porter but lacked carbination at the end of the drink.

Overall I enjoyed this one and would say it is worthy of a try if you get a chance.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours dark brown with a light tan head.

S- aromas of hershy chocolate with a hint of coffee bean.

T- flavor follows the nose with milk chocolate and a touch of coffee bean on the finish.

MF- smooth creamy mouthfeel with a medium body and average carbonation.

D- very drinkable

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Photo of HosP
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wife opened this up and let me have a bit of it. Poured 12 oz into Tremens snifter.

A- Pours dark brown, almost black other than the light coming through around the edges. Very thin light brown head. Very quick retention to it.

S- Gives off a chocolate aroma at first, subtle coffee notes follow. Not much else from the nose really. Maybe some roasted notes at the end.

T- Upfront there is a sweet vanilla, chocolate flavor. Quickly moves to a thin coffee flavor. Get some of the roasted coffee, malt flavors at the end the round out the beer nice.

M- Medium body with good carbonation. Thin in the mouth.

O- Nice coffee flavors that leave you knowing it was coffee. A little on the thin side like a porter would be. Still a nice coffee porter for sure. Wife loved it, so that is all that matters.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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, glad I had a chance to try this one.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Live review of a 12 oz bottle, best by 01/26/11.
A: Dark brown with a dark tan collar/film/lacing.
S: Dark caramel and almonds, latte, bananas, milk chocolate, green hops in the finish.
T: Metallic green lingering finish, toffee and caramel mix with a mildly roasted coffee, and almond.
M: Lighter with a decent froth, it feels a little thin.
O: Decent. I might order it on tap occasionally if it was available here.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to optimator13 for sending me this one during The Small Aquatic Mammal BIF '11! Best before date 02.09.11. Sereved from bottle into a Warsteiner mug. Poured a deep reddish brown with a two finger khaki colored head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, coffee, and chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, milk chocolate, subtle roasted malt, and slight coffee. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The flavor on this one was pretty nice, but could have been a little more intense. The aroma was good too, but as with the flavor could have been more robust. Really glad I got the chance to try this one. Definitely suggest you do the same.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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

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Photo of AgentZero
3.38/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of gnemesis
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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