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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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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:
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(Beer added by: assurbanipaul on 12-07-2003)
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5/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2008 02:55:49 | More by beerdiablo
Photo of goochpunch


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

In the dark corner of the Houston Gingerman, this beer almost appeared black with a mocha head that had solid retention. Smell is big on coffee, of course, that mixes well with the roasted malts. Some underlying chocolate and toffee are present. Has a pleasant ashiness in the nose. Taste doesn't skimp on the coffee, but I never feel it overpowers the base beer like some other coffee porters/stouts I've had. While it is strong, it works more as an accent rather than taking the center stage. Has a nice dryness and astringency in the finish. My overall complaint was the relative thinness to the flavors as they seemed to die out towards the finish rather than lingering on. Mouthfeel is slightly lighter than moderate in the weight of the body. Carbonation is a bit lively, but not spritzy. Really good drinkablility. Real Ale's best offering, I would say.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2007 22:45:58 | More by goochpunch
Photo of jasonjlewis


4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2007 02:17:27 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of Pegasus


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

Appearance: Stark obsidian in color with a large tan head, and thick, scattered lacing.

Aroma: Rich coffee and bitter cocoa notes, with undertones of roasted barley.

Taste: Coffee and strong cacao flavors dominate the taste from start to finish. Later in the taste, dark, roasted barley notes appear. The is a faint, but noticeable herbal hop presence at the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth and quite full, soft and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A superbly-crafted and very drinkable beer, particularly appealing as a cold-weather beer.

Sampled on tap at Uncle Billy's in Austin, Texas on October 13th, 2007.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2007 12:58:53 | More by Pegasus
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North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a dark coffee brown color with ruby highlights and a foamy beige head that holds well and leaves sheets of lace down the glass

Smell: Roasted malt with plenty of black coffee aromatics

Taste: Roasted malt and dark bread up front with coffee flavor joining, mid-palate; after the swallow, the coffee tones persist although there is an odd mouth-puckering acidity to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A nice porter with good coffee elements but I wasn't as crazy about it as some other reviewers

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2007 04:38:03 | More by brentk56
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4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2007 00:22:51 | More by Washburne
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4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2007 06:13:30 | More by AlesRTasty
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4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2007 00:22:40 | More by dungaree
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4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2006 07:32:52 | More by chadspivey
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North Carolina

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

Tried this out as part of the best flight of beers I've ever experienced at the Flying Saucer in Addison, Texas. Definetly a local beer that I would not get the chance to try to often. Unlike other coffee/mocha porters, this one comes through with its taste and smell like real coffee beans. Couldn't be session beer and would probably not buy a sixer of this, but pretty good nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2006 23:43:17 | More by Backer2004
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4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
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

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2005 05:14:54 | More by HardTarget
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer arrived on the table black with a translucent quality and a white frothy head which rose tall and fell slowly to coat the glass.

The aroma was strong chocolate and coffee with expresso, caramel and dark fruit aromas thrown in for good measure and added complexity.

The flavor was chocolate and coffee and some roasty expresso flavors. Also present was a light caramel maltiness, but the beer was never sweet.

The finish was dry with lasting chocolate and expresso into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was medium and just almost a bit on the thin side. This was a darn nice porter, someone let me know when the throw this in a bottle.

Draft at Flying Saucer in San Antonio.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2005 16:47:58 | More by GCBrewingCo
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4.88/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2005 15:02:30 | More by maxwere
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4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is almost black with practically no head. The aroma is strong and rich. Initially the smell seemed to be that of a standard chocolatey porter, but soon a rich roasted coffee aroma dashes in and adds a nice complexity to the mix. The taste is much more of the same, a great porter flavor enhanced by an intense roast flavor. Also I sampled this off a newly tapped keg and was rewarded with a very fresh sample. Shade Grown Coffee Porter is too smooth and tasty not to get high drinkability marks from me. Get this on-tap while you can and if you know anyone at Real Ale tell them that this beer is too great not to be available in bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2005 19:00:54 | More by Gagnonsux
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4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2005 03:00:30 | More by Morris729
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New York

4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2004 02:56:55 | More by kbub6f
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North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2004 17:23:19 | More by kindestcut
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4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - I had this on tap at San Antonio Hombrew Supply. The beer is dark, dark brown, and just a touch of light makes it through. I can see just a bit of deep red tint to the beer. Small head sticks with the beer to the last drop.

Smell - The beer smells awesome. A strong roasty coffee aroma supplemented with malt fills my nose. No hop aroma is present.

Taste - Outstanding. The beer has deep malty flavor, which couples nicely with the malt. I cannot detect hops, which is good because the roasty coffee flavor is the highlight of this beer.

Mouthfeel - This beer is nice and thick. Usually, mouthfeel this substantial is reserved for big beers. I guess that this probably is a pretty big beer.

Drinkability - Smooth, yet fulfilling. It is easy to forget that your are drinking a beer while you are sipping away at this one. Because this beer is so heavy, I can only drink one or two. This is not normally what I have come to expect from porters.

Comments - This beer outshines other Real Ale Brewing Company beers that I have sampled. This beer is highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2004 02:37:09 | More by mgdeth
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4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A dark temptress of a pour, allowing only minimal light through with slight ruby tints at the edges. The head doesn't last long but the nose comes through with the strong aroma of espresso and malt.

The taste is dark coffee first, followed by the maltiness and burgundy character of the porter as it offsets the bitterness. A good blend keeping the coffee flavors at bay, not as overpowering as one would expect. Rich, dark porter highlights in the finish. Don't know if it's intentional but I picked up some cocoa flavors, also.

Mouthfeel is heavy, limiting its drinkability. If you're accustomed to an after-dinner coffee, this makes a marvelous substitution.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2003 17:48:57 | More by assurbanipaul
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Shade Grown Coffee Porter from Real Ale Brewing Company
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