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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 Ineedabeerhere
3.14/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mhewes for this extra in a recent trade. How did you know I love coffee beers? From notes.

Pours brown with some red highlights. 2 finger light cocoa colored head falls to nothing, no lacing or retention.

Aromatic coffee beans were apparent as I poured the bottled into my tulip. Very clean coffee aroma, not real edge or bite to it. Light chocolate malts and hints of dark chocolate.

Taste is kind of underwhelming. Synthetic coffee flavor, slight bitterness from the roast. Faint chocolate. This combined with the watery mouthfeel that was lacking substance was a bit of a disappointment.

Easy enough to drink, and I really wanted to like it, but there are a lot of better coffee beers out there. One and done.

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

I got this from JJFoodie and boy, am I glad he lives near this brewery I'd never heard of until we started trading.

This brew pours out a deep, dark brown with some clarity in the light brown highlights. A light brown head sits stiffly at one finger for a long time and leaves moderate lacing on the glass.
The aroma is strongly of roasted malt with smooth roasted coffee with a note of bittersweet, caramel and a creamy sort of sweetness.
The flavor is not as much like drinking black coffee straight up as coffee with creamer; much of the harshness, acidity or astringency that marks some coffee brews are blessedly absent here, making this one smooth and very enjoyable, especially with the flavors of cocoa and caramel rounding it out and a roasted grains flavor underneath, finishing with a light hops flavor to really even it all out.
The body begins rich and smooth in a full body, not losing much of that character even in a dry finish.
This is a great coffee porter.

Photo of Arbitrator
2.25/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Chilled 12oz bottle into a glass. A generous extra from MiguelMandingo. Thanks Mike!

A: Pours a clear, but dark, brown body that is more translucent than expected against the light. Despite a vigorous pour, the light beige head is weak and barely rises to half a finger of thickness. It immediately collapses back into a collar and a thin scattered film on top of the brew.

S: Coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate. Not a bad smell, but it took some agitation to bring it out.

T: Nutty bittersweet chocolate, mild roasted malt, and coffee. Even though I'm not a huge fan of coffee stouts, this is fairly well integrated into the main flavor and it complements the rest of the porter nicely. Except in the finish, where it becomes vegetal and disharmonious. However, after I let it warm above optimal drinking temperature, it becomes less vegetal and the roast comes out more to cover up the coffee's finish. It's not terrible, but it's not good.

M: Light-medium bodied, with low carbonation.

D: I hear these guys just started bottling their beers, so I hope to try more from them in the future. Right now I think this isn't worth getting again.

Photo of Mauerhan
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

cracked open a bit below room temp. dark brown with some lighter highlights. small tan head that falls flat quickly leaving little if no lacing.

smell is thin hints of watered down old coffee grounds. decent smell. nothing crazy but nice. as it warms it reminds me of an english brown. slightly nutty wih some sweetness. almost a candied walnuts.

taste is very thin. watery coffee dominates the mouth. nutty finish. good not great. alright to drink but I dont think I would visit again

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

Acquired from gramatton so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!!

A: This beer pours a deep dark brown with some light passing through on the edges creating lighter brown hues just around the edges when held to the light. 1/4 inch of light brown head with a rigorous pour and recedes rapidly.

S: Nose is of coffee, roasted malts, and dark chocolate.

T: Taste is starts with a bitter dark chocolate, moving to a middle filled with roasted and a hint of burnt malts, and this finish is nothing but coffee bitterness.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, nice thick and creamy feel with a sticky finish.

D: Highly drinkable, nice blend of flavors, decent sessionable beer!

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

A: Dark, like a good porter or stout should be.

S: Obviously coffee, but it's definitely got sweet undertones that are not from the coffee.

T: Coffee, dark chocolate, etc.

M: Great mouthfeel. Solid balance of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. I'm not fighting myself to stop taking sips deep into the glass (sometimes rare for me with stouts/porters!)

Photo of natelocc787
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had high hopes for this local brew. The smell was there-all brown sugar, supreme coffee and roasted malt character but it was thin and watery. Not too many porters I've tried SMELL this watery. Tastes of fresh coffee beans, roasted black malt and molasses.The taste was better, more flavor to it but as it warmed it became devoid of flavor and quality mouthfeel character. Often the sign of a bad beer is it goes flat and flavorless as it warms. Drink this one cold.

Photo of Sean9689
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pored from 12oz bottle into nonic.

A - Black, off-white cream colored head. Half a fingers worth of head, no lacing or rentention. A small ring around the side of the glass is all that visible.

S - Coffee beans, dark chocolate, roasted nuts.

T - Similar to nose with a little more bitterness.

M - Medium, good carbonation, creamy finish.

D - A great coffee porter, but the Stone Collab is better.

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

Appearance: An exceedingly dark maroon body with crimson highlights. Up top, a finger of somewhat slow-to-form tan head that leaves moderate lacing.

Aroma: Medium-roasted coffee notes dominate, but you can find some sweet, traditional Porter tones underneath.

Taste: Once again, the focus is on the mildly bitter, roasty coffee flavors. Once you push past all of the coffee, you find a solid Porter base with plenty of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Roasted malt and coffee with just a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth with good carbonation.

Drinkability: A nicely quaffable Porter, this is something you can order again and again.

Verdict: Coffee Porter is a tasty coffee-based beer (though hardly a coffee-bomb) that's easy to drink. I'm glad to see the Real Ale lineup expanding on the shelves, and can't wait to see what the boys in Blanco come up with for us next.

Photo of TexIndy
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of 12/29/09 on back label. It was a dark brown color with mahogany edges. It had an average sized tan head that settled into a collar and thin film. Some sticky tan lace. No visible carb.

The aroma was heavy on bitter coffee as expected with some roasted and sweet malts as well. The taste was also dominated by the coffee with not much else getting thru. It's a coffee porter so you expect the coffee to be dominant but it could have used a little more malt balance to improve the overall flavor. Without it, the acidity from the coffee gets distracting. The best coffee beer balance it with some roasted or chocolate malts. Mouthfeel was watery with no carbonation.

Overall, it's a really good coffee beer that could be great if it had a little more malt balance to it. Worth trying and I do recommend if you can easily get. Rotation: avail here-seasonal. The sixer is enough for me in bottles. Would try at least once on tap.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks go out to my man Daniel (stopbarking) for this one out of a box of real gems.

Pours a clear dark ruby brown with a light tan head that retains very well leaving nice lacing.

Nose is weaker than i expected on the coffee front, its in there, but roasted malt makes its presence known first.

Hmmm. Definitely not the coffee bomb i was expecting, but aside from that, this is an excellent porter! Great roasted malt profile with an excellent creamy presence through the middle. The finish is nice and sharp without being too bitter or chalky, and great roasted malt lingers in the aftertaste. The coffee is definitely used as an accent here (think coconut in coconut porter) rather than a focal point of the brew. There's something to be said for subtelty and i like the way this is done. I like coffee bombs too, but this is an excellent porter aside from any adjuncts.

Mouthfeel is a touch thin, but not bad. Carbonation is dead on, and i like the mouthfeel on the finish.

Drinkability is quite solid. Could probably put away a sixer of these with ease. Another advantage of it not being a total coffee bomb.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. The coffee is a nice accent rather than a dominant face raping java joust. Which will be somewhat offputting for those looking for a cup o joe breakfast beer, but if you stop and think about the fact that this is a coffee PORTER, and that there is something to be said for the subtle end of the spectrum, you will realize that this is a very nice porter. Recommended.

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

A: A dark brown with a finger of tan colored head. The head dies down very quickly.

S: The aromas are not too strong, I was expecting it to pop a little more. There are some roasted malt and coffee flavors with some noble hop.

T: A nice, earthy roasted malt and coffee flavor. It is borderline acidic and bitter from the roasted malt and coffee, but has a nice flavor. There is a good floral hop flavor in there too. The finish is tangy and bitter with all the flavors lingering.

M: Definitely on the light and watery side with hardly any carbonation, but I'm a coffee drinker so it is ok with me.

D: A very pleasant flavor with a light body makes this drinkable, but I wouldn't drink too many or you may get a little wired.

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

A balanced porter.

it has a dark barely see through color and a quickly dissipating caramel head. smells great of coffee.
Tastes like roasted malts a bit of a hoppy note. The coffee is strong and delicious.
Low carbonation but works.

I would love to head to the Ginger Man and try it on tap.

Photo of sprucetip
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes. On cask at Ginger Man in Austin. Dark, almost black with ruby highlights, fluffy and creamy tan head, great retention, some lacing. SMELL is weak. Some coffee, sweet and malty, bit roasty. TASTE mildly roast, lightly coffee and chocolate. Mellow, smooth, balanced. But nothing really stands out and distinguishes it. FEEL very creamy and silky smooth, thin side of medium body. OVERALL Wicked smooth and easy drinking, if not exceptionally complex or unique.

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

Real Ale Coffee Porter pours beautifully with a rich dark brown body, along with a thin mocha lacing. Aroma is strongly roasted, with coffee taking the main stage.

Dark roasted coffee beans predominantly dominates the palate. Rich, earthy, and bitter. The complexity of the malts, twisted with the coffee is wonderful. The richness, earthiness, and bitterness - all blend together and truly produce something special here. Finishes with a dry roasted bitterness, and excellent balance thanks to a nice touch of citrus hops.

Top-echelon Porter right here folks. One of my favorite Porters, dangerously addictive - along with being one of the best coffee beers overall as well, oh yeah, and my favorite Real Ale beer.
Highly recommended!

Photo of Mora2000
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of gramatton
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Sam Smith's nonic Pint.

Jet black with a ruby hugh around the edges. Nice 2 finger rocky tan head, decent retention, slowly disappates and leaves some nice lace.

Smells of black coffee and hints of toasted bread. The coffee is very strong, but underneath is a hint of malt.

Taste is similiar to the smell, nice big hit of black coffee, which leads into what could be toasted malt. Big roasted taste without even a hint of alcohol. Coffee taste is very prevalent but not over powering. Very balanced I think.

Nice mouthfeel, a little thinner than I thought it would be, but still nice smooth.

Overall a very nice brew in my opinion. A brew like this really puts other Texas breweries to shame. Real Ale keep up the good work.

Photo of Riccymon
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a thin, nearly opaque black with almost no head. Smell is a sharp but appealing black coffee note and a little bit of toasted rye bread. Absolutely what I'm looking for in a coffee beer.

The flavors in Coffee Porter add another dimension in the form of some hops. Not so much hops that you lose sight of this being a smokey, toasty porter, fortunately. The cold, black coffee flavor is dominant, which is a good thing, and is accompanied by a flavor of peanuts. Porters always have me tasting peanuts.

Coffee Porter is medium-bodied; seems to style and makes the beer pretty drinkable, though something in me wants a little more body. An astringent aftertaste enters at the finish, stemming from the coffee. All in all, one of the most satisfying porters I've had, and one of the best coffee beers I've had so far. I'd love to see Coffee Porter become a year-round offering.

Photo of Lemon
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice dark color. Mostly black with hints of dark browns when held up to the light.

S- As expected from the name, scents of coffee. A little roasted malts, mostly covered by the coffee scent.

T- Good coffee flavor. Undertone of hops which blends nicely with the coffee. Slight roasted flavor to compliments the coffee.

M- Nice and smooth. Feels light with a full bodied flavor.

D- Very enjoyable... would like just a little more coffee flavor but would still get this again. I'd definitely like to try this on draught.

Photo of hiikeeba
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours up a opaque back with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - Smells of coffee and roast malts. Very appetizing.

T - Starts with cream notes, with coffee notes coming through and hops at the finish.

M - Medium bodied

D - Just the perfect amount of coffee and roast flavor make this a drinkable beer. It has replaced Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stout as my favorite beer.

Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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

22 oz hand bottled bomber. Thanks to Deuane for splitting this. I believe he received this in a recent BIF. Poured into a snifter.

Pours black with a thin head of mocha colored foam. Great looking flareup leaves some nice patchy lace back. It takes some aggressive swirling at first but I finally get a nice enough release of roasty coffee character. It's not overly burnt or acrid smelling, with the overall bouquet coming off as more sweet in the nature, thanks to some backing notes of caramel and chocolate.

The taste gives it up much easier, with a largely toasty feel, courtesy of coffee and roasted malts. The coffee character seems to have a pleasant fresh aspect to it, with more mellow notes of chocolate and toffee sweetness balancing out some of the bitterness and light astringency in the back. The mouthfeel is lighter medium feeling with a softer carbonation that gives the flavors an easy flowing feel.

Not much to complain about here. This was a solidly done Coffee Porter, with some nice roasty accents and balancing sweetness. An easygoing body helped this one go down well. I've been wanting to try this one for a while and for the most part, it didn't disappoint.

Photo of PDXHops
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to goatgoat for this Texas treat.

Although it was tapped a week ago, there's still plenty of carbonation left based on the hiss. Nice looking very dark brown body with ruby highlights. About a finger's worth of cream colored head. The head mostly disappears after a couple of minutes, but there is some lacing.

Nice dark malt and coffee nose. Not acrid, bitter coffee, but pleasant "lotsa cream, lotsa sugar" coffee.

In the mouth, the coffee is also pleasant and not dominant. There's some general sweetness, chocolate and vanilla in the background, and also a nice dark malt backbone.

Mouthfeel's a bit on the thin side. Moderate carbonation.

Overall impression: Very enjoyable and drinkable porter. This is my idea of a good coffee beer; the coffee is definitely present, but doesn't overwhelm everything else.

Photo of spaceycasey
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.26/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 1/15/2007 (Tap @ Alamo Drafthouse West Oaks, Houston, TX):

Pours a dark brown/black colored body, with a small head, off-white in color. Has a strong aroma of coffee, and some malts. Has a watery palate, and a coffee taste, but not too strong. Good taste, roasted.

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