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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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322 Ratings
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Ratings: 322
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 Jasoncpace


4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

11-19-2012 22:38:41 | More by Jasoncpace
Photo of GMB


3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

Real Ale's Shade Grown Coffee Porter, which is brewed with Katz coffee beans, pours a mahogany body that allows some crimson tones to shine through its middle when held against strong light. A slightly vigorous pour produces a massive cappuccino head. I find that Real Ale's beers don't yield much by way of froth. Perhaps I overcompensated a little. Oops?

The nose is not complex, but it is very appealing. Roasted malts and dark roast coffee shine through. Nice and clean.

The taste follows the nose exactly. Real Ale has done a nice job of incorporating an adjunct whose flavor is already suggested by bittering hops and roasted barley malt. The coffee is crisp, clean, and turns the beer's excellently roasted malts' flavors up a notch. But the beer's mouthfeel leaves something to be desired. It's too thin, and doesn't do justice to the richness of flavor that has been achieved here. More malt, perhaps?

Shade Grown Coffee Porter is a beer that I'll be drinking next year, too. But I do hope that by then the folks at Real Ale will produce a more substantial beer that's identical in taste.

10-30-2012 22:37:02 | More by GMB
Photo of bbadger


4/5  rDev +1%

10-30-2012 01:45:36 | More by bbadger
Photo of ChrisKuhns


4/5  rDev +1%

10-25-2012 02:24:37 | More by ChrisKuhns
Photo of beesy


3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by date of 01.15.13 into a rocks glass.

A - pours a medium deep brown with a finger of medium-dark khaki head. Looks fairly clear as it pours.

S - rich chocolates, roasty malts and sweet coffee.

T - coffe is very present throughout but not overwhelming. Starts out with rich milk chocolate notes and finishes with a sweeter caramel profile. Malty throughout.

M - medium bodied

D - easy to drink. Without being too fillin and with a good taste, this bottle almost disappeared before I could finish my review.

Overall, a nice, tasty, easy drinking coffee porter aimenjoyed very much.

10-25-2012 00:14:54 | More by beesy
Photo of acbe


4/5  rDev +1%

10-16-2012 01:38:39 | More by acbe
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4/5  rDev +1%

09-16-2012 19:51:01 | More by jl28r1
Photo of Rejohnson

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

09-09-2012 00:58:47 | More by Rejohnson
Photo of fuzznuts


4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

07-05-2012 13:55:28 | More by fuzznuts
Photo of reyna311


4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

06-19-2012 14:47:20 | More by reyna311
Photo of AndrewK


3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

05-08-2012 05:44:09 | More by AndrewK
Photo of cisteve


3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

04-07-2012 02:03:39 | More by cisteve
Photo of DevilsCups

New York

3.33/5  rDev -15.9%

12oz bottle into a Founders Tulip.

A - The stream out of the bottle is a cola colored pour, but settles a nice black body in the glass. Thin bone-white to tan head. Settles to a nice soapiness layered on top. Standard looking porter.

S - Pretty nice aroma. Nothing outstanding. Milk chocolate with a coffee background. I would imagine a fresh bottler would have a bigger coffee note to it, which would benefit this brew possibly. I'm not too sure, as the milk chocolate notes are pretty nice.

T - Chocolate with a bit of sweetness up front with a slight coffee background. Old bottle, so I would imagine it's faded just like the nose. There's a nice bitterness that's either coming from the hops used or the lasting effect of the coffee. Slight metallic note. Decent.

M - Carbonated like a plain ale. Could use a softer bubble. This would be nice on nitro.

O - Standard issue porter methinks. Nothing outstanding, but a solid regular porter from an up and coming state.

04-05-2012 03:58:21 | More by DevilsCups
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New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -15.9%

a very flat looking pour, dark brown in color. smells of tobacco, coffee, hints of bourbon or vanilla. tastes like cold black 2 day old coffee.. toasted grains, coffee with a hint of sourness. something feels off, but the bottle is as fresh as it gets. feels like a light bodied beer on the mouth, but poured like a medium body. not much carbonation, no head, no lacing - and slightly off flavors.. not great things. i have a 2nd bottle of this, but i'm not sure it's worth it. it wasn't bad, but nothing out of the ordinary.

04-01-2012 05:57:14 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of rab53


3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

03-25-2012 00:40:50 | More by rab53
Photo of amart79


3.95/5  rDev -0.3%

A - Dark Brown/black thin body with a small slight brown tinted head that dissipated as quick as I put the glass down.

S - strong vanilla and coffee bean notes with some maltiness thrown in

T - light coffee and malts, the vanilla is there but just slightly. fell just a bit short of the smell but very close.

M - a little too light for me, i prefer a little heavier body with the low carbonation. Does have some tingling on the palette and smooth on the way down.

03-15-2012 05:08:19 | More by amart79
Photo of ThePorterSorter


4.23/5  rDev +6.8%

Thanks for this bottle matt

The beer pours a deep brown with a finger width of a fluffy, tan head. There's good lacing, but the head falls flat quickly. Aromatics are strong and robust with big notes of chocolate and coffee - although there is relatively minimal roastiniess. Furthermore, there is very little hop/spice or bite from the alcohol.
This beer drinks much like it smells, but also has a certain amount of fruitiness as well. The mouthfeel is better than expected and its medium body matches the beer's inherent richness. The aftertaste left is a slight roastiness and fruitiness. Overall, this is quite a tasty beer that I would definitely drink again. However, it did not blow my socks off, so I probably won't pursue it.

03-08-2012 02:08:39 | More by ThePorterSorter
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2.58/5  rDev -34.8%

Cheers very much to my bro Aaron for bringing this back from a recent trip to Texas. It seems Texan beers are rare in the parts of the US I ever get to visit.

Pours a disappointingly light looking brown colour, with oily hints at the corners. Head forms as a passive slick of film across the top of the glass. Body is also thin and light, but with a pleasing fine bead of carbonation. It's ok, but the negatives draw down the positives leaving it looking pretty average.

Nose is mild with filtered coffee aromas, and a touch of husky malt giving a twinge of grainy sweetness. Other sweet confectionery hints give notes of marshmallows and powdered sugar. It's not very full, and the coffee flavour seems lackadaisically layered on top of a relatively substandard beer otherwise.

Taste is also thin, with weak filtered coffee flavours riding along for the ride, awash a faint watery palate of nothingness. Slight raw beany character towards the back, and a slightly gritty finish like coarse dirt. Eh. Feel is particularly empty, letting even the purported marshmallow sweetness drop away to nothing.

A pretty disappointing brew, all up, and a sad initiation to Texan craft beer as far as I'm concerned. There are two more to come from Aaron's haul, so hopefully there's some redemption there.

03-02-2012 07:27:05 | More by lacqueredmouse
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

02-26-2012 18:22:56 | More by cjtwigger
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2.53/5  rDev -36.1%

Cuvée des Trolls glass
A ~ Pours dark brown with a copper hue. Not much lacing..

S ~ Oatmeal with Brown Sugar, Wheat bread, & Caramel. I'm really not getting any coffee.

T ~ Oatmeal follows through with caramel & brown sugar following right behind. Cappuccino powder...barely. Hops are very mild & earthy. Coffee is so mildly expressed I feel I am not even tasting it. Nice prune notes for what it's worth.

M ~ Nice sweetness, but turns grapey quickly upon warming. Mo roastyness akin to a good Coffee porter. Carbonation is spritzy & doesn't worth with the thin frame of this beer. Faintly grassy.

D ~ Pretty drinkable, yes, but not wroth seeking out. No coffee here. Frankly I'm pretty disappointed. Thanks Brad for the opportunity!

02-22-2012 02:29:02 | More by chocosushi
Photo of Crispy34


3.53/5  rDev -10.9%

I grabbed a bottle from work. I poured it into a pint glass.

A: The beer looks like a nice, dark porter. Has a lasting tan head.

S: Has a very dark and earthy aroma, and coffee as well.

T: The beer starts with the dark malt up front and finishes with the coffee drying out your palate, making you automatically wanting another sip.

M: A nice feel to it. A little body to the brew. The dry feeling could be a little lighter at the end.

O: Real Ale did a good job of describing this beer with the title.
It tastes very much like a porter with coffee in it. I wish the coffee would have blended a little better so the actual malt could show through more. A decent brew that gives you what it says it will.

02-21-2012 23:52:14 | More by Crispy34
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3.8/5  rDev -4%

Got this one in a trade. 12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by 2/2/2012. Pours slightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a nice fairly dense 2 finger khaki head with good retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, coffee, and light herbal hops. Nice and well balanced aromas with decent strength. Taste of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, toast, caramel, and light herbal hops. Slight bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, and rasted malts on the finish for a bit. Good balance of flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Very easy and smooth to drink; with hardly any alcohol warming present for 5.6%. Overall this is a nice and enjoyable porter offering. This one was past best by date, but maybe if it was fresher the coffee would be more prominent.

02-20-2012 02:59:06 | More by superspak
Photo of garyford


3/5  rDev -24.2%

02-15-2012 21:22:13 | More by garyford
Photo of ChaseTheAce


3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

02-15-2012 04:39:09 | More by ChaseTheAce
Photo of mgoode


4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

02-15-2012 02:12:01 | More by mgoode
Shade Grown Coffee Porter from Real Ale Brewing Company
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