Coffee Porter - Real Ale Brewing Company
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Reviews by Caj1:
4.5/5 rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Boy I'm a sucker for two things: dark ales and good home state beers, and this coffee porter from Real Ale Brewing Company (based in Blanco, TX) is really one of the better beers I've had, both from this microbrewer and in general.
The beer (after a hard pour) exhibits a dark tan head of about a finger that, while not lasting particularly long, leaves quite decent lacing both on the surface of the beer and on the side of the glass. The beer itself is black. Not brown, not mahogany, not dark ruby, but black, and when held to a light source it barely allows any light through. What little carbonation I could see through this opaque brute of a beer is quite vigorous.
The smell is extremely pronounced, and a few things are readily apparent -- the coffee of course, some earthy smell from the roasted malt and the hops, and a nice toffee/burnt sugar scent. The flavor is robust and well balanced, and extremely tasty. Again, coffee is prominent, but without smothering the other flavors, and its acidic and astringent qualities work quite well with the hops, of which there are more than I anticipated. Dark chocolate and burnt toast are both here in decent quantities, and the flavor rounds out after the sip to a nice sweet and bitter contrast. The mouthfeel is superb -- full, creamy and rich, sorta like drinking liquified toasted bread.
Overall there aren't a lot of places this beer could improve, and of the brews I've had from this company, this one beats all of them. Do yourself a favor and pick up a six pack today.
Serving type: bottle
12-01-2013 02:35:14 | More by Caj1
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2.93/5 rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pry-off pressure cap and generally appealing vaguely '70s-esque label acquired at my local H-E-B grocery and served into an Avery stem-tulip in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given the brewery. Reviewed as a porter for obvious reasons.
Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a half-finger wide head of khaki colour. Disappointingly thin. Lacks creaminess and frothiness. Head retention is poor - it doesn't even last 30 seconds. No real lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.
Body colour is a predictable opaque solid black. No yeast particles/sediment is visible. Appears adequately carbonated.
Overall, it's pretty basic for a porter. Far from unique or special. I'm pessimistic.
Sm: Dark malts, muted bland coffee, licorice/anise, and a pat of cinnamon/nutmeg. It's a pretty boring aroma for a porter - let alone a coffee porter.
No yeast character, hop character, or alcohol is detectable.
There's very little going on here. It's an inoffensive aroma of average strength. I do like the light touches of burnt sugar and earthy coffee, but there's otherwise little of note here.
T: There's some coffee character with some earthiness and light bitterness, but it lacks a distinct roasty or creamy or otherwise noticeable taste that would set it apart. Generic dark malts. Light cream. A kiss of burnt sugar. Buried caramel. Brown sugar.
Overall, there just isn't much happening here. Shallow depth of flavour, below average intensity of flavour, average duration of flavour. Painfully simple and boring. Doesn't have any subtlety, nuance, or intricacy whatsoever. Has a loose cohesion, but it's far from gestalt. Decent balance I guess. Very underwhelming for a porter flavour profile overall. The coffee is a huge disappointment too.
No hop profile, alcohol, or yeast character comes through. There are no egregious off flavours.
Mf: It actually has some coarseness and dryness on the climax, which holds it back from the traditional smooth/wet feel of a porter. Medium-bodied, with mild weight on the palate. I'd say overall presence on the palate is underwhelming. Lacks punch. It's decently carbonated. This texture just isn't good for the style. I even pick up on some mild astringency.
Not oily, gushed, hot, or boozy.
Dr: Drinkable, sure, but also rather bland. If you're going to brew a coffee porter, bring the coffee. This is neither a very good porter nor a very good coffee ale. I see no need to buy it again, and continue to be largely unimpressed with Real Ale's mainstream offerings. Not worth trying. Very mediocre. It's the kind of underwhelming beer you'd expect to find in a Sam Adams winter variety box.
I will say it gets better as it warms.
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2014 02:12:52 | More by kojevergas
Coffee Porter from Real Ale Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.