Coffee Porter - Real Ale Brewing Company
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Reviews by Gueuzedude:
4.16/5 rDev +9.8%
Sampled at the Hay Merchant, Houston TX; April 2012
The beer arrives from the tap with a half-finger thick, lightly brown tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a blackish, concentrated brown color that shows a clear brown / red-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma is sweet and rich, much more so than I was expecting at this strength. There are some really interesting notes of licorice, coffee liquor, hints of cinnamon and molasses that add an extra dimension to what would could have been a standard coffee porter.
The flavor has a touch of sweetness to it, which couples with lots of licorice notes. The finish has a bitter and roasted coffee note to it that is well represented; this is much more complex than roast malt coffee notes could ever be. The flavor is again spicy with the following notes, licorice, cinnamon, an earthiness, as well as some woody touches. Food dries out the flavor of this beer considerably; the coffee also fades, but the fine spice character is still quite present. The body has a richness that defies the alcohol percentage; it is not so rich that it doesn’t stay quite quaffable, but it definitely lightens up with the food too. Other flavors of molasses, burnt caramel, and lots of roasted nutty notes add to the malt complexity found in this beer.
This is way more interesting and rich than I expected. It is really quite tasty and Unique even. I am really happy that I decided to try this on a lark.
09-30-2013 02:35:17 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.5/5 rDev +18.7%
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.
12-01-2013 02:35:14 | More by Caj1
Coffee Porter from Real Ale Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.