Coffee Porter - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Coffee PorterCoffee Porter

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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 2
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: cpetrone84 on 03-21-2012

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Reviews by ranger7:
Photo of ranger7
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a custom 6-pack from World Market.
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Very dark with a thin tan head.

S - Smells exactly like a chocolate malt, which is never a bad thing.

T - More of a chocolate taste, not much coffee at all.

M - Good aftertaste: more chocolate, and a hint of coffee.

Summary - Very nice Porter, I really enjoyed it. More chocolate than I was expecting, but it is not overpowering and works nicely with the malt. As a side note, I noticed that the longer this brew sits in the glass, the more it tastes like a mocha coffee and less like a chocolate malt. So either way, if you let it sit or drink it right away, you'll enjoy it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Caj1
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Photo of genitempo
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from bottle to pint glass, flows easily, leaving minimal off-white head, minimal lace. Depending on the light, the color varies. It sits as a dark chocolate color. In the light, it becomes markedly transparent on the periphery.

S - Katz Coffee Company did a great job of pushing their product into the nose. The strength of this beer comes from that roasted coffee and chocolate smell. Much Like the Sputnik from Austin Beer Works.

T - Unfortunately, that robust Coffee-flavor doesn't show its face as much on the palate. Although present, it takes a backseat to the caramel/malt flavor that is in your standard porter recipe. Don't get me wrong, it's there, but doesn't live up to the aroma. Still tasty though.

MF - Minimal silk, minimal carbonation. Classic porter style.

O - This beer is the progeny of a cup of hot coffee and Anchor Porter. It takes all the characteristics of a classic Porter Recipe, and incorporates a solid coffee flavor. Being a big coffee drinker, I have to say, I crave more coffee from this beer (which does show up as the beer warms, hint hint). That being said, I enjoyed the Coffee Porter, but when I want coffee in my beer, I want COFFEE in my beer.

Photo of brurevu
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours an opaque black with a small tan head and an aroma of chocolate and coffee. The taste has a nice hint of coffee with some chocolate and roasted malt. The coffee is subtle and adds a nice smooth balance to the porter. This is a highly drinkable beer from Real Ale that exhibits depth and complexity. The coffee porter is a top notch beer from a great local brewery.

Photo of Ford
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Let this beer warm up a bit. It's good cold, but the coffee starts to really come through when you let it sit for a bit.

I love Porters. I don't love coffee. I do love coffee flavored foods and drinks though. Weird? Maybe.. but this beer is really good.. just give it some time to warm up a bit.. it gets better and better that way.

Photo of kojevergas
2.92/5  rDev -23%
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.


Photo of Cheshire_Crew_Al
4.56/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full disclosure: I'm a huge brown ale guy

A: dark, dark brown, poured into a pint glass with a 2 cm head, mild lacing, not as much as expected

S: tremendous - slightly coffee-tinged and hints of chocolate aroma

T/M: light-med carbonation. This beer is outstanding, I agree with other reviewers that it tastes more like a brown ale (my favorite beer style), and it is expertly laced with hints of coffee, dark malt, some breadiness, slightly sweet on the aftertaste - this is a highly sessionable beer- I literally could drink this all day. I bought this on a whim and it was like finding a diamond in the rough.

O: a lighter porter but one that has tremendous ability and potential. I find this to be an outstanding beer, and this is one I could drink all the live long day.

Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is dark black, light tan head with some large bubbles. The nose is bitter roasted coffee, slightly burnt, notes of charred wood and tobacco. The taste is less charred, has some sweet sugary malt in back, no tobacco, maybe a faint touch of wood. Decent blend of coffee and roasted malt, light body, soft and smooth, assertive carbonation.

Photo of Premo88
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into "stout" glass (vertical snifter)
(1/22/14 best by date printed on label)

L: black, not much head ... in fact less than 1/4-inch of tan to dark tan head that barely exists; it's otherwise fine looking and might be clear -- super dark but clear, and you need a lot of light to see the clarity; purpleish old ale highlights

S: coffee ... fresh-ground, too ... it's fantastic; some other darker malt notes, maybe some prune, dates, molasses, dark chocolate -- but the coffee note is always there; barbecued wood, almost salty; charred coffee bean; burnt pecans

T: very solid in the coffee part, possibly a bit weak in the porter part -- it tastes a lot like Real Ale's Brewhouse Brown with some coffee thrown in; but the bit of hops in there works well, and there is a bit of a hop bite ... not as chocolately as other porters, but obvious dark malt notes throughout; burnt pecans; oak-wood ... smoky barbecue pit notes

F: midweight, good carbonation ... it pours flat but drinks very nicely; very drinkable

O: i'm quite torn on this one. for sure it offers some nice coffee notes -- smell, taste, the bit of foam it does push up: all of these offer up plenty of ground coffee beans. it also is very drinkable and tastes and feels like a good lighter-weight style ... but herein begins the problem, which is simply: this isn't a porter. it's too pale ale/brown ale like in the feel and the dark-malt taste notes, which fall a bit short of that chunky sweet chocolate/dark chocolate stout/porter range.

if we found out Real Ale made this by tossing coffee into its Brewhouse Brown Ale, it wouldn't shock me. that doesn't ruin it for me; it's still quite good ... it just lacks the thickness of a good porter.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of danimalthegreat
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Southern Star pint glass.

A - Started with a half a finger of head and looked like the crema of my favorite espresso. It was nearly opaque but a little sunlight could be seen through the glass.

S - Strong malt smell of moderate roastiness. You could barely make out the coffee through the nose and I'd prefer a stronger coffee smell.

T - While I may have barely smelled it, the Katz Coffee really pops during the first sip. I'm going to have to seek out their coffee. The coffee is fairly well balanced against the porter and the porter is true to it's style.

M - Its as thick as a good porter should be with medium carbonation, exactly as I'd expect.

O - An outstanding coffee porter, hits both the coffee and the porter right where I want it. A beer I plan on enjoying again and again.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

i really didnt care for this one all that much. i havent had much beer from these guys, but they have a great reputation, so i was stoked to open this up, but its a let down as a coffee beer, with limited java character in flavor, aroma, and feel, and with limited porter character too, way thin in body, lacking roasty depth, and coming through more as a weak and flat brown ale, minimal carbonation and a long weird finish. i expected a lot more from this, but my biggest critique is the porter label, its not nearly deep enough and dark enough on the grain front, and the coffee is real subtle too. there just isnt enough here to have me excited, and the lack of bubbles in the feel makes it seem almost sloppy. i have to imagine these guys can do better. this was definitely nothing special.

Photo of CTbrew32
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Nearly pitch black with a noticeable mahogany hue. Pours a one finger white/mocha head that quickly dissipates.

Aroma- Very strong aromas of coffee, roast malt, and dark chocolate. Very little sweetness present.

Taste- As the nose indicated this heavy on the dark roasty flavors and small on sweet flavors. Up front coffee and roasty malts dominate the flavor and linger to the finish. Towards the back end a little bit of sweet chocolate and bready flavors show up. Gets sweeter and smoother as the beer warms up.

Feel- Medium bodied and on the thinner side. Some prickly carbonation present as well.

Overall- A very good coffee porter that definitely satisfies the need for a roasty/coffee beer, but has enough sweet chocolate/bread to add some balance. Overall, not quite a great beer, but certainly worth picking up again.

Photo of BSDA
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Strong coffee flavor (of course), not too bitter, but has a dry finish. Pretty good, appreciated more than Black Butte Porter.

Coffee Porter from Real Ale Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.