Pipeline Porter - Kona Brewing Co.
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Reviews by sweetbrew82:
3.33/5 rDev -12.4%
12 oz. into a pint glass/ bottled on date Sep. 03/09
P: Garnet lit brown with a milk chocolate head of frothy foam perched on top. Showed good retention then deflated to a wispy collar of froth while leaving some light lace on the walls.
A: Aroma consists of lightly roasted malts, good quality coffee, chocolate cake mix, and a handful of nuts for good measure. It smells okay, but nothing real special to report on here.
T: Once again, you can immediately tell that the coffee is of good quality. It's not like burnt, acrid, generic black coffee that becomes wearisome after the second sip. It's got more of an espresso character that tastes good and doesn't dominate the rest of the profile, but it's the leader of the pack for sure. I was really hoping to find a boatload of chocolate here to play off of the coffee, but that's not the case. It's there in smaller quantities than I would prefer, and it tastes real powdery and chalky like chocolate cake mix instead of rich, creamy chocolate which I think would've worked better. There also some nutty flavors in here with a slight hop bitterness noticed as well.
My main gripe with this beer is the malt bill, or lack thereof. It's seriously undermalted and causes the wave of flavor to just die before ever meeting it's full potential. Each mouthful starts with promise, but it just falls flat before the swallow and causes the flavor to fall off a cliff on the aftertaste.
M: The bottle claims that this beer is full-bodied, I beg to differ. I'd say it's medium-bodied to be generous. The lack of malts makes it feel thin and almost watery in spots as the beer just doesn't stick to the task at hand. No creaminess or chewiness to speak of, and never really allows the flavor to get any traction on the taste buds.
Notes: I'm really underwhelmed with this beer considering the fact that I love coffee beers. I was hoping for a kick-ass coffee porter with beefy malts and plenty of chocolate to go around. Instead, I ended up with a slightly above-average porter that kind of reminds me of Flying Dog Gonzo in the way that the profile feels shallow and offers nothing to discover underneath. No need to seek this one out again.
12-13-2009 16:36:26 | More by sweetbrew82
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3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
Poured into a standard pint a deep cola brown with a thin wispy beige head that was gone ver quickly.The Kona coffee really shines in the aroma along with some roasted nut,mollases,and even a passing shot of piney hop,flavors are heavily roasted and coffee-like with some bitter unsweetened chocolate,finishes with some mollases and a bit of earth.Not overly complex but the coffee is nice and it went well with some bbq smoked sausage I had for lunch.
11-13-2008 18:15:49 | More by oberon
2.73/5 rDev -28.2%
Poured into a nonic tumbler from a 12oz. bottle.
A: Poured a very dark typical porter color, with a paper thin off white head. Lacing was slighty clingly but spotty.
S: Upon opening the flavors were hard to pick up, as it warmed it was sweet with roasted malt and coffee that began to increase.
T: The coffee was present but took a while to characterize itself especially since it is supposed to be coffee infused beer. The malts and coffee were there just not enough as I had expected or wanted.
M: The beer was thinner than I would have liked especially for the style. Much more carbonation than I expected which hurt the overall flavors imho.
D: If you enjoy thinner porters with above average "fizz" you might enjoy this more. I think it is easy drinking but disappointing needs more body.
03-26-2008 04:59:00 | More by SmokingmeX
4/5 rDev +5.3%
I don't know what I was expecting with this beer, but it turned out to be pretty good. In a pint glass it was a reddish brown color with a thin tan head. It had a sweet, roasted grain aroma. The taste was sweet chocolate and coffee, mostly coffee. Pleasant mouthfeeel, could drink a few of these.
I used a bottle of this in a short ribs recipe, and the ribs were excellent.
04-19-2009 22:19:48 | More by lordofthewiens
3.58/5 rDev -5.8%
12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. It has a frothy tan head that quickly goes to a ring that leaves some lacing.
The aroma is roasted chocolate and coffee and some grains.
The flavor is subdued chocolate and coffee with some lactose. The mouthfeel is medium and watery.
Overall, not a bad coffeee porter. It's a nice drinkable brew, but there are better coffee beers out there.
11-12-2006 07:37:53 | More by Beaver13
4.1/5 rDev +7.9%
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has a bottled on date of "091009" notched on to it and I sampled it on 11-6-09.
Appearance: It pours quite dark with a brown/black color and an average size tan head. The head hangs on well and make nice slippery lace on the glass.
Smell: The aroma is sweet like brown sugar with some roasted and toasted notes as well. Hop notes are very light and subdued.
Taste/Palate: Its flavor has mellow hints of brown sugar, roasted barley, burnt wood, and roasted coffee with cream. The finish comes quickly with some mellow spicy hops and solid dark roasted coffee notes fading off the tongue. It is a light to medium body porter with a creamy texture and lively carbonation.
Notes: This is a very tasty very sweet and easy drinking stout that would make a great session beer or breakfast beer.
11-06-2009 23:56:44 | More by generallee
3.5/5 rDev -7.9%
Bottle on date: 010511
Beautiful black, thick head forms and slowly dissipates but a full coverage remains on top
The aroma is smooth coffee with a sweet malt backing very smooth coffee aroma
The taste is smooth throughout slight carbonation it starts sweet with a roasted coffee taste enter. A smooth malt trails to a dry coffee bitter finish
02-06-2011 00:55:52 | More by bishopdc0
3.5/5 rDev -7.9%
A- Pours a near black, near opaque color with a small tan head which leaves light lacing.
S- Not a whole lot there, some sweet malt and hits of cocoa and coffee but not as much as I had expected.
T- Some roasty almost smoke like character with a nice amount of malt sweetness and very subdued coffee character which is barely noticeable.
M- Feels just how a porter should, fairly low carbonation but enough that its noticeable and moderately high in body it sits in the mouth just the right way for the sweetness.
D- Would love for there to have been a bit bolder characteristics in the nose and especially on the tongue but overall its a solid beer I could drink all night.
04-29-2011 03:39:36 | More by Guden
3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
12oz brown bottle with a packaged on freshness date.
Billowing light brown head towers over the nearly black liquid, good head retention as well. Smells strong of dark roasted coffee, dark unsweetened chocolate and a hint of wood charcoal. Smooth with a lush medium body. Firm coffee flavor from the start holds on to the palate for a long time, firm but not dominant. Malt sweetness chimes in with a quick but faint burnt sugar flavor, then it all goes towards a mild roasted grain tone. The modest hopping lets the coffee shine. Finishes bitter sweet like an iced espresso.
Good stuff here. Certainly not in your face but it does capture the coffee flavor that most brewers seem to miss by either not having enough or becoming too acrid. Very well balanced.
12-02-2008 02:07:29 | More by Jason
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
Thanks to skyhand for this one...
Dark brown, bordering black with less than 1/2 finger of off-white head...thin, spotty lacing as I sip away.
Very nice coffee scent with some caramel and chocolate.
Quite tasty...generous robust coffee addition to this brew and very well balanced with the addition of milk chocolate, sweet malt and a hop bitterness.
Not thin in the m/f for the style...a nice breakfast beer if one was inclined to do so.
Easy, enjoyable drinking here...well worth trying.
02-04-2007 17:04:14 | More by warriorsoul
4.1/5 rDev +7.9%
Appearance: clear, leather brown in color, small head, high carbonation
Smell: roasted malt and coffee
Taste: coffee, toasted malt, dark chocolate and a bit of cream
Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, sweet, medium-light bodied
Drinkability: This is the best beer I have had from Kona and I wish I could get it more easily here. I could have six. I love the multiple layers of coffee and chocolate. This has a different taste than most in the style.
01-04-2010 16:26:00 | More by tigg924
Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing Co.
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