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Palmetto Espresso Porter - Palmetto Brewing Company

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153 Ratings
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 3
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Palmetto Brewing Company visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mikesgroove on 02-28-2010

The robust full-bodied flavor comes from the dark roasted malts and is accented with a coffee espresso roast by our friends and neighbors Charleston Coffee Roasters.
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Ratings: 153 | Reviews: 37
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Photo of DougOMac
4.99/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing beer. One of my all time favorites.

Photo of Golden32
2.39/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Nitro on tap at Charleston Beer Works. Nice thick head, I was excited. The taste was very flat overall. Cold thin coffee.

Photo of mondegreen
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into an Allagash Tulip.

Pours a dark brown with red highlights. One finger head fades quickly with slight lacing. Nose is sweet dull espresso, not a big 'wow,' but good. Taste is mellow coffee. I'd like to see brighter coffee notes and a thicker mouth, as the mouthfeel is thin - absolutely the weakest poor for this brew. In all, it's a decent coffee beer. Not the best I have had, but certainly worth trying, especially at $8.99/6.

Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a ansifter.
Pour is blackish and opaque with a bubbly head that soon reduces to a thick ring.

Aroma: coffee dominates and smells more like brewed coffee than beans. Enough dark roast to show even with the strong coffee.

Flavor: black coffee and dark roasted grains in about equal measure. Both linger on in the aftertaste where there's some (unobjectionable) char as well.

O: medium+ body; Properly carbonated and fairly smooth.

Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this one at the brewery! Served from tap into a Palmetto shaker. Poured black with a red hue outlining the edges with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, coffee, and cream. The flavor was of roasted malt, coffee, and subtle dark chocolate. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good solid brew. I was afraid that when it was a Porter that the mouthfeel was going to suffer as most I have had do quite badly. I was pleasantly surprised once it hit my palate though. All of the flavors in this one are quite nice and well blended making this one very easy to drink. The aroma is also quite good. A very solid beer from Palmetto that is worth trying without a doubt.

Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a dirty dark brown color with a minimal beige head that settles into a light ring. 3.5

The aroma is toasted pumpernickel and cold roast coffee. Real nice coffee aroma. Bitter chocolate notes. There is a bit of a lemony twang that you find in traditional porters. 4.25

The malt has a nice roast flavor but its a bit thin. The coffee flavor is quite good, deep roast. Again, there is that lemony twang found in porters. 4

The feel is thin, a bit watery for a porter. Soft carbonation. Light roast bitterness throughout the palate. 3.25

A very enjoyable coffee porter. It needs more body to smooth out the feel and round out the flavor profile. 3.85

Photo of Bung
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Pretty close to black, just a ring of light fan head.

Aroma, strong coffee and roast malt. A little cocoa, peat.

Taste, Strong dry roast, roast malt. Pretty dry, cocoa coffee finish. Pretty straight forward.

Carbonation maybe a little high. Lighter mid body. Drinks easy enough.
Not bad, just need to like coffee, kind of a one trick pony.

Photo of UnderPressure
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown beer. Almost black. Thin, shallow head melts after a minute.

Strong coffee aroma. It's hard to detect anything else. Except maybe some roasted malt.

Upfront coffee flavor. Some sweet malt, but mainly on the bitter side. Bitter, grainy finish.

The heavy bodied mouthfeel carries this beer well.

This beer is OK. I'm not a huge fan of the coffee. I'd rather drink a straight-forward porter. But it could be a lot worse, for sure.

Photo of wedge
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ The Griffon

Looks pretty close to pitch black in color, topped by an off-white head that reduces to a thin ring. This one is all about the coffee, though it’s not going to jump out of the glass and slap you around. Nice deep black, oily espresso bean aroma. Similarly “beany” in flavor with an easy going sweetness and a bit of chocolaty malt. Medium bodied. Very simple in execution, but the coffee implementation is so well done it’s hard to resist ordering another glass. Should’ve grabbed a couple bottles to take home with me.

Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark amber in color and poured with a thin tan head that quickly faded away and left a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of dark, roasted coffee beans in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the coffee flavor takes center stage and is moderately strong but only has a hint of associated bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied but slightly watery on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has a bit of dryness.
D: It's very easy to drink a few of these because the beer is neither very filling nor has an overpowering coffee taste. I could easily have a few of these in one night.

Photo of inglebk
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Logans steakhouse
A. Pitch black with inch head that doesn't hang around for long. Very little Lacing.
S. Deep dark roasted malts. Charred oaky smell. Not a whole lot of coffee but it is there.
T. Me likey. Not very complex but very good flavor. Maybe I'm biased because I live 15 minutes away from the brewery. No hop bitterness whatsoever, just roasted malts and coffee.
Mouthfeel: a little light for a porter. Not exactly watery but just light. Moderate carbonation.
Overall: great beer by Palmetto. One of my favorites. Once again not terribly complex and not as full as if could be, but still a great porter.

Photo of mntlover
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep red brown almost mahogany color. Head is only thumb sized even from aggressive pour

Aroma is light roasted malts light coco notes with weak coffee notes also.

Taste is pretty much like the nose, roasted notes are better with some descent coffee notes. Light coco before the hops kick in for a lightly bitter finish. Overall not bad favorable enough easy drinking porter wouldn't replace my go to porter but would have if I was out somewhere.

Mouthfeel is medium with lightly peppy carbonation that shows up in the finish.

Overall not bad actually better then I thought it would be considering other brews from Palmetto I have had.

Photo of beerblogger
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Light body but full flavor. A perfect after dinner sipper.

Photo of ZacHart
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A moderate head dissipated quickly but left light lacing. This dark brown ale is bursting with the aroma of brewed coffee. The flavor is great--the strong but not overwhelming coffee flavor is finished by sweet malt flavors. The beer is lighter than its color indicates and overall quite drinkable, although not a session beer unless you're a true coffee lover.

Photo of aasher
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the Palmetto Espresso Porter, poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: midnight black with laced head that disappeared quickly

Smell: great roasted coffee aromas, smells rich and fresh

Taste: great espresso flavor, like fresh coffee, very slight chocolate flavor, resonating aftertaste

Mouthfeel: I thought this would be a little watery but I was mistaken, good medium body to it, good consistency, very appealing

Drinkability: a great espresso porter, very drinkable with excellent flavors and good mouthfeel, I don't see why you couldn't have several of these at a sitting

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, dark red brown with a short tan head that immediately vanishes leaving almost no lacing, clear

S: coffee and dark roasted malts, coco, sugar cane

T: flavors follow smell, lighter coffee than expected, a mild hop bitterness to complement the roasted coffee flavors,

M: lighter than expected with a nice oily quality

O: good flavor profile as advertised on the bottle, didn't try to over do the ABV resulting in a quite refreshing porter

Photo of AleWatcher
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into dimpled mug (which I carried around like a coffee mug).

I'll be honest; my expectations for this beer are pretty low.
And it didn't even live up to my expectations-- that is, until it warmed up. Don't drink this one too cold-- you will miss out on it entirely!

Pours dark, but looks a little thin... And it feels a little thin. It is bordering on bing called "slightly watery." Dark tan head bubbled itself away rather abruptly and left only the smallest remnants behind.

Smells of roasty malts with a touch of sweetness and a hint of dark chocolate. The coffee comes through but it isn't in your face (it makes me wonder on the freshness of the bottle?! But with no bottle dating, I guess this review will have to be taken with a grain of salt!)
The flavor is more of the nose-- the chocolate notes come out on the finish especially. Very mild bitterness-- in fact, it finishes more sweet than it started.

It actually turns out that this is a tasty beer. It isn't mind blowing, but it is pretty enjoyable. The flavors meld well and seem compliment eachother to create a nice little beerxperience.
I call this beer; worthy of a shot!

Photo of brewcore
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet glass.

A: Very dark brown. Not quite opaque. Agressive pour yeilds a one finger light tan head which quickly dissipates.

S: Burnt roasted malts. Dark roasted coffee. Hints of black peppercorns.

T: Again, burnt roasted malts. Bitterness comes from the malts. Spiciness in the middle. Finishes with the lingering exected coffee notes.

M: Light to medium body. Light to moderate carbonation. High drinkability.

O: Interesting porter to say the least. Not as much coffee as I expected for a beer titled "espresso;" it's there, just not too prevalent. The spiciness is odd to me but not apalling. I will drink this again but with different expectations.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. A gift from my cousin Nicole and Aunt Dolly in Charleston. Thanks!
The beer pours a deep cola brown with fluffy beige head of 3 cm foaming up on the gentle pour and leaving windowpane lattice as it fades to a sturdy surface layer.
Aroma is a big hit of roasted coffee, dry almost burnt notes and a bit of chocolate buried behind the coffee. Generally roasted and dry on the nose.
First sip reveals an average body with with tingly carbonation that pecks across my palate on each sip.
Flavor is as the nose advertises with a bit of dark chocolate, high cocoa notes that are barely sweet. this is followed by roasted malt and coffee notes that linger after each sip. No hints of alcohol and the hops dont show through either. This is a dry malty brew that coffee lovers would love.
I find it enjoyable this evening after a long day at the beach. Worth a shot if you dig coffee beers and are in the South.

Photo of JohnnyI
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this local staple at a nearby grocery store. Not sure that I like the new look of their revamped branding, but it must have worked because I've skipped over this beer countless times. When I got it home it promptly went in to a standard pint glass. Pours a deep, dark brown color with garnet accents visible at the base. Totally opaque through the middle. The minimal tan head dissipates in short order, leaving only a thin coating of uneven bubbles and no lacing. The appearance foretells the thinness of the beer. In fact, it looks quite lifeless. Despite the underwhelming appearance, the appetizing aroma gives off ground coffee and some roasted malts. Hints of chocolate with a little floral hops in the background. The flavors are actually quite potent. Unsweetened black coffee with a bakers chocolate bitterness and some complimentary hop bite. There's an interesting metallic, mineral flavor in the middle. Perhaps from the charred malts. Semi dry finish with lingering dark cocoa and coffee roast. The aftertaste is only slightly boozy and reminiscent of a double fudge cookie. The big letdown in this beer is the lack of body. Watery mouthfeel and reserved carbonation yield a very light bodied brew. I'd say this one is enjoyable, yet basic. A bit too underwhelming for a beer with so much potential. Local brewer, local coffee roaster. Should be a slam dunk! Instead it just leaves me wanting. More body, more depth, more balance from increased malt sweetness. That said, it's still an enjoyable (albeit thin) porter. Easy to drink. Admittedly, I am a fan of Russian Imperial Stouts, so I tend to gravitate toward porters that are bigger and bolder. As coffee porters go, I give the nod to Highland Thunderstruck or Kona Pipeline. You may as well just have a Founders Porter or Breakfast Stout if these flavors are what you crave though.

Photo of GossageBrewery
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured this American style Porter from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a dark brown color, produced an average tan head, average retention and left some lacing on the glass. The aroma of this porter was very nice, a complex melody of freshly ground espresso beans, milk chocolate and roasted malt. Medium bodied, there was a foundation of roasted malted grain, espresso beans and milk chocolate. Semi sweet throughout, this is a very well made, strong coffee/espresso flavor throughout the session- One of the best coffee flavored beers that I have sampled thus far- Great session beer- great brew for any Porter/Coffee lover. Prost!

Photo of DCon
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12fl oz bottle of this @ The QuarterDeck in Sea Pines Resort (Hilton Head Island, SC) for $5. Poured from the Red/Orange/Yellow Labeled bottle w/ a Palmetto tree on the front into a 12oz Tulip Glass. Has no sign of a freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- Very roasty and has a very unfamiliar coffee aroma. Must be their local roaster blended into the brew.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that dies almost immediately. Has a deep, opaque brown body and leaves a few suds behind on the glass.

Flavor- Very malty and coffee roast apparent as well. Has a sweet beginning to end taste and a light bitterness level.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Roasty, and has one of the highest Coffee/Roast endings of any porter I've had to this day! Very nice!

Overall Impression- Wow! For not ever hearing about this Porter, the coffee ending was huge! Highly recommend for those porter fans and looks like this one is widely available in SC.

Photo of jaswilson2
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Like a shot of caffeine. A little too much

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Dark amber in color with an off-white, well retaining foam layer. A bit of spotty lace is left behind, and the brew is free of sediment.

SMELL: Pleasant coffee notes, robust and nutty, slight cocoa, and perhaps a whiff of hops. Robust aroma that is quite nice indeed.

TASTE: Delicious coffee flavor reigns supreme here. Roasted malts compliment the espresso beans well, this tastes like a solid coffee beer. Nuts, coffee, char and light vanilla make for a most pleasing profile. Fair bitterness and herbal hops come to the party late but manage to round the brew out.

FEEL: Medium bodied, smooth and easy drinking.

OVERALL: Really beer's answer to iced coffee, id love this with my early morning breakfast.

Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a mostly thick consistency. There was a half inch of off white, creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Smelled strongly of coffee - more than anything else, with hints of malt.

T: Tasted like it smelled. Lots of espresso and malt. A nice flavor, if you enjoy coffee.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While not the most multidimensional porter, this is still a very drinkable beer.

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Palmetto Espresso Porter from Palmetto Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.