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Palmetto Espresso Porter - Palmetto Brewing Company

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Palmetto Espresso PorterPalmetto Espresso Porter

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38 Reviews
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Reviews: 38
Hads: 176
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 26.68%
Wants: 4
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
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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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown color with a nice mocha cap that delivers some lace

Smell: Fresh brewed coffee galore

Taste: Loads of coffee flavor both up front and after the swallow; roasty malt flavors underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is one of those coffee beers that tastes like coffee rather than a beer with coffee influences; nice job!

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Photo of csbinva
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recieved this bottle from a friend that visited Charleston a few weekends back. Poured from the bottle into a draft glass. Dark appearance, almost looks like a coke with a minimal frothy head. Definitely smell the coffee as well as something that almost smells like licorice. Tastes just like it smells, coffee with a hint of licorice. Very drinkable for a porter, this is one beer from Palmetto that is on the buy list next time I head down to Charleston. Cheers!

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

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Photo of aasher
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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

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Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of DCon
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of afordney
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark, poured out about one finger thick head that dissipated to just a thin film, very tight lacing on the glass.

This was one of the darkest richest coffee aromas I've ever had from any kind of coffee stout or porter. Really whets your appetite.

tastes just as strong of coffee, a slight acitidy in the finish. The coffee flavor is a bit overpowering.

This isn't too thick despite the dark color, a good malty sweetness and slight acidity cover any bitterness but it doesn't pucker your lips.

Once again the coffee flavor is maybe too much and covers up the other characteristics of the beer, but this is a pretty good version and very unique.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of wedge
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Black color with a 1-finger bubbly tan head that dissipates rather quickly into a ring of bubbles around the glass. Not much lacing, either. Pretty disappointing as far as head characteristics.

S – Well, the label says espresso porter, and they are correct. The aroma is loaded with roasted coffee and espresso. Chocolate, molasses, and some toasted malt aromas come along for the ride.

T – Follows the nose to a tee. It starts off sweet with molasses, some chocolate, and some caramel malts, followed by some toasted malts. Smooth coffee bitterness creeps in mid-taste and builds toward the finish. It never becomes very bitter or really even close to it. It has a very smooth bitterness that is perfect for this beer.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied with good carbonation, a mouth-coating but smooth and crisp feel, and a mildly bittersweet finish. Coffee bitterness mixed with some malty sweetness lingers nicely on the tongue.

O – This beer definitely exceeded my expectations. I haven’t been so impressed by Palmetto beers in the past, and most porters aren’t really my thing due to their thinner mouthfeel. While this one also has a thin mouthfeel (even for a porter), the aroma and taste pick this one up. This is definitely a very tasty and drinkable beer that is worth trying.

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Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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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Photo of AleWatcher
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, deep brown, exhibiting a garnet tinge & highlights. The pour produces a thin finger of shortlived, tan head that leaves no lace. Aroma is coffee backed by vanilla & sweet cream, malty roast with a hint of dark chocolate. Taste is heavy to dark malty roast & coffee in front unsweetened cocoa, molasses & caramel, finishing very peppery & dry. Aftertaste is lightly bitter, deep roast, burnt coffee, cocoa & wood. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation, sandpaper prickly & dry.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger frothy head. Dark black with little light getting through. decent lace.

S: nice coffee bean aroma that isn't overwhelming.

T: Roasted espresso bean up front and sweet chocolate finish.

M: Moderate carbonation and full bodied yet thin in texture.

O: Actually one of the better beers from Palmetto.

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Photo of brewcore
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of RedBaron73
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on Nitro tap. Really good creamy head and nice mouth feel. Served too cold from tap to really get a good taste and aroma. Towards the end I could get more flavors still wanted a little more flavor from the beer. Would definitely try it again.

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Photo of inglebk
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a coffee overload with deep roasted flavor and a light espresso bean sweetness. It's not overly complex and a bit thin but certainly the best I've had from Palmetto.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap

Pours a pitch black color with a creamy off-white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some nice lacing behind. Smells of fresh espresso coffee, chocolate & dark malts. Fresh espresso flavor dominates up front, with some silly chocolate notes, slightly charred malt, dry coffee & chocolate finish. Medium body and carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and finish. Espresso forward stout that drinks very fresh

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Photo of JBGOODE
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The look is inviting, the smell is desirable, the taste is spot on, the feel is not heavy as expected. Overall a nice beer.Bought at the store, drank at the ballgame. Will drink it again.

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Photo of mondegreen
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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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

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Photo of ZacHart
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Palmetto Espresso Porter from Palmetto Brewing Company
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