Palmetto Espresso Porter - Palmetto Brewing Company

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Palmetto Espresso PorterPalmetto Espresso Porter

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very good

164 Ratings
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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 3
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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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: 164 | Reviews: 41
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 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 Gote
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I do love porters but his one seems to fall short for me which is sad because I'm from the Palmetto state. I get almost nothing for smell but the taste comes through. Typical coffee and chocolate flavors but nothing about it seems to stand out.

Photo of nickfl
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with one finger of light brown foam on top of a black body with clear, amber highlights showing through. The head settles rapidly and leaves light lace.

S - Dark sugary notes of molasses and brown sugar with some smoky coffee notes in the background.

T - Dry, toasted malt up front with some molasses. Roasty notes come out in the middle with chicory and dark chocolate. Some more molasses, licorice, and smoky coffee in the finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - There is something about the combination of dark, dry malt and coffee that isn't working here. It lacks balance and just comes across as burnt bread. Not worthwhile.

Photo of bigaltemple
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Opaque, dark brown, almost black in color. Foamy, two-finger khaki colored head becomes a faint cap. Pretty average appearance.

S - The strong roasted chocolate is pretty appealing. Some faint smokiness and coffee, but nowhere near what I was expecting. Didn't find any evidence of bottle dating, so I'm unsure if the mild espresso aspect is due to age or brewer's intent.

T/M - Same as the nose. Slightly creamy, with low carbonation.

O - Fairly average across the board. I would consider giving this another chance if given a known to be fresh bottle. However, I'm not overly concerned about seeking one out.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

What's up with the pepper! Didn't expect it based on the bar's write up... But if you're ok with a spicy / peppery porter, then you will love this one.

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 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 Holland
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: light black with brown highlights and a thin tan head on this guy. Leaves a lacing that stays. Kind of thin looking. Not so sure about this one but it was a local.

S: coffee, roasted malt, some fruitiness but not much, barely any hops.

T: tastes of coffee, roasted grains and malt. Pretty delicious as it's all subtle. Nothing is overwhelming, but it doesn't have superior complexity either. Well crafted simple porter.

M: medium body if that - may be lighter. It's well carbonated, which is neutral for the taste of this. Just a fine beer.

O: very drinkable - I could imagine drinking a few of these before getting sick of the taste. Well done beer. I was pleasantly surprised after picking up a single at the Charleston Beer Exchange. Good stuff that I'll probably not get again.

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 Montrose79
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Medium brown. Looks more like an amber ale than a porter.

S- Big coffee smell.

T- Taste is good. Large coffee presence with a little bitterness on the back end.

M- Thin, little watery.

O- Overall a tasty beer, but very light and thin for the style. Tastes more like a coffee brown or amber than a porter

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 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 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 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 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 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 RedBaron73
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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 mdfb79
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a recent trip to Charleston and the brewery. By far their best beer...better on tap than from the bottle too.

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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 mothmanscott
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of Webbydag1
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really like this. Strong coffee nose and notes and finishes with a hint of dark chocolate

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Palmetto Espresso Porter from Palmetto Brewing Company
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