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Palmetto Espresso Porter - Palmetto Brewing Company

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Palmetto Espresso PorterPalmetto Espresso Porter

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very good

115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 02-28-2010)
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Uniondredge, May 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

AndrewMichael, May 07, 2013
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3.79/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

mntlover, Apr 15, 2013
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1.25/5  rDev -67.4%

JakHammer, Apr 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

JISurfer, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

M_C_Hampton, Mar 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

JohnBender, Mar 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

duceswild, Mar 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

ADTaber, Mar 02, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

inglebk, Feb 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

FUwolfpacker, Feb 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

LouDogg114, Feb 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

greencovesteve, Feb 03, 2013
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2/5  rDev -47.9%

markasparov, Jan 27, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +14.1%

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!

GossageBrewery, Jan 23, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

BlackBelt5112203, Jan 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

awhipker, Jan 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Keener, Jan 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

BraveGator, Dec 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

sendbeer, Dec 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

JKIRBY, Nov 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

ncstateplaya, Oct 29, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

bigaltemple, Oct 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

Hacksaw34, Oct 26, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

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!

AleWatcher, Oct 06, 2012
Palmetto Espresso Porter from Palmetto Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.