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Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter - Highland Brewing

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BA SCORE
88
very good

411 Ratings
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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 19
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Highland Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hippityhophead24 on 11-10-2011)
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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

poopsmitherson, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of jrcmlc
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

jrcmlc, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of johndoe8
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

johndoe8, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of ThickNStout
2.68/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep brown w/ tan head. Thinish w/laid back coffee & charred malts. Nice but lacking something. 

22oz bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 3.99. Served in a pint glass. 

Pours a very dark brown with 2.5 fingers tan head. 

Smell is mild coffee and milder roast malts. 

Coffee is the most predominant flavor. Some roast, a little bakers cocoa and something bitter astringent that doesn't quite fit. 

Medium light feel with moderate carbonation. 

Not bad but there is something missing. The coffee flavor is a great start but it never quite takes off from there. 

ThickNStout, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of Minkybut
2.68/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this strong beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was black for sure and it poured a nice tan head. Unfortunately the head went away fast. Lacing was great however. The smell of this beer was very strong coffee and so was the taste. WAAY tt strong coffee. If you like coffee extract suck on this beer. I will not buy again.

Minkybut, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of ctrevino
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

ctrevino, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of Sparrow
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Sparrow, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of therope
3/5  rDev -23.3%

therope, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of plato
3/5  rDev -23.3%

plato, Jan 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

TDizzel, Jun 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

metalgdog, Dec 30, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

MrWormy, Oct 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

planbee, Nov 26, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

HamGlade10, Feb 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

hmmmbeer10, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of Dontelle392
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Not a big fan of heavy coffee flavor in my beer the spice and fruit notes didn't help.

Dontelle392, Oct 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

Mscarpen, Dec 29, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

jriggins6, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body with a moderate cream head. Transparent at the edges. Thick collar of foam around the surface.

Smell - Strong coffee aroma. Some chocolate comes through from the beer, but it's mostly coffee.

Taste - Really strong coffee flavor. The beer is mostly lost back there, but some bitter chocolate comes through as well as some hop bite. The combination of coffee, chocolate, and hop bitterness becomes abrasive in the finish.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation, thin body, bitter finish. None too pleasing to consume, although it could be worse, I guess.

Overall - Some sips are decent, others are harsh. Coffee just seems to overwhelm everything in this.

Alieniloquium, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of TheSSG
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dense, tan head that has great persistence (collapses to a nice, thick froth) and laces nicely. I'd swear this was a nitro stout, the head is so smooth, consistent, and rich. Slightly acidic, toasted malt aroma. Black. A very acidic, bright front. Floral hoppiness and fruity coffee notes with a medium bitterness. Finish brings back the coffee with a lingering floral/green hoppiness that blends well with the coffee's acidity.

This isn't bad, but it's a bit plain. It's quite acidic (coffee+porter renders this not too surprising), and so I think that has a tendency to overwhelm a lot of the other, more subtle flavors.

TheSSG, Mar 30, 2014
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3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a medium brown with a nice frothy tan head of small and midsized bubbles.

S: Aroma of burnt coffee, toasted malts and brown ashy mocha. Slight hints of chocolate also peek through.

T: The flavor is mostly roasted malt, some bakers chocolate and some bittering hops. Some slightly vegetal flavors also mixing with the acridness of the coffee flavors. The finish is rather flat..

M: Mouthfeel is light for a porter with a mild carbonation. It is however very smooth for a coffee porter, and not as bitter as some others which make them less appealing to me.

O: Overall this isnt bad. I probably wouldnt seek it out but it is relatively drinkable for what it is worth.

alpinebryant, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of Rchap1
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just picked this up about a week ago, finally cracked one tonight. Served in a pounder pint.

A: Nice and dark as it pours, leaves a deep brown full-finger head. Lots of bubbles, looks like it's got a good deal of carbonation.

S: You definitely pick up a lot of the coffee, but also get a fair amount of roasty malt, and a tiny little hint of chocolate, which I would expect to find in most coffee porters.

T: A little thinner than I expected, but decently tasty. I was hoping for more of the coffee to come through, but the malt flavor definitely tops it. It has a good dry flavor, but is a bit thinner than I would like.

M: Again, a little on the thin side. Nice and bubbly though.

Not a bad brew, I've certainly had better coffee porter before, but this is fine for an everyday drink.

Rchap1, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of DIM
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No date on the bottle so I can't say if this was an older sample. The coffee flavor was weak and slightly sour with some hints of cocoa. There was a fairly long, lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel was slick and fizzy. This wasn't offensive or anything, just kind of bland.

DIM, Mar 16, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

DarrellK, Aug 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

syntheticwings, Mar 24, 2012
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Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter from Highland Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.