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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: 30 | 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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

napier51, Jan 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

nwatson, Jan 18, 2013
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 RyanAU
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

RyanAU, Jan 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Jasonrm72, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of JohnnyMc
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Highland beer in quite some time.

Pours out black with about 2 fingers of a mocha/tan head.

The aroma has a decent amount of coffee in it along with bittersweet chocolate, some subtle caramel sweetness and a little bit of hops.

The taste is also mainly dominated by coffee and then that fades to some milk and dark chocolate notes. There is a little bit of caramel sweetness and a touch of grassy hop notes. This is pretty bitter, with not only coffee and dark chocolate bitterness, but some hop bitterness too.

This is full bodied and has a nice, rich and creamy mouthfeel.

Very tasty, very easy to drink, but could be a little more balanced. Definitely try if you enjoy the style.

JohnnyMc, Jan 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

WebGuyMike, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A quite nice porter with noticeable, but not too heavy coffee accent. Pleasant overall. Pours fairly inky black, but with a quite light viscosity. Only a short head, and that does fade somewhat quickly, but still, a fairly pretty beer. Very nice, and noticeable, black coffee aroma. Nutty, somewhat roasty, and with a slight molasses note. Dryer on the palate, with nicely balanced roastiness, coffee notes, and a light maltiness and lightly bitter finish. A little slick in the mouth, but overall quite nice.

Georgiabeer, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of devilben02
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black from the bottle, with a foamy, mocha-brown head. The aroma is distinctly reminiscent of coffee and milk, with a bit of milk chocolate and some kind of dry mineral character beneath. The flavor is pleasantly mild, with a light coffee bitterness and lactose sweetness predominating, although some herbal hops and bittersweet chocolate are also present. Overall, although the flavor is a bit dominated by the coffee character, it doesn't change the impression of this beer as a pleasant, drinkable porter.

devilben02, Jan 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

kizyle, Jan 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

brauseboof, Jan 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

pheelingIt, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of CMOrak
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

CMOrak, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of BigGingDrinker
5/5  rDev +27.9%

BigGingDrinker, Jan 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

bsmith1029, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of TWM
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance- very, very dark, nearly black. Little visible carbonation, thin head that generally lasts for the entire glass (currently drinking #6 of the six-pack, all of them had the same head for the entire glass).

Smell- A little coffee, hint of caramel, but mostly the earthy smell of a dark ale or porter. Definite hints of the bitterness in the smell

Taste- Lovin' it! Enough coffee to warrant the name without overwhelming the porter flavors. Taste changes through the sip from earthy to chocolate to a slightly bitter coffee aftertaste. Very pleased that Highland didn't try to sweeten their coffee brew, and allow it to remain very much a porter. I drink my coffee black, so this is hitting all the rights notes for me. Not a big hop flavor- the hops seem to add a bit of richness rather than much overt flavor of their own.

Mouthfeel- good but not as creamy and smooth as some porters. However, the feel seems just right for this combination of flavors.

Overall- as a dark-ale loving, black-coffee drinking fan of bitter beers, this one is making me quite happy!

TWM, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Jadjunk
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a snifter.

(Appearance) Pours a medium fizzy brown head with poor retention. Very dark body, near black aside from the edges. Decent appearance overall. 3.5

(Smell) Balanced chocolate, black malt and hints of nutty toffee. Coffee aromas are warm and toasty albeit mild, Malt presence is slightly sweet. Earthy bitter aromas suggest mild low-alpha hop presence. Medium potency. 3.5

(Taste) Thorough bitter earthy hop introduction follows through with a sweet milky chocolate midsection and finally reaches a mild, balanced coffee finish. Malt body balances well with the bitterness from the hops and coffee. Not particularly coffee heavy, but I like the stages this beer takes and the diversity of flavor it provides. 4

(Mouthfeel) Largely smooth with a bit of creaminess aside from some air on the tongue. Could be slightly more viscous to better counter the bitterness of the coffee flavor. 3

(Overall) This coffee porter focuses more on bitterness than the flavors of coffee, complimenting other porter characters that would otherwise be overshadowed. Chocolate and toffee are easier to find as a result and this coffee porter dives a touch deeper than alternative beers in its particular style. Bitterness keeps it from being overly quaffable but it is enjoyable in small sips. 4

Vintage Reviews:

Fall/Winter 2011. Initial release. (1+ year aged)

Similar head quality and equally dark in appearance. Toasty, crisp coffee aromas are gone and a very faint trace of cold coffee lingers amongst a prevailing toasted malt background with faint chocolate and nutty malt background. The malt profile as a whole is more thoroughly exposed than in the fresh batch, likely due to the lacking coffee profile. Some faint sourness has come into play by this r a. The hop profile has broken down and the stages of flavor have mellowed out significantly, with little hop or coffee flavor to be individually discerned. The finish has a slightly acidic tartness to it. This beer, like most mild-bodied coffee porters and stouts hasn’t aged particularly well, and while it’s a slightly better example than Kona’s Pipeline, it is still far superior when fresh.

Recommended Vintage: Fresh

Highland Brewing Company's
Thunderstruck Coffee Porter
3.78/5.00

Jadjunk, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of mscudder
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint.

A - A black hue with a massive, thin-bubbled, tan head. Retention and lacing are both fantastic.

S - Sweet cocoa powder with a thin amount of coffee behind it.

T - Mild Roasted coffee paired with a fair amount of chocolate. Little bit of caramel and molasses to speak to of. Finishes with a roasted dryness infused with dark chocolate. I like it.

M - A rather thin medium body that has a creaminess to it. Touch of bitterness on the finish I could go without.

O - This is the best brew I have had from Highland. I found one offering at $7.99 for a sixer. That is a mind boggling great deal.

mscudder, Dec 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Eriktheipaman, Dec 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

rfbenavi80, Dec 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

MADPolo, Dec 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

bcsbeer, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +2.3%

KevinGordon, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of macrosmatic
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a TBBC pint glass.

A: Very dark brown, somewhat opaque, with a one-finger medium tan head and good visible carbonation.

S: Coffee (shocker here), and some sweet malt aroma. Maybe a bit of dark spices. Really, not a particularly big beer on the nose.

T: Bigger coffee flavor than the aroma would imply, with some notes of chocolate. Finishes with just a hint of metallic, but this is subtle and not terribly off-putting. Less sweet overall than most coffee porters but this isn't an unwelcome deviation.

M: Medium body for a coffee porter. Good carbonation sensation, minimal alcohol presence.

O: This was a good beer, but nothing outstanding in a sea of coffee porters. Still, one that I would gladly have again if available at a restaurant or bar, and I was in the mood for a coffee porter.

macrosmatic, Dec 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

DrunkinYogi, Dec 16, 2012
Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter from Highland Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.