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Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter - Highland Brewing

Highland Thunderstruck Coffee PorterHighland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter

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BA SCORE
88
very good

355 Ratings
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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%


Brewed by:
Highland Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: hippityhophead24 on 11-10-2011)
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: on tap into a liter mug, dark brown with a nice tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: heavy on the roasted coffee, big malty espresso, light bitter hops

T: toasted malt, coffee, quite light flavors, finish dries with a light hop flavor, coffee bean bitter flavors

M: medium bodied with good carbonation

O: nice coffee porter, flavors are balanced and not overpowering

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2013 00:45:50 | More by M_C_Hampton
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pimpinmidget

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Fox and Hound Winston-Salem

A: Dark brown almost black pour. Nice finger and a half tan head that sticks around and laces the glass nicely.

S: All about the coffee. There is a slight chocolate aroma that is burried down deep.

T: Coffee. A bit of the chocolate at the very end and a slight hop bitterness in the finish that complements the bitterness of the coffee.

M: Medium to full body. Nice amount of carbonation. Has a very nice drinkability to it.

O: Very nice coffee porter. Very drinkable. Delivers on what it advertises - coffee. Will have this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2013 12:13:36 | More by pimpinmidget
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Nice tan head, moderate retention on a dark ruby, almost black body. Nice lacing leaving behind clear film. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee with a mild sweetness (like coffee cake) in there somewhere. Taste includes a nice roast, mild sweetness with coffee in the aftertaste. Very easy to drink, quite sessionable and tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2012 04:02:25 | More by KickbacksSteve
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jucifer1818

Florida

4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at brewfest, and it was also the first one I had.

an what a beer to start with! this is by far the best coffee beer I've ever had.

You can actually taste the coffee, and it feels like a cup of cold black coffee, which if that's what you want....this is the perfect brew for you

Its body Still felt a little too light for my taste, but its strong coffee flavors really make up for this.
my only retreat was not having a scoop of vanilla ice cream to add to it!

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2012 17:33:08 | More by jucifer1818
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half finger tab head on a dark black body with some light passing through. Little lacing. Aroma is a little light coffee and chocolate notes. Not much else. Sweet and mildly smokey porter flavor with a light coffee note throughtout. They didn't go crazy with the coffee on this one. Lighter body than I was expecting with moderate to high carbonation. Overall a standard coffee porter, very drinkable but not super memorable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2012 00:22:16 | More by kylehay2004
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Mississipping

Mississippi

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours very, very dark brown, almost black.  A small one-finger tan head sits on top and recedes slowly to a thin film and ring.  Moderate lacing left of the edges of the glass. 

S: Coffee is the dominant characteristic on this one.  Bitter coffee up front with roasted barley, caramel malt, chocolate, and a touch of vanilla.  I was taken by surprise by this one.  Really smells excellent. 

T: Follows the aroma well, with a pretty strong espresso flavor and roasted barley up front.  Sweetness sneaks in behind the bitter start with some chocolate, caramel, and vanilla.  The sweetness is pretty subtle, letting the coffee shine.  

M: Medium-bodied with a good bit of carbonation.  Creamy and almost a bit prickly on the tongue.  Carbonation could be toned down just a bit, but it's still rather enjoyable. 

D: I had several of these over the course of the night and would like to go back to the local SC pub I had them at.  I wasn't expecting much, but really enjoyed this.  One of the best, if not the best, beer I've had from Highland so far.  

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2012 21:33:19 | More by Mississipping
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Onenote81

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my more anticipated new NC beers to try, so I was excited to see this one on tap at City Bev in town. A huge rocky tan head capped this mother off. The nose was strong with roasted coffee and chocolate powder. I really am digging the freshly ground aroma. Nice strong coffee presence. The body is moderate-to-full, yet still drinkable. The alcohol level must be low, because this one is disappearing quickly. Big coffee notes, chocolate, slight nutty presence melded within. Dang. This one delivered. My new favorite Highland offering. Now to seek out some bottles...

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2011 00:58:23 | More by Onenote81
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oberon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Mellow in Greensboro,or at least it was,it blew after my pour.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep dark brown cola color with rich creamy-like off white head atop.A heavy dose of French roast coffee in the nose with underlying bitter chocolate and molasses sweetness as well.A little heavy handed in the coffee department for my taste on the palate but its still a nice porter,mild molasses sweetness and a hint of vanilla underneath the coffee roast and earth.Again it's a great porter but for me just a tad to much coffee flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2011 13:48:20 | More by oberon
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

dark brown, nearly black in color with a nice little puff on tan colored head on top. Nice lacing as it drops down the sides leaving a broken crown along the top. Aroma is solid coffee, with light notes of lactose and touches of something sweet balancing in there as well. Rich coffee notes with light touches of sugar are the way to go here. Smooth, easy sipper as each taste seems to bring more of the coffee flavor up to the forefront. Lighter feel then I would have expected but with the more the adequete carbonation it really seems to work here.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2011 06:09:19 | More by mikesgroove
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TheSSG

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 03:13:17 | More by TheSSG
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WarEagleJeep

Alabama

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours black, dark cherry red at the edges, with a thin tan head that disappears quickly.

S: Roasted coffee, dark roasted grains, faint chocolate.

T: Rich coffee, chocolate malt, and a smokey aromatic finish.

M: A little thin for a porter but good carbonation and enjoyable crisp finish.

O: A pretty simple coffee porter, a bit on the thin side, but a good fix for a coffee flavored winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 01:12:03 | More by WarEagleJeep
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mooseisloose

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Purchased this brew a while back, it has been aging nicely since it was filled on 10/8/13, so it's time to give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a waft of coffee and milk chocolate. Pours into a SAPP like motor oil with a dark tan micro-bubble three-finger head. Color is jet black and opaque. On the taste this brew hits up front with a spicy sweet start, then transitions to a nicely balanced buttery coffee flavor with a subtle bitterness that then gets chaulky and fades with the sweetnesss for a semi-sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel is solid and carbonation is spot on. This is a very tasty brew, I am currently enjoying it for dessert but it would suit many occaisons.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 01:36:31 | More by mooseisloose
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged a couple of bottles from my 10 dollar mix a six section at the local House of 1,000 beers.

A - For under 6% it pours quite thick, very viscous dark black color with mild ruby hues at the base. Head is thick well over an inch of mocha goodness that seems to stick around forever.
S - Roasted coffee notes, ashy chocolate, and some vanilla malt base. Pretty in your face coffee.
T - Taste is good for the ABV its sweet chocolate water taste meets a filters coffee blast and finishes off with some vanilla malt sweetness. Not very lactic or acidic and it goes down smooth.
M - Light to medium kind of watery but its to be expected for the ABV.

Overall its a actually a well crafted low ABV coffee porter. Not as big or chewy as I expected but I can easily down the two I got. Worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 03:36:42 | More by DrDemento456
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours black with a small creamy light-tan head that retains nicely, leaving behind some shirt lasting lace

S- chocolate malt with some slightly burnt coffee, some fruity esters, burnt popcorn

T- smooth chocolaty malt flavors up front, the coffee is subtle but balances nicely with the chocolate, burnt popcorn continues into the flavor, leaving a bitter finish.

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy and silky mouthfeel with a smooth finish

O- the smooth chocolate flavors were almost spot on with the added coffee, however the burnt taste detracted from it overall. I wonder if it was the actual coffee selection that caused this

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 03:36:19 | More by Treyliff
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schwemjw

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: a rich black with a creamy tan head.

S: Strong roast dominates the aroma. Bits of chocolate swirl in and out. Dark coffee and a bit of a nutty sweetness.

T: Once again, a very dark strong roast. full coffee flavor. slight earth bitterness. the finish is a tad nutty with a little bitter cocoa. bitter coffee roast finish.

M: Thin with a long bitter coffee finish.

O: A very solid offering. The mouthfeel is fantastic i think. Light and easy to drink but packing a punch with flavor. a perfect winter session porter! /85

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 06:20:21 | More by schwemjw
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deepest and darkest of browns, this Porter pours with a bubbly fleeting head that had a short life and frothy thickness.

Mmmmm, roasted coffee. The aroma is roasted whole bean coffee with hints of chocolate malt and smoke.

The flavors hold true to the nose with fine roast of coffee beans and an under current of chocolate malt and smoky char. The smokiness really comes out more prevalent in the taste.

The feel quite thin almost to a watery character. There is a nifty warmth, despite the lower ABV, and a spiciness.

Overall, I'm very impressed with Highlands rendition of this Porter. It holds more qualities of a coffee stout but who cares when it's good.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 23:23:19 | More by KYGunner
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a mug, the beer is a very dark, brown-to-black coloring with a wispy, filmy, light tan surface head. Aromas of rich, dark roasted coffee, with a hint of nut sweetness. Simple nose, but very inviting. Flavors are heavily bitter and roast forward, with a blast of coffee, dark and rich like coffee grounds. Very bitter towards the back end of the palate, with subtle hints of chocolate becoming present into the aftertaste. Dry, mid-bodied, with a bitter roast linger into the smooth finish, slightly dry finish. Solid beer with heavy, robust flavors, but remaining very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 23:59:13 | More by GarthDanielson
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours out black with two fingers of fluffy tan head that fades fast, no lacing.
S - Big roasts of dark chocolate, coffee, and toffee malt. Some light undertones of a earthy type.
T - Lots of big roasted malt with coffee beans, toasted caramel, some baking chocolate, slight earthy hop underneath.
M - Decent feel, a tad dry and bitter at t e end.
O - Excellent coffee based beer. Tons of good roasted flavor and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 04:12:13 | More by Omnium
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanx Sarah;

On the bottle it says "Filled 10/2/13"

Into a pint glass:

A: dark brown colored body with a half finger white foamy head that dies within less than a minute, lacing is somewhat sticky and clinging to the sides of the glass - looks like it tries to form some rings, but slides for the most part

S: espresso coffee strong up front with some roasted malty notes and light chocolate in the background creating a nice smooth aroma

T: coffee sweet (probably what I'm trying to say is its got a fairly fresh sort roasted and somewhat vanilla coffee blessing to the flavoring) I'm really diggin' this, slight coffee aftertaste and a dry coffee finish

M: medium, somewhat sessionable as any coffee porter can be, carbonation is good for the style and for me, nothing obscure and yet there's a decent smooth presence all around

O: this is a very well done coffee porter that I would definitely welcome again, Highland is quite the gem of a beer company down there in NC.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 22:33:55 | More by BeerKangaroo
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delta490

Virginia

3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- poured a deep clear brown with a thick creamy tan head. Head has great retention and leaves big lacing

S- deep roasted malt and robust coffee

T- Lighter than the aroma would indicate. But it has a nice rich coffee flavor blended with the tasty porter

M- lighter again, but still pleasant. There's a little fizzy quality to it

O- a really good coffee porter. Not quite the best I've ever had but a good one nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 23:09:18 | More by delta490
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austin_page

South Carolina

4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Very nice dark inky color, a little bit of brownish hue, brown head, nice lacing and retention. I could tell I was going to enjoy it just by the sheer darkness.

S- Smells really good, you smell the coffee right off the bat, smells a bit roasty, mild malts.

T- There's kind of a hoppy pinch when it first hits the tongue, roasted/ almost caramel/ nutty malt kind of taste, you can definitely taste the rich coffee and malt, they blend very well, this can be compared to Terrapin's Wake-n-Bake stout, since a porter with coffee is essentially a stout.

M- Slight carbonation, smooth, goes down just like coffee, coffee after taste, leaves you wanting another after another if you're a die hard coffee fan and beer nut.

O- Overall a very nice stout since Highlands Mocha stout tastes mostly of cocoa powder and has plenty of room for improvement, I couldn't come up with a decision at Whole Foods as usual, but I saw the last sixer and know I know why, its simply delicious and I know it won't be around long.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 05:34:38 | More by austin_page
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear but opaque very dark brown bordering on jet black with some light amounts of gentle carbonation along the edges of the glass and some dark cola brown + garnet red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy tan head that reduces to a few small to medium sized patches of thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of freshly ground espresso/french roast coffee with some lighter aromas of roasted malts and chocolate.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of roasted malts with a touch of molasses sweetness and a hint of vanilla. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of espresso/french roast coffee and some light flavors of bittersweet chocolate. Overall there is a light amount of bitterness that lingers for a short amount of time.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: As an avid coffee drinker, this beer really spoke to me...wonderful coffee aromas and flavors dominate this beer. I would definitely recommend this one and will likely grab a couple more of these while it is available (since it is a seasonal).

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 02:13:17 | More by dbrauneis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Simply put, you don't get robust-er without going "stout", this dark ale borrows toasted elements from a lot of different angles to reinforce its toast character and without going all roast. Its a very bold beer that's certainly got me thunderstruck.

Opening with the darkest of brown but not black, the ale quickly separates from its froathly whipped top. Seemingly opaque from darkness alone, its mocha-stained head is like meringue as it builds its creamy density, shows long staying power, and laces the glass with well-defined collaring.

Bold french roast-type coffee is roasty, nutty and rich with scorched earth- its coffee aroma is joined by dark chocolate, seared toffee and charred toast to follow. Roasted walnuts, campfire char and woodish hops weave into a scent that's sharp and toasty-acidic heading into taste.

Silky malted milk joins with the char for a boisterous but gentle taste. Its coffee taste is light and smooth even with its earthy and light espresso taste. But the beer's backbone of caramel, toffee, burnt toast and natural coffee flavor perfectly supports the coffee aditions with its own darkness and mysterious tendencies. As the beer finishes, its dry malt taste is cut short with woody hop notes that are easily mistaken for coffee bitterness and charred bite.

Just as silky in texture as it is in taste, the sweetness wraps around the tongue with gentle seduction. As the char wants to pang away at the soft tissues of the mouth, its acrid sharpness is buffered to perfection, even as the sweetness and carbonation trails off. In finish, is almost as if the malts gently lay the taste buds down to rest for the night. However, its caffeinated kick and its alcohol spice says, "the party's on!"

Though its quality is high and its taste is masculine- the beer has a humble understated demeanor likely because its a porter and not a stout. This really allows the finesse of the coffee to stand out beautifully.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 17:48:25 | More by BEERchitect
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barczar

Kentucky

3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque onyx with a billowing frothy mocha head that slowly displays, leaving sheets of lacing.

Coffee is evident when the bottle opens, accompanied by nutty malt.deeply roasted, fruity notes are accented by a hint of chocolate and char.

Flavor follows suit, with deeply roasted malt, almost burnt, and coffee beans dominating. There's a subtle toasted and nutty character, almost toffee-like, in the aftertaste. Chocolate is subdued.

Body is fairly full and lush, with moderate to low carbonation, and light alcohol warmth.

Glad I had this in the early afternoon, as it's a great replacement for coffee. I'm not a huge coffee fan, but the underlying toffee character keeps me going back for more. Slightly acrid, but not as bad as some.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 17:32:14 | More by barczar
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Jacurdy60

Alabama

4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Pours a pitch black viscous liquid with a pretty thick, coffee colored head with decent retention. Foam leaves a fair amount of lacing

S-Roasted coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, slightly wheaty, subtle hops

T-Bitter, roasted coffee precedes the semi-sweet chocolate and finishes with a slightly bitter hop taste. Coffee is overarching and makes its presence throughout the entire palate.

MF-A little too crisp and dry for a porter. Medium bodied and not too robust

O-A tasty porter. Well-balanced, nuanced, and none of the notes are too overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 00:14:04 | More by Jacurdy60
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Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter from Highland Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.