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Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter - Highland Brewing

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Highland Thunderstruck Coffee PorterHighland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter

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very good

390 Ratings
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Ratings: 390
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 19
Gots: 22 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

MADPolo, Dec 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

bcsbeer, Dec 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

KevinGordon, Dec 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

chris1919, Dec 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

newenglandontap, Dec 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

May have just found my go to cold weather porter (locally brewed). Dark brown color that light can barely pierce. Mocha head. Bittersweet nose that comes out nicely as it warms. Dark chocolate tones in the flavor with bitter coffe flavors. Bittersweet malts. Medium body. This wod be excellent if aged in a bourbon barrel.

MuddyFeet, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of birchstick
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

A - pours an opaque black color with a chocolaty head that disappears rather quickly

S - nose consists of heaps and heaps of roasted, nutty coffee with dark chocolates also in the mix

T - opens up with bitter, chocolaty, burnt coffee notes. From there, these flavors separate and take turns being the dominant flavor on the palate. Kind of crazy how the flavors begin together, separate, and then come back together before ultimately giving way to roasted coffee.

M - mouthfeel is full and complements the beer well

D - overall, this is a really nice coffee porter. To me, this is one of the better ones out there, especially at the price point and availability (if you live in the distribution area). If you like coffee and like stouts, this is a perfect marriage of the two beverages.

birchstick, Dec 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

kegmans, Dec 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

retreminy, Dec 03, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

KickbacksSteve, Nov 28, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +12%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a pitch black color and leaves a thin, very creamy, tan layer of head. Excellent retention and lacing all the way to the end. Smells very roasted, chocolate and coffee, with a slight earthiness. Taste is amazing, dark full roasted coffee notes right away that fades to a bittersweet chocolate flavor. The mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy and smooth. Medium carbonation and full bodied. Overall this beer is excellent, it was hard finding anything wrong with it. One of the best coffee porters I've tried. The taste and feel really just put it over the top. Excellent.

scvance, Nov 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

ncstateplaya, Nov 27, 2012
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3.1/5  rDev -20.7%

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
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

SlowWideTurns, Nov 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Lovely85, Nov 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

nickfl, Nov 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

adam_e, Nov 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

CGMLS3, Nov 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

GTB, Nov 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

FUwolfpacker, Nov 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

CalbeDacks, Nov 15, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -11%

Somewhat aggressively poured into a standard pint glass. A seriously big, fluffy head of dark tan develops over the opaque and deeply brown liquid. Retention is good after it setlles to a very thick film. Good lacing.
Smell is burnt malt, wet cardboard and coffee grounds. All balanced but....
Taste is toasted, no burnt, malts, coffee, cardboard and not much else.
Medium bodied, medium effervescence. Drying somewhat. Aftertaste is slightly ashy from the burnt malt. A good beer but not a great one.

PorterLambic, Nov 15, 2012
Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter from Highland Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.