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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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382 Ratings
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Ratings: 382
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
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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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

03-24-2012 03:01:02 | More by syntheticwings
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

I've been impressed with the Highland brews I've had recently, hoping this one keeps the trend. It looks the part, pouring a pretty solid black with a small head. The aroma is very roasty, with roasted malts, coffee, and a little bit of a chalky smell. The taste is also good, offering a solid amount of coffee flavor over the roasted malt base of the porter. There's really not much else to report taste-wise, but it's done very well. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with just a touch of prickliness, and the drinkability is good. Overall, it's a good coffee beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 02:33:56 | More by shand
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-19-2012 01:58:03 | More by zonker17
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 20:15:23 | More by DIM
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

03-16-2012 03:57:36 | More by Heavenisbeer
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-12-2012 04:46:53 | More by UltimateLivewire
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

03-09-2012 16:05:29 | More by ninner00
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

03-08-2012 23:33:02 | More by beerFool28607
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-07-2012 15:12:03 | More by BeerTaster727
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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. 

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 00:40:50 | More by ThickNStout

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-02-2012 16:29:37 | More by TEAMHOLT
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-29-2012 18:59:13 | More by sansho
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

02-27-2012 19:57:51 | More by meich75
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-26-2012 06:12:04 | More by ColSanders123
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-21-2012 00:06:46 | More by twowheelssoar
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-20-2012 07:31:13 | More by greencovesteve
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3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, Rich.

Pours dark brown in color with a tan head. Definitely a lot of coffee on the aroma. Also a fair amount of sugar with a soft spice quality. A bit of dark chocolate and some roasted malts as well. The coffee comes through on the palate, as does the coffee and roasted malt. There seems to be a hint of vanilla sweetness on the back end of the flavor and there is just a little bit of bitterness, too.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 02:21:48 | More by womencantsail
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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

02-16-2012 13:57:53 | More by poopsmitherson
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3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black, pours a modest but creamy head.

Aroma: Roasted coffee beans, hint of chocolate; not overpowering.

Taste: Coffee is evident, but it’s fairly mild. There’s not an awful lot of character or body to this beer. It’s satisfying though, and the hint of coffee (less than you might expect from the aroma) does give it a bit of something extra — I suspect that otherwise this might be a rather bland porter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nice and smooth.

Overall: Decent beer, I do like it, but it's not a match for its peers.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 02:19:41 | More by Arborescence
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3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jason for this one. Review from notes.

A: Pours a dark black color with a one finger tan/brown colored head on top. Not much retention, reducing to a cap of foam on top, minimal lacing.

S: Lots of coffee, some roasted malt, a little bit of chocolate too.

T: There is some coffee flavor in the beginning, but it falls off quickly, leaving a dark, roasted malt flavor with nothing much else going on.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Surprised at how quickly the coffee was gone in the flavor profile. Decent, but not a beer I would see out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 16:55:04 | More by mdaschaf
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Fruity ale yeast esters, roast malt aroma, roast coffee aroma

Appearance: Very dark brown color, pours with a half inch of tight medium brown head that collapses into a firm lace over the surface of the beer.

Flavor: Roast malt flavor, dry but not quiet burnt. Finishes with coffee which is surprisingly mild, more French roast than espresso.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation, not astringent.

Overall Impression: A moderate robust porter accented with medium roast coffee

Comments: A good, if not quiet exceptional robust porter. The coffee adds some interest without dominating the beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 04:19:32 | More by 160Shillings
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

02-15-2012 01:35:46 | More by HamGlade10
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3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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
Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter from Highland Brewing
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