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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:
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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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Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a Highland pint glass.

Pours with almost no head, although a thin ring and some lacing are still there some minutes later. Opaque, dark brown; more clear than cloudy.

Aroma of coffee, dark malts and noble hops, in that order of strength. Taste largely follows, although the roasted malts are much more evident in the flavor. While the aroma suggest espresso, the flavor is medium roast coffee; a load of coffee flavor nonetheless. Excellent level of mild bitterness; nice use of hops to provide a shade of spicy flavoring in this malty/coffee mix. There's a subtle hint of dark fruit here too. Fine finish and lingering aftertaste.

M: a bit under-carbonated; medium body; slightly dry finish.

O: a fine, dark coffee beer with a bit more coffee than malt flavor and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 20:49:15 | More by chinchill
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong aroma is mainly quality roast coffee and sweet chocolate, like a mocha from a good coffeehouse. It pours a nearly-black opaque sable with a thick, fine-bubbled, almost Guinness-like tan head that stays around for a bit. Superb flavor is more like coffee than porter - quality coffee, like something from Starbucks or Caribou Coffee, not cheap instant. It also has a subtle malty undertone and a hint of licorice. Sweetness and bitterness balance each other nicely. Texture has plenty of fizz and above-average body. Maybe it won’t leave you thunderstruck, but it’s an outstanding brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 00:43:21 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of JayS2629


3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty rich black with a one finger foam that fades fast into a tan fuzz.

The aroma is full of coffee, cocoa, and earthy tones. Faint whiff of fruity yeast notes.

Nice, but a little on the bitter roasted end of balance. Perhaps a bitter coffee and cocoa combo that had roasted barley, burnt sugar notes, and some nutty elements.

Feels like a porter, a little dry

Overall, an easy drinking beer with loads of roasted coffee flavor. Easy enough to drink and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 03:56:49 | More by JayS2629
Photo of CampusCrew


4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, amzing beer for not being an imperial. Very sessionable big flavor porter. Little or no residual sweetness. Lots of coffe flavor but not overdone by any means. Just a perfectly excuted coffee beer and a great new addition to the brewery. Love the labels/and name. Great cold weather, bbq beef, and chocolate dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 02:01:41 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of IlludiumQ36


4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-12-2012 02:41:29 | More by IlludiumQ36
Photo of ortie


4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-11-2012 03:34:40 | More by ortie
Photo of Mississipping


4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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
Photo of heelsn02

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-09-2012 02:16:14 | More by heelsn02
Photo of csustar001

New York

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

01-08-2012 19:24:05 | More by csustar001
Photo of jrcmlc


2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

01-07-2012 05:45:01 | More by jrcmlc
Photo of CBlack85

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

01-05-2012 20:00:57 | More by CBlack85
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick, muddy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.

S: A very strong coffee smell, with some chocolate thrown in as well.

T: Tasted of coffee, predominantly, with some chocolate, malt and a little hops. While the coffee does dominate the flavor, it's still very tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A wholly enjoyable, drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 14:33:36 | More by avalon07
Photo of carolinahophead

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What a surprise a new seasonal by Highland Brewing Co. Asheville NC.
The beer pours a medium dark color with a somewhat small creamy head.
You do get the coffee, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. Let this one warm up and the aromas come alive. The mouthfeel is light to medium, I would like more body for sure . The carbonation with average and the finish is like drinking a high end coffee.
Thanks Highland for creating a new brew to enjoy. Thunder can be heard my friends...

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 04:04:30 | More by carolinahophead
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Turdferguson for this one. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pint glass. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1.5 finger frothy, light mocha colored head with low retention. Beer is a light, opaque black. Lacing is layered and thick with great cling. A solid looking brew.

Nose is coffee beans, roasted malt, and some liquorice. Moderately aromatic. Decent and as expected for the style.

Opens light espresso with hints of liquorice. Some roasted malt in the middle peaks through but its quickly overtaken by more coffee and espresso notes. End is more coffee with the same finish and aftertaste. Like the nose, very straightforward but pretty enjoyable.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Light and relatively smooth in the mouth and silky but thin going down. Finishes messy with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Could use a touch more body but still pretty good.

A solid beer that's very sessionable. This coffee porter doesn't try to do too much and as a result, it does what it's supposed to very well. A great replacement for iced coffee in my book!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 02:44:06 | More by SpeedwayJim
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-05-2012 02:15:13 | More by cssosprey
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-05-2012 01:58:28 | More by gambleroffoxes
Photo of fantasyroach

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

01-04-2012 17:43:52 | More by fantasyroach
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 20:17:19 | More by Rchap1
Photo of jennaski01

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +27.9%

01-03-2012 02:02:35 | More by jennaski01
Photo of therope

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -23.3%

01-01-2012 19:01:41 | More by therope
Photo of WMEugene


3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a black color (brown base) with a thin tan head and good lacing.

S - Coffee, roasted malts, some cocoa.

T - Coffee flavors, but seems a little muted. roasted malts as well. Tasty, but not particularly bold.

M - Thinner than one would expect, but it works and the beer is very creamy and drinkable. Good carbonation.

O - Highland has created a very drinkable, if not particularly bold coffee porter. Tasty, and something to try if you want a sessionable coffee porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 22:22:13 | More by WMEugene
Photo of EasyReader

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-31-2011 19:22:33 | More by EasyReader
Photo of metalgdog

New York

3/5  rDev -23.3%

12-30-2011 22:36:19 | More by metalgdog
Photo of jak

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-30-2011 16:19:28 | More by jak
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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
Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter from Highland Brewing
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