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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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397 Ratings
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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 19
Gots: 24 | 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:
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(Beer added by: hippityhophead24 on 11-10-2011)
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Photo of khargro2
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

khargro2, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of GallowsThief
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my tulip.

A – Deep and dark brown to black. Minimal tan head that receded quickly. Touch of lacing.

S – Very nice bold coffee smell, almost an espresso. Light vanilla.

T – Very mellow brew here. The smell makes you think the taste would be more aggressive. Has a nice light coffee flavor. Not overpowering. Roasted malts. Touch of vanilla. Not really any sweetness. Coffee bitterness finishes it off.

M – Medium bodied brew. Low carbonation.

O – Good not great. I love my coffee porters to be aggressive and this one is not. The nose is outstanding but does not pack as much punch in the taste. Still a solid beer.

GallowsThief, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of WrathsU
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Black as night body. Thin white head that recedes quickly. No lacing apparent.

S - Strong coffee smell up front. Very earthy and roasty in aroma. Some sweet vanilla and caramel towards the end.

T - A ton of coffee flavor up front. Very bold tasting, similar to espresso. Moderate astringency and mineral taste after the coffee which isn't pleasant. Some roast towards the end.

M - Heavy-medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a slight alcohol burn.

O - An overall decent beer. A lot of minor things could be improved. I'd like a lot more complexity in the flavor to start with. The coffee contributes to the astringency but it's a bit over the top still.

WrathsU, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of farrago
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presents two fingers of dark brown foam, islands of larger bubbles create an uneven surface, not the longest retention so it smoothes out as it settles, while thin the lacing sticks for an extended period. Spotless black liquid, now and then you see a few tiny bubbles make a run for the surface, very thin orange band around the glass bottom. The coffee roast in the nose is thick but not heavy and, actually, not as overly dominant as expected, chicory, lemon peel, bitter dark chocolate and a few coconut flakes slip in, some mint or other herbs, dry nostril texture with no real fruitiness, penetrates like an arrow. Medium-bodied, unyielding at moments, yet releases enough to flow forward. As before, the coffee roast is not bitter nor aggressive if omnipresent. Any nuttiness equally met by lemon to grapefruit citrus accents, especially as aided by mineral water flavoring. Sweeter grains and blanched nuts center it. The carbonation has a light fluffing sensation, peters out by the finish. Its lack of ostentation a big plus. Still, for its complete lack of flaws does not particularly compel you to have another.

farrago, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of OldTime
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

OldTime, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of tdm168
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black with a quarter of an inch of cappuccino colored head that is dense, foamy, and has fantastic retention. The nose is subtle with mild notes of coffee, chocolate, and some citrus primarily lemon zest. The flavor is intriguing because it has notes that most porters wouldn't. I get notes of coffee and chocolate which were expected but also some fruit, citrus, and mild floral hop finish. The finish leaves a fruity aftertaste reminiscent of a Now And Later candy. There is also some wheaty notes throughout that seem to soften the body and mellow the flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little dry, and well carbonated. The dryness detracts a little from the body.

This is a refreshing beer. It has some fruity qualities that seem to set it apart from the rest of the crown. I enjoyed and wouldn't mind having it again.

tdm168, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another coffee beer?! As Mac from "Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia" often quips, "Youre Goddamned Right"! I bought a 12 pack of this from Sam's Blue Light in Durham, NC. On the side of the 12 pack, Sam's posted a sign that read "Lawsuit from AC/DC pending". I thought that was pretty fuckin funny.

Pours from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass an opaque black color with a half finger sized, creamy tan head. Lacing is decent and head retention is nice as well.

Aroma is beautifully coffee filled. Raw, fresh roasted, burnt toasty goodness. This is the kind of coffee aroma I like in my beers. Almost like espresso. Not a whole lot else but I dont really give a shit.

More coffee in the flavor, and more deliciousness. My only gripe about this bee is the rather thin and watery mouthfeel. Give this one some body and substance and you have something world class here. I still loved this beer and commend Highland for trying new stuff and always staying local when possible.

SaCkErZ9, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a thin coffee, black color with a tan head that fizzles away quickly but leaves a good ring of lacing.

S - Dark chocolate with some earthy malt tones and some fresh oats.

T - Dark chocolate and a burnt coffee flavor. Some malts in there too.

M - mild/medium carbonation but a flat finish.

O - Not bad. Prefer their oatmeal porter.

brstls4drmrs, Jan 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

topgun1911, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of CarolinaKevin
4/5  rDev +2.3%

CarolinaKevin, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of StateMech
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

StateMech, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of wrwhite174
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

wrwhite174, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of Heff19
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Heff19, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of Vec2267
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with a tan head that falls quickly but laces nicely

S - Coffee

T - Roasted (to the point of burnt) coffee, a slight cocoa and nuts

M - Medium body but very satisfying, any heavier and it would have become syrupy

O - Very easy to drink, very smooth, nothing harsh

Another fine beer from one of my favorite brewers.

Vec2267, Jan 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

wgfxkmf, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of chinchill
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.

chinchill, Jan 15, 2012
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.

Cyberkedi, Jan 15, 2012
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.

JayS2629, Jan 13, 2012
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.

CampusCrew, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of IlludiumQ36
4/5  rDev +2.3%

IlludiumQ36, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of ortie
4/5  rDev +2.3%

ortie, Jan 11, 2012
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.  

Mississipping, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

heelsn02, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of csustar001
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

csustar001, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of jrcmlc
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

jrcmlc, Jan 07, 2012
Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter from Highland Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.