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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

359 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 359
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hippityhophead24 on 11-10-2011)
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cosmicevan

New York

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked this up in NC the other day.

a - opened and filled my duck rabbit snifter. poured a deep rich black with a milky mocha creamy head. lacing was kind of sticky and head hung out for a bit.

s - robust milk chocolate and coffee. frappacino anyone? very stouty. very much like something you'd be served in a coffee shop.

t - flavor is a bit interesting. at first very muddled, but as i got adjusted to the gourmet coffee flavoring i noticed some of the charred porter flavors that i love. seems like a bit of an odd combination still.

m - mouth is a bit thicker than your average porter, but nowhere near a stout.

o - overall the coffee is an interesting addition. i find myself wishing it was a stout and not a porter that they blended the coffee with. the coffee flavoring is nice, but not a perfect match for this porter. it is non-offensive though and an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 03:32:13 | More by cosmicevan
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JayS2629

Alabama

3.88/5  rDev -1%
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
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GallowsThief

Florida

3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 01:32:37 | More by GallowsThief
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RochefortChris

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a dimpled mug and almost completely black. Excellent coffee aroma and full mouthfeel. Along with coffee hints of dark chocolate and taffy which make for a nice balance of flavor. I actually expected more out of this as I enjoy Highland's beers. Nothing great but overall a very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 23:43:25 | More by RochefortChris
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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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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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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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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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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WMEugene

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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
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HardTarget

Texas

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

Appearance: Black glass glows lightly brown with back light. Holds a respectable dark tan cover that laces with tides.

Smell: Malty chocolate coffee. Definite dusty, earthy porter hop as well, but the malt and coffee are firm, forward, and lasting.

Taste: Almost chalky character, partly from the dark roasted grain, partly from the balanced bitter, partly from the bone dry finish. Enjoyable flavors balance each other leaving a complete, round profile.

Mouthfeel: Again, the dryness gives that milk of magnesia chalky character, think the low carbonation and heavy body play into that as well.

Overall: Beer punches above it's weight. Loads of flavor, heavy body, under 6% abv. A head scratcher, but an enjoyable glass.

Cheers to Illudium for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 02:45:19 | More by HardTarget
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jsanford

Georgia

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

12oz bottle into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a dark black with a very creamy mocha-colored head that settles to a nice cap, leaving sheets of lacing.
S -Lovely coffee-forward aromas of mocha, chocolate, vanilla, roasted nuts, and caramel. Very nice, but not overwhelmingly intense like some coffee beers.
T - Sweet coffee-and-cream, caramel, dark chocolate malt, and roasted nuts. Very drinkable despite the strong coffee flavors, sessionable almost.
M - Smooth and creamy, with a medium body and solid carbonation.
O - A really solid new brew from Highland, I'd love to see more of this!

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 04:34:25 | More by jsanford
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Apellonious

North Carolina

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

A - pours a dark, brownish black, no head

S - roasted coffee beans

T - coffee, slight smoke, vanilla, malts. Smoky lingering finish.

M - good mouthfeel, decent smoothness, some sharpness on the front of the tongue. Carbonation medium low.

O - Cant vote for this over their oatmeal porter, but it is a solid porter, especially if you are into coffee flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 01:40:25 | More by Apellonious
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a snifter.

(Appearance) Pours a medium fizzy brown head with poor retention. Very dark body, near black aside from the edges. Decent appearance overall. 3.5

(Smell) Balanced chocolate, black malt and hints of nutty toffee. Coffee aromas are warm and toasty albeit mild, Malt presence is slightly sweet. Earthy bitter aromas suggest mild low-alpha hop presence. Medium potency. 3.5

(Taste) Thorough bitter earthy hop introduction follows through with a sweet milky chocolate midsection and finally reaches a mild, balanced coffee finish. Malt body balances well with the bitterness from the hops and coffee. Not particularly coffee heavy, but I like the stages this beer takes and the diversity of flavor it provides. 4

(Mouthfeel) Largely smooth with a bit of creaminess aside from some air on the tongue. Could be slightly more viscous to better counter the bitterness of the coffee flavor. 3

(Overall) This coffee porter focuses more on bitterness than the flavors of coffee, complimenting other porter characters that would otherwise be overshadowed. Chocolate and toffee are easier to find as a result and this coffee porter dives a touch deeper than alternative beers in its particular style. Bitterness keeps it from being overly quaffable but it is enjoyable in small sips. 4

Vintage Reviews:

Fall/Winter 2011. Initial release. (1+ year aged)

Similar head quality and equally dark in appearance. Toasty, crisp coffee aromas are gone and a very faint trace of cold coffee lingers amongst a prevailing toasted malt background with faint chocolate and nutty malt background. The malt profile as a whole is more thoroughly exposed than in the fresh batch, likely due to the lacking coffee profile. Some faint sourness has come into play by this r a. The hop profile has broken down and the stages of flavor have mellowed out significantly, with little hop or coffee flavor to be individually discerned. The finish has a slightly acidic tartness to it. This beer, like most mild-bodied coffee porters and stouts hasn’t aged particularly well, and while it’s a slightly better example than Kona’s Pipeline, it is still far superior when fresh.

Recommended Vintage: Fresh

Highland Brewing Company's
Thunderstruck Coffee Porter
3.78/5.00

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 06:02:16 | More by Jadjunk
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devilben02

North Carolina

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

Pours black from the bottle, with a foamy, mocha-brown head. The aroma is distinctly reminiscent of coffee and milk, with a bit of milk chocolate and some kind of dry mineral character beneath. The flavor is pleasantly mild, with a light coffee bitterness and lactose sweetness predominating, although some herbal hops and bittersweet chocolate are also present. Overall, although the flavor is a bit dominated by the coffee character, it doesn't change the impression of this beer as a pleasant, drinkable porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 15:15:12 | More by devilben02
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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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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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macrosmatic

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 00:48:25 | More by macrosmatic
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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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mechamifune

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ver dark but thin looking brown with a slight tan head that goes away immediately. Ends up looking slightly creamy in the glass. Carbonation level seems right for style.

Smell is prettly slight for being labeled as a coffee porter. Of what is there coffee dominates with notes of chocolate malt.

Taste is coffee upfront, but not overpowering. Roasty, chocolate flavors follow but nothing dominates. Very slight sourness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is very good for the style, Smooth and creamy without feeling heavy. Nice level of carbonation.

Overall this is a solid but not great beer (like most of highland's offerings). At the very least it's better than their oatmeal porter. Personally though, if a porter/stout is going to put coffee in its name then i'd like to see that note be a little more dominant than it is here.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 18:27:02 | More by mechamifune
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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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rangerred

Tennessee

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours jet black with a one finger tan head. Pretty good lacing.

The smell is just wonderful. Coffee and dark chocolate dominate with some caramel. Smells like a cappuccino!

The taste starts off great but doesn't finish well. There is a heavy coffee and caramel flavor along with chocolate, much like the smell. However soon after there is a strong bitterness that takes hold. I'm guessing it is from the coffee but it just seems to disrupt the flow of things.

This is a good beer overall but I feel the coffee bitterness could be toned down just a bit. I would drink it again, though.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 22:10:26 | More by rangerred
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160Shillings

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Arborescence

Finland

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a VERY dark clear ruby/near brown, with 2 fingers of rich light mocha head. This retains with a ½ finger or so of froth which leaves back a foamy cascade of sticky lacing. The aroma has a ripe smoky twang to it from a mix of cocoa, toffee, green citrus and coffee. The hops in particular give a nice fresh leafy pop in the nose.

The coffee flavor is there in the taste but isn’t overpowering, as sweet notes of chocolate and caramel kicks in next, which in turn give way to bitter green citrus along the rear. Roast and hops finish this dry and bitter with some lingering acrid smokiness on the tail end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mellow creamy prickle to the carbonation. This movies rather nicely, with just enough crispness to it from those hops.

This was a pretty decent take on a Coffee Porter, with a good balance and flow to the flavors and an easy enough body to keep this on the drinkable side on things. I’d like to see them put this in 12 oz bottles at some point.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 17:09:04 | More by Kegatron
Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter from Highland Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.