Cerveza Kofresi | Old Harbor Brewery Steak & Lobster House

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Old Harbor Brewery Steak & Lobster House
Puerto Rico

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by MTNboy on 07-24-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 57
Photo of Brenden
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Stouts from PR can't be common, seeing as light lagers dominate the market. Thanks again to Kevin for another interesting sample.

Almost black, it's got the color though it seems to lack the viscosity. The tan head holds reasonably well at half a finger and leaves behind somewhat more than a modicum of creamy lacing.
Dark chocolate takes the lead in the aroma, with a creamy sweetness pushing it more toward milk chocolate as it goes. There is a hint of roast and caramel, as well as an interesting and unusual note perhaps of some dry malt adding a bit of cracker.
Sweetness and roast combine with a touch of cold-brewed coffee and caramel, but the crackery (as opposed to roasty or woody)dryness and overall thinness in the flavor aren't becoming of a stout. Still, the essentials are there.
It goes a little south in the over-carbonated body that's on the wrong side of medium and generally lackluster.

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Photo of BrewClint
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW!!! A very pleasant surprise on the Island where Rum and Watery Local Brews own the show. I knew about this Brewery beforehand so I made a bit of a mission out of going there.
After several days of Rums Drinks and Watery Medalla and Magna, this was just AWESOME!
I have a lot of Stout Experience and can say this stands up very well to MOST Stouts in the States. If you're a fan of Simple Stouts(I fancy Barrel Aged) this will make you smile!
THINK a more complex Guinness with a faint Chocolate note that came through more as it warmed up. $6/pint at the Brewery Bar which was a perfect price in my opinion.
If you're a beer geek like me craving a good brew while on vacation, look no further.
There is a very limited Stout presence in PR at Liquor Stores, and they're all 2-3x the price they sell for in the States.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75


Pours black with a yellowish head, dissipates to nothing.

Smells of mild cocoa, coffee, and some nuttiness.

Cocoa and coffee malts with a bit of nutty and woody bitterness, mildly dry-hoppy.

Medium body with a tingle of carbonation on the tongue.

Pretty good stout, surprisingly good flavor for the strength, worth trying for stout fans. Not the best stout, but probably the best stout brewed in the Caribbean.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a thin light tan bubbly head soon fading away. Big bubbles trail up the sides of glass.

S- The hint of roasted black malt and dark graham notes under a faint inky coffee hint in the finish.

T- The watery taste leads to a dark slightly sweet nougat of mellow roasted black malt and a cold coffee hint to it. There is a dried fruit sweetness in the finish and the sweetness lingers a bit in the aftertaste.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a low carbonation fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The very average stout is water in taste and texture with hints of dark malt. There is some depth to the malt but it is just not enough.

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Photo of freditoj
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer comes from a country where beer is not the specialty. Rums are more famous in Puerto Rico but decided on tasting what they had to offer. This brewery has a very nice restaurant with very good food and ambience. Had a pint of this bad boy and it was amazing. Had a 2 finger head, very dark appearance which was rather appealing. The aroma was that of malt and caramel. The taste was very sweet and chewy. The aftertaste wasn't that pleasant though. Overall this is a very good interpretation of a stout by a local brewery, give it a try.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark black with some light passing through but not much. Decent head retention and nice lacing.

S: lots of sweet dark chocolate and surprisingly little else.

T: toasted malts and a nice hop profile with dark chocolate and subtle coffee bitterness coming late in the finish.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: nice stout overall. The malt was mildly present with a stronger hop presence than usual. Almost black IPA like.

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Photo of obrike
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Visited the brewery and had one on tap.

Pretty typical stout look...black, tan head that faded leaving a small ring for the duration...not a ton of lace.

Enjoyed the scent...a bit of bittersweet chocolate and burnt coffee...maybe even some sweet bread thrown in. Very fresh.

Taste followed, with a slightly bitter hop kick at the end. Subtle toasted dark malt in every sip...certainly got better as it warmed. A bit thin for a stout with sharp carbonation, but still went down relatively easy.

I'd like to see this one make it to some of the hotels soon. Certainly one of the better beers you can find on the island, but look what it's up against.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery, it nicely complemented my Mofongo.

The appearance was a nice jet black with a craggy pillowy tan foam on the surface, it looked quite sexy. The aroma was a solid malt smell with a decent light coffee aroma. The flavor was textbook and solid for the style. The deep roasted black malts and the wonderful mixture of biscuity flavors were a pleasant surprise for my tongue. The mouthfeel was nice and creamy as if there were some oatmeal present in this recipe but I couldn't really taste any on the flavor notes. Overall this is one hell of a solid stout, my favorite in the whole of the Caribbean.

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Photo of brystmar
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at the brewpub. Pitch black with generous tan head. Copious lace on my glass. Dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, mild coffee, and toffee in the nose. Bitter coffee and roasty malts in the taste. Really well balanced, quite pleasant.

Rich and creamy texture, love it. This was a pleasant surprise that I'd happily order again almost anywhere.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Guinness imperial pint glass from a 22 oz bottle. Im so excited they are bottling now.

A - Pours a mahogany rich brown color with a nice thick 1 inch head that is quite dense and recedes slowly. Very pillow head with a nice light tan color.

S - Rich malts. Fresh bread and some nice chocolaty sweetness is present. The aroma is quite powdery and delicious. Very well crafted nose. Slight roasted notes as well.

T & M - Flavor starts off with some sweet chocolate notes. Then this is followed by some nice burnt roasted malt. Some nice light but delicious espresso notes are present. Quite delicious brew with a good rich malty backbone. There is a nice bitter hop bite in the finish with some good hop and chocolate bitterness. As it warms the beer shows to be quite hoppy and yummy. Moutfheel is medium and rich. Very delicious offering from OH.

O - I'm so glad this brewery is bottling in small quantities because it shows growth. Great brew.

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Photo of corby112
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Draft at the brewpub in Old San Juan.

Pours a deep dark chestnut brown color that is nearly opaque with mahogany edges when held to a light and a two finger frothy, soapy tan head. Very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with chunks, rings and splotches of soapy lacing.

Nice toasted/roasted malt aroma with hints of espresso bean, chocolate, caramel and toffee. Faintly smokey and the roasted character from the coffee isn't acrid/burnt or overpowering, leaving room for the cocoa and other notes in the nose.

Lighter bodied than expected with more of a light caramel malt presence than anything. Slightly roasted with a nice dry character but I was expecting/hoping that this would be more robust, chocolate and have more coffee flavor. Decently balanced but like all of their beers that tried, they were just kind of mediocre safe attempts at the styles. Pretty easy to drink, especially in this warm climate, but overall pretty underwhelming.

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Photo of spointon
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of this to go while visiting the Old Harbor brewpub. Served in a shaker pint glass on a cruise ship balcony in the middle of the Caribbean Sea.

A= This stout poured a deep dark brown/black with a 3/4" short lived tan head. The head dropped to a sticky ring in no time, but did leave some decent spotty lace on my glass.

S= Smelled like roasted barley, coffee, light hints of chocolate, and a nice fruity alcohol character.

T= Started off with a hint of chocolate sweetness followed by coffee notes and lots of roasted grain bitterness. Faint esters and some earthy hops took the edge off and lead to a medium dry finish.

MF= Medium body with a modest carbonation level.

D= Nicely drinkable stout here and one I would gladly drink again if given the chance.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A very dark brown color, about as brown as dark as you can get and still not be black. Fine tan head that dissipated to a nice ring.

S - Very roasty, with bitter unsweetened cocoa and coffee coming through. Smell is nice and deep, but it's a very unsweetend version of a chocolate stout.

T - Very nice, slightly sweet, but nice roasted, bitter cocoa malts with hints of coffee coming through on the end.

M - Solid, used to drinking doubles and imperials, so takes me a while to scale down to a "regular" stout. Heavier side of medium/lighter side of full, with decent carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, no real perception of alcohol in this bottle, would like this a lot more in the winter.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cervesa Kofresi
Old Harbor Brewery, Steak & Lobster House
Style: American Stout
ABV: 6.00 %

This was a very delicious offering I enjoyed while at the brew pub. Nice dark coffee in color with a foamy tan head and collar. Nice lace throughout beer.
Aromas and taste include a chocolate & malty dominant brew, followed by notes of coffee and roasted malts. My buddy had never had a chocolate stout before and this one had him excited! He is local to PR and now plans to visit more for this brew.
The mouthfeel was a bit lighter than most stouts, but worked well and made the brew a bit more sessionable. Nice kick at 6% abv without being to heavy. This one is a standout offering IMHO.

Keep up the good work Wolfgang!
FYI - read my beerfly review for an up to date review of this place as of 1/2010. I think your brews coming around nicely!

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Photo of battlekow
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a stout: black with an attractive tan head. Smells faintly sweet. Taste is a revelation, featuring a delicious full-bodied roastedness and a slight milky sweetness. Lacks the unpleasant coffee-ish acidic sourness in the background that I find in a lot of stouts. Not a fruity stout. Semi-dry finish. Really a nice beer.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am not a big stout guy so I might be a little bias as far as stouts go but this one was pretty good. It was not a very strong stout but good all the same.

Appearance- A nice opaque dark brown with an even tan head. There was a very lice lace left behind.

Smell- A very roasty you can smell the caramel malt.

Taste- There is a nice dark chocolate and coffee like bitter sweetness to it. There is also a nice roasted grain taste.

Mouthfeel- A little chewy but not as much as some stouts. It is very creamy and balanced.

Drinkability- Mild for a stout but I like it.

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Cerveza Kofresi from Old Harbor Brewery Steak & Lobster House
3.84 out of 5 based on 57 ratings.
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