Coffee Monster | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad in Carlsbad, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, roasted coffee/espresso beans, and freshly brewed coffee. Taste is much the same with a slight cocoa flavor as well. There is a medium amount of roasty coffee bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is really tasty and super drinkable.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Port – Carlsbad
10oz Tulip

A: Coffee Monster pours a deep dark brownish color nearing black with a shade lighter edge to it. Nice creamy one finger plus of light tan head that subsides to a ring and leaves just a few scattered splashes of lace on the drink down.

S: Smells of just straight cold steeped coffee. Strong and bold java. Fills my senses all the way across the table. Quite incredible. The coffee aromas overpower anything else detectable here. Really nice.

T: Tastes of pure deep rich roasted coffee. Just all green earthy roasted goodness. Has a nice touch of bitterness back palate and some roasted grain character peeks through a tad as the brew warms up in temp. Starts to reveal some dark fruit and dark chocolaty notes as well until your next sip which just brings on another onslaught of java. Slightly sweet with a hint of alcohol heat but ABV’s are really nowhere to be found under all the coffee flavs here. Really is a Coffee Monster and is just delicious.

M: Has a slightly viscous mouthfeel and medium body that floats across the palate nicely. Smooth and frothy with a sticky linger. Gives a lighter impression. Very Porteresque. Finish has a little crisp point to it but is somewhat wet.

D: I found myself gulping this one down way too easy. Much like an iced café. One of the best coffee infused beers I have come across yet.

Would definitely recommend to anyone seeking out a good coffee brew. Reminded me a lot like Ballast Point’s Victory at Sea without the vanilla or harsh alcohol distractions. Enjoyed this even more actually.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at 1702 Tucson; August 2011
Arrives from the tap with a half-finger thick, nicely browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is a deep brown, though not black color that shows a clear, rich brown around the edges. The aroma smells of huge, rich coffee notes, ample burnt molasses and lots of toasted complex whole grain notes. The mix of dark malt sweetness and coffee works pretty well in the aroma; there is just enough sweetness to keep the roast character from seeming harsh or overly roasted. A touch of roast nuttiness starts to come out in the aroma after the beer has warmed up for a while and at times this smells like a mix of coffee and chocolate liquors.

Thick and viscous as it hits the palate, the beer really sticks to the mouth, even after the beer has been swallowed. The finish has an ample roast and hop bitterness, but also has a really rich, brown malt richness that isn’t really sweet, though does approach that. Up front there is a dark malt sweetness that is pervasive, this is minimized by a big roast character, bitterness and warming alcohol in the finish though. Big flavors of dark chocolate, amply darkened brown sugar and that dark malt sweetness play a supporting role to the roast and coffee flavors that are clearly dominant in this beer. After my palate adjusts a bit to this beer it doesn’t seem nearly as thick as it initially had, though there is still no doubt that this is a big beer.

Not bad, in fact I can see this being a big hit for those that crave Imperial Stouts with coffee. I am certainly enjoying it, though I likely won’t have the need to ever try this again. The roast bitterness can seem a bit harsh in the finish at times, though this is a typical problem for me in a beer like this.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one, Chad.

A: Pours black with a thin dark brown head that faded into a thin collar that left just a touch of lace.
S: The smell is easy on this one: it’s just straight coffee grounds. Big notes of fresh coffee all the way.
T: Again, big dominant coffee but I get a touch of caramel and marshmallow in the finish. The coffee is neither acidic or old and dirty tasting. This tastes like a strong, cold, cup of joe.
M: Medium-thick body, tingly soft carbonation, slick mouth with a bit of chew to it. No acidity at all.
O: Definitely a coffee lovers brew. Biggest coffee I’ve tasted in a beer. Very clean and well done. Thanks again, Chad.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad.

A: Dark brown with a reddish tinge near the edges of the glass. The head is a finger of beige foam.

S: An unrelenting onslaught of coffee, but I can't complain as it smells excellent. The coffee is earthy and nutty. Malt is moderately roasted. Dark chocolate is present. Really nice.

T: Earthy coffee with a pervasive nuttiness that blends with roasted malt and dark chocolate. The lower moderate sweetness gives the impression of cream.

M: Upper medium to lower full in body. The mouthfeel is creamy and sticky.

Overall: A very good coffee stout. Try this.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

Dark, dark brown with no light passing through, nearly black. Medium sized espresso brown head and lots of lacing down the glass. Gorgeous.

Fresh, roasted, and brewed coffee in the aroma--extraordinarily authentic coffee shoppe aroma. There's also some bitter chocolate, more roast, and a touch of toffee sweetness.

The flavor isn't quite as spectacular as the aroma. The coffee and bitterness are still the delicious stand outs, along with the roast and a touch of sweetness. Simple and delicious.

Medium to full bodied.

A great coffee stout--I would love to try this aged in bourbon barrels (get on it, Pizza Port!).

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Photo of LittleDon
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 9 oz. pour in a short tumbler at Pizza Port, Carlsbad on 8/25/11.

Everything about this beer says coffee. Dark, very dark. Nice head retention but little lace. Strong coffee aroma and flavor. There is an acidity to the flavor that makes it different from stouts with bittersweet chocolate characteristics. Maybe it's the absence of this characteristic that makes it different. Carbonation a bit on the high side. Heavy body.

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Photo of PhiloPsych
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Pizza Port in Carlsbad. It is very dark brown, though not black in the glass with a thin moussey head that dissipates quickly. There is lots of fresh-roasted coffee beans and some cocoa in the nose. The aroma is distinctive, but somewhat disappointingly, not very strong. The mouthfeel is super creamy up front and smooth in the finish with some carbonation tickle in the middle. The taste is supremely chocolate especially up front but most prominently and deliciously coffee. This is the most flavorfully-coffee coffee-beer that I have had--obviously made with high quality, craft roasted coffee. The finish and afterfeel is dry and just a tiny bit sticky.

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Photo of Kshock
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Jet black with a deep brown mocha head that subside quickly. Good lacing on the glass. Very bright with some dark brown color around the edges of the glass

S- Amazing coffee aroma with some cocoa backing it up. Very unique coffee roast, really hard to stop smelling it.

T- Awesome roasty flavors with some chocolate undertones. Truly awesome and unique flavor. Best coffee beer ive drank to date. Drys out nicely and finishes very clean

M- Fairly heavy but not too bad after it drys out quickly.

O- Best coffee beer period.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brownish black with edges of black. Mostly thin tan head barely there for but a moment. Smells strongly of coffee, yes, roasted coffee, yes, fresh grounds. Taste is more coffee but mild and smooth not bitter or overwhelming at all. Mouthfeel is bold and rich up front with a mellow smooth finish. Like a good cup o' joe, perfect for a rainy day, heck just about any day would be fine. A definite must try.

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Photo of mechamifune
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Carlsbad....

poured with almost no head, nearly jet black in color.

Smell is overwhelming coffee, hints of dark chocolate, but in terms of smell probably the most coffee heavy beer i can think of.

Taste is more of the same, heavy (and pleasant) coffee notes. Not harsh at all though in terms of alcohol, despite being near 10%. Nice creamy mouthfeel, leaving you wanting to go back for more.... at least initially, but after a while the lack of complexity starts to wear a little on the palate. All in all a pleasant beer though, if you are a big coffee lover you should seek this one out at all cost... in the end though just too much of a single note beer to be really great.

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Photo of sandiego67
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much to review here. The name says it all.

Dark black in the glass, it looks like coffee.

The aroma is strong coffee. No other smells evident

Tastes like cold coffee. Not much of a beer flavor.

I can't imagine that you could get a better Breakfast beer, especially if you really like coffee.

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Photo of SShelly
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich black with deep brown head, giant coffee aroma, with large esspresso notes.

Flavor is massive coffee, smooth with a little bit of coffee roast to he backend, one of the smoothest coffee beers I've had in a while. Will definetly be going back to this if I see it on draft again.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: The pour is a very dark brown that is nearly black with a nice tan head to cap it.

S: As we might say in the Bay Area: there is hella coffee in this beer. That's pretty much all I can smell, in fact. Maybe a bit of dark/bitter chocolate and roast, but then some more coffee for good measure.

T: The taste is more balanced than the nose would let on. Still plenty of nice coffee flavor, but some dark chocolate blends well, as does the roasted malt component. Maybe a bit too bitter for its own good.

M: The body is medium with a nice middle of the road carbonation.

D: Really a good coffee beer. You wouldn't think of coffee stouts on a hot day, but this one worked quite nicely in between all the pizza grease and IPAs.

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Coffee Monster from Pizza Port Solana Beach
4.2 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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