Tower Tuesday Series: Infusion A - Coffee Porter
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American Porter
Ranked #9
Ranked #1,401
4.27 | pDev: 7.26%
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
Tower Tuesday Series: Infusion A - Coffee PorterTower Tuesday Series: Infusion A - Coffee Porter
Notes: Infusion A starts with the base of our Silk Porter and adds to its deliciousness with tasty swirls of chocolate and peanut butter flavor!
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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 232
Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with a swirly, tan head. No carbonation.
Smelll is huge chocolate fudge.
Taste of fudge brownie and peanut butter with slight coffee. The coffee bitterness comes through in the end. I'm sure coffee bigger fresh. A lactose creaminess, alcohol not detected.
Silky smooth. A wonderful porter!

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Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-Tower Tuesday Series. can.

A: A dark coffee pour produces a one finger, frothy dark tan head with some macro-bubbly craters. A ton of effervesce sticks to the bottom of the chalice. Thin golden-ring lashes decorates the vessel.

S: Fresh creamer laced french vanilla roast is fresh with a support of fresh chocolate additions. Peanut butter and fresh roasted peanut shells add a carnival like scent. Rich milky chocolate with a touch of marshmallow arrives on the finish that is deep and sweet with a very good strength and character.

T: The flavor is peanut butter and roasted peanut shells, sweetened with some vanilla laced french roast. Sweet chocolate, mocha and burnt brown sugar sweetness. Some smokey chocolate and freshly ground coffee bean bitterness finishes out.

M: Creamy and chewy mouthful, oats, smooth and silky character with a quiet demeanor of carbonation that adds to the smooth, gentle nature on the tongue. Really smooth.

O: Overall, a sweet flavor, peanut butter, vanilla with a robust coffee offering and finish. Good drink-ability, fresh late coffee additions makes for a strong and very good favorable first impression and lasting finish.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bottle into glass. No bottling date information found.
Dark brown colored body, with some garnet colored light pass throughs when back lit. One finger of light tan head, remains for quite some time as a bubble fed, creamy cap. No real lacing left behind.
Aroma is strong with peanut, dark coffee, and dark roasted malts. Suggests a hint of milk chocolate also.
Taste has lots of dark coffee, along with the peanut flavor. Dark roasted malts are the backbone. The chocolate is again a hint. No real bitterness and not real sweet, with just the dark, rich flavors dominating the taste.
Right at the medium level for mouth feel, with a rather smooth feel. Very good carbonation.
Overall, this is an excellently prepared porter. Very smooth and easy to drink, if you like dark coffee and the peanut flavor.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can from a cool dude named superspak. Poured into clear unmarked snifter.

Glossy black with a firm beige head of 1 finger.

Aroma of peanut butter, oats, roasted malts, and black coffee.

Flavor comes forth with nutty peanut hull, slight peanut butter, molasses/anise, and nutty roasted coffee. The anise note pops back up with some lingering roasted notes.

Feel is creamy, smooth, clean even - yet not overly thick for the style. About damn perfect for a porter.

Overall, a tasty experience that you've gotta try at least once. Very solid stuff.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a snifter. Black color with a small off white head that disappears quickly leaving no lacing.

Rich cocoa, peanut butter squares and faint coffee on the nose.

Taste follows the nose. Nice peanut butter and chocolate tones. Slightly nutty. Coffee is nowhere to be found.

Pretty thin mouthfeel bordering on watery. Carbonation is ok for the style but it doesn't drink all that well.

I have mixed feelings on this one. Some good things going on but many flaws make this seem incomplete. Amp up the coffee flavor and mouthfeel please.

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Photo of Benish
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a dark dark brown with a light brown head that disappeared quickly. Abundant aromas of peanut butter, chocolate, but no trace of coffee. Tried finding what may be hints of mocha, but nothing. Then upon first taste, there were notes of PB and cocoa. Surprisingly not too artificial. Again no coffee, maybe just hints but I had to search for. Some notes of lactose leaving a slight milky and sweet taste. The mouth feel is smooth and medium bodied. Heavier than I expected for its ABV. Overall a delectable desert easy to drink, they really need to amp up the coffee if they are going to label it a coffee porter.

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Photo of strohme2
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can with drink by date of 11/30/18 stamped on bottom. Poured into tulip.
Pours dark brown like a cup of black coffee. Light tan head of mixed sized bubbles of about half an inch. Recedes to leave a small ring around the interior rim. Magnificent nose of rich brownie batter, creamy peanut butter, espresso, vanilla. Slightly bitter coffee, decadent and rich Belgian chocolate, hazelnut, peanut butter, vanilla. Finishes with a faint roast. Just a bit thinner body than I prefer. Carbonation is light. As far as porters with coffee added, I’d say this is one of the better beers I’ve had. Quite enjoyable

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Photo of beersampler6
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very surprising flavors that are perfectly balanced. Pours a nice dark brown color with some tan head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of peanut butter and roast coffee. Tastes similarly, along with dark chocolate, vanilla, malt and a little caramel. Very easy to drink, smooth slightly creamy mouthfeel. Just the right amount of carbonation. It actually becomes more smooth as the beer warms a little. I’m not used to the peanut butter flavor in porters and this one just knocks it out of the park!

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Photo of ovaltine
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark chocolate brown, edging ever so close to black with a tan head. The first thing I get on the nose is peanut butter - I now officially love this beer. There’s also some char and stone fruit notes - it just keeps getting better and better.

The peanut butter is forward on the taste, then the coffee cuts in - and melds perfectly with the peanut butter. This is magnificent, IMHO. A Top 5 porter for me.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark brown color, half finger light brown head, nice thin lacing, light carbonation.

S: Peanut butter, chocolate, coffee. Insane!

T: Peanut butter, chocolate, coffee. Absolutely spectacular.

F: Light to medium bodied, smooth as silk.

O: On the top 3 porters I have tried.

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Photo of Nephilium
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, rich, aroma of peanut butter and chocolate. Dark black pour, with a quickly fading off-white head. Rich chocolate and peanut butter taste, with a hint of coffee. Full mouthfeel, with a lingering roasted finish with a hint of peanut butter. This is another really solid beer from Hoppin' Frog.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a finger of khaki foam. Head retention is fair. Aroma is rich peanut butter, coffee, milk chocolate, lactose, and toasted malts. Flavor profile is similar, hitting notes of peanut butter, coffee, milk chocolate and smooth roasted, nutted, and biscuit malts. Nice firm malty base with a delightful topping of borderline dessert flavors. Mouth feel is a touch fizzy which breaks up the smoothness. It has a medium thickness, but drinks like a 6% porter would. Overall, a good porter that comes across simple with a smattering of dessert-like flavors added. Nothing comes off harsh or artificial, just a standard porter injected with added flavors.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 22oz bottle.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with a brown head.

Nose: Peanut butter, milk chocolate, brown sugar, chocolate nibs, roasted malt and vanilla.
Taste: Creamy peanut butter, milk chocolate, vanilla, maltb and dark bread.
Mouth: Medium to full body. High carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Sweet and oily ending.

Great beer! I think it has to much carbonation through. The carb makes the beer grow to much in my mouth.

After swirling the beer around some time, releasing carbonation it is much better!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.05/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 11.00 (Including tax)/bomber ($ 0.500/oz) at Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA.
Undated bomber stored at 40 degrees and served at 50 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Very strong peanut butter cups – weakens somewhat throughout the course of the glass.
Head – Average (Maximum three cm, aggressive pour), khaki, moderate density with rocks, average retention, diminishing to a four to five mm ring fed by very active effervescence and a thin complete layer.
Lacing – Fair. Thin partial rings connected by skinny columns.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque, effervescent.
Flavor – Begins with peanut butter cups and ends with weak coffee, very slightly bitter. No hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – Almost medium, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression: To my taste, too thin and watery. The peanut butter and chocolate dominate the coffee and malt. The only place the labels warns of peanut butter and chocolate is in the fine print – yet it’s billed as a “Coffee Porter”. Thanks, Hoppin’ Frog, you’ve taught me a lesson. Had I read the fine print, this bottle would still be on the shelf.
Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 3, Overall 3.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been on a Stout kick of late & when I mentioned that I was starting to hear the first screeches of the Hops Monkey on my back & needing to feed my hops jones, I was publicly shamed for it. So be it! I am happy to remain in this realm, on The CANQuest (tm) for a bit longer.

From the CAN: "Better Beer Through Knowledge"; "Our Commitment[:] In today's fast-paced world, its [sic] often difficult to find the quality that discriminating people deserve. For those who search for this long lost, undying commitment to the very best, let it be known that one beer will not be compromised. Hoppin' Frog."; "Infusion A - Coffee Porter [:] Swirls of heavenly chocolate and peanut butter flavors surround your senses, as you enjoy this wonderful maze of complexity that is 'Infusion A'. The first of our Tower Tuesday Series, this robust coffee porter is a great example of the eye-opening flavors we have developed with our Tuesday infusions. Taste the results of our research, we are truly developing better beer through knowledge."; "Pour carefully to avoid disturbing the natural yeast sediment in the bottom of the container."

Well, that last puts the kibosh to any thoughts of an inverted Glug. I NEVER go against the brewery's instructions (unless they are to "Drink From the CAN") & so I Crack!ed it open on a Saturday (was I supposed to wait until Tuesday?) & CANmenced a very slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. This worked well & so I CANducted an in-glass swirl to raise two fingers of foamy, fizzy, light-tan head with modest retention. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with ruby highlights. Nose smelled strongly of peanut butter! Wow. I was not getting coffee on the nose, but I was willing to play along & see how it pans out. Mouthfeel was medium, but not by much, bordering on watery & thin. The taste was more like a Tastykake Peanut Butter TandyTake, bready with an overlay of peanut butter, enrobed by bittersweet chocolate. Mmm. My late Pops used to love them & I have always liked peanut butter so this was a nice fit, but the coffee seemed to have gone missing from the equation. I remember, as a former teacher, a spirited discussion about peanut butter & the merits of creamy vs. crunchy when one student blurted out, "Crunchy, 'cause I like the feeling of nuts in my mouth!" You CAN imagine the uproar & I had to leave the room as you are NOT supposed to laugh at what students say. Wow! Back to the beer. It was a good Porter, but the coffee was lost in the mix on me. Finish had a semi-dryness in which I finally began to catch the coffee, but I would have preferred that it be a little more forward, especially given the beer's name. Not bad, but a tad spendy for what I got. YMMV.

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Photo of maximum12
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hey, a reasonably priced Hoppin’ Frog dark beer! Most are so good I’ll happily grab them if they’re under $80/bottle. 22 oz. split with my wife. I didn’t tell her there’s peanut butter in it.

The pour is predictably black. Smells like chocolate with a big peanut butter hit – uh oh – right up front. Roast is muted. Not bad

Tower Tuesday A – Coffee Porter is misnomered. Way more chocolate than coffee, in fact if there’s coffee in here, it’s been beaten into a quick, undetectable death. Peanut butter shows as a whiff in the finish, along with a gentle sweetness from the malt. Nice & silky & very easy to drink, a nice change from the mouth-breathing stouts we’ve that’ve been crawling down my throat so frequently lately.

Simply, easy to drink, tasty. Good beer.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a big snifter. Don't see a date. I think it was given to me by @mr-jj.

Pours dark brown, with a smallish head and not a lot of carbonation. Smell is coffee and chocolate. I probably should have typed that all caps.

Taste is coffee and chocolate. A little milk shakey -- but not too sweet. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick, moderately sticky. Overall, tasty beer.

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Photo of chinchill
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served in a Porter Bar goblet.

Appearance: pours clear but dark, with a reddish brown color topped with a large, creamy tan head that has very good retention and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma: toasted brown bread, coffee, chocolate and peanut butter cookies. Hints of vanilla and light spicing.

Flavor: dark roasted grains, medium roasted earthy coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, roasted peanuts & faint toffee.

Medium-full body with medium-high carbonation.

Overall: a very tasty, if imperfectly balanced and over-carbonated mix of cocoa, peanut butter, coffee and dark roasted grains.

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Photo of Roguer
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Modest head retention and production.

I had no idea this was a peanut butter coffee porter, but the former is quite strong on the aroma. Chocolate and coffee are present as well, but certainly take a backseat to the peanut butter. Roast and caramel are a distant third.

Cola, dark fruit, and roast immediately; builds to a strong peanut butter middle (reminiscent of a nutter butter); peanut butter slowly fades (but never completely), allowing some more chocolate and roast to carry through the finish. A bit of coffee throughout.

Despite the strong aroma, feel is much more appropriate to the ABV. Medium-light up front, but building to a slightly sticky thickness as the peanut butter presence grows throughout the sip.

A really tasty brew, and a viable alternative to the peanut butter stouts which seem to be rising up quickly.

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Photo of bnes09
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Standard porter appearance. Roasted malt and coffee aroma. Winning combination of peanut butter, chocolate and coffee in a lighter bodied porter. Creamy mouthfeel. Very good and somewhat unexpected.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice tangy coffee, chocolate and peanut butter porter. Dark with a nice tan head. Good body. Nice toasty coffee, chocolate and peanut butter. Great tasting porter.

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Photo of shanegatter
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like a coffee shop, a little bitter ( but I'm not a black coffee person) but strong peanut butter and chocolate. Overall very good, wishing it came in 12 oz

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one pours a nice dark black, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like hazelnut coffee, sweet peanut butter, chocolate fudge, and roasted malt.

This is a really solid beer. The coffee is more dominant than the peanut butter. The peanut butter seems to add a slick and oily creaminess to this beer, and give off the impression of a nutty coffee roast, or even a hazelnut infused creamy coffee thing. There's a lot of chocolate, it's certainly fudgy and reminiscent of dark cacao.

This is medium bodied, pretty creamy and fluffy feeling, with a lower level of carbonation.

Haven't had too much from Hoppin' Frog lately, it's good to see that they can still crank out great dark beers.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is a mix of coffee and chocolate/rocky road. The flavor is chocolate/rocky road, dark/roasted malts, coffee and a mix of mild/medium sweetness and acidity in the finish.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves very little lacing.

It smells of peanut butter and chocolate. Coffee aroma comes through as it warms.

The taste has everything that I smelled. It starts off with the chocolate and peanut butter, while the coffee comes in the finish and aftertaste.

Full mouthfeel with low carbonation

It is a dessert beer. It tastes similar to Willoughby's Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter, but it is not as good. This is a good beer. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The coffee helps cut the sweetness.

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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 232 ratings