Tower Tuesday Series: Infusion A - Coffee Porter
Hoppin' Frog Brewery

Tower Tuesday Series: Infusion A - Coffee PorterTower Tuesday Series: Infusion A - Coffee Porter
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Style:
Porter - American
Ranked #9
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,350
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 7.24%
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
246
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Hoppin' Frog Brewery
 
Ohio, United States
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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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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can. Dark in color with a foamy tan head. Smells of chocolate and peanut butter. Thick mouth feel, tastes of chocolate, peanut butter, roasted grain and hints of coffee. Flavors all work together really well. Great beer.

Aug 21, 2020
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really tasty stuff...

Reese's peanut butter cup in a glass...

Not so thick that you cant drink it...great blend of chocolate and peanut butter...

Really enjoyable offering... super impressive offering from Hoppin Frog..

Aug 16, 2020
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow I wish I could grab more! Visited a hole-in-the-wall establishment around the austintown Ohio area and found these a four pack for $15. Smell and flavor is phenomenal can't believe a coffee Stout could have such Rich fudgy tones of bittersweet chocolate and peanut butter. Doesnt even matter if I was in the mood for a porter the smooth chocolate tones greeted me every time I enjoyed every one. This is a true testament to the glory that is hoppin frog

Jun 30, 2020
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a two finger tan fizzy head that dissipates quickly to a partial film. Little lacing. Nose of peanut butter and dark chocolate fudge with a swirl of vanilla. Taste follows the nose with a roasted coffee and malt finish that lingers with a light sweet bitterness. Silky and slightly creamy with fine low level carbonation. This porter is very nice!

Jun 27, 2020
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

Jun 01, 2019
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Mar 06, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Feb 05, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.15/5  rDev -3%
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.

Dec 02, 2018
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Nov 01, 2018
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Benish from Wisconsin

4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Oct 29, 2018
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strohme2 from Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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

Sep 09, 2018
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
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!

Sep 07, 2018
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Aug 08, 2018
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.71/5  rDev +10%
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.

Jul 02, 2018
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Nephilium from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

May 16, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

May 12, 2018
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craftbeersweden from Sweden

4/5  rDev -6.5%
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!

Mar 13, 2018
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

Dec 26, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Dec 09, 2017
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Nov 26, 2017
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snaotheus from Washington

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017-06-09
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.

Jun 10, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

May 15, 2017
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Roguer from Georgia

3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

May 10, 2017
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bnes09 from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Apr 10, 2017
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Mar 28, 2017
Tower Tuesday Series: Infusion A - Coffee Porter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 246 ratings