Costa Rica (Coffee Porter)

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American Porter
Ranked #210
Ranked #16,338
3.9 | pDev: 10.77%
Jan 09, 2022
Dec 02, 2011
Very Good
Costa Rica (Coffee Porter)Costa Rica (Coffee Porter)
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger, as HaandBryggeriet Costa Rica Porter. Black colour, low tan head. Lovely aroma of mild coffee and dark chocolate, a hint of cigarbox. Medium dry flavour with coffee, dark chocolate and a touch of tar and smoke. Another good beer from HaandBryggeriet!
Jan 09, 2022
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Brown/black hue.

Huge tan head; no lace.

Strong bitter black coffee nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Strong black coffee flavor; pepper spice on the lips. Bold but enjoyable.
Jan 11, 2017
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
500 ml bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and coffee notes; with good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and coffee flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/silky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice coffee porter. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and coffee flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
Dec 01, 2015
Rated: 4.07 by Thirstygoat from Illinois

Jun 21, 2015
Rated: 4 by Eziel from Ohio

Jun 01, 2015
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Rated by AlaskanYoung from Arkansas

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Says review optional. It is not
May 31, 2015
Rated: 3.36 by jfstilling from South Carolina

Apr 29, 2015
Rated: 4.2 by Cooker_stp from New York

Feb 18, 2015
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Reviewed by BlazerT from Poland

3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Bottle. Pitch black with densed, caffee latte like, medium head. Good lacing. Dark, roasted malts aroma - intensive coffee aroma also hints of dark chocolate and dark, dried fruits. In taste you can feel mainly coffee flavours, low acidity (coffee) and medium bitterness. Also dried fruits flavours noticable. Medium body, oily texture, dry, medium carbonation, finish is bitter with hints of dark chocolate and coffee. In general good coffee porter, may be not the perfect combination of coffee with dark beer, but still good.
Jan 04, 2015
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Reviewed by a0lbudman from Alabama

4/5  rDev +2.6%
A-dark black color with a small brown head that leaves a lace
S-dark roast coffee aroma with a light chocolate smell with some hops in there
T-same roasted coffee taste with a light chocolate note that gives you a hop bitterness in the aftertaste
M-full body, sticky and light carbonation
O-Has most everything you want in a coffee porter and goes down great on a cold day
Dec 09, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by olradetbalder from Sweden

Dec 01, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Nov 22, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by InfragilisBrew from Illinois

Sep 09, 2014
Rated: 3.36 by Azza_G

Sep 07, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by Dave_Treat from Virginia

Aug 28, 2014
Rated: 4 by skipxtracer from New York

Aug 19, 2014
Rated: 4 by DrBier from Pennsylvania

Jul 27, 2014
Rated: 4 by Beervana from Canada (BC)

Jul 23, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by liamt07 from Canada (ON)

Jul 20, 2014
Rated: 4 by KAF from Iowa

Jul 07, 2014
Rated: 4 by jojohaaa from Norway

Jul 07, 2014
Rated: 4 by kybeerdrinker from Kentucky

Jun 30, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Benesi88 from Massachusetts

Jun 23, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by craft_shannie from Indiana

Jun 09, 2014
Rated: 4 by afsdan from Colorado

Mar 21, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by scameron from Canada (BC)

Mar 20, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Stoutmeister from Massachusetts

Mar 09, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Ciocanelu from Romania

Jan 29, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by leitmotif from Romania

Jan 29, 2014
Rated: 2.75 by Rekrule from Massachusetts

Dec 27, 2013
Rated: 4 by OCHoundNBrewGrrl from California

Dec 06, 2013
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Reviewed by Simont from New York

3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75
Outstanding but with some flaws coming from high carb - most likely factors outside the brewer's control.

A: musty roasted malt with a lot of chocolate malt. Coffee aroma almost matching but a small step behind, comes across as mellow and nutty. It smells more like someone opened a tin of good coffee - as opposed to brewed coffee. Incorporates well into aroma of this beer.

A: Very dark brown almost black. Completely opaque, but ruby red highlights show up at the edges as you struggle to get a light to shine through the beer. Which isn't going to happen. Possible age/ temperature fluctuations or other rough handling caused my bottle to becoming overcarbed. Or it could be the result of coffee aging with the beer, or a slow breakdown of some of the lactose? ... either way I got quite a head stand on my first gentle pour - 25% beer 75% tan foam. Easily remedied, but worth mentioning.

F: Very dry roasty porter w associated choc/ black malts - in awesome harmony, and well attenuated to leave a dry, bittersweet chocolate impression at the back of palate. I don't get much sweetness from the lactose (stated on label as an ingredient). And then there's the coffee - also works in balance with the malt, but it comes across more clearly on the nose. Flavor-wise it's there, but it's somewhat hidden behind the big and similar roast malt character. I wouldn't want more coffee flavor in this beer, it's subtle and very well incorporated.

M: Slight acrid roastiness stings on the finish, I think primarily from the very high carb. I suspect this was once a full, creamy mouthfeel but unfortunately now seems a little harsh/ back of my tongue is burning kind of experience. I wish I could have drunk this closer to whenever they capped this bottle.

O: Coffee is a beautiful thing and hard to get right, particularly packaged in bottles because of the way it changes with the beer over time. In the same mind as Stone's ENJOY BY thing - they should do that w coffee beers as well. This beer was very nice, a fantastic coffee aroma, with a subtle but balanced coffee flavor that seemed to meld very well the robust porter underneath.
Sep 29, 2013
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Reviewed by UCLABrewN84 from California

3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottle pour at the Protest Bottle Share For LA Beer Week held at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, CA.

Pours a hazy dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee beans, alcohol, and slight celery aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy cocoa and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the celery aroma I am getting is a bit odd.
Sep 23, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by CBodamer from Pennsylvania

Aug 23, 2013
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Reviewed by Digimaika2 from Canada (ON)

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
(4.0) A: Caramel brown with a very tall and bubbly head that’s also semi-creamy. Long lasting retention with minimal lacing.

(4.0) S: Caramel, brown sugar, roasted coffee, cocoa, and vanilla. Bold aromas that are enticing. The coffee aroma is more medium roast than a heavy espresso aroma and more in sync with the cocoa.

(3.75) T: Rich caramel, chocolate, slight smoke, roasted coffee, black licorice, herbal qualities, and hints of dark fruits. The coffee is present but the cocoa and caramel sweetness are slightly overpowering. The herbal qualities (anise-like) are very nice as this warms.

(3.75) M: Full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Slick and oily.

(3.75) D: This is very good. Perhaps was expecting more coffee than cocoa, and slightly drier and less full bodied, but still quite nice and glad I tried this.
Aug 18, 2013
Rated: 3 by tom10101 from Canada (QC)

Jul 28, 2013
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Reviewed by Neorebel from New Jersey

3.16/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Appearance - upon opening the bottle, the tan colored suds started gushing out uncontrollably. This could be a sign of a bad bottle. Eventually, I was able to pour and the murky, rocky road color of the brew is noted.

Smell - Contains coffee, molasses, and toffee candied aromas. Although nice, something about it seems potentially artificial.

Taste - One dimensional coffee flavor with a burnt sugar sweetness. The finish kills it a little, as it's borderline cloying.

Mouthfeel - Thin, a bit watery. I don't say this due to the low ABV - a 6% porter could still have a soft mouth feel that adequately coats the palate.

Overall - Unless what I had was a bad bottle or batch, skip this one. It was hard for me to finish. I had such high hopes for it...
Jul 27, 2013
Rated: 4 by bcm75 from Illinois

Jul 22, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by deleted_user_722966 from New Hampshire

Jul 13, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by adityashekhar from India

Jun 16, 2013
Costa Rica (Coffee Porter) from HaandBryggeriet
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 97 ratings