Costa Rica (Coffee Porter) | HaandBryggeriet

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Costa Rica (Coffee Porter)Costa Rica (Coffee Porter)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
HaandBryggeriet
Norway
haandbryggeriet.net

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TMoney2591 on 12-02-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
97
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
13.3%
 
 
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7
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7
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3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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3.83/5  rDev -2%
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.

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3.16/5  rDev -19.2%
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...

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3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- Dark brown with one finger of mocha head that stays around for a while

S- Bitter coffee grounds, little chocolate, toasted malts, little rum and vanilla

T- A little bit of sweetness from the vanilla an chocolate, the coffee isn't overpowering, mild hops and toasted malts

M- Medium bodied, very smooth, coffee stays with you for a while

O- Very nicely balanced coffee porter not too much coffee or too malty, I like how this beer is not that heavy, very easy drinking porter

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3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 pint .9 ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is dark brown with ruby highlights. I got a meager mocha head.

S - The aroma of roasted coffee and chocolate are noticeable. It is not an overwhelming smell.

T - The taste is of coffee. There is some sweetness. The aftertaste is somewhat burnt.

M - Medium to full. Low carbonation.

O - It is a decent coffee beer. I don't necessarily like the burnt flavor, but it is not horrible. I have no idea how old the bottle is. It may be old with some off flavor, but the store I purchased it at seems to go through their beers in a timely fashion.

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4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - After letting this calm down in the glass and giving it time to warm, the head has settled and is a nice, soft, light brown/ beige color. Not a ton of head, but the retention is good. A deep, dark, menacing elixir. Looks great.

Smell - Rich and smoky aroma. Very strong and complex. A surprising amount of coffee grounds are noticeable, along with dark candi syrup/ brown sugar, toasted malts and even wood. The coffee aroma smells akin to that of a darker roast or espresso bean, despite the light roasted beans depicted on the label. Quite a bit going on here. This is worth spending some time with.

Taste - Excellent use of sugars. All the grain hits me after the sugars, followed by the coffee and a the bittering hops and smoke. Baker's chocolate is noticeable. A nice woody aftertaste, most likely imparted by the beans and the hops. Coffee is very obvious and situated nicely. Definitely bitter in a very good way. Hell, coffee being used as a bittering ingredient -- who knew!!? Almost comes across as a hop flavor in a strange way. This works really well with the sugars and the grains.

Mouthfeel - Spends most of its time lingering on the roof of the mouth. Very nicely balanced; tingling the tongue and front of the mouth. This really sticks to the palate. Not too chewy, but still medium to full-bodied. Very smooth and syrupy.

Overall - I really appreciate how this beer is not too heavy. The malt body is definitely prominent, yet not too overbearing. I find some Porters and Stouts can be hard to drink in one sitting or can be excessively rich (although, there are times when I crave that). Overall, the coffee sits perfectly in the mix. I must admit, I am a coffee geek and I am a *tiny* bit turned off by the slightly stale flavor of the beans that were used, but in some really strange way, the stale coffee bean flavor almost compliments the sugars, smoke and malts (it also might be the hops creating that "stale" taste, too). I would be interested in having this with even fresher beans and a slightly lighter roast. All in all, one of the best Porters I've had, and that's saying a lot -- I've had quite a few in my day! An excellent beer.

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Costa Rica (Coffee Porter) from HaandBryggeriet
3.91 out of 5 based on 97 ratings.
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