Amager / 18th Street - Lawrence Of Arabica
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Style:
American Porter
Ranked #265
ABV:
7%
Score:
87
Ranked #14,481
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 8.63%
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
60
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thick mouthfeel most outstanding feature. coffee has held up to a couple of years. good orange refreshing aftertaste. slowly dissipating head. great shared drinker.

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Photo of kitch
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle, batch no. 1095 with a best before date of July 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: Dark dark brown in colour with a one finger mocha head that dissipates quickly and leaves only sparse lacing.

Aroma: Coffee, chocolate and dark roasted malts with only subtle hints of orange peel.

Taste: Strong bitter coffee, milk chocolate, roasted malts and a light herbal element with only hints of candied orange peel in the background.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: Nice and easy drinking Porter with good strong coffee flavours. The orange was perhaps a little light such that I probably would have missed it if it wasn’t written on the label. Still pretty good though.

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Photo of Jtee
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 500ml bottle served at 15 degrees Celsius into a snifter. The bottle has been cellared for more than six months.

Appearance: The beer pours an opaque, very dark brown with two fingers of dense, mocha head that disappears within two minutes. Decent retention for the style. Overall it's a pretty good looking beer.

Aroma: The nose is intense and full of coffee. It is well-balanced between sweet and sharp. The dark malts dominate with strong notes of coffee and tobacco as well as faint notes of dark chocolate and black licorice. Some herbal and earthy hops along with orange zest are present.

Taste: Same as the nose however balancing towards bitter. There's a burnt/charred character that I really like. The beer finishes with a lengthy coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation. It's slightly warming and astringent. I know this is not a stout, but I find it a little thin (could be the aging of course). The mouthfeel seems to be this brew's weakest link for me.

Overall: A good beer that delivers on its promise as a coffee orange porter. I'd buy it again if a casual opportunity presented itself.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From Tercer tiempo cervezas. In Teku glass. Playing Technobabylon. This mix of flavors between orange zest and coffee (both easily noticeable) feels sometimes nice, sometimes tiresome, then nice again, then tiresome... I have to try more of this kind to be sure if i like it

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from the lcbo for around $6. Rich and delicious. I dont really taste the 'hint of orange' though. The coffee and chocolate flavours are fantastic.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; no packaging date. Served slightly chilled. Reviewed on my phone.

Pours an opaque, brownish-black colour, generating a thin layer of bubbly, beige-coloured foam that quickly disappears, leaving behind a foamy collar and some scant lace. Black coffee and molasses on the nose, with chocolate syrup, burnt sugar, earthy notes and some subtle hints of orange peel. Not a looker, but the aroma is pretty darn enticing.

Tasty, but a little on the one-dimensional side; roasted coffee and espresso flavours are exceedingly dominant. I'm also getting some molasses and prune, but the orange is very restrained and honestly not much of a factor. The finish is probably it's strongest point - bitter coffee grounds, earthy hops and dark chocolate notes all shine, with hints of licorice complementing the roasty finish and bitter aftertaste. Medium in body, with moderately low carbonation; smooth, but not as full-textured as I'd hope for a coffee porter. Very good, but there's room for improvement.

Final Grade: 4.09, an A-. Lawrence of Arabica is a fine coffee porter that is certain to appeal to Java fiends such as myself. The orange isn't used to its full potential, and the body is a tad thin for 7%, but other than that I'm finding it to be a worthy tipple. The price stings a little, but I still like this beer enough to consider picking up a second bottle.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pungent aroma of creamy roasty mouthwatering coffee - wow. Boasts a balancing aromatic presence of chocolate and dark malt sweetness, with notes of cream and espresso that make the coffee fucking sing. Arresting in its high quality, this moderately strong aroma promises a coffee porter that embraces the hell out of the coffee it uses. A treat of an expressive aroma in a market oversaturated with generic Folgers-redolent shrugs of a coffee presence.

The taste delivers on the aroma's promise, yielding an admittedly simple build of dark malt sweetness, rich evocative coffee with complementary notes of espresso and coffee, and specialty chocolate malt. Impeccably balanced, nailing the shit out of the push-pull between bitter coffee grounds and sweet chocolatey malt. Depth of flavour is impressive but not dazzling. Flavour duration is above average. Flavour intensity is average.

Well-built with a crowd-pleasing classic coffee porter flavour profile. This is a timeless coffee porter that's as true to style as they come.

Drinkable as they come. Great coffee presence, incredible balance...I have to say, I'm pretty impressed. 18th Street just piqued my fancy (I've had Amager afore). Highly recommended. Gorgeous stuff.

B+ (3.65) / VERY GOOD

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fair or not, all coffee porters are now compared by me to the incomparable Peche Mortel.
As such, this one fails for the same reason all others do: the harsh, bitter attack on the taste-buds that I now know can be done much better. In addition, the yeast is a bit off-putting.
This is worth a try, although perhaps not for $6.30 CDN/bottle.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from the LCBO for $6.30 CDN.

Appearance - pours a super dark brown color with a nice finger of tan head.

Smell - lots of coffee and hints of chocolate. There's perhaps a bit of an orange aroma mixed in there but a little hard to discern.

Taste - pretty much like the nose. Mostly coffee with some dark chocolate mixed hints with trace elements of sweetness. There's some orange on the close but it's very subdued and not quite as orange like as I'd enjoy.

Mouthfeel - smooth and creamy, nothing wrong here, just a standard high quality porter.

Overall - there's nothing wrong with this beer, but there's nothing that rally stands out. With a little more orange this could be really good. Given the price, it's not a repeat purchase for me.

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Photo of jhartley
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint .9 fl oz bottle into a Belgian tulip.

First pour is dark brown to almost black body, it does look like coffee. Very little carbonation showing in the pour. Second pour shows a ton of sediment settling in the bottom of the glass.

Aroma has a ton of dark French roast coffee, an almost burnt bean smell. Definitely going to be coffee/espresso forward tasting beer!

Taste is like a big sip of espresso! Bitter and full tasting on the tongue. Tons of roasty goodness; coffee, barley. Not getting a whole lot of orange, there is a touch of citrus in the background, but unfortunately not enough that if I didn't know it was there, that I would really be looking for it or be able to pick it out. This doesn't detract from the taste, jut rating it a little lower because it isn't represented enough.

Medium mouth feel with a small amount of carbonation, the coffee dominates the palate with bitterness.

Overall, this is a decent porter, but like I stated earlier I would like to have had more orange show up in the taste. It's a delicious coffee porter for sure and worth a try.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured half a 500ml bottle and it looked shiny and dark brown. Poured the second half and its murky with lots of sediment. Second half of this is a coffee bomb, whereas my initial feelings were really subtle, balanced and predominantly roasty with a sharp smokiness.

This is like drinking two different beers, both of which I like, but I'm not sure I can make a fair evaluation of what their composition tastes like. However, I think I'm obligated to try this one again, and I'm really looking forward to it!

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Photo of LMO1190
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black with a big tan head. Smells of espresso coffee. Some lite fruitiness. Taste is the same. Major espresso. Not hint of oranges. Bitterness and sweetness at the end. Mouth feel is lite and smooth.Easy to drink. Overall, Its a good coffee porter, but the adjuncts aren't noticeable. I don't think I'll go out of my way for this one again!

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Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft pour at Foundry, Northampton MA. Full notes from last weekend.

A- Into the glass with a black body but not that thick motor oil appearance. Frothy mocha tan cap builds up with a foamy consistency and decent retention.. Spotty lacing drizzles the glass after each sip.

S- Insane dark roast coffee nose. Did I just walk into a roasting coffee house? Black beans like a great espresso, blackened malts and licorice.

T- Insane roast flavor as the burnt barley and dark roast coffee beans invade the taste buds. A hint of orange zest bitterness adds a nice touch but for the most part this one is about the coffee. Acrid roast bitters stick to the taste buds.

MF- Medium bodied with a frothy texture. High carbonation works out here as the flavor is coffee but not full on dessert stout. Acidic burnt bitterness lingers from both the coffee and malts.

I really don't see Amager on-tap that often but I was pretty much required to go for this one just based on the name. I am glad I did. Heavily darkened coffee blasts out of the glass and pound the taste buds after each sip.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle int tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, cocoa, caramel, orange zest, toasted dark bread, spicy rye, smoke, char, herbal, pine, and roast/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee/orange zest, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, cocoa, caramel, orange zest, toasted dark bread, spicy rye, smoke, char, herbal, pine, and roast/smokey earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/pine and roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, cocoa, caramel, orange zest, toasted dark bread, spicy rye, smoke, char, herbal, pine, and roast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee/orange zest, and earthy hop flavors; with a nice hop/roast bitter/sweet balance and minimal astringent flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from hop/char bitterness that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent flavored American porter style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee/orange zest, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml. bottle. Pours almost black with a decent beige head. Aroma of malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, orange, and caramel. Well made.

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Amager / 18th Street - Lawrence Of Arabica from Amager Bryghus
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 60 ratings