Happy Dog Coffee Porter | Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
Maine, United States
marshallwharf.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Green Tree Coffee used to be our neighbors, thankfully they are not far away now. We use their hand roasted coffee combined with the Wrecking Ball Baltic Porter to create this beer.

Added by bishopdc0 on 01-05-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
33
Reviews:
11
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
11.28%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an English pint glass, the appearance was a dark black color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated at a gentle pace. Sly stringy lace. The aroma had some swift sweet dark fruits, milk and dark chocolate, little bit of earthy hop spice, grassy sweet hops, sweet coffee notes, roasted coffee beans and a touch of vanilla at the very end. The flavor slyly moved the sweetness into the roast and pulled out a little bit of clean driftwood to touch the aftertaste in the same semi-sweet to roasty way. Finish was somewhat smooth and lenient towards the dark fruits. The palate was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt fine. Pretty smooth along my tongue. Overall, pretty nice American styled Baltic porter to me.

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This Baltic porter pours a black color with a very slight red tint and a medium foamy tan head that leaves a nice lacing. The smell is very coffee heavy with some nice roasted grains as well. It’s a very appetizing scent for a coffee lover. Likewise the taste is mostly dark roast coffee and roasted grains with a little hint of chocolate thrown in. There is not a lot of sweetness and the coffee flavor, which is perhaps the most bold I have ever tried in a beer, gives it a fairly bitter finish for the style, but I don’t find it unpleasantly so. The coffee flavor is also very authentic and lacks any of the artificiality that sometimes plagues coffee flavored beers. The finish is semi-dry and pretty creamy also. The body is appropriately heavy. This big, bold porter is a dream come true for lovers of this style and also of coffee. I can appreciate it, but I think that the intense coffee flavor precludes some complexity that might emerge if some more subtle flavors could be heard. A pretty excellent porter though for my personal tastes from a brewery that I’ve come to appreciate.

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Photo of mmorris15
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of braican
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hopley
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sweemzander
2.62/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

16oz can poured into a nonic
(A)- Pours almost pitch black with some tan froth and lacing
(S)- Good combo of creamy vanilla and roast meets soft coffee grounds. Hints of raisin
(T)- Huge profile of raisin. . mountains of raisins. ALL raisin
(M)- Mellow carbonation level. Very bitter considering how much raisin is in this
(O)- Was expecting better since it started out so well

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Photo of kbuzz
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SawDog505
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cheld
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SomethingClever
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into 8 oz water glass

A: Jet black with a nice thick tightly bubbled head that looks like nitro

S: pure coffee that's all I'm getting

T: huge dark roast coffee tastes with some sweetness s it's almost like drinking a black cup of coffee with sugar. Just pure coffee though

M: Nice feel for such a lower ABV porter very creamy and full

O: If you love FBS but are turned off by it's watery mouthfeel this beer will knock your socks off. It would be nice to taste the underlying beer more but I guess that's where the sweetness is coming from. Alcohol is nicely hidden fantastic mouthfeel for the ABV not much to not like about this beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from the Bier Cellar
Solid black color with a decent sized long lasting tan head. Chocolate and coffee with hints of vanilla and light fruit. Pretty tasty stuff.

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Photo of jbarletto
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cp45
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jonny41
4.77/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lefty_P_Hand
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChrisinRI
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of psdriscoll
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a near pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a decent cap that leaves great lacing

S: Roasted malts and coffee stand out the most, with some dark chocolate and hints of vanilla in the back. Possible hints of dark fruit as well. Definitely coffee-forward

T: Follows the nose. Starts right off with roasted malts and coffee, with a light dark chocolate sweetness. Hints of vanilla and dark fruit do come through, though they are dominated by the roast and coffee. Alcohol covered very well by the malt and coffee. Finishes with a light bitterness and more coffee

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Nearing on smooth, but still a very fine carbonation is present

O: A very nice coffee-forward porter. Definitely stays focused on the coffee throughout and highlights it very well. Dangerously easy to drink at 8.3%, this makes an excellent morning beer or replacement for coffee (or an accompaniment). Definitely worth tracking some down if you're into coffee beers

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Photo of Dbrag
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hockeypuck
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rderedin
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of poolemhore
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.17/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a brown to black coloring with a thin ring of film on the surface. Filmy and clingy throughout. Nose of Starbucks....holy shit! My nose is buried in coffee grounds. Flavors of bitter and roasted coffee grounds. Bitter, roasty, and holy shit! I know I keep saying that, but wow! This is a Folger's bomb in your mouth. Very bitter aftertaste. Very dry, roasty finish. Coffee lovers rejoice, this is your beer! Very tasty!

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Happy Dog Coffee Porter from Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
3.99 out of 5 based on 33 ratings.
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