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Perc E Bust | Full Pint Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Full Pint Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
fullpintbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by IronCitySteve on 02-25-2011

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Reviews:
51
Ratings:
147
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
19.68%
 
 
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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 147
Photo of CFHMagnet
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one aggressively and was awarded a finger of nice brown head. The body is so dark brown it's almost black. Head goes down (giggidy) after a few minutes, leaving a thick, healthy ring and dusting. Good amount of lacing attempts to cling to the glass.

Dark malt, a hint of dark fruit, dark coffee and a hint of chocolate. Simple yet elegant.

The flavor starts off malty and quickly brings in the coffee. It tastes like a light roast, and is quickly backed up with a little more malt and some hints of chocolate.

The body is light to medium. The carbonation is a little fizzy, and it's certainly easy drinking, but it has a light creamy quality to it once you start swallowing the beer.

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Photo of dtivp
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown with a one finger tan head that fades slowly into a thin ring, light lacing.

Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt.

Taste of black coffee, dark roasted malt with a chocolate and caramel sweetness, nice balance.

Mouth Feel is medium body, light carbonation, dry with a slight bitterness.

Overall a good balanced porter.

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Photo of MikeCz
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whilst I was ducking into Smoking Joe's on Pittsburgh's South Side for one last beer for the night, I spotted this little number from Full Pint. Purc E Bust poured out dark and with a nice thick brown head. You can immediately smell not just the aroma of coffee, but quality roasted coffee. The core of this hometown brew is made up of Guatemalan coffee beans from The Commonplace Coffee Company in Squirrel Hill. This beer starts sweet, but is balanced out nicely with roasted malt for a nice smooth finish. Fans of quality porters will notice that this craft brew can hold its own against more expensive brews. All in all, this a beer Pittsburghers can be proud to call their own.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color,with a moderate head of tan foam.
Aroma-Roasted coffee, dark malt
Taste-Dark roasted coffee,dark chocolate, black patent malt. Nice, strong coffee flavor throughout, faint charred note in the finish. A nice match for a steak or fully dressed burger.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: Very dark brown with light brown rings around the edges. 1/8 inch bubbly head and no retention

Smell: Real nice roasted gourmet coffee and some woody notes

Taste: The Guatemalan coffee used to make this beer has just an ok flavor, it has a little roast and a little sweetness to it similar to vanilla. There is a slight hint of chocolate and wood on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body and ample amounts of carbonation

Overall: Good coffee porter. Nother about this beer is mind blowing but the beer is highly drinkable and has some overall good components

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Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not to get overly literal here, but "perky" and "huge" aren't synonymous words. On to the beer.

It's a solid dark brown, too dark to see through. It grows a nice tan head to a bit higher than one finger. Retention is good, as the head lasts the entire way and never falls very much. A good amount of patchy lacing sticks to the glass.
Malts don't show off too much roast in the nose; even though the coffee offers it, it focuses more on the coffee notes pre-roasting, it seems. It's got porter strength, which might take the huge stout drinkers some getting used to , but it's good if not simple. In the flavor, a bit more roast kicks in. Coffee is less subtle, which is something that works slightly against the aroma.
These days, it seems porters need to be defended for not being huge. The body in this beer is right, giving medium strength to hold it together without weighing it down. Carbonation is moderate, flowing nicely without being too crisp but both crisp and smooth enough.

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Photo of vande
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = Deep, dark, mahogany brown poured without any hint of head...

S = hints of coffee...coco...

T = coffee and light hints of dark chocolate... bitter on the back end...

M = sort of like cold coffee...smooth, simple enough...

O = Pretty good coffee porter...as it warms up, it opens up...tasty..

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

Courtesy of SomethingClever, Thank you Beer Brother!

This has the characteristics of a Porter. Poured black with dark brown hues. Nice khaki head. Looks pretty solid. Smells of coffee and caramel with a faint mushroom earthiness. Time to to taste! First hits of sautéed mushrooms and coffee. Caramel is in full flavor toward the finish. This finishes clean with a slight bitterness. The feel is light-thin and tight poppy carbonation.

Overall: This beer is above average yet isn't as adventurous as some coffee porters. I like the caramel and coffee they work nice hand and hand. It's not acidic like some coffee Porters/Stouts tend to be, so that's a plus! I could drink this all day long/night. This brew is worthy!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Full Pint Perc E Bust

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Dark brown with a ruby tint. Big off white foam, solid lace stickage.

Smell: Pleasing aroma of cocoa, vanilla, coffee and malts.

Taste: Roasted malt, bitter coffee and pine hops interact well. Decidedly bitter, some porter like qualities, light dry cocoa. Coffee flavor with dry cocoa and some hops. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, good feel for the style, carbonation a bit prickly.

Overall: Solid, solid beer from Full Pint. A six pack would be a worthy investment. I like the hops and coffee, and this ale has depth and body to it. Good stuff.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

**
"4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
samsmith33 (727) - - AUG 29, 2015
**
09/29/2015
Bottle to goblet.
Aroma is strong coffee and roasted malt.
Taste is the same. Very good flavor.
LOOK: Dark black color, with a thick thick thick tan head.
FEEL: Medium carbonation.

Nice beer. Cool bottle.
**

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Photo of McNealc31
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The aroma delivers on the promise of coffee, as does the flavor. Coffee dominates, but there is a caramel sweetness behind it. Very complex thanks to the blend of malts. Ends dry and bitter, but more of a coffee bitterness than one from hops. Light and smooth body, if a bit watery.

Very nice coffee porter.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a very pleasant coffee porter. It has a ton of character, and it is all good character.

It opens nicely to reveal a nearly opaque brown. The aroma is pretty but faint. Coffee and chocolate are there, but not in your face.

The taste is balanced to more yeasty than a porter normally is, to great effect. It tastes like a bigger beer than it is.

This is so far my favorite from Full Pint. You gotta love the label. Very robust.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this on draft with mixed feelings but I saw the label and needless to say I've finally figured out why they call it Perc E Bust, basically a German fraulein serving a mug of coffee with all of the right features. Look the label states fuggles and Columbus with IBUs of 52 with coffee this could be the one of the hoppier coffee porters I've ever had. Deep black body pours into my La Fin du Monde chalice with a deep thicket of creamy tan head. Lacing is thick and evenly spread, with a nice hint of dark chocolate and licorice in the nose. Hints of mild dark charred coffee roasts amongst a creamy chocolate nose with herbal/mild citric notes. Flavor has a nice bitter coffee astringency with dark chocolate bitterness and earthy/mild grapefruit finish in the hops department. Who ever offered up labels like this I applaud them because those generic labels weren't anyway to continue to the trend of how these beers should be popularized. Mouthfeel is mild cream with a mid bodied evenly flowing carbonation level ends up actually drinking smooth with a touch of coffee roast astringency. Overall experience keep up the creativity and bottle or send the pils my way...I used to love Barret's Pillowrock Pilsner down in Morgantown, WV...I'm sure this pils was his creation.

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Photo of dank203
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a good porter. its smooth, sweet, with a spicy kick, bitter coffee, strong on the nose as well. however not overpowering. also faint notes of chocolate blending with the coffee bean note. some burnt/roasted malt. very dark, creamy, fluffy feel. pours beautifully as well, dense dark/tan head. in my book an A- or B+ beer

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Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/black, 1/2 creamy head and some lacing.

Smell - Smokey malts, molasses, coffee, dark fruits, plum, rasin, added brown sugars, some cocoa and a little chocolate.

Taste - Huge coffee and roasted malts are main flavor. Dark chocolate mixed with some cocoa and a little chocolate also adds flavor. Some molasses and brown sugars add some sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness, tounge gets the coffee, chocolate and smokey malts. Palette gets dark fruits, malts and coffee. Aftertaste is coffee bitter and a little chocolate sweetness.

Overall - A nice coffee porter, smooth, flavorfull and easy to drink. No alcohol is present, and its balanced pretty well. For sure a good beer that you can enjoy even if your aint a big coffee fan.

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Photo of psuKinger
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into my Church Brew Works pint glass. I've had this beer a couple of times before, including at the Brewery. It was one of my favorite offerings of theres, during my visit.

A: A charming dark brown (shades of black) beer with lots of lively carbonation on the pour, and hefty brown head on top.

S: Chocolate and Mokah come through at a moderate volume, with a touch of *roastiness* lying underneath.

T: More coffee flavor in the taste than the nose. Notes of dark (bitter) chocolate and roastiness present as well. Bitterness arrives a bit earlier than I'd expect, and that makes for an enjoyable, unique experience.

Classic American hop flavor can be detected at an appropriately low volume here. Everything pulls together quite nicely. It's moments like this that I wish I could give something a 4.25 rating... a 4 feels too low, to me, but the 4.5 too generous.

M: Great carbonation initially, and it leaves plenty of roasty/java flavors behind on the finish. Well done.

D/O: Very drinkable. If the question is "would you like another one?", my answer is "yes". An enjoyable experience.

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Photo of Boto
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle: This one pours a fairly opaque darker brown color. There was a small tan head that didn’t linger long or leave much in the way of lacing. The aroma is good. Coffee and chocolate malt are predominate. Some hops are in there too, but they are hard to determine exactly what they are. The taste is very good. Fair amount of the coffee on to, with some chocolate malts in the background. Dryness to the finish. Lots of hops being hidden back there. Nice. Definitely helps to be a coffee lover for this one!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I dont know what it is about coffee beers, but when trying a new one, I'm always a bit apprehensive. It's always nice to be pleasantly surprised that someone was able to pull off the job in smooth fashion. And that's what we've got here: a nice easy drinker that takes hold of all the characteristics you'd hope for a real pleasant drinker.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Fat Heads Pgh

A: Pours a deep dark brown color with a nice one finger tan foam head. Some decent lacing.

S: Lots of roasted coffee, milk chocolate, campfire and vanilla.

T: Starts off on the sweet side, the milk chocolate definitely the most predominant. In the middle a charred coffee bitterness starts to balance out the sweetness and lasts throughout the finish.

M: A slight slick taste on the palate. A very nice medium bodied beer.

D: A really solid Porter from Full Pint. Easy to drink on a nice cold day or in the evening for dessert.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of tommyguz pours a rich brown color with a super-fine bubbled head...looks almost nitro. Retention is awesome because of it and the lacing very nice. Bonus points for a spectacular label and a great name.

Nose is milk chocolate and coffee...quite original descriptors, I know! Smells good and fresh.

Taste is less astringently roasty than many coffee beers. The coffee flavors are there aplenty, but it maintains a great smoothness. Maybe it is the sweetness...regardless, it is a tasty coffee porter. Not a whole lot of complexity here, like in the aroma, but it is a fine beer - I have been pretty impressed with the 2 Full Pint offerings I have had so far.

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Photo of nhindian
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

T - Pours a dark chocolate brown, a little flat but nearly completely opaque. About a finger and a half of tan head quickly builds and has a decent amount of retention.

S - The aroma is full of freshly pressed coffee, bold and roasty, but also smooth and not acrid. There is also a rich chocolate which is surprisingly potent. I am also discerning a bit of flaked oats as well, but I am not sure if it actually had any in it or not.

T - The flavors are initially a sharp kick of espresso and a slight amount of roast, but it quickly turns quite chocolaty and enjoyably sweet. The roast isn't overbearing and is actually fairly light, which helps it continue to be smooth and easily transition from coffee to chocolate to hops. The hops are earthy and nutty, lending the entire flavor profile to mesh comfortably with each other.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation. A little bit thin at times, the mouthfeel suffers occasionally from a watery feel after the initial malts, but as this is a porter, I can't complain too much.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. This is one of the smoothest coffee beers I've come across while still maintaining a potent espresso boost. That, combined with the sweet, rich malts gives this a very flavorful initial taste that lingers well into the finish.

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Photo of njkaminsky
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If you pour it right you will get a very nice creamy head. The taste is complex as it goes through your pallate meaning it changes from the beers taste to the coffee taste while infusing the IBU bitterness across the swirl. Not bad doc, not bad ... I am a fan.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a pint of this last night at the Rivertowne for 4.25 Whoot local!

A - Pours a solid black amber. You can see through it but just barley. The thin 1/4 inch layer of mocha colored head left a nice bit of sticky lacing.

S - Not as strong as the name implies but I do get soft tones of roast and chocolate. Kind of like a cappuccino!

T - I was glad it had a very balanced taste of coffee without being too bitter. Roast flavors are the best part of this beer which are light to medium tones and I do get a distinct chocolate but not bittersweet or bakers. More cocoa but not dry. Didn't really pick up any hops but that's what I like in my porters, more malt!

M - Drank with a nice medium body. Sweet but not cloying. I sipped it pretty quickly.

Overall it's not the best coffee beer I had but ranks up there with balance. Not extreme or immensely flavorful like other coffee beers but light and flavored enough to have a six pack. Would be happy to pick up a six pack if I found it at a local bottle shop. Hook a brotha up!

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Photo of russwbeck
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours brown into my Founders Brewing Company goblet and builds up a nice light brown head. The retention and lacing are pretty good.

S: The smell is full of malts, chocolate, and fresh coffee. Coffee is right up front and is surprisingly strong.

T: The coffee comes first and is followed by a sweet chocolate and slight caramel maltiness. The roastiness is not overbearing, it's balanced nicely with the sweetness of the chocolate. The finish is insanely dry. I really enjoyed the taste.

MF/D: Medium body, carbonation is a bit low, dries the mouth out completely, making you continue to take sips. I thought the drinkability was pretty good for a porter.

O: I really enjoyed this. Balanced, tasty, full of coffee just like I hoped it would be.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-black with a dark tan colored head. good lacing

S-actually a fairly good scent of coffee with just a small touch of hops. its a good strong scent.

T-comes in with a really full flavored taste of coffee and slowly transitions in to a taste that reminds me of straight coffee bean. it has just a touch of bitterness to it.the after-taste is good and strong of the same flavor. very robust this is.

M-smooth medium carbonation with a crisp finish

O-i picked this out because it was the darkest beer i could find at a local beer shop, and because it was only $1.50 for the bottle to go. i honestly expected nothing but an average porter. what i got was a world class porter willing to challenge any other porter head on. this is robust and tasty, something i could drink a lot of.

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Perc E Bust from Full Pint Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 147 ratings.
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