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Tempest | Rising Tide Brewing Company

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3.82/5
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48 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rising Tide Brewing Company
Maine, United States
risingtidebrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Tempest is the first release from our seven barrel series. A smooth brown porter, Tempest features healthy portions of dark crystal, chocolate, and brown malts, coupled with the addition of coffee beans to the mash and cold-steeped coffee during conditioning for a rich smooth balance of malt and coffee.

We are pleased to have partnered with Bard Coffee to produce this beer. Bard provided the wonderful Nicaragua Don Rodolfo Dark coffee with hints of bittersweet coffee and smoke.

Added by ToasterChef on 09-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
48
pDev:
8.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 15
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I do enjoy a good coffee porter, although this was a bit on the expensive side for a straight coffee porter.

Pours a decent creamy but bubbly almost 1 finger head fades at a med pace, with some layered lacing, over dark molasses cola brown color with hints of ruby light coming through.

Nose has nice coffee, fresh brewed as well as fresh roasted and ground beans, dark porter malts with hints of dark caramel, cocoa, toffee and a little nutty, and maybe a hint of roast.

Taste starts with rich creamy malts, darker malts with dark caramel, hint of cocoa, powdered cocoa and slightly chalky, hint of roast and maybe touch of tin, vanilla, etc. Then coffee, it's not super strong, but a nice fresh roasted coffee bean, fresh brewed coffee, very slight acrid on the back end as well as a little bit of a yeast flavor. Finish is a bit more bitter, with more coffee grinds, roasted flavors, little vanilla and cocoa, and hint of more acrid burnt roast.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, creamy and fairly rich, decent carb.

Overall not bad, decent beer with nice flavors, decent malts, a fair bitterness, nice coffee flavors aside from the hint of tin and light acrid burnt roast, but fairly drinkable and tasty.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of andrewinski1
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. I had to get this because I love Bard coffee. The body is black; there is a light tan colored head.

The aroma has mild coffee notes, but is overall not very strong.

The taste is light in flavor, with some pumpernickel bread. The coffee flavor is not very roasty, which makes the overall taste in line with a nice brown porter as opposed to the hybrid stout style. Very nice.

This is light in body, with nice crisp carbonation.

I like this. My two reservations are the price (I got mine for about eight bucks) and the labeling of the beer as a coffee porter. Technically it's a coffe porter for sure, but a lot of beer enthusiasts might see that label and have expectations of big bold roasty flavors. Subtlety and drinkability are the name of the game here.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a cola brown with a small cap of beige head.

Nice aroma with some bready malts and nuts in the aroma. Nice mellow coffee aroma. Balanced roasted coffee on the pallet with hazelnut tones and some German bread malts.

The body is a bit light with good carbonation. Overall this one is enjoyable. Easy to drink with good flavors.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a clear, deep ruby red with shades of dark purple. Creamy, sandy head diminishes quickly. Delicate strands of lacing form broken rings.

S: Malt aromas of cola, brown molasses, and toffee. Freshly roasted coffee beans and freshly brewed coffee with cream and sugar. Mild acidity. Fleeting cocoa powder. Fruity esters are vague and only barely apparent. Slight smoke and a very light floral note probably comes from the coffee.

T: Clod, stale, day old coffee opens. Roasted coffee beans come through with a better coffee experience mid-palate. Freshly roasted coffee beans with light floral notes, mild smoke, and a nice earthiness. Very acidic in the coffee way. Thin malt backbone of cola and molasses underneath. Ghost-like cocoa. Drying finish of cold, stale, acidic coffee.

M: On the thinner side of medium bodied. Creamy. Mild prickling carbonation doesn't lift the body as much as it should, but it serves its purpose.

O: A very average coffee porter. Interesting decision to go with a brown porter as the base beer. It really isn't big enough to handle the coffee addition thrown at it, and the beer suffers. Old, stale coffee tastes and too much acidity run amok on top of a very nondescript base beer.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass . Much thanks to Toasterchef.

A solid classic opaque walnut brown body, with a thick whipped top that hangs on, off white but a good single crown that hangs nicely. Lots of creamy retention sticking around, leaving a good solid puck while drinking.

Nose has a good milky coffee sense, and light roast characters with the malt backbone. Whispy airy simple drip coffee, with creamer. Good, solid, simple, delicious smelling.

Palate hits with classic creamed coffee morning crispness. Light roast with a spicy quality to the finish, with a minor carbon quality. Slightly milky with a bit of depth to it. Good whipped milk top feeling in the palate also.

Overall simple solid and good, could have again.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a 22oz bottle poured into a duvel glass.

A: pours a very dark brown with half a finger of very slightly brown head, some nice spots of lacing.

S: smells light a slightly toasted brown ale, with notes of chocolate and coffee, a nice nuttyness to it as well.

T: much like the nose, nice toasty brown ale flavor with some nuttyness and notes of coffee and chocolate, gets kinda close to the porter style maybe... If it was a very light porter, nice nutty roasty coffe and light chocolate flavor overall.

M: deffiantly on the light side, particuarly for porter style, but they do call it a brown porter on the label, overall seemed to have almost a wateryness to its drinkability and lightness, would have liked to see a touch more heft here.

O: a solid brew, just wish it was a bit more hefty... But I don't think it was supposed to be, like the label says brown porter , I think it is primarily A brown ale with some light porteresque qualitys... Overall a very tasty and drinkable brew.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a thin wispy tan head, sticks around for awhile although there isn't much for lacing.

Smell has a strong aroma of coffee right off the bat, picking up some roasted malt to balance the nose, chocolate also lights up the nostrils.

Taste isn't as coffee forward as the nose but still quite evident, roasted malt with a slight bitter burntness takes over, body is a bit too thin for me, assertive carbonation.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep ruby/mahogany color with almost no head

S: Starts off with a huge wave of coffee along with some bitter dark chocolate and roasty malts. Coffee porter indeed!

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with coffee and moves into some nice roast and dark chocolate notes followed by more coffee in the finish. Slightly bitter throughout from the coffee

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little light for a porter, but this isn't a huge in-your-face porter either

O: If you're a fan of coffee beers, this one will suit your tastes quite nicely. Very easy to drink at 5.2%, and not a heavy porter by any means. Not too sure how many bottles got released , so this one will probably be hard to track down, especially as time goes on. Recommended if you can find it though

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Photo of BobZ
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a .4L Weizen/Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Light to medium brown in color with little initial head, about 1/4”, which quickly recedes to a cap, nice lacing.

Smell: Big roasted malt with coffee, nice on the nose.

Taste: Roasted malt as advertised and as expected. Nice coffee flavors and overall “lightness” to style, meaning as a porter I expect less depth and richness than I would from a stout. Really not much beyond the roasted malt and coffee flavors, no real chocolate flavors to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but somehow thinner than expected even for a porter, not much depth of body.

Overall: I really like what this brewery has offered to-date, I thought Polaris was exceptional and I think Ursa Minor is excellent; however, this offering does nothing to stand out. It’s a fairly run of the mill porter that lacks both depth of flavor and body. Not a bad beerby any means, highly drinkable, just an average to slightly above average beer.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ToasterChef
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This new beer from Rising Tide is a coffee porter, with coffee supplied by Bard Coffee (Bard, Tempest, get it?). On 7 barrels were produced. It is only available on draft, in Maine, with limited growler fills from the brewery. I believe today was the first day growlers were available. My growler has been in the fridge since I brought it home a few hours ago. I poured into a pint glass.

The beer has a deep dark brown color, with small, foamy light brown head. It is an opaque beer, but some carbonation can be seen rising right at the top. Pretty good lacing is left behind—thick curtains of foam cling to the walls of the glass.

The beer smells of fresh roasted whole coffee beans. It doesn't have the bitter smells of a cup of coffee, it's much more like a bag of beans. Some maltiness (which also comes across as roasted) can also be detected.

This is a very smooth, easy drinking porter. There is a good amount of coffee flavor, but it isn't exceptionally bitter. Nor do the roasted flavors seem too strong. But, it is very much a coffee-flavored beer, albeit not an extreme one. Tempest is much more subtle. There is some sweetness in the finish; it is reminiscent of toffee.

The beer has a medium body and carbonation that feels average for the style (to me, porters always seem like they have a little less carbonation than other styles, and Tempest does this as well). My lips do have a film on them, but it isn't sticky. My mouth has a slightly thinner coat, and it isn't all that flavorful, but it does retain some coffee notes.

I like this beer. It's a nice, simple coffee porter. It's probably the addition of the Nicaraguan coffee that limited this beer to 7 barrels. Otherwise, I could easily see this one added into Rising Tide's regular rotation. But even if it is never brewed again, this is a great first entry into Rising Tide's new single batch series. I'm already excited to get a growler of the next one (which should be ready in about 3 weeks, I heard at the brewery today). If you see this one on draft, grab a pint, or even better, head over to the brewery and grab a growler.

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Tempest from Rising Tide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 48 ratings
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