Tempest | Rising Tide Brewing Company

TempestTempest
BA SCORE
70.8%
Liked This Beer
3.82 w/ 48 ratings
TempestTempest
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
Liked:
34
Avg:
3.82/5
pDev:
8.9%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 15
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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Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -21.5%

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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Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Billolick
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber bottle

Pours near black, noderate retention of the mocha head, collar, low sheeting and more then respectable fine and high on the glass lace.

Mild chocolate on the nose.

Smooth and flavorful porter, I get mostly layers of chocolate, with a light cafe au lait coffee presence.

Def. on the light side body wise, but hey, so what? Enjoyable, easy drinking and flavorful enough. The finish is bone dry.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic, the beer is a dark, vibrant, ruby-highlighted, dark brown color with a healthy amount of carbonation bubbling along the glass and a thin, filmy, off-white surface coating of head. Aromas of bitter and dark roasted coffee beans, with a hint of dark, bitter chocolate. Seriously smells like a fresh, slow roast. Flavors of roast fill your tastebuds initially, followed by a bitterness that is smooth and strong. There are hints of bitter baker's chocolate in the undertones, and a touch of creaminess that brings some levity to the dark, robust flavors. Coffee grinds and roast in the aftertaste, riding a thin, clean body. Clean, smooth finish, with a slight roasty linger. Solid brew, very heavy on the coffee throughout.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ppoitras
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the clear burgundy brown brew. Head promptly skims and swirls toward the edges, with slow-falling sheeting lace. Aroma is nutty sweetness and coffee.

Taste starts mocha sweet, coffee carries through from end to end, with minimal bitterness. Mouthfeel is way creamy smooth, and drinkability is great. Nice one here.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In my pint glass this beer was a very dark brown, almost black, color. There was a tiny tan head, and no lace.

A roasted malt aroma. Some coffee and chocolate.

The taste was more exciting than the aroma. Mostly coffee, some chocolate, more sweet than bitter. Burnt toast.

A lighter beer, very enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
5.2% ABV, no date.

Thanks Keith!

A - Tempest, when held up to the light, displays a clear rich brown color with almond highlights. A dense light khaki head rises up but sinks somewhat quickly to a skim with little fingers of wispy lace.

S - Soothing, moderately roasted coffee wafts out with a pleasing and inviting aroma, surrounded by lightly roasted chocolate malts. Dusty, dirty, dry cocoa pulls through for a rough earthy scent that compliments the coffee and malt well.

T - Coffee flavor has begun it's departure from the shores of the aroma leaving a fuller flavor of the brown porter ashore. Brown and roasted malt give the taste a touch of dark chocolate with more cocoa notes coming through.

M - Despite this coffee porter's name, this beer is incredibly smooth and medium-light bodied. Light carbonation bubbles are present but not harsh and the dry finish is welcome amidst the roasted, lightly bitter notes of the coffee.

O - Rising Tide's Tempest is a very smooth, almost delicate beer that brings some robust flavor attributes to the table. Coffee and notes of chocolate go well together but are light enough to not overpower the lighter body. Nicely brewed, I think I'll enjoy this with some Espresso-rubbed cheese from Sartori.

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Photo of trevorpost
3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of PatGreer
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of braican
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 st9647v3
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kmlund
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of doremite
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 vande
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of NilocRellim
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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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Photo of DinoBlueShoes
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Tempest from Rising Tide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 70.8% out of 100 with 48 ratings
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