Dawn Patrol Coffee Porter
Tofino Brewing Company

Dawn Patrol Coffee PorterDawn Patrol Coffee Porter
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American Porter
Ranked #308
Ranked #17,673
3.98 | pDev: 10.8%
Tofino Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
Very Good
Dawn Patrol Coffee PorterDawn Patrol Coffee Porter
Notes: Rich chocolate malts , Conditioned with locally roasted coffee beans and bourbon soaked vanilla beans
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 23 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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leaddog from Canada

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a deep mahogany brown with two fingers of foamy tan head.

Smell - Roasted coffee bean and chocolate malts, cocoa bean, vanilla, hint of bourbon, earthy and leafy hops.

Taste - Rich roasted flavours from the malts and coffee beans, with a bit of the bourbon-soaked vanilla bean and hops providing support. Roasty without being too sweet or two bitter. Touch of chocolate/cocoa.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and rich finish.

Overall - A warm and roasty porter from the folks at Tofino Brewing. Great smooth body and rich in flavour.

Apr 15, 2018
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biboergosum from Canada

3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

650ml bottle - gonna have to crank up some classic Megadeth as an accompaniment to this offering.

This beer pours a clear, dark auburn-tinted brown colour, with two zaftig fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves some layered and streaky cirrus cloud pattern lace around the glass as it quickly evaporates.

It smells of rich artisanal coffee, roasted caramel malt, real vanilla, and some plain earthy, leafy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, weak cafe-au-lait, stale chocolate, some mealy nuttiness, a bit of free-range char, woody vanilla, and more understated earthy, herbal, and floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-satisfying frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and sort of smooth, as that ashy essence takes the sheen off of things here. It finishes off-dry, the malt, fading milky coffee, and vanilla presiding.

Overall - yeah, there are certainly a lot of different flavours extant in this brew, however, they don't really ever come together as a whole. The coffee starts strong, but wanes a little bit too quickly, and I find myself more interested in the music playing in the background, than what to do with the rest of this bomber.

Jan 25, 2018
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flyerzrule from California

4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours deep chestnut with some red highlights around edges. Surprisingly thin head with virtually no retention. Aroma is primarily coffee, roasted malts, with a touch of lactose and milk chocolate. Taste is a good balance of coffee with milk with roast and chocolate notes complimented by a slightly woody hop bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, with moderately high carbonation. This is a very drinkable coffee beer that packs in solid flavor without going overboard. Cheers!

Oct 11, 2016
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EspressoGuy from Canada

2.43/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

pine licorice aroma -- where's the coffee?; full bodied, bitter at the finish, pretty aggressive especially at the end, certainly feel the alcohol at the end too. Don't get any coffee on the taste.

Jan 17, 2016
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HipCzech from Texas

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 650 mL bottle poured into a small tasting glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown with nice khaki head. A good fringe of khaki foam remains and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt, burnt caramel, coffee grinds and vanilla extract.

Taste: Medium malty body, balanced between caramel sweetness and dry roast. Chocolate and coffee follow, with vanilla and hints of bourbon in the close.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation; smooth without being full.

Overall: Session drinking feel with some terrific roast malt and coffee notes.

Dec 21, 2015
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LampertLand from Canada

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tofino Brewing 'Dawn Patrol Coffee Porter' @ 6.5% , served from a couple of 650 ml bottle's purchased for $5.50 each

A-pour is cola brown from the bottle to a near black in the glass with a hint of crimson highlighting the bottom of the glass as seen thru a small beige head which is leaving a spotty lacing along the pint after every sip

S-coffee , hint of vanilla

T-sweet start , smooth

MF-ok/good carbonation , nice medium body

Ov-good beer , get it while you can , Tofino doesn't make enough of this beer

prost LampertLand

Nov 29, 2014
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Rutager from Canada

4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance. Very dark brown, close to black in the glass except for the edges where some light comes through. Topped with 1.5 fingers of thick and creamy khaki head that leaves some good lacing.

Smell. Tons of fresh roasted coffee beans with a little bit of dark malt and a touch of vanilla. Smells fairly sweet and creamy.

Taste. Fresh roasted coffee beans again, nicely sweet but not overdone, creamy tasting with a little dark malt and just a touch of molasses and maybe a some vanilla.

Mouthfeel. Medium body (maybe on the low side), smooth medium carbonation.

Overall. Very nice coffee porter here. Apparently these guys really know what they're doing. Quality stuff.

May 15, 2013
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CanuckRover from Canada

3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at The Shelter in Tofino.

Bad lighting in the restaurant, but it's a near black as far as I could tell. Bubbly head, about a finger thick. Thin lacings to the finish.

Big coffee aroma, really nice.

Strong espresso coffee beans lend a nice roasted flavor and good bitterness to the beer. Very light malt surprisingly.

Mouthfeel is way off, or at least completely unexpected. Really quite thin, putting it at adds with it's flavors... Though it is kind of close to an black coffee. Nice drink though.

Dec 31, 2011
Dawn Patrol Coffee Porter from Tofino Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 23 ratings