Hotbox Coffee Porter | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Hotbox Coffee PorterHotbox Coffee Porter
BA SCORE
3.94/5
Very Good
790 Ratings
Hotbox Coffee PorterHotbox Coffee Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
oskarblues.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This porter (6.4% ABV, 30 IBUs) is based on malt flavors of roasted nuts, crème brulee, cocoa, and caramel, extracted from English and German roasted and caramel malts. Hotbox Roasters then crashes the party and infuses potent, cold-extracted coffee from Burundi and Ethiopian beans and deals out flavors and aromas of dark plums, chocolate, and hints of blueberry.

Added by kojevergas on 10-25-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,359
Reviews:
206
Ratings:
790
pDev:
6.35%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
123
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 790 |  Reviews: 206
Photo of Unclevince
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeWard
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass. canned 8/2/17, so heading towards 18 months in the can. Let's see how it's aged, shall we?

Jet black body, initially there is a good tan colored head leaving nice lacing. This dissipates to a thick ring and solid covering.

Faint coffee aroma.

But the coffee in the taste is stronger and quite pleasant. There is a bit of a bite on the tongue.

Mouth close to full, finish a sharp coffee taste.

Overall, decent enough coffee porter, nothing outstanding, but solid enough.

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Photo of Kips
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mmhannon
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RockHop
3.31/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very smoky and bitter, with no sweetness. Deep brown black with a good tan head, more soapy than creamy, about two fingers. Some good lacing. Malty aroma and finish.

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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into grip shaped goblet: color is brown-black, tan head presents 1/2 inch thick and then dissipates to thin solid top, good lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is light toasted malt, some roast, then overtaken quickly by coffee aromas of toffee, nuts and light bitterness.

Taste is similar with mild toasted malt, light roast and then strong flavors of cold infused coffee - toffee, fruit, nuts and bitter notes.

Mouthfeel is a little to clean and leaving a bit to be desired, leans more towards iced coffee without much backing sweetness, just clean coffee flavor and then lightly dry finish.

Overall a good beer, but I want more porter flavor out of this than is presented

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Spacejamflam
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thicc 2cm head, very persistent, airy, dark brown, lots of lacing.

Taste is dominated by lots of roasted malts, though not unpleasantly. It doesnt have the sweetness and milkiness of coffee porters/stouts that I look for, but I wont hold that against it.

It's nothing special, but if you like a drinkable porter heavy on roasted malts with an impressive head and nice coffee notes, I dont think you'll be disappointed!

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml can served cold into a tulip. LCBO purchase for $2.75 CDN per can.

Appearance - Ominous dark brown color, nearly black. Two fingers or so of loose and fluffy tan coloured head. Good retention and lots of streaky lacing at the edges of the glass.

Smell - Loads of coffee, wet coffee grounds, astringent coffee, subtle bit of vanilla bean in there. One dimensional but the one dimension is very, very good.

Taste - Lots of coffee, again, subtle bits of vanilla, sweeter with caramel and brown sugar flavors mid sip than I'd have suspected, but afterwards transitions to a nice dark roast and coffee is the first, second and third star of this brew. Slightest undercurrent of mint.

Mouthfeel - Medium to heavy bodied, Well carbonated, but theres a whipped mocha like sensation to the feel as well.

Overall - If you're looking for a very good straightforward coffee porter this is certainly the brew for you. If it's not, it still might be the brew for you. Just a damn well executed beer that is enjoyable over and over and over again.

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Photo of Tom_Hoover
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smooth thick head

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Photo of Gadzook
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jangle_bojangle
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EdFed
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

**
12/04/18
Can to goblet.

Aroma: coffee, that's it.
Taste: medium roasted malt, baking soda, mint?,
Feel: medium body, thinnish, low carbonation.


Not bad.

**

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, served in a tulip stout glass. Canned 07/09/2018.

Appearance: Very dark brown, with some mahogany and cola brown colors when held up to the light. Vigorous pour gave a 1/4" thick tan head. Lots of fine persistent lacing all over the glass.

Smell: A bit of roasted malt, light coffee, and a tiny bit metallic.

Taste: The flavors all run together - a bit like a cup of coffee with just a hint of sugar and cream in it, but with some definite porter character. Finish definitely a bit metallic with some coffee bean and light bitter hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Hits the style well - just right thickness and some good underlying carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: I think I need cookies to pair with this. Great looking beer, but the metallic notes make me wonder if this one sat too long between July and now (very possible), or, it's just not my cup of coffee porter. Good, but not amazing. One is enough.

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Photo of puck1225
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a shaker pint. Dark brown color with a beige head and good lacing. Nice coffee and chocolate smell and taste. A decent porter and would buy again in the future.

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Photo of KMcGrath
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lastmango
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a beautiful black color with a 3 finger frothy tan head that lingered for awhile. Heavy lacing. Nose is light coffee and roasted malt. A bit too faint if you ask me. Taste follows the nose with a touch of caramel. Light body and carbonation. A bit watery. Unfortunately, the look sets up an expectation that the beer does not satisfy. This is drinkable but there are others that are better.

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Photo of StormAles
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ryan4120
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L - Pitch, opaque black with a thick, frothy tan head that sticks around and leaves behind a nice amount of lacing.
S - coffee, roasted malts, but the smell is somewhat faint to me.
T - Notes of coffee, roasted malt, caramel, chocolate
F - Medium bodied with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. A little thin and watery.
O - I was really expecting more here. Doesn't really stand out to me - it's a nice coffee porter, but nothing special. The body is a little thin and would really be much better if it were fuller. The overall flavors could be more pronounced.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Well, Peche Mortel this is not.
Lovely colour and nose and the taste is kinda nice, but it's all a bit too thin and watery to compete with the big boys. I will finish my 4-pack and not look back.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I liked it, but it didn't stand out from other coffee porters.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

pours black with a nice dark khaki head. very good retention and lacing.
nose is light coffee and roasted malt. somewhat muted, but pleasant.
taste is coffee, roasted malt, bitter chocolate,
smooth finish with lingering bitter chocolate

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Photo of godawgs
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Hotbox Coffee Porter from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 790 ratings