Hotbox Coffee Porter
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
Porter - American
Ranked #163
Ranked #13,788
3.94 | pDev: 6.6%
Dec 06, 2021
Oct 25, 2015
Very Good
Hotbox Coffee PorterHotbox Coffee Porter
Notes: 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.
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3.87 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 06, 2021
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4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Sigmund from Norway

355 ml can, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6.5%. Black colour, large beige head. Aroma of roast malts, coffee and dark chocolate. The flavour has a slight sweetness, distinct notes of coffee but not overdone, also chocolate and decent hops, hints of roasted nuts. Good beer.

Apr 12, 2021
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3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by marcbosch from Netherlands

L: Jet black, tan, creamy head.
S: Roasty malt, umami notes (soy sauce-like), coffee.
T: Coffee notes are way less prominent than expected. Otherwise, typical roasty bittersweet porter stuff. Good.
F: Body is medium, carbonation is medium to high. Finish is dry and good..
O: A good porter, but I was expecting a bit more coffee. Still a very enjoyable brew.

Nov 17, 2020
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3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BWED from Colorado

"Stovepipe" 19.2 oz can into tulip glass.

A- Black, with a brown, lumpy, frothy head. Retention is great and globs of lacing down the glass. This one looks good.
S- Roast/coffee, chocolate and sweet vanilla notes, with a biscuity backbone.
T- Dark chocolate, vanilla, with a smooth roast.
M- Body is medium-full. Light enough to stay in that porter range. Fairly smooth but with a bit of that roast lingering. Some carbonation tingles the palate as well.

O- Normally not a coffee beer drinker, but this one isn't bad. Not terribly overwhelming like many can be.

Oct 26, 2020
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3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by CTHomer from Connecticut

A: opaque; very dark brown in color; 1 finger finely pored medium brown head that receded to a skim cap; sheets of lace;

S: bittersweet chocolate with coffee in the background;

T: milk chocolate and bittersweet chocolate dominate, with coffee in the background along with deeply roasted grain; mild to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate, creamy carbonation; dry finish;

O: nice aroma and flavor; less coffee character than I expected;

May 03, 2020
4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 10, 2020
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3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

Poured from a can into a nonic glass.

Pours dark brown and nearly opaque. Limited head and lacing.

Aromas of brown sugar, molasses, coffee, and faint char.

The brew hits the tip of the tongue with dark sugar sweetness. Hints of coffee and faint chocolate in midstream give way to dark fruit some moderate hopping and a touch of booze. A bit sweet overall.

Well carbonated and only a touch heavier than medium. Very drinkable and drying at the finish.

Overall, a pretty solid porter, but a bit sweet for the style.

Mar 28, 2020
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3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by EMV from Pennsylvania

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark brown pour... nearly black with 1.5 fingers of brown head. Nice ring of lacing.

S: Coffee and roast. Maybe a bit of dark fruit.

T.F: Just like it smells. Strong roasted grain flavor and espresso. Dark chocolate and a bit of plum. Modestly bitter roast. Smooth and medium bodied. More coffee comes through at the finish.

O: A well executed coffee porter. Hits all the flavors and pretty much what's advertised.

Mar 09, 2020
3.97 by jroof1 from Massachusetts on Jan 15, 2020
4.28 by NightINgale from Russian Federation on Jan 01, 2020
4.12 by arzt from Russian Federation on Dec 18, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by hoptheology from South Dakota

12 oz can dated...oh, dated 7/25/18. I thought it was '19, no wonder these were on the discount shelf. Well, we'll see what it's like at 18 months.

Deep silky coffee black with a tall creamy head of 3 fingers, receding to 1, with tons of gorgeous lace left behind.

Aroma of crushed coffee beans, some black pepper, and light chocolate notes.

Flavor is full bodied and enjoyable. Wow, what a solid base. And the coffee just piles on top and makes it even more delicious. I get nutty malt, slight crushed ashy black patent malt, perhaps a whisper of charcoal, following with coffee - fruity and vibrant, slightly acidic; suggestions of hazelnut and honey.

Feel is creamy and silky smooth, yet still has a roughness to it that gives the impression of coffee grounds. Very minimal warming alcohol, medium to full bodied, smooth dry finish.

Overall, a fantastic and solid porter. Will buy more when it hits shelves, one of my new favorite porters.

Dec 07, 2019
3 by MrCPMJ from Texas on Nov 10, 2019
4.29 by Illdoone from Washington on Oct 19, 2019
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3.11/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
by EnderFett11 from Virginia

Good coffee flavor in the beginning, but strange after taste later. Almost reminded me of buffalo sauce, even though I wasn't eating anything. Not likely to try again.

Oct 16, 2019
3.87 by bylerteck from Canada (ON) on Oct 04, 2019
4.5 by elglueckert from Montana on Sep 28, 2019
4.02 by 88caprice from Virginia on Sep 13, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

Oskar Blues Brewery 'Hotbox Coffee Porter' @ 6.5% , served from a 355 ml can
A-pour is black from can to glass with a small light tan head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-roasted coffee
T-a roasted coffee porter with a bitter swallow
MF-ok carbonation , medium body
Ov-better than ok coffee porter
prost LampertLand

Sep 07, 2019
4 by tcbro023 from Wisconsin on Aug 30, 2019
4 by zbooks from Texas on Aug 02, 2019
3.56 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania on Jul 05, 2019
3.74 by desint from Belgium on Jun 27, 2019
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3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by josanguapo from Spain

De Labirratorium. En copa Teku. Viendo Dark 1x02-03. Nariz cafetosa que promete pero en boca se viene abajo, resultando plana, unidimensional, con cafe con menos intenso de lo esperado. Ligera en boca

Jun 24, 2019
3 by jeschaefer from Texas on Jun 23, 2019
3.99 by Pens1967 from Louisiana on Jun 16, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Darkmagus82 from Texas

Served on nitro tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a very dark brown color with a lighter cascade of tan colored bubbles streaming through the brew to produce a tan colored head. Being a nitro pour, the head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave rings of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is rather strong of a coffee and roasted malt smell mixed with some very light cocoa and toast notes. Along with these smells comes a little bit of molasses and caramel and a hint of a nuttiness.
Taste – The taste begins, as one may expect from the nose, with a decent hit of roasted malt and a moderate coffee flavor. There are some light dark chocolate and moderately sweet flavors of caramel and brown sugar upfront, which grow just a hint stronger as the taste advances forward. All the while, the coffee and roast are joined by some toast and smoke flavors. At the end, some of the nut and a smoke that were detected in the nose, as well as a little bit of dark fruit, come to the tongue to leave one with a dark and roasty, semi-sweet, and smooth coffee flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – Being a nitro pour the body of the brew is silky and creamy with a thicker feel. For the roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate flavors of the brew the feel is great and creates a soothing mouth coating feel.
Overall – A very tasty and dangerously smooth coffee porter. Rather well done and great on nitro.

Jun 01, 2019
4 by DCHritz from Pennsylvania on Jun 01, 2019
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4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

355 mL can from a four-pack picked up at the LCBO; dated Sept 10 2018 and served at cellar temperature. This is an old review that I forgot to upload, based on notes taken a few months ago.

Pours an opaque mahogany brownish-black hue, producing one finger of bubbly, tan-coloured head that falls apart in less than two minutes' time. A tight, creamy-looking collar lingers on, but that's about it; no cap, though some nice lacing is left behind over the course of the glass. Its aroma is rich and enticing, including lots of roasted malt, coffee bean, brown sugar and cocoa, with much subtler hints of vanilla and date also coming through at times. Smells yummy, to say the least... though as a real-life coffee addict, it may be that my brain's pleasure centre is already trained, in the Pavlovian sense, to respond to things that smell like this.

A fine porter, though perhaps not as superlative as the aroma leads one to believe. Caramelized sugars and roasted malts are the name of the game here, with the coffee actually blending in and becoming more of an ever-present background presence vs. the absolute center of attention. That is, at least up tol the back end, which is when the coffee grounds bitterness really starts to assert itself. Hints of dark fruit and caramel malt linger on into a coffee-dominated aftertaste that persists. Medium in body, with low carbonation levels that weakly agitate the palate; the overall texture is smooth, silky and frothy, which is a perfect fit for this type of brew. A pleasure to gulp, and very easy to do so.

Final Grade: 4.07, A-. I love coffee almost as much as I love beer, so I was naturally drawn towards Hotbox Coffee Porter. That being said, I felt as if the nose was this one's highlight, with the flavour profile itself being palatable, but not particularly memorable. Don't misunderstand, I do think it's a very good porter... but it's not quite a great one. I'd definitely pick up another foursome if I could, particularly considering its very reasonable price point in these parts.

May 20, 2019
3.9 by HopBelT from Belgium on May 05, 2019
3 by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania on May 05, 2019
3.37 by JLapadura from New York on May 03, 2019
3.81 by Kolb from Montana on Apr 26, 2019
4.04 by craigbelly from Iowa on Apr 20, 2019
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3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by sokol_1993 from California

Had one on tap at UCSD Home Plate.
Overall, a good beer. A bit sour in taste, pretty fruity before the massive coffee back hit you. However, the after taste is quite disappointing; it's quite bland. The beer is also a bit too liquid, not viscous.

Apr 19, 2019
3.84 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington on Apr 18, 2019
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Canned 9/22/15; drank 11/20/15 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque brown appearance with purple accents when held to the light.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE tan head (careful pouring!); a thick curtain of lace.

Fresh black coffee, milk chocolate & a hint of smoke in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Roasted coffee bean & chocolate syrup flavors up front; sweet cream notes on the finish.

A nice balance between roast-y char & sweetness; I'm impressed.

Apr 09, 2019
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3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by biobeer808 from California

I've always been an Oskar Blues fan so I was excited to be able to try this. The beer looks like a pretty standard porter, impenetrable dark brown. Sticky light tan foam leaves light lacing down the side of the glass. I would've liked to see more head retention, especially for the style. Aroma is very subtle, bordering on non-existent. I get mild hints of fruit and a whiff or roasted coffee. Flavor is really nice; starts out malty with some caramel. The finish features roasted coffee bitterness with subtle chocolate and dark plums. Mouthfeel was a little thin for the style in my opinion. Overall, I enjoyed this beer. The flavor was more complex than I expected but the aroma and mouthfeel fell flat for me.

Mar 28, 2019
4 by schopenhauerale from Arizona on Mar 23, 2019
4.21 by steevo24 from District of Columbia on Mar 10, 2019
Hotbox Coffee Porter from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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