Hotbox Coffee Porter
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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American Porter
Ranked #131
Ranked #9,563
3.95 | pDev: 6.58%
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
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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Photo of CTHomer
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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;

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of EMV
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of EnderFett11
3.11/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of josanguapo
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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

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.

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Photo of biobeer808
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Kavoom
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pleasantly surprised. I'm mostly an IPA drinker but like my dark beers when they come across just right. This one did it. First you dont taste or smell the alcohol. It is very smooth and light bodied for a porter and the coffee chocolate are definitely in play. What you first taste is it, with no other layers, but that is a good taste. If you like coffee and chocolate you will probably like this. It is unique.

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

Oskar Blues Brewery "Hotbox Coffee Porter"
12 fl. oz. can, "CANNED ON 08/16/18 @ 23:12 YOUR MORNING BREW"
$2.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So I'm a little behind on this, this can is 6 months old. That could lead to some green pepper flavors from the coffee itself but let's see. Firstly, it's got a typical porter appearance with a very full head and I won't go any further than that because if you're reading this you know what I'm talking about. The aroma is, I think, more chocolatey than coffee-like but let me take it into another room and see if I feel the same... nope, I'm finding more coffee, so there, although the chocolate remains. I'd call it a medium chocolate, darker than a milk chocolate, but not as dark as a bittersweet black chocolate. OK, on to the flavor... mmmm mmmm, that's good. There is a slight green pepper to the coffee but no more really that much, and most people would not be able to find it, and to be honest, I think to a certain extent you find that in coffee even when it's fresh. The chocolate remains, in the same vein, along with some light caramel. It's kind of like a candy bar. I'm thinking Three Musketeers with a bit of coffee added in... but there's also some fruitiness to it. There's a little dark fruit to it, not raisin, but more fruity, and some apple. It's a little bit sweet but then it's fruity and slightly acidic and then it dries in the finish. I'm guessing it's got around 30 IBUs. It's pretty nicely balanced; and now I'm finding some nuttiness, and a bit of earthiness as it warms - oh, and even a note of vanilla. In the mouth it's medium bodied and crisp. Overall, it's certainly not the most intensely flavored or aromatic coffee bar I've ever had, but neither do I think that a coffee beer needs to be so full throttle. The coffee is there and it adds to the brew. Without it I'm pretty sure it would be a fine beer as well. Looking back, the head held pretty well but the lacing wasn't the best it could have been. Still, it had a good appearance. It's not my favorite coffee beer but it's well-brewed and enjoyable.
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Photo of HellsRanger
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours a nice almost black color with nice medium body tan foam along with nice lacing.
The aroma has true dark coffee notes and some roasted malts along for the ride. I get no dark fruits tho.
Now the taste is that true black coffee, but now some of the dark fruit comes thru a little, but with a slight bitterness, but very slight...not sweet at all even with the subtle fruit notes. Very nice for a porter.
Feel is nice semi smooth with good carbonation til the end...very enjoyable.
Overall very nice porter to enjoy anytime...especially winter time tho.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into glass. Canned on '10/17/18'.
Deep brown colored body, with garnet and mahogany colored back lit highlights. One finger tan head. Leaves behind a scattered pattern of small lacing spots.
Aroma of dark roasted malts and coffee.
Taste of coffee infused dark roasted malts. Some minor coffee bitterness. Some floral, fruity hops balance.
Medium plus mouth feel. Good carbonation.
Solid porter with the emphasis on the coffee, and a hint of blueberries.

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Photo of CamuMahubah
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A bit sweeter than I expected but I'm very pleased to have this available locally. Definitely not dark sugar vodka sweet but fruity which I should have expected once I found it is cold-brewed coffee added.

I like beers like this in the winter time because it's so substantial to match the dark dreary heavy cold of January. It's not my favorite Porter but it's roasty mildness is a nice alternative to some if the monster Imperial type stouts.

I can't believe it's alcohol content. American brewers just get better and better at disguising the ethanol. This tatses like a low alcohol brew but it's resounding midrange strong.

Definitely is one of the smoothest porters I've ever had. It's actually quite good and worth every penny.

If you want a coffee porter to go with a nice slice of pecan pie and ice cream...look no further my dudes and dudette!

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into a tulip glass.

L---Poured through direct sunlight, it's clear and dark brown. Just sitting on its own, it's completely opaque and more black than brown. Head is light brown with ok retention and excellent lacing.

S---Smells like black coffee. Not any cream or sugar involved. Some chocolate is present, but I don't get any of the advertised dark fruits.

T---Black coffee, again. A bit bitter, but tempered by the chocolatey notes. Be assured, though, it's black coffee, no cream or sugar. Again, no advertised dark fruits.

F---Fuller than ABV would indicate. Nicely carbonated. Feels like it should be a much higher ABV beer.

O---This was some righteous stuff. I wish I had waited for Wifey to get home. She would've loved the hell out of this one. Well, I'll get more if I see it and she can try it then.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
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 RockHop
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
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 mvanaskie13
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
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 Spacejamflam
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
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 +5.3%
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 q33jeff
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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 -3.3%
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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