The Forty Four | The Black Abbey Brewing Company

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3.82/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Black Abbey Brewing Company
Tennessee, United States
blackabbeybrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as POTUS 44.

A robust porter liberally infused with Kenyan and Hawaiian
coffee. A dazzling personality with a little bit of smoke that won’t
quit.

Added by richj1970 on 11-22-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,620
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
84
pDev:
11.52%
 
 
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0
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23
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Photo of ImperatorScab
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chris826
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MJSFS
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

With the name of Black Abbey, the expectations of great dark ale are high. Brewing a staple robust porter might be the easy part, but when adding coffee, the brewery shows great restraint by using a blend of the softer and earthier Hawaiian and Kenyan coffees that are careful not to overwhelm the base beer.

Dark brown and capped with a creamy sand tinted froth, the coffee influences are immediate. Its robust scent of coffees and toasted grains apply a cloud of heavy toast, chocolate, nuttiness and the peppery, earthy, soilish scent across the nose. Hearty sweetness of dark chocolate, dry toffee and buckwheat honey greet the tongue with a strongly toasted malt medley.

A slow recession of sweetness occurs over a long span on the middle palate. Impressions of deeply roasted grains offer its own coffee influence just as dark cocoa-rich chocolate, roasted walnut and nearly burnt toast keep the flavors hinging on burnt. The coffee comes with a chicory spice, scorched earth and nutty flavor as well. Hints of campfire rise as the dark ale turns to a moderatly resinous taste of singed pine needles.

Medium full in body, the robust taste has the senses seeing the beer's weight as fuller but the coffee spice, coffee liquor warmth and woodsy hops help to ease the bulk of textures late for a nearly high rate of drinkability. A long and toasty aftertaste is simply a smidge away roast which would make the beer a stout, but stops shyly in front.

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Photo of mando31
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Yalc
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Mill Creek on 12th. Nice and roasty, light bodied. Perfect on a hot day!

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Noooddle
2.87/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of alexsergio
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beerucee
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Coffee beer at tin roof in Nashville

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Photo of Furlinator
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Broadway Brewhouse, Nashville, Tennessee on 08/28/17.

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Photo of Zekenyce
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can at Soulshine Farm.
Strongly flavored with light smoke and lots of earthy black coffee. Medium - full body.
More smoke in the finish and aftertaste.

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Photo of MJ64
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paresis
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sweffin
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown, almost black with small khaki head.
The aroma is dark rich malts, coffee, and burnt roastiness.
The flavor is overly roasty with flavors of burnt malt, coffee, and a light tobacco smoke.
It's got a slick mouthfeel. Goes down easily.
Overall, it's okay. Not my favorite porter, but I'd buy it if it were an affordable option.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had this on draft in a pint glass.
L: All porters are dark, but this one tends more toward black than brown. Small, light tan head.
S: Coffee, dark malts
T: Roasted coffee. Maybe a little chocolate.
F: Creamy, and on the thicker side for porters.
O: A really nice porter. Dark, and they got a lot out of only 5% ABV.

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Photo of TheRaven
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The darker the better, I always say. That's why I was thrilled when this porter came out looking and tasting more toward the stout spectrum than the brown ale spectrum. A little watery but the taste makes up for it. Don't expect and head or lacing, you won't find it. But as a visitor to the Music City, I was thrilled to discover the local brews around here can hold their own.

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Photo of beertunes
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Grizzarky for this one. Disclaimer, I don't like coffee, so grains of salt here. 12oz can poured into 12oz Bearded Iris goblet. Poured a solid black color, no translucence at all, with 1/4 inch of dark tan head that quickly dissipated into a ring.

Strong black coffee notes punch you in the nose right upfront, and several whiffs are needed to harvest any of the underlying grain and malt notes. same on the palate, except the coffee is even stronger. It takes a fair bit of time for any beer flavor to show through.

The body was pretty typical for the style, smooth and even, with a semi-dry finish. Drinkability was tough for me, not being a coffee drinker, but YMMV. Overall, the brewers probably hit the target they were aiming for, that target just ain't me. Worth trying if this type of beer appeals to you.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into 20 oz pint glass.

A: Rich dark body with almost nonlight escaping with a creamy khaki colored head.

S: Roasted coffee, burnt malts, dark chocolate

T: A nice roasted malts, dark coffee, rich chocolate, a light bit of spiciness.

M: Lowish carbonation slightly creamy I at first thought it was on nitro.

O: This is an impressive porter with lots of rich grainy, malty flavors with a nice coffee flavor and just a little spiciness.

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Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of toronadotornado
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Frothy Monkey - Franklin, TN - draft

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The Forty Four from The Black Abbey Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 84 ratings