Night Shift Brewing

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Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Porter - American
Ranked #27
Ranked #4,696
4.14 | pDev: 6.76%
Dec 28, 2021
Sep 18, 2015
Notes: Coffee porter aged with Counter Culture coffee. Notes of fresh roasted coffee and baker's chocolate.
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4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by HowfarisZanzibar from New Hampshire

The smoothest porter I've ever had.

Dec 28, 2021
3.96 by Manfrombelmonty from Massachusetts on Aug 20, 2020
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3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Rug from Massachusetts

Canned 2/19/20

Had this one sitting around for a while from my trip to Night Shift earlier in the summer. I love a good porter so I have high hopes here!

Pours a very dark brown with a finger of espresso colored head that fades to a cap quickly and leaves minimal lacing

Tons of roast up front in the aroma. I’m getting rich dark roast coffee, maple, chocolate, and char

Up front I get an interesting balance of smooth vanilla and somewhat harsh roast. This roast lingers long into the finish with notes of drip coffee and toasted malt

With a medium body and relatively no carbonation, one would expect this to drink pretty heavy. Nahh. It’s rather watery for all that’s going on, but that doesn’t take away from the drinkability all that much

This was a solid coffee porter overall, feels very authentic. An enjoyable beer even in the hot, humid weather

Jul 11, 2020
3.84 by zachary_snackery from Massachusetts on May 28, 2020
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4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Shiredave from New York

Brown and bronze can - I like the owl. December 5, 2019 canning date. It says drink fresh keep refrigerated.
It looks damn good to me. Deep dark chocolate brown, opaque but a ruby glow at the bottom of the goblet when held to the light shines through. A 1/2 inch cap of off white foam erupts from a vigorous pour and remains draped on the glass as I empty it.
Aroma is a bit soft but spot on with distinct chocolate malt and fresh ground coffee beans up front - charred roasted grain aromas with some maple and burnt brown sugar notes to keep your nose in the glass.
Flavors are in line and much the same as the nose would suggest. Good heft of dark malt sugars and flavors of bitter chocolate and sweetened coffee. What tastes like flavoring hops come in - leathery and acidic which lingers after the choco-latte flavors pass. Gassy grassy hop burps. Alcohol presence is noticeable throughout but never rudely.
Body is medium light making this quite quaffably sessionable. Straight up solid robust coffee porter for me. Probably great on tap.
I dont think 6 months is too old at all for this but maybe I'd have liked it even more fresher.

May 17, 2020
4.36 by j37geogaddi from Massachusetts on Apr 23, 2020
3.75 by BltByKrmn from New York on Apr 17, 2020
3.5 by trocketsauced from New York on Feb 29, 2020
4.21 by jtbone from Pennsylvania on Feb 20, 2020
4.53 by Ryra on Jan 31, 2020
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4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by Maltyhead from Massachusetts

Drank from a 16 ounce can.

Appearance: very dark brown almost black in color, 2” head, medium lacing.

Smell: roasted malt, subtle chocolate and coffee.

Taste: roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and very smooth.

Mouth Feel: medium-high carbonation, full feel, Creamy, very smooth.

An extremely drinkable beer. I could drink this all night. I will purchase again.

Jan 29, 2020
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4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Bluecrow from New York

-clear,ebony can pour with a thin foam cap that dissipates quickly. The aroma is faintly sweet, with toasted malt and coffee notes. The flavor follows the nose. It is rich and full. The brew is light-bodied and very smooth. This is really good.

Aug 24, 2019
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by mntlover from Tennessee

Pours pretty dark some light brown around the edges when held to the light, thumb sized tan head with decent lacing.

Aroma is surprise big on coffee, guess it comes form the name nice roasted profile some good chocolate and nut aromas also. Underlying bready and caramel hints of molasses and earthiness.

Taste is pretty spot on the nose good coffee notes, dark chocolate sweet caramel roasted goodness loaded with nuttiness lingering coffee bitterness and hoppy earthy bitterness to round it out. Flavor seems more intense then the 6% even if the feel isn't. Nice easy drinking favorable porter.

Mouthfeel is lighter medium feels lighter then it tastes for some reason. Carbonation is fairly peppy might add to the lighter feel.

Overall a good beer smells nice tastes good goes down easy and smooth.If I was a local I could see this being a go to beer.

Aug 06, 2019
4.15 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Jul 26, 2019
4.13 by lochraneg from New Hampshire on Jul 06, 2019
4 by redfox405 from California on Jun 21, 2019
4.67 by mfritz from Massachusetts on Jun 20, 2019
4.09 by socon67 from New York on Jun 06, 2019
4.02 by mltobin from Connecticut on May 13, 2019
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4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours black with a finger of khaki foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is roasty, toasty, nutty malts with baker's chocolate and roasty coffee. There is a little bit of sweet caramel, but overall it smells bitter, akin to a dark cup of coffee. Flavor profile is baker's chocolate, molasses, roasty, nutty coffee and roasty, toasty, nutty malts. Baker's chocolate starts it out lightly sweet with a very faint bitterness, with the remainder of the flavor profile driving further towards bitter. It never loses its balance, but does dynamically reshape throughout the sip. Mouth feel is still and smooth with a lightly creamy texture. It has a medium thickness. Overall, a fresh cup of coffee with a few morsels of baker's chocolate added. Bitterness has been used quite a bit in this review, but the bitterness is never overwhelming - it just never is sweet or sugary.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 16oz can.

May 02, 2019
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3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Munka from Massachusetts

This is a great laid back beer with some kick. My go to for afterwork, laying in bed, playing some xbox. A strong enough and heavy enough taste while feeling just the right amount of crispness. An attractive can and good look make this a good buy to sip on. Price can be steep, but I usually stick to 2 at a time.

Mar 22, 2019
4.2 by teamgalt from Massachusetts on Mar 08, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

16 oz can

pours jet black, with thick khaki colored head. nice strong pleasant aroma of coffee. taste is roasty, not too bitter or acidic, some moderate underlying chocolate tones as well. medium bodied, smooth feel.

Feb 27, 2019
4.25 by shigg85 from Japan on Feb 23, 2019
4.11 by williahd from Maine on Feb 16, 2019
4.71 by Mcb99d from Massachusetts on Feb 09, 2019
4.25 by turbasco from Massachusetts on Jan 27, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is very dark brown in color—only traces of dark red are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head.
S: Light aromas of coffee beans are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has stronger flavors of coffee beans along with hints of dark chocolate. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This porter is all about the coffee and has lots of flavors of dark coffee that are reminiscent of espresso.

Serving type; can

Dec 23, 2018
4.08 by cbb77 from Massachusetts on Dec 08, 2018
4.15 by yuno from New York on Dec 02, 2018
4.21 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Nov 26, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by PicoPapa from Connecticut

16oz can. Pours a thick dark brown with an inch of medium brown head. The aroma is lots of coffee, Earth, dark chocolate and toasted malts. The taste is bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts and earth. Some dark bread as well as a hint of caramel. Thick, heavy mouthfeel.

Nov 24, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mike22ne from Massachusetts

Poured from a can, dated 10/31/18.

Smell and taste of dark roasted coffee and grains, caramel and milk chocolate.
Rich full feel with a light lingering bitterness.

Overall, a very tasty brew!!

Nov 20, 2018
4.08 by WhatsAnIPA from Massachusetts on Nov 09, 2018
4.35 by egrandfield from Massachusetts on Oct 10, 2018
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4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by jbeerd from Antarctica

Draft in 16oz rrsturant tumbler. Very little head, no lacing. Strong fragrence of coffee, but more chocolate flavor. Smooth mouthfeel and very sayisfying.

Oct 08, 2018
4.71 by suejoeb from New Hampshire on Sep 16, 2018
4.35 by NextJen from Massachusetts on Jul 25, 2018
3.5 by OriolesFan1008 from Maryland on Jul 07, 2018
4.21 by JimmyAddo from Massachusetts on Jun 29, 2018
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