Awake | Night Shift Brewing

77 Reviews

Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Coffee porter aged with Counter Culture coffee. Notes of fresh roasted coffee and baker's chocolate.

Added by boredalready on 09-18-2015

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Photo of brentk56
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives a translucent fudge color with a modest beige head: a few dots and dashes linger

Smell: Chocolate, toasted brown bread and coffee

Taste: Toasted brown bread and chocolate forward with developing Ethiopian coffee tones (blueberry) and vanilla; all the flavors come together in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body (somewhat creamy) with moderate carbonation

Overall: Very nice flavors in this coffee porter; love the blueberry tones

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from Colonial Spirits
Dark brown color with a thin tan head that slowly dissipates. Coffee and cocoa are strong on the nose with hints of earth. Big coffee flavor with bits of cocoa and light green peppercorn. Just enough malty sweetness to counter the huge coffee presence. Very well done.

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Photo of myblais
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark with light head. Subtle smoky caramel aroma, medium bodied, malty and chocolate. Smooth finnish with no bitterness. Nice stout with a non-overbearing coffee flavor.

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Photo of Monkey-D-Luffy
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Super dark and nearly black. Tan head dissipated very quickly, leaving intermittent lacing as it goes down.

S - Coffee and chocolate, nothing overwhelming, very well balanced on the nose.

T - Mild coffee on the front, with a smooth and lingering bakers chocolate aftertaste. So well rounded, each sip is a treat.

F - Medium bodied, creamy and smooth.

O - Really everything you'd expect from a great porter, they've really outdone themselves on this one. An easily approachable porter, even for those not well versed in the style.

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Photo of LeRose
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a typical porter, but a bit muddy looking. Dark, opaque brown with the beige head that falls quickly to a ring and eventually vanishes.

Smell is coffee forward followed by chocolate, roasted malt, and a light fruity ir vegetal green note.

The taste is straightforward. Mild roast coffee, baker's chocolate layered over roast malt. A nice bitter level, mild sweetness. There is a light mineral note and I get a very fleeting taste of the fruity or vegetal green note that is inthe aroma. The roast bitterness is earthy and grounds this beer.

The feel is creamy, light, and there is a bit of chalkiness on the end. Cabnation us quite light.

Overall, a pleasant drinkng beer well within the style. Good flavors that are nicely balanced. Recommended.

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Photo of Lucular
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Exactly as advertised: tons of dark chocolate, roasted bitter malt and dark coffee flavor. I'll bet this would be delicious barrel-aged but for a 6.7% abv porter it's quite tasty.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can, this baby smells like iced coffee with just the right amount of cream. Pour is very dark brown with a medium brown head. Tiny bit of lacing. Taste is so well balanced- coffee, roasted malts, chocolate. Feel is light; carbonation is about average for the style..maybe a little over-carbonated. Overall, this beer is excellent. The rich creamy smell it provides travels into the taste. A lot of porters I've had are either too watered down or cross into the stout territory. This stands alone.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Beer is clear and very dark. Pours a big foamy tan head that settles quickly.
S - Aroma is roasty and coffee.
T - Flavor is a little sweet, then lots of coffee, with a burnt/smoky finish.
M - Medium carbonation with a somewhat thin mouth feel.
O - Pretty much a well done straight forward coffee porter. No surprises here.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint can,into a Prairie Artisan Ales snifter.

Thin khaki head,that dissipates quickly forming a ring around the glass.Dark black/brown in color,light carbonation.Not much lacing left on the glass.

The nose is heavy coffee,and dark roasted
malts,blended with some bakers chocolate.

The palate follows the nose with strong black coffee,chocolate,and dark roasted malt.Slight smokey finish to it.

The body is medium,a little on the thin side for a porter.Medium dry finish.

This is a solid porter,definitely one I would drink again.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at Dive Bar, NYC.
Pours a jet black color with a foamy mocha head, which disapates into a thin collar and some lacing.
Aromas of light coffee roast with vanilla and chocolate like sweetness overall.
Amazingly smooth and drinkable. There is a creamy, caramel and chocolate malt like sweetness that coats the tongue. There is a slight bitterness from both the coffee roast and hops in the middle palate that provides excellent balance.
My first brew from this brewery. I'm impressed.

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Photo of stakem
3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A pounder can poured into a cervoise appears black with a khaki head that fades leaving a webbing of lace.

The aroma is coffee centric with some hops and mineral/carbonic character towards that back and some mild vegetative character.

The taste is roasty, lightly fruity with earthen bitterness and coffee. Like the nose, it has a bit of vegetal thing going on but its minor.

This is light in body and modestly carbonated. It is decent but the green thing it has going on im not a fan of.

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Photo of argock
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great balance of sweet caramel and dark malt aromas and flavors, bitter dark chocolate, and coffee blended without overwhelming. A solid body a feel cap off another delicious effort from NS.

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Photo of cavedave
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to LeRose for another Mass. treat.

Black as night with finely bubbled two fingers of slow to relax tan foam give this baby that classic porter look.

Acidic and med. roast coffee notes are accompanied by thick burnt caramel and light mocha in there too. Nice.

Coffee and lightest bitter chocolate are the key players in a taste that also features dark caramel notes, light roast malt notes, light tart notes, and even a touch of cream to go with the coffee. Clean flavors and coffee forward are the talking points.

Med. bodied, low carb. excellent finish.

Simple and delicious cup of carbonated and alcoholic flavored coffee.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 8/12/16

Pours mainly black with some hints of ruby and a frothty tan head. Really good retention, leaving a ring around the glass all the way down.

Smells like coffee, chared/ashy grains, and fudge like chocolate.

No shortage of coffee flavor in this beer. This is pretty much Founders Breakfast Stout level. The coffee beans flavor is slightly bitter, but very smooth. The bitterness builds and lingers a bit with the charred malts and a kiss of hops. There is some cocoa chocolate that leans toward fudge.

Body is medium to light. Still has a pretty creamy and live feel.

Reminds me of an Edmund Fitzgerald with an added coffee aspect. Very solid porter even if it is a little coffee dominated.

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The coffee comes through on this beer really well, without any bitterness. Not overly high alcohol content. I wish the body had been slightly heavier, but I really liked the flavor and found this to be very drinkable.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours dark, cola brown with a quarter finger head that fizzes away as nearly as fast as I pour it, settling to a mostly barren surface with a thin ring around the edge of the glass. No lacing.

Smell - Dark, earthy chocolate. Faint coffee. Booze.

Taste - Earthy bitterness. Dark, baker's chocolate overwhelms. Coffee is an afterthought. Also some astringent boozy notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Thins out quickly in the finish.

Overall - Maybe I got a bunk can (dated 06/21/16), but this seems oddly boozy in flavor for only 6.7%, and much more bitter, earthy chocolate than coffee flavor. Hmm.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Black in color. Two fingers of healthy beige head retain very well. Thick and sticky rings of lacing.

S: Heaps of rich and nutty coffee aroma. Dark chocolate chunks. Fudge sauce and dark chocolate cake. Chocolate covered raspberries. Soft notes of malty roast.

T: Chocolate truffles, fudge sauce, double chocolate cake, dark chocolate, woody and roasty malt notes. Rich and nutty coffee is well integrated. Subtle raspberry and black cherry esters. Trailing roasty finish.

M: Medium bodied. Full and creamy. Silky. Fine, prickling carbonation.

O: One of the better coffee porters I've come across in a while. The base beer is already great, and the coffee addition is perfect. It adds lots of character and depth without becoming the center of attention. A great balance is struck.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Gingerman in NYC.

Pours a dark brown color, almost black, with one inch of dark tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident.
Nice coffee, roasted malts, milk chocolate, vanilla, and sweet cream. Medium body and low carbonation with a super smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Overall I liked this a lot. Super drinkable and a good about of sweet chocolate and coffee to it.

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Photo of Slack
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Ruby brown in color and clear on the edges with a decent amount of foam.

Very coffee forward with malt, cold milk, and dark chocolate.

Black coffee, malt, chocolate, and some sweetness.

Mouthful is medium and smooth. Carbonation is medium. Finish is semi dry.

Super duper Porter. Mouthful is spot on. Nose and taste are coffee forward. Very drinkable. Very satisfying.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Looks like a glass of coca cola with a head. Head originally poured about a finger thick, somewhat disappears but is easily coaxed back with a swirl of the glass. Little to no lace.
S: Sweet cola, that roasted smell you get from a really good cup of coffee, and a nutty smell in there as well.
T: Sweet chocolate up front, has those complex toasty malt and coffee flavors mid palate, and finishes with a mild dryness. What's great is the balance of flavors, nothing too robust and our of place. Everything in check.
F: Pretty light for a porter, which is refreshing. Carbonation is medium-high.
O: Solid porter, sessionable, flavorful. No complaints here, will revisit when the weathers colder.

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Photo of TheRossness
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had this both in a can and on tap at the Brewery. When I had it on tap, I thought it was almost perfect! It tasted more like coffee than beer. It was refreshing and seemed like a nice breakfast stout. In a can, its a different story. It seemed overly thick and that great coffee taste I got on tap was missing.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Top notch sessionable coffee beer. Porter base is nicely roasty and smooth, full mouthfeel. Nose is all coffee. Not an expressly dark roast. Balanced. Nice dark brown head on the jet black body of the beer. Coffee is the highlight but well integrated into the beer.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black in color with a mocha head. It leaves a sticky lacing along the glass.
S: Dark coffee, chocolate, hint of brown sugar.
T: Similar to the nose. Rich/slightly bitter coffee notes with a hint of chocolate sweetness.
M: Medium carbonation with a dry/slightly bitter finish.
O: A very good porter with an abundance of coffee aroma and taste. One of my favorites!

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Photo of cyguyjg
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rich brown color with a full head slightly less than a half inch. Subtle malt taste, no hops bite, slight coffee notes. Smooth on the palate. Subtle alcohol can easily lure you into more than one.

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Photo of Charleshg0
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this sample at the Microbrew invitational, it was recommended to me by a my girlfriend's dad . It had a dark color and a smooth tone to it went down nice, wish I had some pizza to go with it .

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