Guilt Belgian Coffee Porter | Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company

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Guilt Belgian Coffee PorterGuilt Belgian Coffee Porter

Brewed by:
Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company
Idaho, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our 2013 homebrew contest had 34 entries. This beer won. One sip will tell you why. We were happy to enter it as our Pro-Am beer at the Great American Beer Festival. We very proudly use coffee from our neighbor, DOMA coffee roasting company, in this beer.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 01-05-2014

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Reviews by woemad:
Photo of woemad
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber purchased at Mid Columbia Wines & Spirits in Kennewick, WA, for $5.95. No freshness date on the bottle – it appears that Selkirk Abbey, after initially not dating their bottles, then including a bottled-on date on the labels, has now gone back to not dating them. For those interested, this was brewed with coffee from Doma, a local coffee roaster located in either Post Falls or Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (or maybe both).

Periodically poured into a 12oz Iron Goat snifter, this beer was matte black with a big, creamy and bubbly mocha-colored head that hung around for a few minutes before receding to a skiff.

Roasty coffee and mocha scents are what the schnozz detected. Funny, the label just says coffee but the aroma has quite a bit of chocolaty, mocha-ey scent to it. No hop aroma stood out, which is just as well where porters are concerned. As it warmed, things got a little boozy.

The taste starts off with some roasty, coffeeish bitterness, but then is matched with a mocha-ish sweetness. There was a mild, dry hoppy zap to the palate at the swallow. I had thought, from the smell, that it would be a little bit boozy tasting, but that aspect of the nose didn’t seem to translate to the taste too much, though there was a small undercurrent of alcohol “heat” that made itself gently felt towards the end of the bottle.

The body was relatively full, but the carbonation was sufficient to keep it from being a heavy, burdensome beer to drink – very Belgian, which makes sense considering the brewery.

This functioned as an excellent after-dinner beer following a good meal. I hope that this doesn’t remain a one-off beer, as I could get used to it.

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4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.2/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Wow, what did that (fallen?) angel on the label do? The imagery does well to convey the name of this offering, but as to why it's actually called 'Guilt', I ain't even gonna ask.

This beer pours a more or less solid black, with significant brown cola tints, and two solid fingers of foamy, creamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves a few swaths of melting Swiss cheese lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of sharp black coffee, bready caramel malt, mild sour milk, edgy dark orchard fruit, bittersweet cocoa powder, gritty brown sugar, and a nutty earthiness. The taste is nut-infused coffee, with a healthy dose of cream, more bready pale and caramel malt, a hint of wet ash, softly spicy yeast, light molasses, weaker dark chocolate notes, and a tame earthy, leafy bitterness. No hint whatsoever of the 8.3% ABV, so, bully for that!

The bubbles are pretty low-key, just a zesty frothiness at times, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and beginner-grade smooth, nothing particularly interfering, but nothing inherently memorable, either. It finishes off-dry, the sweetened coffee character still pretty heady, as is the yeasty 'Belgian' essence, and with maybe a suggestion of the so well-behaved big booze politely ringing at the outer gates.

While there are indeed a few kinks to be worked out here (shore up the mouthfeel, though, and all will be forgiven), I quite enjoyed this commercial rendition of a homebrewer's award-winning recipe, always a cool thing. The guest coffee isn't shy, but doesn't overpower at the same rate, leaving us with a nice sipper, at least until that still AWOL booze quotient comes in for a sure to be interesting confession.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.19/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: flat coke. Dark. No head. Tiny bubbles randomly floating.
Smell: roasted barley. Very slight smoke.
Taste: chocolate, coffee, dark toasted bread.
Mouthfeel: light carbonation. Medium big body. Dry.
Overall: very well balanced. The coffee is in the background. Will buy again.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75


Mini-growler fill picked up at Brewforia Meridian for a pretty pricey $8ish.. Poured into my FSW goblet.... decent 1/2" light tan head.. okay lacing... the brew is pretty much black.

Nose smells about right for a "Coffee Belgian Porter" :-) Proper mash-up of good coffee with some background spicy phenols and light dark maltiness... a bit of dark fruit with warmth.

The palate isn't as complicated as the aroma... instead it is the aroma compacted.. everything is still there, but is truncated a bit. Pretty tasty.. and very drinkable.

Medium body with a nice bubble...

I honestly had little hope for this beer... Belgian-style stouts and porters never really seem to hit a good equilibrium. Guilt does very well with the coffee additions... I dig it. I hope it sees bottles and I hope they make Boise.


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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a fine, half finger light brown head that slowly dissipated to a thick cap with nice lacing. Nice aroma of dark toasted malt, coffee and fresh fruit esters. Flavor is a mixture of Selkirk's fruity yeast, dark toasted malt and latte coffee, finishing with fresh dark fruit, coffee, and hint of chocolate and a mild hop bitterness. Nice medium body with light creaminess. A nice take on a coffee porter, somewhat reminiscent of a Belgian porter. I'm not too fond of sour fruit flavors in porters and stouts, and approached this with slight trepidation. Fortunately, I'm a big fan of the estery fruit profile of Selkirk's yeast and for me it was nicely balanced with the dark malt. I liked this quite a lot and add it too my list of beers from this brewery to look forward to. Enjoyable.

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Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very dark brownish red in color (nearly opaque when viewed from afar). It poured with a inger high light tan head that gradually died down and never completely faded away.
S: Light to moderate aromas of Belgian yeast, raisins, and roasted coffee beans are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of dark fruits along with notes of coffee beans and Belgian yeast plus hints of candy sugars. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This "Belgian Coffee Porter" definitely has a Belgian twist, especially from the aromas and flavors of Belgian yeast and dark fruits.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of asweet
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cdidden
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.75/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz into a tulip. Pours a semi-transparent chocolate brown w/ a 1-finger khaki head that dissipates to a thin film.

Aroma is rich coffee and bitter chocolate, dark roasted malt. Some vaguely floral, fruity notes that are probably from the Belgian yeast.

Taste is a unique blend of roasted malt, coffee, and estery Belgian yeast. Hint of chocolate. Some spiciness, banana and clove as it warms. There's a lot going on here, but I'm not sure everything is working all that well together. The Belgian yeast is throwing me off a little.

Mouthfeel is soft and light, nice carbonation.

Overall a different approach to the porter. I'm not wild about it but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of Boone757
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Strangely sweet with a distinct candy flavor. The coffee taste is not very strong. It seems to get lost. This reminds me exactly of some really hard coffee-toffee candy that sticks in my memory. Aromas of a boozy liqueur and molasses.

Smooth and interesting, but there is a peculiar sourish hint in the background. Otherwise it's all caramel and a bitter twang. The Belgian yeast seems wasted in this one. There might be a hint of the drying sensation, but the candy takes over for the finish. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flagmantho
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bomber into my beautiful Selkirk Abbey tulip. Bam!

Appearance: deep, very dark brown with plenty of murk and a thick head of creamy tan foam. Very attractive indeed.

Smell: nicely roasty with a hint of yeasty spice and just a whiff of coffee. Very good, although not especially complex; I like, however, that the coffee is not overdone.

Taste: there's a good roast here, especially at the end. There's a yeast quality as well that reminds me a lot of a Baltic porter; I rather like it. The coffee remains both subtle and very evident; it is smooth and lacks some of the acridity present in a lot of coffee beers. Quite good indeed.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very well integrated carbonation and a very, very good creaminess. It's more exceptionally smooth than a huge mouth-filling creaminess, and I love it.

Overall: this beer simply appeals to me. I feel like I could quaff great quantities of it, despite its dangerous ABV.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Guilt Belgian Coffee Porter from Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company
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