Guilt Belgian Coffee Porter | Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company

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Guilt Belgian Coffee PorterGuilt Belgian Coffee Porter
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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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Photo of RJLarse
2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a bomber of Guilt Belgian Coffee Porter in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a black walnut color, opaque, with a thin tan head.

Smell is very sweet, molasses and burned sugar scents along with a smell of booze.

Taste is also very sweet up front, with some coffee bitterness and strong booze finish, with a little alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly cloying.

Overall more of an imperial porter in my book. A lot of alcohol heat and bourbon flavors tend to overpower the traditional beer and even the coffee flavors.

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Photo of LeeEvolved
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of stevoj
3.04/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I wish the coffee beers would say "coffee" in the title. Hard to tell what’s under all that coffee . While not overly strong, coffee dominates aroma,taste and palate. They should serve this at Starbucks. Note:My bottle did not say "Coffee" on it., like the picture.

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Photo of bigred89
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -16%
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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Photo of rab53
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of beertunes
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to woemad for this one. Pretty nice, even the coffee doesn't really detract too much.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown color with a tiny head of tan colored foam. The head fades almost instantly leaving a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is actually very light of coffee, with just a hint of it in the nose. It is however rather strong in a sweet milk chocolate smell mixed with aromas of caramel and some smells of vanilla and a bit or roasted malt. Mixed with a little bit of yeast and some grain the overall smell, while not huge on coffee, is rather sweet and inviting.

Taste – The taste begins with strong roasty malt flavor mixed with a surprisingly strong coffee taste (at least in context of the weak coffee nose). Upfront there is also some sweeter caramel and chocolate tastes with the chocolate fading over time. As the chocolate fades some light yeast and grain flavors join the taste profile. With these changes and an increase in the coffee and roast, one is left with a moderately bitter, but lightly sweetened dark roast coffee flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather low. The thin body, while not great for the darker flavors of the brew, was nice for the yeasty and sweeter tastes. This mixed with the darker flavors of the brew, which were enhanced by the slightly lower carbonation, give a rather decent feel overall.

Overall – An interesting coffee porter overall. Thinner in nature then the normal porter with a bit less sweetness, but all while still holding a nice coffee flavor. While not my fav. In the porter department, it was a nice try and one I would recommend merely due to the fact that it is a coffee beer brewed with Belgium yeast (this was my first in that category…)

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Photo of draheim
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
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 jellikit
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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 BigMike
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of asweet
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Moose90
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bandi
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cherche
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
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 metter98
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
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 DaveRinn
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cdidden
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dope
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I don't see a date on this one. Couple months old most likely?

A: Pours a not-quite-black with a tall, foamy light brown head. Great head retention but no lacing at all.

S: A little coffee, a little bit of char and a little bit of earthiness. Some light spices, cloves I assume. And finally, an overlay of dark fruits.

T: Coffee is much stronger here in the taste. Up front there is a ton of a nice earthy, bitter coffee with loads of sweet dark fruits. Berries and raisins. Get some burnt caramel in there too, especially in the middle. Finish is more bitterness from the coffee and even a hint of burnt bread. Cloves. Lingering char in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, smooth but with a charry character.

O: Interesting. A belgian coffee porter. Lots of bitter coffee and char, sweet dark fruits and earthy/spiciness from the yeast. Pretty well balanced and fairly complex. I didn't dislike it but it's hard to tell if it all works together well.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of ummswimmin
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drinkin-beeers
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Juno_Malone
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Guilt Belgian Coffee Porter from Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 49 ratings