Imperial Beanhead Coffee Porter | Rushing Duck Brewing Company

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Imperial Beanhead Coffee PorterImperial Beanhead Coffee Porter

Brewed by:
Rushing Duck Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Imperial Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A bigger version of our Beanhead Coffee porter, we essentially doubled the ingredients. This made the beer much bigger and more complex, with notes of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and thick chewy coffee. The coffee, as always, is from our long-time collaborators at Java Love!

Added by Kegatron on 02-21-2016

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of PicoPapa
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can. Pours a dark brownish black color with an inch plus of tan head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is cappuccino, roasted malts, earth and dark chocolate. The taste is coffee and dark chocolate followed up by some roasted malts and charred wood. Coffee finish with some alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than expected. Creamy. I’ve yet to have the regular version but this Imperialized one is really good and worth seeking out.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark, low carbonation. Smells like iced coffee and cream with nice roasty malt. Tastes sweet with lactose and roasted malt. Overall a pretty solid coffee porter.

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Photo of Premo88
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can poured into nonic
(11/21/17 born-on date; courtesy of @TongoRad)

L: clear dark amber pouring out of the can but black with dark brown/claret edges once it's in the glass; small head, only 1/4- to 1/3-inch tall, beige foam but it is sticky and keeping a thin collar

S: cold-brewed coffee ... as intense a coffee aroma as any I've come across with a nice woodiness to it -- or it has that earthy/salty aroma fresh-roasted beans have; as it warms it gets a pinch sweeter, almost to chocolate

T: cold-brewed coffee ... there's almost nothing else to begin with, just coffee ... it's like drinking a coffee soda; over time the alcohol builds up to a nice background warmth, and a little sweet dark chocolate peeks in, but the coffee flavor here is incredibly intense; a little deeper into the glass the chocolate flavor is beginning to grow ... it's almost from dark chocolate into the milk chocolate range

F: delicate at first then thick going down; the carbonation is light but consistent, tends to tickle late in the swallow; overall about a medium weight, though it's just light enough for the stout vs. porter debate crazies to feel comfortable calling it a porter

O: what a beer! coffee lovers only need apply, but if you enjoy a good coffee beer, you want to apply -- this one's as good as it gets; the lactose in the beer seems relatively tame and isn't giving it an overall milk stout feel ... it looks, smells, tastes and feels more like a good porter than a thick milk stout

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Photo of LoudRed
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bhunter0812
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JimmyAloysius
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TBonez477
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of N1Nkasi
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jhartley
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Snorkel glass.

Appearance: Pours a light brown body into the glass, put appears black afterwards. The light brown color appears around the edges when held up to the light. A thin cap of mocha-tan head forms at the pour and then quickly disappears. No lacing left behind.

Aroma: Gentle aromas of chocolate syrup, cocoa, and of course dark roasted coffee beans. Smells like an inviting coffee milk beverage!

Taste/Mouthfeel: French roasted coffee with some milk. The flavor is strong and is definitely needed as the body seems a little thin, but it is not lacking in backbone. The coffee carries this one through and through! Going to let the glass worm up some more after drinking 1/2 the can to see what other flavors come out of this one. A light amount of carbonation to help that 9.5% abv remain a little hidden.

Overall: If you love coffee, this one is for you. The aroma is mainly coffee and the taste follows that and doesn't disappoint. A beautiful looking beer full of a dark roasted coffee aroma and flavor that you just can't quite stop drinking this one and enjoying every sip!

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Photo of rdoggg
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BoneyLee
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Richard this is your dad. Go royals.

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Photo of woemad
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can received through the generosity of MacMalt. After War Elephant, this is the second Rushing Duck beer I've been able to try. According to the stamp on the bottom of the can, this was canned on March 1, 2017. Also according to the can, this was brewed using coffee and lactose.

Poured into a big-ass Kane snifter (again, thanks to MacMalt), this was a Stygian black, with the slightest of brown highlights showing when held up to light. A nice khaki-colored head formed upon the pour and stuck around for a time before ultimately receeding, leaving a sticky network of lace behind.

The big coffee nose of this beer became apparent as soon as I started pouring. There are also some milk chocolate notes, but the coffee aroma dominates.

More balanced in the taste, it starts off with a sweet milk chocolate flavor that is wrapped in a cloak of coffee. Midway through, the lactose gives off an acidicness that balances the preceding sweetness. There's also a warming booziness that makes itself known here. The fifinish is moderately bitter and a little dry.

Medium bodied, with a very creamy mouthfeel.

An enjoyable coffee porter that I would happily drink again. The coffee is much more balanced (and much less overbearing) than many such beers. Although the booziness never becomes a leading player, preferring to brood in the background, it's sufficient for me to want to reserve this as a post-breakfast beer on a lazy Sunday, or as a dessert or nightcap beer should I come across it again. Certainly, it's no session beer! Thanks, MacMalt!

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Photo of richj1970
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz can. Thanks to @cavedave for giving me a chance to try this one.

A: Clear medium brown with smallish one finger head. Short retention and zero lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts, fresh brewed coffee, chocolate, and lactose.

T: Rich coffee and chocolate dominates the flavors with a touch of "cream".

M: Medium body with light carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a touch of warming alcohol heat.

O: Solid coffee porter with a nice flavor combination.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brief impressions from a 16 fl oz can. Canned 11/23/16.

9.50% ABV. "Ale brewed with coffee and lactose." "Imperial coffee porter."

APPEARANCE: Supple khaki colour head of 5-8 minute retention. Creamy and soft.

Body is an opaque black.

Standard appearance for an imperial porter, but its retention and thick lacing help elevate it above the herd.

AROMA: Milk/lactose sugar, dark malts, chocolate malts, cream. I find no coffee whatsoever, nor any roasted barley.

Aromatic intensity is somewhat muted. Below average strength.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Slightly creamy, and merely medium-bodied...this isn't one of those syrupy heavy chewy-as-hell imperial porters. Somewhat soft. Smooth and wet. Unrefreshing. Well-carbonated. Approachable. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, scratchy, or dragging.

Flavour profile is simplistic. A bit of the coffee comes through up front, giving this an earthy coffee bean blend flavour that dies by the midpoint, eclipsed by the sweetening milk sugar. Your usual dark malt and chocolate malt sweetness is in there as well. More chocolate-emphatic than coffee-emphatic, to its detriment.

It's balanced, and hides its high ABV well. Decent depth of flavour. Average flavour intensity (for an imperial porter, if you like me consider that a style). Average flavour duration. Not an intricately built or subtly executed brew, but an approachable and enjoyable one that I'll enjoy finishing my pint of.

OVERALL: Its balance makes it worth returning to, and I'm glad to see a lactose sugar imperial porter in the New York market. But it becomes a bit of a chore to drink after the first 12oz, and it's not so drinkable I'd want more than that in one sitting. Filling fare that doesn't offer enough flavour or complexity to really dazzle, but they avoided the obvious pitfall - this isn't too sweet. The idea of a milk porter (if you will) is intriguing, but this isn't stand-out work. I guess my biggest question is why the coffee is so reticent. Single origin coffee with more expressive flavours might be a better call, as might just using more coffee. I like what they're after, but the execution isn't impressive.

Low B- (3.30) / WORTHY

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Photo of vfgccp
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ScaryEd
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz can dated 03/01/17.

Pours a deep, dark brown color with a hefty 2-finger effervescent khaki head. The head has decent retention, leaving a nice ring of lacing atop the glass as it dissipates. The head finally settles into a creamy film that rests atop the beer.

The aroma is basically just lactose and coffee. If you use milk in your coffee, and then smell it, that should give you a fair idea. There's a faint touch of dark malts and nuttiness, but it's all about the milk-coffee here. What would you call that? Espresso? Latte? Yeah, those.

The taste is a bit more roasted, with some subtle notes of vanilla and chocolate, finished off by plenty of fresh roasted coffee.

The feel is medium-bodied with lighter carbonation. It's relatively smooth and creamy, with some light warming from the alcohol.

Overall, a solid but disappointing porter. I expected a lot more flavor and aroma, but honestly this beer drinks more like a 5% milk stout than a 9.6% "imperial" porter. Even though the alcohol is present, the flavors are highly subdued and don't quite hit the mark I was expecting. It feels like a watered-down beer, or perhaps a coffee with too much milk in it.

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Photo of Mineo
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer. Reminds me of an even more drinkable Founders Breakfast Stout. Coffee and chocolate dominate within a very accessible and perfectly carbonated body. A great beer to have in cans!

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Photo of MacMalt
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16 oz. can into Rushing Duck tulip glass. It pours a lovely ebony with mahogany hues when held to the light, and one finger of fluffy, ecru-colored head and lacing with nice retention. The smell is decidedly coffee-forward with notes of roasted malt, fig, vanilla, and nuts. The flavor is superb, and unusual in that I'm tasting both freshly-brewed and burnt coffee simultaneously, along with vanilla, nuts, and a hint of dark fruit. There is a slight bitterness at the finish just like a good cup of coffee. For a porter it has a fairly viscous, creamy mouth feel, with moderate carbonation. Its 9.6% ABV gives it a lot of substance but its nonetheless easily drinkable. Overall, this is a terrific porter; one of the best coffee-flavored beers I've had. Rushing Duck modestly brews outstanding beers!

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Photo of CraftFan5
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of KingforaDay
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of needMIbeer
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Imperial Beanhead Coffee Porter from Rushing Duck Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 44 ratings