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!

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by Premo88:
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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More User Reviews:
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 Bhunter0812
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | 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

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

16 ounce can at Haymaker in NYC.

Excellent looking thick, sludgy liquid, although lacks a bit in the head department.

Smells phenomenal. Tons and tons of coffee, but also creamy sweetness. Not necessarily a distinct coffee aroma, say, lending fruitiness or tobacco or anything, but it's big on that coffee and cream that is hard to resist.

Flavor is very similar to the nose, just bursting with coffee and creamy sweetness. It's almost too sweet, but stops short of becoming obnoxiously so. The feel lacks a touch in carbonation, but is full and gooey and sticks to the tongue.

I had been wanting to try this and was glad to come across a can. Very good stuff.

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Photo of schinebd
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kegatron
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmorris15
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black pour with a very nice head. Smells awesome, like sweet espresso. Very coffee forward and a present sweetness from the lactose, which makes for a silky smooth feel as well. The coffee roast keeps the beer from being too sweet. This is dangerously drinkable for the ABV and I wish I had more of this. Overall, excellent imperial porter from a nice NJ brewery.

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

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

Photo of Tbone2131
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 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 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 metter98
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short beige head that left some lacing on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of cold brew coffee are present in the nose.
T: The taste has lots of flavors of cold brew coffee along with notes of cola and hints of lactose. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This porter is packed with lots of coffee flavors and makes for a good breakfast beer. There are no traces of alcohol whatsoever in the taste.

Serving type: can

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

The pour is black in the body with a tan head and leakage to mahogany on the edges. The aromas are some char and a LOT of milk chocolate and some vanilla.

I am now salivating.

The taste is definitely a nice substantial body, but not chewy, and oh my goodness the milk chocolate and vanilla flavors. I wish I could bathe in this.

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

Photo of smi69
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jhfinn
3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tobelerone
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Imperial Beanhead Coffee Porter from Rushing Duck Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 46 ratings