Local Blend Cincinnati
MadTree Brewing

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American Porter
Ranked #436
Ranked #21,483
3.95 | pDev: 4.81%
MadTree Brewing
Ohio, United States
Very Good
Local Blend CincinnatiLocal Blend Cincinnati
Notes: The Local Blend porter base was built as a platform to let coffee shine. The base beer brings light chocolate notes, very subtle roast, and enough sweetness from the lactose to balance everything out. Deeper Roots Coffee provided dry processed coffee beans from Panama. This coffee presents notes of over-ripe strawberry, chocolate, and cinnamon.
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4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 FL OZ can
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves little lacing.

It has a rich coffee and cream smell.

It taste like iced coffee and cream to me.

Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel

I like it a lot.

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Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brown in color and is black when viewed from afar. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that quickly settled down and turned to beige, leaving wisps of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of chocolate are present in the nose along with notes of coffee beans and hints of dark malts.
T: The taste follows the smell and is dominated by flavors of chocolate with strong underlying notes of coffee beans. Although no bitterness is perceptible, there are just enough underlying hops to mask any sweetness from the malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is also some smoothness to the mouthfeel.
O: I liked the balance between the chocolate and coffee in this porter.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz can in a snifter. This mighty fine porter pours a
rich dark brown mahogany with a nice head of off white foam
that subsides to a thick ring, thin light layer, and sports some
mighty fine lacing. Nose of dark coffee, vanilla, dark cocoa, and
hints of cream. Flavors surpass the nose with a vanilla laced
rich coffee and deep roast brew with light cream and moderate
char elements that make for a satisfying experience. Nice mouth feel;
medium full body, lightly slick, smooth, medium high carbonation,
coating, and a rich roasted finish.

Overall a fantastic brew from a fine local brewery.


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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In full celebration of all-things-coffee, the brewers at MadTree cleverly overlay four distinct coffee blends onto a quadro of robust porter to test how each set of beans complement the already coffee friendly style. Collaborating with hometown favorite, Deeper Roots gives the Cincinnati blend the strongest coffee impact of the four.

The Cincinnati version of Local Blend pours as they all do- medium dark brown and shaded with a mild haze. its frothy tan cap begins to expel an expected bold roasted coffee scent that's redolent with French pressed types of coffee with the normal caramelized, nutty and toasty grains lying just underneath the beans. Its taste starts off with a rich caramel sweetness with strong impressions of sweet cream, chocolate and candied nuttiness.

As the flavors unfold, the sweetness remains intact while the overtone of coffee brings a robust walnut, medium toast and cocoa character to the malt-centric middle palate. Trending lightly smoky, peppery and adding minor elements of char, the nearly espresso character stands tall on the moderate tone of the porter underneath. A moderately low bitterness is broad and woodsy with coffee and chocolate lingering onward.

Medium bodied and sweet throughout, the beer's vanilla, cream and caramel flavors temper and even dampen the effects of the coffee to some extent. But the choice of porter is well suited for this coffee blend as it allows the coffee to shine. A milder brown ale might not support the robust nature of coffee while a stout may interfere with the coffee's roast. This Cincinnati version is the most classically coffee forward version of the four beers released in the series.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, canned on 12/31/2018. Served in a MadTree pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half light tan head. Head retention is good and there's a lot of lacing. The brew smells like coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, caramel and a bit of cream. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, with coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, cream and a slight vanilla flavor. There's a decent amount of sweetness but to me the roasty flavors are stronger. Has more coffee/roastiness compared to the Dayton and Columbus versions. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has a good amount of carbonation. I thought it was good. $11.99 a 4-pack, part of the Local Blend 4-pack with one can each of Columbus, Cleveland, Cincy and Dayton coffee porters.

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3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Coffee Porter with lactose. Collaboration with Deeper Roots Coffee. Poured from a can into a MadTree tulip. Pours out fairly dark, but does allow some light to peek through. It sports a little over a finger of light brown head with average retention. Some nice rich coffee notes on the nose - more so than in the Dayton and Columbus variants and on at least the same level as the Cleveland variant - along with a hint of vanilla. As with the Cleveland coffee version, the somewhat stronger coffee notes make the vanilla seem more subdued than in the Dayton or Columbus coffee versions. Am I imagining things or is the retention better on this one too?

Medium body with a firm feel. Up front there is a little of that same faint cola-like sweetness as the other variants. The same roasted malt and toffee, then nice coffee notes (still not as strong and rich as I'd like, but still pleasant). Again, I think this one and the Cleveland coffee versions are a little more coffee-forward than the Dayton or Columbus variants. Like the other variants, I think it needs more roast to drink like a true porter. All in all, these were nice beers, but nothing spectacular. I do like the way MadTree packaged this - a 4-pack with one can of each of the 4 variants - and it was fun to try them all. Had I tried them all side-by-side, I might have picked out more differences. I don't think I'd buy this again, but I would love to see more multi-packs like this. Hey MadTree - why not a 4-pack with one can each of the same single-hop IPA brewed with a different hop? Or perhaps 4 beers with the same basic recipe, but toast the malt to different levels on each so that drinkers can experience the differences. You could call it ``Brew School''.

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Local Blend Cincinnati from MadTree Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 15 ratings