Local Blend Columbus
MadTree Brewing

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American Porter
Ranked #428
Ranked #21,412
3.97 | pDev: 4.03%
MadTree Brewing
Ohio, United States
Very Good
Local Blend ColumbusLocal Blend Columbus
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. Stauf's Coffee provided washed coffee beans out of the Nahuala region of Guatemala. These beans provide, nutty/smoky undertones, high acidity, and a clean finish.
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4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 FL OZ can
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with an inch of tan head that skimps on the lacing.

It has a lovely coffee and cream aroma thanks to the fresh roast and lactose.

The taste is like a nice iced coffee. The sweetness of the lactose cuts the bitterness of the coffee.

Full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel

This is an excellent coffee porter. I look forward to trying the other three.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | 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 light tan head that quickly settled down and turned to beige, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of chocolate and coffee beans are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of coffee beans along with strong notes of dark and nutty malts as well as chocolate. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The lactose adds a touch of smoothness to the mouthfeel.
O: This beer seems to be nuttier compared to the other beers in the style, but this seems to be coming mostly from the coffee beans as it still has the lighter type of mouthfeel that you would expect from a porter.

Serving type: can

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | 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 the regional favorite, Strauf's gives the Colubus blend perhaps the least coffee impact of the four.

The Columbus version of Local Blend pours basicallly as they all do- medium dark brown and shaded with a mild haze. its light frothy tan cap begins to expel an expected roasted coffee scent that's redolent with nutty kona 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 cream, chocolate and candied nuttiness.

As the flavors unfold, the sweetness slowly retreats while the overtone of coffee brings a firmly roasted, medium toast and cocoa character to the malt-centric middle palate. Trending lightly earthy, soil-like and adding minor elements of cashew, the mild coffee character has a mild but noticible impact on the moderate tone of the porter underneath. A moderately low bitterness is gently spicy with coffee and raw cacao lingering onward once again.

Medium bodied and sweet throughout, the beer's vanilla, cream and caramel flavors temper and even dampen the effects of the coffee. But the choice of porter is well suited for this coffee blend as it allows the mild 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 Columbus version is the lightest coffee-ey version of the four beers released in the series.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz can in a snifter. This mighty fine porter pours a dark
muddy brown with cola highlights and a nice head of off white foam
that settles to a thick ring, thin wafting pool, and displays some nice
lacing. Nose of mild coffee, subtle cream, light marshmallow and vanilla,
and touches of brulee. Flavors surpass the nose with aplomb. Mild
cold pressed coffee with low bitterness dances about a light layer of
marshmallow cream and sweet cream amongst touches of dark malts
and cola notes with a touch of char. Very nice mouth feel; medium
body, medium light carbonation, and a nice roasted finish that is
moderately sweet and VERY well balanced.

An excellent brew and one that should keep coming back
in one form or the other. Solid and balanced.


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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, canned on 12/24/2018. Served in a MadTree pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a couple inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. The brew smells like roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and some cream and vanilla. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some caramel and dark fruitiness noticeable too. Didn't pick up any dark fruit in the Cincy, Dayton or Cleveland versions. However, it seems a little less roasty/coffee tasting compared to the Cincy and Cleveland ones. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and smooth with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this porter a lot, definintely worth trying the Local Blend beers! $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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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Coffee Porter with lactose. Collaboration with Stauff's Coffee. Poured from a can into a MadTree tulip. Pours out fairly dark, but does allow some light to peek through. It sports about a finger of light brown head with average retention. Some nice rich coffee notes on the nose along with a hint of vanilla. The coffee aroma seems a little lighter than the Dayton coffee variant.

Medium body with a firm feel. Up front there is that same cola-like sweetness as the Dayton coffee, but it's a little less so. The same roasted malt and toffee, then nice coffee notes (not as rich as I'd like, but still pleasant). A little less coffee-forward than the Dayton variant, but still enjoyable. Like the Dayton variant, I think it needs more roast to drink like a true porter.

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Local Blend Columbus from MadTree Brewing
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