Local Blend Cleveland
MadTree Brewing

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American Porter
Ranked #411
Ranked #20,992
3.97 | pDev: 6.05%
MadTree Brewing
Ohio, United States
Very Good
Local Blend ClevelandLocal Blend Cleveland
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. Phoenix Coffee Co. provided a dry processed coffee from Kossa Geshe out of Ethiopia. This coffee is bright and juicy with notes of strawberry, raspberry, and amaretto.
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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 a thin film on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate and coffee beans are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has moderate flavors of chocolate and coffee beans along with hints of lactose and bits of associated sweetness. There are also some fruity hints from the coffee beans.
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: The coffee flavors in this porter aren't quite as prominent compared to the other beers in the style and there are some hints of fruitiness from the Ethiopian coffee beans.

Serving type: can

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Photo of BeanBump
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Despite the inclusion of lactose, I found this beer to maintain a pleasant amount of bitterness. I found the blend of roasty and sweet to be just right in that it allows the coffee to be the star. Good showing.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz can in a snifter. This interesting little brew pours a
dark mahogany brown with a fantastic head of off white khaki foam
that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and sports some REALLY nice lacing.
Nose of coffee, cream, light brulee, light vanilla, and subtle char amongst
the nicely roasted notes. Flavors hit the note with more sweetness
from lactose sugars and mingling with light touches of vanilla and
cream with char and roast bringing in some moderation to the sweetness
which has a cola note to it. Decent mouth feel; medium full body, medium
high carbonation that is very lively for the style, and a rich sweet coffee
and cream finish.

Overall, a very nice brew, a touch on the sweet side, but hey, some like
cream and sugar, some like black and bitter. This one edges towards the
prior more than the latter.


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Photo of BEERchitect
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | 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 the upstate favorite, Phoenix Coffee gives the Cleveland blend the second strongest coffee impact of the four.

The Ceveland 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 Ethiopian 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 spicy, medium toast and cocoa character to the malt-centric middle palate. Trending lightly peppery, soilish and adding minor elements of earthiness, the near breakfast blend character has a solid impact on the moderate tone of the porter underneath. A moderately low bitterness is piquant and spicy with coffee and raw cacoa lingering onward.

Medium bodied and sweet throughout, the beer's vanilla, cream and caramel flavors temper and even dampen the effects of the coffee once again. 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 Clevaland version is the most exotic and second most coffee forward version of the four beers released in the series.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - dark brown good head and slight lacing
Smell - rich malty caramel and coffee
Taste - just like the scent, easy going
Feel - medium full body with a light carbonation with a slight crispness
Overall - fantastic coffee porter

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, canned on 12/21/2018. Served in a MadTree pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. I like the aroma, the brew smells like coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and some cream. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some cocoa and a hint of vanilla and caramel flavor noticeable too. Overall I thought it was more coffee/roasty tasting than it was sweet. Has more coffee/roastiness compared to the Dayton and Columbus versions. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this, definitely worth picking up! $11.99 a 4-pack (one can each of Columbus, Cleveland, Cincy and Dayton coffee brews).

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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 Phoenix Coffee Company. 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 - along with a hint of vanilla. With the somewhat stronger coffee notes, the vanilla seems even more subdued here.

Medium body with a firm feel. Up front there is a little of that same cola-like sweetness as the Dayton and Columbus coffee variants. The same roasted malt and toffee, then nice coffee notes (not as rich as I'd like, but still pleasant). 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. Nevertheless, I prefer this one to the Dayton or Columbus variants. Looking forward to trying the Cincy variant (saved that one for last).

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Local Blend Cleveland from MadTree Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 14 ratings