Hidden Pipe Porter With Coffee
Raleigh Brewing Company

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American Porter
Ranked #90
Ranked #8,542
4.04 | pDev: 9.9%
Raleigh Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
Hidden Pipe Porter With CoffeeHidden Pipe Porter With Coffee
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Photo of tillmac62
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

COD 7/18/17. Pours black as Satan's heart. World class massive head volume and equally world class tremendous retention. Lacing, surprisingly, was only normal.

Borderline outstanding nose of coffee and roast, predominately. Underneath is a light touch of dark caramel. No chocolate or cocoa was detected.

Light medium body that is quite smooth in texture but also provides a somewhat slick feel and a tease of creaminess. World class carbonation / body balance. The middle effervesces nicely, then subsides a bit and delivers a finely bubbled finish that produces the creamy aspect.

The flavor profile is outstanding and is quite tasty, but lacks complexity. Intensity is adequate while balance is world class. Nothing really dominates nor is in your face. Coffee arrives first and trails off to light roast in the middle. Bitterness is quite mild and presents as being hop oriented rather than roast. The roast aspect is quite subdued and gives this porter a mild world class balance. Middle sweetness is subtle but does provide contrast. As it warms, you can find a hint of prune is you really search for it. The finish is a slow fade with coffee lingering.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black. Foamy, short, light brown head fades fast to a lasting ring.

Smells coffee, chocolate, roast malt linger and light earthy.

Tastes coffee, light roasted malt, dark chocolate and earthy. Light metal/off taste that shows at times. Finish is dry with a coffee and earthy bitter linger. Medium body and lightly fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just a touch overactive here but it's probably because I waited a good 3 months after I got my trade to open it. Typical coffee-brown black color with a towering beige head.

Aromas of blackberry coffee. Very solid. Light chocolate and molasses.

Flavor is very good. I love the blackberry flavors here, among the strong coffee, molasses, and chocolate. It's got a really great brunch dessert thing going on. The coffee showcases the grounds as it's swallowed. Dark fruit finish.

Feel is very carbonated, with a semi-dry roasty finish.

Overall, this is one solid porter. I'd gladly trade for it or search it out again!

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black just like coffee. Smells of a nicely brewed espresso/coffee. When tasting you get the coffee flavors at first, then the chocolate flavor comes thru. Very nice for a porter. Another quality North Carolina brew.

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Photo of RandyV
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a nice porter, with espresso coffee and chocolate flavors dominating the profile in a nice way. Very smooth, if a bit thin, enjoyable all around. This is the second offering from this brewery I've tried, and have been impressed. I look forward to trying others, especially The Miller's Toll.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a version of Hidden Pipe Porter brewed with coffee beans and it is 100% about black coffee... blacker than java swilled at midnight in the pits of Tartarus. It looks like coffee once the thin pebbly brown head settles: impenetrably black with a hint of a ring of foam, although the fence-like lacing is a giveaway. The nose is dominated by the blackest of black coffee, with very subtle hints of molasses and chocolate. The palate follows the nose up front, with some roasted malt notes joining in midway, mostly chocolate and dark toffee, with a hint of sweetness. The finish is smooth and balanced, followed by a slightly bitter coffee flavor that lingers. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy and a bit thinnish given the medium body.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up from HEY BEER in Wilmington and I wasn't expecting much from this beer but it ended up blowing me away. Great coffee flavors with a beautiful creamy medium-heavy stout body

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Photo of KM_Seahawk
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can - pours pitch black with a 1/2 finger light tan head that goes away after a few minutes. Not much lacing at all. The aroma is very nice strong coffee with some chocolate and sweetness, which is similar to the taste of mostly coffee, cocoa powder, hint of molasses. More on the sweet side but nicely balanced & very easy drinking. The feel is light bodied to me with medium carbonation. Overall a nice porter more on the sweet side not hugely hopped. Would have again if I saw on tap somewhere.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer poured as a giant tan head with a little beer at the bottom. The aroma is good with a lot of coffee and sweet roasted malt. The taste is sweet, iced coffee with a nice roasted malt flavor and some char bitterness. This is a pretty good coffee porter.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass from a growler.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Excellent dark roasted coffee aroma that's earthy and slightly sweet. Also some chocolate and caramel notes.

T- Not as much vibrant coffee presence as in the nose but it's still quite nice. Semi-sweet with more chocolate notes and oh so smooth.

M- Slightly creamy with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- I've never had the base beer, but this treatment to it is dynamite. Had it at beer camp and was blown away. Finally got my buddy to bring me a growler from Raleigh and I am very happy to give it a gleaming review.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

NOTE: Tried this version after trying the original for a comparison. Here are my notes from the original: Poured a dark brown body with two finger head and lace patches on top of an aroma that is roasted and sweet malt based, nothing too pronounced. Beer is medium bodied, smooth, good balance, simple use of both roasted/bready malts give it a fuller mouthfeel and there are sweet chocolate aspects that hit the spot. A rather simple porter with not too much going on but the stuff that is in there does the trick.
*I would pretty much say that the addition of the coffee, while a minimal addition, adds a little complexity to both the dryer aspects of the beer and enhances the flavor profile. If you have to only have one, make it the coffee porter.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is jet black, with a light tan halo of head. Nose is super-coffee forward, with overtones of roast and bitter notes. Just like a hot cup of coffee. Flavors are front loaded, with roast coffee beans, bitter and rich, with a smoky highlight. Unreal coffee profiles. Smooth and light bodied. The aftertaste is all bitter and roast, with a long lingering, smooth finish. This beer is fantastic.

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

on-tap at the brewery

1/2 pint pour - dark bodied with a nice cap. Very coffee forward aroma and flavor, ala coffee bender. It's not clear whether the base porter is worth a damn but the coffee integration is heavy and works really well. A nice surprise

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Photo of jstehly
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional! A really great Porter smooth and rich with a strong coffee taste that does not hide the beer. It has enough of a kick to make the heavy nature still refreshing. It works well even on a warm spring night in the south.
This is a great brewery and worth a drive to check out.

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Photo of wedge
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A special version of the solid Hidden Pipe brewed with coffee.

Black with a slender, creamy off-white head. Aromas of dark roast coffee beans and chocolate. Fresh, sweetened espresso, nuts, and chocolaty roast flavors. Nice, bold, creamy coffee taste...no stale grounds or weak java notes. Tingling carbonation and solid medium body. Not much of the porter character left, but very well done if you like coffee (I do!).

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Hidden Pipe Porter With Coffee from Raleigh Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 71 ratings