Tusk & Grain Brandy Barrel-Aged Coffee Porter
Saint Archer Brewing Co.

Tusk & Grain Brandy Barrel-Aged Coffee PorterTusk & Grain Brandy Barrel-Aged Coffee Porter
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American Imperial Porter
4.24 | pDev: 5.66%
Saint Archer Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Tusk & Grain Brandy Barrel-Aged Coffee PorterTusk & Grain Brandy Barrel-Aged Coffee Porter
Notes: This beer is one part of the duality that comprises our feature on coffee beer. We layered fruit notes on fruit notes, aging our imperial porter in brandy barrels and adding Kenyan "karagoto" coffee from Bird Rock Coffee Roasters. Vanilla, chocolate, blackberry, and black currant aromas explode, leaving a multi-faceted beer setting itself apart from the coffee beer paradigm. Complex, yet smooth on the finish, let this coffee beer wow you with its richness and be the nightcap you're looking for.
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Photo of Radome
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Aces & Ales - Tivoli, Las Vegas, NV. It was listed as 10.*% ABV, so it appears to be a slightly different recipe than the retired version previously described on BA.

Great appearance for an imperial porter. Alcoholic and slightly grape-like aroma that strangely combines with porter character to become a bit like soy sauce, which is off-putting. Dark grain, coffee, figs, and prunes in the flavor. Light
brandy and oak in finish. Thick body; low, creamy carbonation contributes to a silkiness. Moderate to strong alcohol is suitable for the style. A nice beer that I can’t call great due to the odd aromas.

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Photo of arizcards
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 500 ml bottle from TW Camelback on 11-26-16 for $15.99. Received at TW the day before; no bottling date visible. Original review 3-14-17.
Beer poured dark brown with a nice tan head that dissipated quickly-4.0.
Nose is coffee forward with hints of brandy, oak, and chocolate-4.5.
Taste is coffee forward with chocolate over a big malt base that is nicely hopped that leads to a very well balanced beer. Not catching any fruity characteristics from the barrel. Warming alcohol in the finish-4.5.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth-4.25.
Overall this is an awesome beer as the coffee, chocolate, and alcohol are blended very well together. Definitely expensive but worthy of a try if you like your barrel brews-4.5; overall average 4.45!

Picked up a 32oz growler on 1-10-19 from Kings Beer & Wine for $17.00. Shared with @sunsjammer 1-15-19.

Beer poured dark brown with a nice off white head that had some good hang time-4.25.
Nose is coffee and grapes forward, very nice-4.25.
Taste was grape heavy, a touch of coffee, with the porter malt baseline in the background. Finish was on the sweet side but not cloying-4.25.
Mouthfeel was thin for such a big beer but pretty smooth-3.75.
Overall not sure if this beer is from the 2016 batch bit IMHO if so it did not improve. But still a good beer! 4.25. Weighted average 4.2.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maroon-waxed 500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip at cellar temp.

Look: medium-dark brown with active carbonation and a nice light brown head.

Smell: coffee, fine chocolate, spirits (more whisky than brandy).

Taste: bitter coffee, dark chocolate, fudge, oak. Definitely detect some spirits, but very mild, and again, not reading as brandy.

Feel: a bit chalky, medium-to-thick body, and appropriate carb.

Overall: I was quite excited when an employee discovered the last bottle of this lurking in the back and brought it out to me, because brandy-barreled beers make up some of my all-time favorite beers (and though coffee beers are more inconsistent, I've had some awesome coffee beers as well). However, this not only didn't stack up to other brandy-barreled beers I've had, it didn't even compare with the tequila-barreled version of the same beer. It's still a decent beer, but there's just no brandy character, so it has to be marked as a disappointment in my book.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A tasty treatise on coffee and brandy, you get the fruitiness of brandy with the warming boozy heat, piqued with a nip of coffee. Aptly described as a porter, this lacks the huge roasty malt of a stout, no, this is more restrained, and it serves to highlight the names on the marquee - coffee & brandy. I may have liked the exoticness of the tequila version better, but this is class stuff, as is so much of what these guys put out.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: very deep brown to almost black nearest Bresso hints of Ruby and almost in purple in there also then Caramell to brownish khaki head

S: booze. Figs. Coffee is ver prominent. Dark fruits. Raspberries. Brandy. Candied orange.

T: Booze. Dried plums. Brandy. Roasty coffee. Dates.

F: medium body. Almost light. Coates the palate nicely. Lingering booze

O: pretty nice. Def develops as it warms.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Kudos to these guys for creativity: a brandy barrel-aged imperial coffee porter? Hell yeah! This was a winner. Aroma was intoxicating. Raw ground coffee notes of blueberry, earth, coffee resin, dark roast mingle with rich roasty/semiswet malt and a strong rip of brandy. Taste follows. Feel improves greatly as it warms. Nice brandy burn on the finish. Really top notch.

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Tusk & Grain Brandy Barrel-Aged Coffee Porter from Saint Archer Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 33 ratings