Tusk & Grain Tequila & Bourbon Aged Coffee Porter With Mexican Chocolate
Saint Archer Brewing Co.

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American Porter
4.32 | pDev: 9.49%
Saint Archer Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: This beer is one part of the duality that comprises our feature on coffee beer. Highlighted by Mostra Coffee's Costa rican "agues clears," we reached deep into our oak cathedral to pull out one of our most complex beers to date. Chocolate, earth, and floral tones are the resulting harmony of a blend of two-thirds tequila barrel aged and one-third bourbon barrel aged imperial porter. Finished with authentic Mexican chocolate from Jalisco, we proudly present to you an iteration of one of our favorite styles.
Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 25
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4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 500ml bottle from TW Arrowhead 11-26-16 for $15.99. Delete repeated word at TW 11-25-16; no bottling date visible.

Beer poured dark brown with a beautiful tan head that has some freat hang time.

Nose is wonderful; oak, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and agave.

Taste initially is dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Initial sips are dark chocolate and tequila over lightly roasted malts. There is enough hopping present to keep the whole show well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth.

Overall a very good unique barrel aged porter! This is not quite up to speed with the BC series but the brewing team i believe has not been at the barrel program for years like the GI team has been. If you have the coin definitely give this a try!

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Photo of neurobot01
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Look: pours a kind of muddy brown with a thin tan head.

Smell: kind of spicy tequila note. Coffee and chocolate, a bit reminiscent of Parabajava, oddly enough.

Taste: the tequila gives just a little bit of spice, but is very smooth and muted. Coffee blends well with the porter and booze. A bit thin and one-dimensional in the taste compared to the top-in-class BA coffee beers.

Feel: light to medium, moderate carbonation, and a juicy finish.

Overall: a really solid BA coffee beer, and possibly the best tequila aged beer I've had. This is one of those where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

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4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tequila is the star here, good, real agave blasting on the nose alongside the spice of both the coffee and Mexican chocolate. Undercurrents of smoke, too, but dominant is this great almost fruity-sweet note of agave. Palate is agave-forward as well, but all the components flow together and complement. The booze is present but not distracting, the body thin but not flimsy, which actually further serves to highlight all the flavor components. This is unique as hell, tasty too, and manages to make tequila barrels work well, which is no small feat. Props.

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Tusk & Grain Tequila & Bourbon Aged Coffee Porter With Mexican Chocolate from Saint Archer Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 25 ratings