The Beginning Is After the End
Burial Beer Co.

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Burial Beer Co.
North Carolina, United States
American Porter
Ranked #109
Ranked #12,232
4.01 | pDev: 6.98%
Feb 21, 2023
May 03, 2020
We shall travel along a jagged edge and into the mouth of utter chaos. The blood of sun shall drain from the sky. The chill of the dark unknown shall set in. And in that moment, we shall open our eyes to genesis. A project we always wanted to do, spawned through natural evolution of our craft. A prideful venture into regeneration. A well-lagered dark porter meets roasted nuts and dark dried fruits in one of our favorite coffees from Counter Culture Coffee.
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Reviewed by jjamadorphd from Florida

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Quite possibly the strongest coffee porter I have had, ever...

It was a strong coffee porter, after seeing it pour out of the can, like black coffee, it had a very strong scent of coffee but nothing else. The taste was all coffee as well, nothing else. If you are a lover of espresso, and I mean a true lover of the dark at of Cuban espressor, then this is the beer for you. Otherwise, steer clear - you might find it way too much to handle...
Feb 21, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by tonystanhope from Florida

Jun 25, 2022
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
16oz can poured into a tulip

A- pours jet black in color with a one-finger foamy khaki head that has short retention

S- smells of fresh roasted herbal and earthy coffee, mocha cream, vanilla, dark chocolate and charred malt

T- coffee leads the way, giving some earthy and herbal notes that follow the nose, followed by sweet notes of chocolate and caramel undertones. The finish gives some smoky charred malt, with more fresh coffee sticking around on the linger

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- solid, full flavored coffee porter
Mar 27, 2022
Rated: 4.08 by darktronica from Indiana

Jan 15, 2022
Rated: 4.08 by buzzy from Pennsylvania

Jun 28, 2021
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Reviewed by 1BrewBacca from Georgia

4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
Look: Beautiful, slightly clear, mahogany. The head disappeared at the blink of an eye. Very weak lacing on the glass.
Smell and Taste: Notes of coffee and raisins, maybe dates thrown in.
Feel: Flat and watery. Yet it goes down very easily.
Overall: I think I could drink this one every day . . . but I won't. Too many other beers to try. I will be happy to bring this one home again.
Jun 16, 2021
Rated: 4.11 by smithj4 from New York

Jun 08, 2021
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.11/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75
16 oz. can. Pours black, brief tan head, and unknown floaty bits. I really don't know what it is. Doesn't even look like coffee, which I don't think would be necessary either. Smells of coffee, some heavily roasted malt, sweet brown sugar. Tastes a little sweet, with rich coffee and a slight roasted malt finish. Medium body with low carbonation. It's all coffee. I was expecting more of a balance, so it's a little disappointing. Also, I seldom alter my "Appearance" rating, but this looks unnecessarily gross.
Jun 03, 2021
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Fairly clear, dark brown body; lively carbonation; little to no head. Big coffee presence on the nose; barely noticeable roasted grain beneath the coffee. Dominating coffee taste; suggestions of dark, bitter chocolate; heavy bitterness present, primarily from the the coffee. Medium body; oily; combination semi-sweet and semi-dry mouthfeel.

As a coffee beer, this one rocks. As a porter, it comes across rather weak and watery.

Poured at 53° F; bottom of can info: 02MAR2021 BAGHEEIM BEER.
May 29, 2021
Rated: 4.14 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

May 17, 2021
Rated: 4.21 by sd123 from Georgia

Apr 27, 2021
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
A: The beer is very dark brown in color. It poured with a quarter finger high beige colored head that left narrow collar around the edge and some thin specks of bubbles on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of cold brew coffee are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has lots of flavors of cold brew coffee - the coffee isn't overly fruity but is more on the nuttier side than being overly roasted. No hops are perceptible but there are enough to mask any sweetness from the malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Drinking this porter is like having an adult version of cold brew coffee. It would definitely make for a nice beer to have during breakfast or brunch in lieu of coffee.

Serving type: can
Apr 26, 2021
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Reviewed by CarolinaCardinals from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Picked up a single from the Blue Door Bottleshop in Hendersonville 4-5-21 for $5.00. Canned on 02APR2021, consumed 4-18-21.

Beer poured dark brown with an okay off white head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is heavy roasted coffee and sweet malts.

Taste is a very nice combination of the mild roasted chocolate malts and heavily roasted coffee. Finishes with enough hopping and coffee astringency to balance the sweet malt base.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and smooth.

Overall a solid flavorful beer that proved to be a nice sipper on a pleasant 62 degree afternoon!
Apr 18, 2021
Rated: 4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Mar 25, 2021
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Look - really dark brown with nice skimming and a very slight tan head
Smell - cold brew coffee with some vanilla and slight roasted malts
Taste - a little roasty a little coffee a little caramel, nice balance of all 3
Feel - medium lighter body with a slight creaminess
Overall - really a fantastic coffee porter
Mar 23, 2021
Rated: 4.1 by kjkinsey from Texas

Mar 22, 2021
Rated: 4.14 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Feb 15, 2021
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Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours an opaque yet still clear extremely dark brown (approaching jet black) in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly along the edges of the glass and faint dark chestnut brown + dark cola brown + garnet red colored highlights The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy darker tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of very slightly mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of freshly brewed cold brew coffee over the top of moderate aromas of roasted + caramel + chocolate + nutty malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. Light aromas of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted + caramel + chocolate + nutty malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by a moderate to strong flavor of freshly brewed cold brew coffee. Finally there is a light amount of earthy hops. There is a light to moderate amount of roasty bitterness which fades away pretty quickly leaving lingering cold brew coffee flavors.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and a very pleasantly smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Enjoyable with wonderful flavors of cold brew coffee - smooth and lacking the acidity of some coffee beers. I'm a big coffee drinker and I really enjoyed this one and would gladly have a couple of these... perfect for breakfast/brunch as well as after dinner.
May 21, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by hoosier222002 from Illinois

May 19, 2020
Rated: 4 by AngusOg from North Carolina

May 17, 2020
The Beginning Is After the End from Burial Beer Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 23 ratings