The Beginning Is After the End
Burial Beer Co.

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Burial Beer Co.
North Carolina, United States
Porter - American
Ranked #100
Ranked #10,854
4.05 | pDev: 6.67%
Mar 27, 2022
May 03, 2020
Very Good
The Beginning Is After the EndThe Beginning Is After the End
Notes: 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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4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Treyliff from West Virginia

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
4.08 by darktronica from Indiana on Jan 15, 2022
4.08 by buzzy from Pennsylvania on Jun 28, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
by 1BrewBacca from Georgia

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
4.11 by smithj4 from New York on Jun 08, 2021
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3.11/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75
by Alieniloquium from Florida

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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3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by beergoot from Colorado

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
4.14 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin on May 17, 2021
4.21 by sd123 from Georgia on Apr 27, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by metter98 from New York

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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4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by arizcards from North Carolina

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
4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Mar 25, 2021
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4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

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
4.1 by kjkinsey from Texas on Mar 22, 2021
4.14 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Feb 15, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by dbrauneis from North Carolina

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
4.25 by hoosier222002 from Illinois on May 19, 2020
4 by AngusOg from North Carolina on May 17, 2020
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3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by hman43 from North Carolina

Look: It pours black with a brown head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: The aroma is deep rich roasted coffee. There are very low background notes of roast and a hint of vanilla.

Taste: The flavor is full of rich roasted coffee. There are low roast elements with low dark fruits. There is a very low vanilla note as well.

Feel: It has a medium body with a silky smoothness to it.

Overall, a coffee rich dominated porter with the other elements in support. It's a bit too one dimensional for me.

May 16, 2020
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4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by VABA from Virginia

Pours a very dark opaque brown color with a slight head and tan lacing
Aroma has a generous coffee, chocolate, roasted nuts and fruit hints
The taste follows the nose with a very well balanced and creamy coffee, chocolate, roasted nuts and fruit flavor that gently comes out as the beer warms
A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
A good Porter

May 10, 2020
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Canned 4/20/20; drank 5/5/20 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque dark brown appearance.

A violent pour yielded a big khaki head; a thick curtain of tree-rung lace.

Dark roast coffee bean, fresh earth & chocolate syrup notes in the nose.

Creamy, medium thick mouthfeel.

Dark roast coffee bean, fresh earth, mild cream & faint chocolate syrup flavors; this has the blunt flavors of dark roast coffee and not much nuance.

Decent, but forgettable.

May 06, 2020
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 21 ratings