Nightswim | Coppertail Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coppertail Brewing Co.
Florida, United States
coppertailbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark and luxurious like a midnight dip in the warm gulf waters off St. Pete Beach. Rich and Roasty with a hint of chocolate. Both this porter, and a night swim, are best enjoyed with a friend.

Added by REVZEB on 08-03-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#21,092
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
183
pDev:
11.02%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
78
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 183 |  Reviews: 36
Reviews by Aleks_P:
Photo of Aleks_P
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours dark dark dark brown, almost black. Held it up the light in my kitchen and didn't even see light get through around the edges. Looks more like a stout than a porter. Head is about a half-inch dark rusty tan.

Smell: Very smokey, burnt coffee, baker's chocolate.

Taste: The smokiness catches me first, reminds me of some of the smoked porters I've had. Do pick up some coffee notes as well, and there is some type of tartness to it that I'm having a hard time placing. I want to say grapefruit or maybe just grapes but not sure that's it. No sweetness at all, which is what I prefer in a porter, but certainly not required for the beer style.

Feel: Very drinkable, especially for such a dark beer. Lightly carbonated which prevents the beer from being too smooth and heavy. Pretty bitter but not too dry which is an interesting combination.

Overall: With so many breweries popping up in the Tampa area I've seen a bunch that are very average, but I was really pleasantly surprised with this one. I hadn't actually even heard of Coppertail until I saw this at my beer store. Glad I picked it up, was dark and rich and full. Interesting that this brewery's few bottles are more interesting styles (porter, trippel, then of course an IPA) and I'll definitely try their other stuff.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of WangFire
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vandelay1863
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ledouge
3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of juicebox
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nass
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Let's look at a local brew today. Interesting looking label artwork on this bottle. It tastes like a porter with adjuncts, but surprisingly it does not have any. I have a fresh 1 month & 1 week old bottle by the way. I am getting slight cocoa, slight coffee, burnt malts. This is one of the best porters I ever had. The first time I had this beer it was better than 2nd time which tells me this brewery has a problem with consistency. They are going to lose a few points for that. This beer has the potential to be even better than what it already is. Cheers! B

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Photo of chinchill
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours very dark red-brown with a minimal head that somehow manages to have good retention.

Aroma: dark roasted malts with hints of toffee, burnt sugar, and dak dried fruits.

Flavor: Lingering flavor of dark roasted grains with hints of dark chocolate and coffee.

Feel: medium-light body; smooth; medium-light carbonation.

O: a well-crafted, mainstream porter.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of curtmac1
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black as coal with brown tiny bubbles. I smell a rich toffee aroma. I detect hints of coffee, chocolate, and caramel with a bitter aftertaste. The mouth feel seems a little lighter than I expected with no alcohol warmth. Overall a very pleasant beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Coppertail Brewing "Night Swim" Porter
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More #901, Tampa, FL

It must have been a cloud-covered moon-less night for swimming, because Coppertail's "Night Swim" is about as dark as you can get, remaining a completely opaque black-brown even when held to direct light. Its creamy dark tan head drops readily but maintains a solid surface covering, initially leaving behind beautiful sheets of solid lace marked by a thin ring with each sip taken.

Dark chocolate, red fruit, and gently roasty notes greet you in the nose.

In the mouth it's fairly light in body, not ever reaching "medium" in girth; but it's creamy and smooth with a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation that accentuates the maltiness and helps to avoid the dark malt acidity and carbonic acid bite that some porters have.

The fruitiness found in the aroma returns in the flavor and remains as a fairly prominent component, harkening back to its English origins (regardless of whether it's coming from yeast or hops); and in combination with the lighter body it certainly remains on that side of the pond as opposed to being "American" in nature. Dark chocolate, caramel, toast, and a bit of nuttiness and mild roastiness round it out with only minimal hops remaining in the background (again following in the English style). It's gently bitter, allowing what acidity the dark malts bring to the table to bring it to a gently drying finish.

Apart from being remarkably drinkable, it's also an interesting beer. The strength (if it is indeed 6.2%) suggests a robust porter, but the color and body suggest an Irish-style stout; and flavor-wise it falls somewhere in between.

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Photo of jloomis
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KensWorld
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CraigMack61
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kegatron
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thrifty101091
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a thick dark brown with a nice khaki malted milk head. Nose is creamed coffee and milk chocolate. Mouth feel i is medium bodies with nice carbonation and a good balance.

Flavor profile is a nice chocolate roasted grain character that is over shadowed with a pine hoppy bitter. This is one time when the hop character really detracts from a beer that would otherwise be real nice.

Finish continues with a long bitter hop character that is just not a great juxtaposition with the otherwise nice porter tones.

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Photo of cyrushire
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CaptainFleeker
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Bung
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Draft. More of an English porter and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Segelstrom
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajmartin329
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer taste like a water downed porter.

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Photo of Hendrick24
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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Nightswim from Coppertail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 183 ratings