Midnight Espresso
Motorworks Brewing

Midnight EspressoMidnight Espresso
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Style:
Porter - English
Ranked #27
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #10,876
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 6.48%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
63
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Motorworks Brewing
 
Florida, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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SCORE
88
Very Good
Midnight EspressoMidnight Espresso
Notes: Using coffee beans hand-roasted at Motorworks Brewing, a darker roast on Sumatra beans imparts toasted flavors, while a slightly lighter roast on Sulawesi beans provides fruity undertones. Strong chocolate and coffee notes in its aroma and taste, derived from dark caramel and chocolate malts, and a slight sweet finish round out this medium-bodied porter.
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superspak from Ohio

3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 3/12/2018. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of nutty medium roasted coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark/brown bread, molasses, licorice, and dark fruit; with lighter notes of smoke, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. A bit too fruity/yeasty aromas, but not overwhelming. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big nutty medium roasted coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, and toasted dark/brown bread; with light notes of molasses, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/grassy/spicy hop and roasted/coffee bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of nutty coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark/brown bread, light dark fruit/smoke, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a nice roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and no cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 6.5%. Overall this is a delicious English coffee porter. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Nicely rich malts and well balanced fruity/nutty coffee complexity; with light fruity English yeast notes and earthy hops against sweetness. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

Aug 18, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can dated 3/12/18.

Dark, dark pour with a thin head of reddish-beige in my Crane Snifter. Really glorious - silky, shiny, obsidian.

Coffee aroma is likewise gorgeous on this. Fantastic balance of fruitiness, acidity, and pepper. Faint milk chocolate notes and raw roasted barley filter in and out of the profile.

Flavor is a touch too fruity - or wild - to me, just tons of blueberry cobbler going on here. Wasn't expecting it, but I suppose once you get into that mindset it doesn't bother you as much. Nice roasty coffee bean flavors with a good balance of acidity and pepper, with some light lactose sweetness, dark toast, and light caramel. The fruitiness is really throwing me off a bit now the more I drink it.

Feel is crisp and smooth, silky even, with a burning carbonation throughout. Zero warming alcohol.

Overall a really good coffee porter that could use less frutiness/wildness overall. Still very good. Will be sharing this with other beer lovers.


Edit : I agree with the reviewer that said he gets a "trapped CO2" effect from the can. It's cool. Try it!

Aug 02, 2018
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can from FL with a 7 Feb. 2018 date stamp.

A: Dark brown and just a bit translucent. Creamy tan head with good retention over medium visible carbonation.

Aroma: Stale, dark roasted coffee, dark roasted and sweet malts, and a touch of earthy hops.

Favor: Much better, with suggestions of mocha coffee, brown bread and chocolate. Finishes slightly sweet but with a mildly bitter aftertaste with dark chocolate and coffee.

Feel: Full, creamy body; light+ carbonation; some alcohol presence.

Overall: poor aroma but otherwise fine coffee porter. .

Jun 16, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—only faint traces of dark red are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a half finger high tan head that died down, leaving a narrow ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of coffee beans and chocolate are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of coffee beans with notes of chocolate. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a faint bit of thinness.
O: The espresso beans make this beer feel a bit stronger in body compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: can

Apr 21, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my first beer from these guys is excellent, one of the more coffee forward takes on this style i have found in awhile, and i came in hankering for coffee beer, so this really hit the spot for me. its brewed with two different coffee beans, one roasted light and the other dark, in order to get a really complete coffee spectrum happening in the beer, which proves to be a brilliant recipe decision, as this beer is seriously super coffee driven and really delicious. its almost black on the pour, high shine, and holding a good inch of tan head on it, creamy and rich looking. aroma is heavy coffee, from deep almost burnt ashy roast aspects to a milk chocolate paler mild coffee mid note, and then all the nuance of unique espresso, dark chocolate, blueberry, and strawberry, gorgeous with the simple roasty grain base, and it all comes through in the flavor! good bitterness, no sweet malt middle at all, and a lot of the darker aspects of the roast at first, with the lighter elements coming out as the beer warms, dried berries and hot cocoa and faint vanilla, its really delicious and highly drinkable for the style. as much cold brewed coffee as it is beer, a nice hybrid thats oddly refreshing even for a porter. i really dug this one!

Mar 02, 2018
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KanglinTampa from Florida

3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A solid coffee style Porter with chocolate undertones. At the top of the list of better Porters. Like the mouth feel from the can trapped CO2. Only had a slight few others that could top this one.

Feb 17, 2018
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Jason from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BA Mag Issue #118 ( Nov 2016 )

Roasty, Robust, Char, Coffee
Motorworks drops a copious amount of Sumatran dark roasted coffee into this slightly robust Porter. Roastiness from both the coffee and the malt hits the palate hard but never comes off acrid or even harsh, it’s just a whole lot of flavor for the tastebuds to deal with. The hopping is modest, but it really isn’t needed much here as the coffee shines as the showcase flavor. Without a doubt Midnight Espresso is one of the better coffee infused Porters I’ve had, and worth seeking out. [Jason]

Look 4.00 | Smell 4.00 | Taste 4.00 | Feel 4.00 | Overall 4.00

Jun 22, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.57/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Where does the beer flavor lie between that which is robust, strong and savory versus that which is crisp, light and refreshing. Perhaps the porter done in the American style can scratch that itch. But with the Motorworks team at the helm, that threshold crosses the roasty edge with an assertive coffee roast.

Dark brown and creamy in its foam structure, the beer's mocha froth pushes forth a scent of coffee, chocolate and nuttiness while a somber malt sweetness of caramel and cream lurk just beneath in taste.

As the sweetness lifts, its the dry earthiness of the porter that carries the middle palate. Walnut, coffee, cocoa and campfire frame a toasty, roasty and slight smoky edge. Finishing with a bitter hop bite that disguises itself as coffee and cocoa. the final frame is of nuttiness, toastiness and spent coffee grounds.

Medium-full in body, the beer's semi-arid character has the palate lighter, tighter and somewhat refreshing, but the beer's alkaline character has the roast seeming slightly astringent with the sensation of biting an apple seed along with exposing the beer's plaster-like chalkiness to close.

Jan 09, 2017
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Datz Deli. Served in a pint glass.

A: Dark brown and just a bit translucent. Creamy tan head with good retention over medium visible carbonation.

S: Creamy chocolate and dark roasted coffee, deep roasted malts, and a touch of hop bitterness as well.

T: Mocha, coffee, and milk chocolate. Malt sugars and roast bitterness in near-balance. Finishes with more chocolate and coffee.

M: Medium body, silky mouthfeel but not overly thick. Lowish carbonation sensation. Moderate alcohol presence.

O: Nice, quaffable porter. Nothing crazy...nothing to set it apart from the host of other coffee porters available. But I wouldn't hesitate to order another pour if I saw it around.

Jul 27, 2016
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Hiram_McDaniels from Florida

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Strong flavors of iced coffee. Probably the most coffee-forward beer I've ever had. There is certainly a backbone of dark malts, but the coffee is dominating. This is definitely a plus, if it's what you want. Scratches the itch of cold espresso, just in beer form. Absolutely not for drinking quickly.

Feb 29, 2016
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The-Beav from North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Despite the expresso name on this porter there is surprising little coffee flavor or smell to it . That being said this is likely my new favorite porter, it is rich and pitch black with a very dark head that sticks worth it for most of the glass leaving a thick solid lacing. It leans towards the dark fruit/raisin like flavor but it's quite drinkable, was great with my spicy chicken and waffles dinner tonight.

Dec 13, 2015
Midnight Espresso from Motorworks Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 63 ratings