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American Porter
4.3 | pDev: 7.91%
J. Wakefield Brewing
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: Imperial porter with coffee, coconut, and vanilla beans
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 101 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of macrosmatic
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Hunahpu snifter.

A: Essentially black and opaque. Forms two fingers' worth of tan head, though it doesn't last long. Fairly low amount of visible carbonation after the initial rush from the pour fades away.

S: Coffee, roasted malts, and vanilla. A bit of roasted nutty character and some sweet leather. I don't get much (if any) coconut on the nose. Some bittersweet cacao in the background as well.

T: Coffee, roasted malts, and dry cacao. Vanilla and some toffee sweetness. Just a bit of the coconut, mostly just at and immediately after the swallow. Some leathery dryness with roasted bitterness in the hang.

M: A nice thick body. Fairly low carbonation sensation. The alcohol seems well-integrated, but you do notice a touch of burn in the end.

O: A pretty good coffee porter with vanilla. I wish the coconut had pulled through a bit more - that was disappointing. But if it hadn't been promised on the label, I wouldn't have noticed its absence. I do think this would be an interesting candidate for some barrel aging in the future.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Pours dark black body, minimal head. Smell is mostly cocoa and chocolate, touch of vanilla, some coffee. Not a lot of coconut. Touch of roast. Flavour is similar to the smell; chocolate, cocoa, bit of raw vanilla bean, touch of coffee, again no coconut. It's pretty minimal if there at all. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, cocoa and milk chocolate on the finish. Nothing special, it's good but the description/label promised more.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.48/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from dboon in a recent box.

From a 750 into a snifter
Ale brewed with Mostra coffee, Fillipino coconut and Tahitian vanilla beans

APPEARANCE: Clear brown pour yields a two finger, medium looking, creamy, light tan head with great retention. Clear dark brown body with medium carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full cap and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Splotchy wisp and decent lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Coffee, vanilla, milk chocolate, roasted aromas and sweet cream notes. Bold enough. Coffee is not as piercing but well integrated.

TASTE: Vanilla, sweet cream and coffee notes up front. Not as much coffee as expected but it’s well put together with the vanilla and roasted flavors. Sweet cream and milk chocolate accompany the coffee base at the swallow with a milder but lingering finish of sweet cream, vanilla infused coffee flavors, slightly bitter and roasted notes, some caramel sweetness and milk chocolate. No obvious coconut character but that could very well have integrated into the vanilla and sweet cream character.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Not overly smooth, a touch prickly perhaps, goes down fine and finishes a touch mouth-coating. No real heat or bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: Good stuff. Not as overly bold as I’d hoped perhaps, but this one is definitely well balanced and characterful. Enjoyed it and appreciate that nothing dominated the experience. Easy to drink as well. Thanks again for the brews dboon. Always a pleasure.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The look in the glass mirrors the mouthfeel. Just thin for all those adjuncts. Hints of coffee but coconut is the most noteworthy on the nose and in flavor. Vanilla is a tad medicinal like an extract.

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Photo of cvm4
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - Pours a black body, like a rich cup of coffee, with a one finger tan head. Not much retention on the head or lacing on the glass.

S - Dominate notes of coffee and dark chocolate. Mild vanilla and may'be some faint coconut on the backend. That coffee is just so rich and pungent.

T - More balanced taste than the nose. The coffee and vanilla adjuncts as well as the dark chocolate notes intertwine to make a great flavor. I'm not getting a much coconut, I mean I could be and am just mistaking it for vanilla as the other flavors mix in.

F - Heavy bodied and low carbonation. So thick and silky smooth.

O - So rich and incredibly easy drinking. Such an excellent beer.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours Jet black with a mocha color head. Smells of deep roasted coffee with a mild chocolate nose. Taste is chocolate coffee with a mild coconut taste. Thick mouthfeel for a porter. This is one dang good beer.

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Photo of Dope
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

No bottling date...hell no ABV for that matter. Even the size on the label is incorrect (says 1pt 24oz which would be 40oz). Geez! I assume pretty fresh since this was only added to BA 2 months ago.

A: Pitch-black pour with a tall, fizzy dark brown head. Fizzes out pretty quickly, minimal head retention. Almost no lacing at all.

S: Immediate aroma of fresh coconut. Lots of coffee in there too with hints of chocolate. Kinda...oily(?) smelling too. Maybe coconut oil?

T: Whoa. Coconut, vanilla and heavy, heavy coffee. Big earthy flavor from it. Not very bitter or acrid, mainly because there is quite a bit of sweeter chocolate backing it up (along with the vanilla). Very bold flavors though, really jumps out at you right from the get-go. Big oily coconut flavors throughout. Finish is more of the same, chocolate and coconut, almond joy style.

M: Heavy and silky, silky smooth and mouth coating. Creamy. Goes down like melted a good way. (What, you've never drank melted butter?). No alcohol harshness.

O: Damn interesting brew. As I mentioned 37 times already, it's got a super smooth and oily mouthfeel. Incredibly easy drinking as a result, despite the big sweetness. Big, strong in-your-face flavors from start to finish. My only slight complaint is that a little bit more bitter cofffee or chocolate flavor (or barrel aging!) might balance it a bit better. This is one slick, sweet beast though. Delicious.

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Photo of HarryS
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Pours a beautiful dark black, with caramel colored head.

S: Smells smothers your nose with coffee + vanilla.

T: There's no mistaking the coffee + vanilla, from the moment you start drinking. The coconut comes in on the back end, with just the perfect amount.

F: Soooooo thick, some might mistake it for a stout. A fantastic creamy feel, which leaves a layer of vanilla on the tongue.

O: This is the perfect porter. It's everything it advertises, + it still exceeds expectations.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured deep black with a thin layer of espresso foam coloured head.

S - A huge coffee aroma up front with sweet vanilla and roast. Not getting coconut in the nose.

T - Bitter coffee and sweet vanilla notes compliment each other very well. The coconut is faintly present in the finish. Some chocolate and roast notes also provide some depth.

M - Awesome body! ~ thick, creamy and full bodied with light carbonation.

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Photo of dar482
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The beer offers intense adjunct flavors upfront. Vanilla Mounds ice cream along with creamy mocha coffee. As the beer moves on, it is wrapped with a lot of heat for 10%. Alcohol spikes at the back of the throat and warms slightly as the beer goes down. However, still wonderfully flavorful with a great use of the three ingredients.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark brown with a tan head that dissipates. Smell is a strong fantastic coffee with some roasted malt. Taste is much of the same, vanilla, hint of coconut, some booze comes through. The feel is extremely smooth, great mouthfeel. Overall this is an excellent porter

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Photo of Hootie159
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a blackish dark brown with a finger light brown head. Solid retention on the foam. Strong coffee smell. Rich roasted malt. Coffee also dominates the taste. Vanilla opens as it warms. Real sharp where it hits. Coconut hides in the back. Absolutely need to let this baby warm up. Enhanced flavor a help cut the coffee. Also more detectable as it warms. Incredibly smooth. Holy cow. Very rich, great feel.

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Photo of hopsnbarleyblog
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very tasty imperial porter, even better as it heats up. Strong coffee on the nose, smooth mouth-feel and nice Coconut finish. Definitely blasts Last Snow out of the water, IMO.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a thin tan head. On draft, 5 oz pour. Smell is brown sugar and dark malts, maybe a hint of vanilla. Taste is similar...sweet, boozy, some Vanilla. Not much coffee or Coconut. Like a boozy Victory at Sea?

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Photo of mkultra87
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tasted at JWB OG members party. Wow, and I thought Last Snow was my favorite Porter.. Master Blaster is like it's more refined and complex big brother. It's got a great mouthfeel, and an amazing flavor that blooms as the beer gets slightly warmer. Would love to try this one BA.

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Photo of mxracercam
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wonderfully complex beer. Thick for a porter, it has vanilla, coconut and coffee throughout. This beer rewards a palate that can pick up on complex flavors.

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Photo of Lare453
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Damn! This is good. Pours Black, tan head. Coconut, coffee and vanilla in the nose. Smells sweet. Taste is coconut and coffee forward with vanilla sweetness at the end. Chocolate throughout. This beer is delicious!

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