Early Riser Coffee Porter
Boulevard Brewing Co.

Early Riser Coffee PorterEarly Riser Coffee Porter
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Porter - American
Ranked #127
Ranked #10,365
3.96 | pDev: 7.83%
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Very Good
Early Riser Coffee PorterEarly Riser Coffee Porter
Notes: We start with a smooth, dark, rich and roasty porter then we add Columbian Cauca Cajibio Estate coffee supplied by our local friends at Maps Coffee Roasters to create an eye-opening marriage of our two favorite brewed beverages.
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into my snifter. The beer pours a dark cola brown color with a dense creamy tan head of 3 cm foaming up with a gentle pour. The foam fades slowly leaving a sturdy edge layer and one large island on the surface of the glass. The aroma is fairly robust with ground coffee and a bit of sweetmilk chocolate mixed in. I also get some roasted malt note. No hint of hops or any booze here.
First sip reveals an average body with smooth texture and fine gentle carbonation.
The flavor is actually a little subdued compared to the aroma in my opinion. Similar characters but not as bold. I get roasted malt and some brown sugar with a lingering coffee note after each swallow.
This is a nice coffee forward brew that is smooth and easy to drink. An enjoyable brew on this cool fall evening.

Sep 29, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a nonic pint glass, the appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that slid off at a decent pace. Messy lace. The aroma had some sweet and roasty malts, light milk chocolate, some dakr chocolate and some coffee tones. The flavor moderated between the roast and sweet, coffee to chocolate and back. Aftertaste was the same along with the finish. The palate was between light and medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt good. Good smooth to semi-roasty abrasion along my tongue. Overall, pretty good porter that I could come back to.

Jun 29, 2017
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trygelski1 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Roundabout Brewing pint glass:

Look: Pours a dark brown to black color with about an inch of head. Little to no lacing present.

Smell: Mostly notes of coffee but also some chocolate notes present as well.

Taste: Roastly malts, chocolate, and coffee forward on the taste. Wish this brew had a touch more coffee and its score would be much higher.

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Pretty decent coffee porter here but it leaves me wanting more coffee in this! I am glad these guys are finally in PA and I will revisit this one next year when it comes back out!

May 22, 2017
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stlfatguy from Missouri

3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark pour, with clear reddish edges in the Light. Light brown head with nice lacing. Smell is weak but mostly coffee. Taste is coffee up front with some smoother chocolate at the end

May 19, 2017
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Roguer from Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly fizzy beige head, with surprisingly very good retention, and thick clingy foam lacing.

Aroma isn't particularly powerful, but up close very nice tones of coffee and chocolate emerge, along with a bit of dark fruit. Roasted barley melds with the actual coffee.

A touch bitter and even tart on the palate, with vinous red grape notes before the coffee and roast finally assert themselves. That initial character isn't what I'm looking for in a porter, although the back half is quite good.

A touch fizzy up front; otherwise a smooth mouthfeel.

May 14, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish tulip

L: Dark, dark brown pour.. nearly black with 2 fingers of foamy tan head. Great lacing.

S: Coffee and roasted sugars. Smells like something I'd like to have percolating around breakfast time.

T/F: Roasted grains... espresso stands out with a strong coffee presence. The bitterness of the coffee and roast complements the sugars nicely. Almost tart, with some dark chocolate in the mix. Medium to light in body which make this very drinkable. Finish is iced coffee and semi-sweet.

O: A very drinkable coffee porter. Well crafted and delicious. Almost an iced-coffee beer, and I mean that in a good way.

Apr 20, 2017
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice brown color. The head was tan, 1 finger and frothy.
The nose is nice and rich with coffee.
The taste is has got a pleasing coffee flavor, but it isn't overpowering. The flavor lingers in the throat.
The feel is somewhat watery.
Overall a delicious beer.

Mar 29, 2017
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a simple black with an average head. The aroma offers up light roast coffee. cocoa powder, and a touch of almond and hazelnut. The flavor features semi-sweet chocolate. mild coffee. which becomes stronger and more bitter on the swallow. The mouthfeel is light bodied with plenty of springy carbonation. Overall this is a nice beer, but a bit one dimensional and light in flavor.

Mar 25, 2017
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metter98 from New York

3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brown in color (close to being black). It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of coffee beans are present in the nose. The smell becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste is packed with flavors of cold brew coffee and hints of roasted coffee beans and malts. There is only a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This makes for a good breakfast beer and is packed with lots of aromas and flavors of coffee.

Serving type: bottle

Mar 19, 2017
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dcscientist from Colorado

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a solid porter, full of coffee flavor and just light enough that you could have a few. I'm assuming the base beer is their Bully! Porter, which is also quite good, so that gives it a strong foundation, and the coffee flavor adds a nice kick. I'm not a coffee drinker but I'll drink this one for sure.

Mar 17, 2017
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Boulevard Easy Riser Porter, 5% ABV. Pours black and thin, with a two finger fine foamy head which initially looked like nitro. Coffee nose and flavor, taste follows with little bitterness - at least until it warms. Very good mouthefeel, and overall excellent.

Mar 16, 2017
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Samlover55 from New York

4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle into Ionic Pint
BB May 1st 2017
L- Dark brown almost black with a long lasting coffee colored head, leaves lacing as well
S- smells exactly like my morning dark roast coffee with some creamer
T- sweet creamy malt, followed by the coffee which is real nice and bitter and then it all comes together for a bittersweet finish
F- light bodied, average carbonation
Overall this a great beer, nice and session-able, a lot of flavor and low in alcohol

Mar 14, 2017
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leantom from Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer's a keeper. I haven't had many of Boulevard's beers, but the ones I have had, this included, are very good. Here goes:

A: Little head and minimal to no lacing. However, the color's very pretty. Beer is black with a red hue at the bottom of the glass.

S: Delicious. Tons of dark, rich coffee with a tinge of chocolate. No dark fruit to speak of, which is how I like my porters/stouts. If coffee/chocolate richness is your thing, you're going to enjoy this beer's smell.

T: Great - follows the nose. Very reminiscent of coffee beans plus a tinge of dark chocolate. Simply lovely.

F: Very light. Almost no thickness, but this fact makes the beer quite drinkable.

O: Like a morning cup of Joe. Quite good.

Mar 13, 2017
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nick_perry from North Carolina

2.39/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Black color, thin white head that quickly goes away. Vague aromas of coffee. Flavor is not complex...beyond a slight coffee note, this beer is watery and lacks a good malt backbone.

Mar 11, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i have been on a huge coffee beer kick of late, and for all the enormous stouts and porters and barrel aged beers out there that use coffee, sometimes something a little simpler and more approachable is exactly what i want, and this coffee porter is right on the money, nice and low alcohol but with an absolute ton of dry coffee character to it, very well made beer here. creamy moustache leaving head on it, dark matte body, pretty ring lace. aroma and flavor is coffee first, they must have blended in quite a lot, as it is well ahead of even the dark roasted barley in here, although a nice balance is struck, and earthy dark chocolate along with a dry tobacco note work amazingly well with the coffee, but this is not overly complex, and i appreciate that too. the quality of the coffee is obviously high, and the bitterness is welcome in the finish, where usually sweet malt or some other adjunct crowd out the java, but not here, the coffee is allowed to finish what it starts here. i love this not being sweet, and i really enjoy it being so low alcohol. this is a beer i should keep stocked in my fridge, its the perfect morning beer, nightcap, or basically any time in between. straightforward and versatile, some of the better boulevard beer i have tried in awhile, and an underrated coffee brew in the grand scheme of things.

Mar 11, 2017
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks a bit light in color dark brown with ruby tones and a massive full inch of mocha tinted foam.
S - Subtle coffee and sweet chocolate tones with a touch of hazelnuts
T - Coffee is smooth semi bitter but mild with sweet vanilla and hazelnut like malts. To me it's basically a cold cup of cappuccino.
M - Even though its only 5% its still very smooth silky and never watery.

Overall this is the lightest and best coffee beer I ever had. So smooth and great body. If I see a six pack I would be tempted to buy it.

Mar 07, 2017
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Gmann from New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark chocolate brown color with a puffy light brown head that slowly settles.

The aroma is of cold coffee and chocolate. Some tin like notes.

The taste is of mild coffee. Decent chocolate notes. Some toasted pumpernickel and caramel.

The feel is light to moderate with tingly carbonation. Mainly sweet on the palate but is bitter in the finish.

An enjoyable beer. Could use a bit more of a coffee flavor.

Feb 19, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle dated 12/02/16

Pours dark maroon red with a dense creamy khaki colored foam head. Smells like roasted coffee, dark fruit, cherries, nutty caramel, toasted bready malt, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, chocolate, spice, with woody earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like roasted coffee, dark fruit, cherries, nutty caramel, toasted bready malt, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, chocolate, spice, with woody earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice coffee porter.

Feb 13, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Taking full advantage of Columbia's Cauca Cajibio Estate coffee, the boldness and delicacy of the fresh roasted beans are preserved in a moderate strength of porter to pull out the best of the coffee's roasted character but careful not to overwhelm it with its own roasty, toasty tendencies.

The porter awakens the senses with the rich scent of cold press coffee with the beer's caramel, toffee and chocolate tones residing just behind. Dark brown but not quite black, the beer pours with a rich creamy lather that tops the glass like cappuccino. Soft with caramel, nutty, chocolaty and toffee malt sweetness, the coffee carries beautifully onto the middle palate.

As the sweetness lifts, the bulk of taste continues to trend more and more coffee-like. Chicory, light fennel, soft soil and a bitter nuttiness of peanut skins gain prominence as the columbian coffee trends earthy and robust. Walnuts and plum skins round out the flavor with a taste of the coffeehouse lingering on the late palate.

Medium full but with a crisp dryness, the porter is pleasantly drinkable, smooth and with just enough of a bitter bite to offset the modest but lingering sweetness. A long coffee-like smokiness lingers in aftertaste with a creamy, arid texture late.

Feb 11, 2017
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timmy2b from New York

3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Poured a very dark brown with a two finger creamy white head on top. Very heavy scent of coffee beans in the nose, but minimal coffee in the taste. Thinner but slightly creamy porter with a slight sweetness to it. Very drinkable, but the coffee was less than expected in my glass.

Feb 11, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Yesterday's coffee-infused side trip into the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody has inspired me to continue down that same road for the time being.

From the bottle: The label has been changed from the one in the approved pic. Now, the label is an angled square of a light-tan color. The sun is orange and the rooster seems more cartoonish, but his body is all-black, making his comb and wattle really stand out. I like this version better.

I Pop!ped the cap & gave it a heavy-handed pour since a) it was a very fresh bottle & b) I wanted to see a pseudo-cascade. I was not disappointed and I had to back off as the head began to rush up inside the glass. It finally settled into three fingers of dense, puffy, light-tan head with great retention, looking like the top scoop of a Coffee Ice Cream cone. Coffee, Rocky Road & Tin Roof were all favorite flavors in my family as a kid. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & mahogany highlights. Gorgeous! Nose smelled like my morning coffee - rich, dark-roasted, smoky, slightly chocolaty! I am a retired U. S. Navy sailor and I learned early on to drink coffee. Coffee, hot, dark, black & very caffeinated. Anything else is a hot milkshake or a hot pop. When a beer smells like what has to be coaxed through the filter every morning at Chez Woody, I know that I am in for a treat! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but close. The taste was a reminder to me to warn you that you had best like rich, dark, roasty coffee before drinking one of these! Man, the coffee was evident and prevalent to the point that the base Porter was almost an afterthought. Actually, I wonder if they bottle the base Porter in order to do a comparison. This was really quite good! Finish was dry, but more like bitter, in the coffee sense (as opposed to a hop-driven bitterness).

Feb 06, 2017
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DraconusDesanctus666 from Florida

3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (BB May/01/17),into a Funky Buddha snifter.

Thick,creamy,light khaki colored head,that stands 1 finger tall.Leaves minimal lacing,and forms a bubbly ring around the glass with some patching in the center.Brown / black in color,with no light showing through the glass.Light carbonation.

On the nose I get dark roasted coffee,and dark toasted malts.Other than that not really much else going on.Smells good,but somewhat boring.

The palate follows the nose ,with dark roasted coffee,and toasted malts.Once again not a whole lot going on.A little bit of sweet malt in there too,but somewhat uneventful.

The body is on the border of medium and light.Much thinner than I would expect,even for a porter.

This isn't a terrible beer,but definitely would not be my first choice,when it comes to porters.

Jan 28, 2017
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VashonGuy from Washington

3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Early Riser seems to me to be a fine, but not great coffee beer. It's a mild Porter, with plenty of coffee, and just a bit sweet. The body is thin, thinner than I would like. I know Porters generally have a lighter body, but this seems even lighter than usual. The coffee flavor is solid, but the underlying beer is underwhelming. It's good overall, but not in the same league as my favorite coffee beers, such as Surly Bender or Santa Fe Java Stout.

Dec 01, 2016
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jp32 from Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown in color with mahogany notes when held to the light. An off white head rises to the top and sticks around for a while. The aroma has notes of coffee and roasted caramel malts. Lots of coffee in it's flavor. Lots and lots of coffee. Roasted malts give the beer a base and provide some sweetness in an otherwise blizzard of coffee flavor. Mild chocolate in the aftertaste.

It's very easy drinking. If you're into coffee porters, this is a good one.

Aug 18, 2016
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Shade1951 from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm not wild about this beer. Thing is, if I liked deep, rich dark coffee (unsweetened), I would very probably quite like this beer. It definitely delivers on its promise. The flavor of coffee is overwhelming. Musty, dirty, bitter - but in a good, coffee way. This is why I rated it as highly as I did. The coffee flavor doesn't have an artificial taste to it. It tastes real. It's just that I don't care for the taste of strong, bitter, black coffee.

This is a good beer that will almost certainly delight coffee lovers. It's just not for me.

Jul 22, 2016
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