Intensified Coffee Porter | Brooklyn Brewery

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Intensified Coffee PorterIntensified Coffee Porter
Intensified Coffee PorterIntensified Coffee Porter

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Imperial Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brooklyn Intensified Coffee Porter starts as a big, chocolatey ale, ready to take on super powers. The first power is gained from months of aging in Kentucky bourbon barrels. The second arises from delectable beans harvested by our pals at Finca El Manzano Single Origin Coffee in El Salvador. The final power comes from Blue Bottle Coffee, who roast the coffee to perfection. Brace yourself for complex notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, berries, and dried fruit, coming to intensify you.

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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 201
Photo of polloenfuego
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quick Review: Pours a nice deep dark brown black, with a minimal head. No lacing to speak of. Smell is full on barrel with notes of coffee in the background. Taste is big barrel, and then coffee, roasts and sweet. The feel is quite thin with minimal carbonation.

Full disclosure: Headache in a glass for me. Still, I think this would have been good had the barrel not been so present.

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a translucent mahogany with a bubbly ecru head; limited retention but very leggy, with dots of foam sticking to the side of the chalice

Smell: The whiskey barrel is prominent here, with chocolate, caramel and coffee tones underneath

Taste: As in the aroma, the whiskey is dominant, with chocolate and caramel rounding out the front end; there is a subtle coffee character in the middle, but the coffee has faded after two years in the bottle; the finish is rather boozy

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; somewhat creamy, with moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: I read that this beer was boozy at the outset and, even with two years of age, it remains rather boozy - only now, the coffee has faded somewhat

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Photo of ccg
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Q3 2015, opened Jan 1, 2017.
I realize that this is labeled as a porter, not a stout, but I was still a little surprised by the brown color and thin appearance of the beer. When first poured, it was fizzy, and the head dissipated almost immediately. It was like pouring a cola that was already half flat. No head, no lacing.
The smell is very subtle. I'm assuming the coffee has faded. The main thing I can smell is booze. It's not clearly the booziness you'd get from a bourbon barrel. It smells a bit more like a brandy-barrel-aged beer. There is a hint of coffee in the background, but it's difficult to find
The flavor has an initial hit of booziness. It comes across more like a bourbon barrel than it did in the smell. Mid-palate, there is a bit of bitter porter flavor. At the finish, there's a subtle hint of coffee.
The mouthfeel is ok. There is a bit of heft to it in the middle, but carbonation is only noticeable at the very end. Before that, it feels a bit lifeless.
Out of respect for Brooklyn Brewery, which generally does good work, I hesitate to publish this review. However, in all honesty, this a very disappointing beer, especially considering the $20+ I paid for this bottle.

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Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy dark brown in color. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that quickly died down, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of bourbon are present in the nose along with hints of coffee beans.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the bourbon is a tad weaker and there are also some hints of chocolate to go along with the coffee beans.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The bourbon contributes a little warmth to the mouthfeel.
O: This beer hides its alcohol exceptionally well, so it is quite easy to drink considering its strength. It seemed like the bourbon was a little too strong and masked the underlying coffee porter. However, if you really like bourbon, chances are that you'll really like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Brooklyn Intensified Coffee Porter starts as a big, chocolatey ale, ready to take on super powers. The first power is gained from months of aging in Kentucky bourbon barrels. The second arises from detectable beans harvested by our pals at Finca El Manzano Single Origin Coffee in El Salvador. The final power comes from the famed Blue Bottle Coffee roasters, who elevate the coffee to perfection. Brace yourself for complex notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, berries, and dried fruit, coming to intensify you." Brewed in the style of an American Porter, available in 750ml. bottles and on limited draft. Part of Brooklyn's one-off experimental series.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, foamy frothed head of a pale tan hue over a very deep, dark brown body with very subtle mahogany highlights. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) Rich, robust porter characters with incredible adjuncts. Caramel syrups, bread malts, milk chocolate and moderate roasted grains, with medium roast coffee beans, generating aromatic notes of dark fruit and a moderate acidity. Subtle barrel aging characters lie underneath, with subtle oak tannins and vanilla lifting up the aroma of the beer another notch. Potency is moderate. 4.25

(Taste) Rich bread malts, caramel grains and medium roast coffee with a moderate acidity, merging into a bourbon-infused midsection with toasted oak, alcohol heat and vanilla, finally fading out with a rich, creamy dark chocolate back end. The flavor up front and in conclusion is outstanding, however the alcohol is a bit too revealed, and the bourbon more a distraction than a compliment with the main focus keeping with the coffee. Frankly, this obviously doesn't drink nearly as lightly as an American Porter should, edging on Imperial Stout territory, but is a richly flavored and drinkable ale nonetheless. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, softly creamy, lightly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is medium, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is high for an American Porter, shy of high overall. Balance is slightly roasted malt bitterness and grain alcohol over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) This beer is clearly misinterpreted as an American Porter by both the site and the brewery itself, as nothing about this beer says "sessionable". That said, this is a very enjoyable, and highly flavorful gentle sipping Imperial Porter/Stout with enjoyable coffee flavor and richness, and a prickly bourbon underbelly that pumps up the perceived alcohol with some additional complexity. I found it a bit hot and grainy, but am appreciative of the end result, despite its rough edges. Easily the best 750 ml. I have experienced from Brooklyn in quite some time, a long shot from the last several dismal releases. It's no surprise that this beer is probably the most ordinary and predictable of the last several entries, yet yields predictably enjoyable results. Perhaps Brooklyn should stick to putting in A+ effort and quality ingredients into tried-and-true beer styles, and they might start justifying the hefty price tag. 4

Brooklyn Brewery's
Intensified Barrel-Aged Coffee Porter

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitted rose tan cream over garnet black. 4
Coffee acid underlaid by toffee + cherry. 4.25
Bourbon sweetness, licorice, cake batter, maple syrup, a ton of chocolate, and a bourbon cut. 4.5
Medium, round, chewy. 4

Bourbon coffee! Way more graceful than expected. Porter in that the roast doesn’t interfer. A serious contender in a crowded field. 4.5

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.12/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks for Bonerhog to bringing this to UFC 200.

Pours black, has a thick beige head, 1/3" even if small in size. Aroma was so much booze, holy shit, like boilermaker whiskey in a beer. Dominated everything else, even the coffee.

Taste, again boozy as hell, not all that integrated. Super wet barrels. I like more nuance. The coffee was strong, but still, the alcohol sting and burn was just so excessive. Big for the sake of being big.

Glad someone else ponied up the $22 for this beer. Just below average for barrel aged, and just average for a regular ass porter. Tame the heat on this and it would substantially get better as you might be able to pull more roast, coffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon out of it, instead, just burn.

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Photo of hardy008
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a less than one finger beige head. The aroma has coffee, Bourbon, chocolate, oak, and vanilla. Tastes much like it smells with chocolate, cocoa, coffee, Bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Somewhat creamy. Well made.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a fore glass from a 750ml bottle.

Appearance: Deep dark brown body with medium bubbles to the body. Light tan head is roughly quarter of an inch off the body. Drops quick after one sip with no lacing.

Smell: Light warm butterscotch scent, smells of sweet rum raisin...very appetizing but super light scent.

Taste: Complex taste consisting of whiskey notes which amplify the alcohol taste of the brew. Coffee is evident but the whiskey notes over power the palates, sweet caramel and a rum soaked raisin. Nice dessert.

Mouth: Medium carbonation at the very best but very sticky.

Overall: Pretty good brew. I'm not going to try to sell you hype something up but the brew still delivered. More of a post dinner drink, sweet character hits the spot pretty well. Salud!

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ABV: 11.8% Best before: June 2018.

Dark brown to black beer with a thin, beige head.

Nose: Bourbon, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, milk chocolate, orange, coffee, cookie dough and caramel malt.
Taste: Definitely caramel malt! Bourbon, oak, vanilla, plum, toffee, chocolate, prune and raisin.
Mouth: Full body. Light carbonation. A great erath-oak body with a sweet ending with a lot of booze in it.

I thought I would save this for a few years but when I found it in my beercellar I couldn't resits...

This is a pretty "boozy" beer with a high ABV and it should mature with grace. Still it's really good right here!

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Photo of spacecake9
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours black with a pretty white head that settles to a soft cap and ring.
S - Aroma is not as strong as I suspected. Straightforward coffee.
T - More coffee with a pretty good alcohol kick on the finish.
M - Mouth feel is typical porter, mudium, with a lower than average carbonation.
O - This is a very good beer but not great. Nice coffee flavor with a barrel aged kick. But it's lacking a killer flavor note to move it up to the next level.

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Photo of Jason
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Healthy looking tan head sits atop a brew that is one shade away from pitch black. Smells of coffee cordial, roasted grain, vanilla, wood, & some dark fruit. Drinks semi-sweet with lots of barrel-aged flavor, coffee is there with lots of wood behind it. Kiss of dark fruit and vanilla. Warming but not hot. The Porter character is equally as intense as the rest of this brew with a push of roasted grain. Very well put together.

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Photo of ivehadthatbrew
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look (4.25): Looks like a porter, dark brown and very brownish see-through when held up to the light. A beige colored head that is very small and disipates quickly.

Smell (3.5): Not sure what to think. A sugary chocolate milk like smell, not as much coffee as I thought... There's a whole lot of bourbon. An overwhelming unbalanced smell is definitely coming through. It's not bad, but not what I was hoping for.

Taste (4): Sweet roasted coffee notes and milk chocolate flavors. It's more like a fake Hershey bar chocolate flavor rather then a homemade milk chocolate deliciousness. Overwhelming bourbon. Again, not as balanced as I hoped.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Creamy, lush and smooth. Overly sweet and not dry which helps with that big bourbon flavor. Definitely full bodied, but lighter then I expected for this style.

Overall (4): I expected better. Probably should have bought this sooner and opened it right away. Pretty sure coffee brews don't cellar well, so if that's the case it seems I should start opening a good portion of my beer collection.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Lost Abbey long stim tulip glass not sure when it was bottled. Pours a very dark brown, with a 2 plus finger light brown head, that leaves behind nice webs of lace.

Smell is bourbon, toffee, vanilla, tootsie roll, and biscuit.

Taste follows toffee, vanilla, bourbon, tootsie roll, biscuit, and worthers.

Mouthfeel is thinner than I prefer, enough life moderate, a little dry, and drinks easy enough.

Overall this is an o.k coffee beer, but was expecting much more.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown with a one finger tan head. Light amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is vanilla, bourbon, and caramel sweetness.

T - The flavor starts with a burst of coffee followed by bourbon, vanilla, caramel and light roasted malts. Some alcohol heat in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

O - A nice barrel aged Porter. Based on the price I probably wouldn't buy again. Still glad I tried it.

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Photo of qchic
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyable beer, but was a little unsure about rating it since I'm missing the coffee. As a bourbon (isn't Kentucky bourbon a little redundant?) barrel aged porter, it's very nice, but there is a waterfall of coffee on the label, so... Still, it looks rich and dark in the glass. Aroma is dominated by bourbon and dark fruit. Fortunately, the flavor is a little more complex, adding chocolate to the fruitiness. Plenty of delicious bourbon, but coffee is MIA. Drinks easy for almost 12% with a fine, gentle carbonation. Mouthfeel is...the word that comes to mind is matte. Yeah, that should be a thing. In spite of the confusion, I'm enjoying it enough. Not sure it's worth the pricetag, though.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice cocoa and bubbly brown head that dissipates fairly quickly. The beer itself is a dark coffee black that is pretty nice to look at. It's a perfect black but a very dark roasted brown. When it settles a bit, the beer's texture is similar to that of coffee.

The smell is fairly simple. It's has a nice milk chocolate smell with a smooth cream and coffee note. There also seems to be a nice nutella note to it. It also has a bit of a berry smell too.

The taste is fairly simple but still good. The beer has a nice and strong coffee note that dominates whatever traditional porter flavors that may or may not be there. The coffee note also mix very well with a very creamy milk vanilla flavor with some chocolate. Also, an interesting cherry note.

The feel is heavy bodied beer with some nice biting carbonation. The beer has as very smooth almost creamy feel to it. It's actually fairly close to a coffee with a bit too much milk/cream in it. Still good though.

Overall, an a nice barrel aged beer and certainly worth trying but I wouldn't actively seek it out. The

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Photo of CharlesK
2.11/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

After reading the reviews I was very excited to pop this brew open, I love BA coffee stouts & porters! But wow, I almost hope I got a bad bottle... This is a bourbony watery mess. There is no smell other than bourbon, there is no taste other than water and bourbon. I poured cold and slowly let warm up but it was the same mess from start to what I could finish. Thank god I shared with a friend or else a lot more would have been dumped down the drain. He also agreed completely this was a mess. I had vowed to never pour a beer down the drain, but toward the end I was choking it down and getting sick to my stomach. I have never had a problem with this brewery, they make some well above average brews, but this is not one of them.

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

A black brown fluid with a delicious looking cocoa creme fresh head. Appreciable amount of laciing leaves a pretty glass. The nose is a cornucopia of boozy bourbon and chocolate, coffee and oak, cherries, figs, plums and raisins. Taste is an amazingly drinkable high powered mutha of an ale. The porter allows the flavors of all the components. Coffee and caramel sweetness combine with an undercurrent of dark fruits and cherries. Oak and vanilla with a lush dark chocolate center. Dry oaky bourbon finish has flashes of fusel alcohol. Feel is surprisingly light and attributable to the choice to use porter instead of stout. I like the choice as Scott Vaccaro at Captain Lawrence is fond of doing the same with excellent results. Supple and smooth. A velvety texture as it caresses the mouth. An a outstanding brew. Can't wait to see how it cellars with the two bottles I have down there. Thanks Garret another winner!

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Photo of Schimms
4.69/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours opaque black with minimal white head that's gone in a flash.

S: Sweet, raisiny/plumy. Distinct bourbon!

T: Wow - one of the best evident-upfront-bourbon flavor for this style of beer. Some coffee flavor in the mix - good balance. Contributes a nice roast flavor. Alcohol is pleasantly present - not over-powering. Doesn't burn the tongue. Wife says, "Coffee!"

F: Creamy smoothness sliding over the tongue.

O: This is a great beer. Very flavorful and nuanced! A great way to ring in 2016!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown body with a thin beige cap. Oak, bourbon, sweet malt, lightly tannic. Coffee presence is there, but doesn't overpower. Light to medium booze. Pretty good.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml corked and caged bottle, 1745 A stamped on the back label (guess that's the batch number?). Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention is decent, and there's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some woodiness, dark fruit, and a bit of coconut and licorice. Nice mix of sweet, boozy and roasty flavors in this brew. The bourbon is certainly noticeable, but it's not overpowering. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good porter, I might have to pick up another bottle soon. Definitely worth trying!

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged Brooklyn Intensified Coffee Porter

A: deep dark black very small head light film alcohol legs on the glass

S: the coffee brings out a butterscotch smell you can still hint at the coffee nice vanilla as well

T: very mellow light oak, toffee, vanilla, coffee, nice chocolate

M: it's a touch thin but it bills itself as a porter so a little lighter and it has the barrel which thins it

O: it is quite good very reminiscent of BCBCS . The barrel comes through nicely and the coffee adds some beautiful butterscotch taste the beer is really great.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another unique elite level from Brooklyn. Pretty much anything these guys put in this large format is worth buying. An imperial porter with coffee aged in bourbon barrels. The label suggests they put a lot of work into sourcing and roasting the coffee, and it shows in the beer for sure. Smooth and bitter earthy coffee with a nice dark roast a very warming comforting sort if fresh brewed aromatic. Looks a little thin for what it is, especially for this strength, but it doesn't look viscous or sludgy either, perhaps more drinkable than others in its family. The bourbon is sweet and vanilla drenched in both nose and taste, it must have been out in freshly drained barrels or have spent extended time in there. It's a. Awesome flavor with the distinct and robust coffee, a perfect synergy. Enough bitter and roast from the coffee to balance the whiskey, and a base beer well structured to support both of these intense flavors. Surprised how not sticky and huge this seems. Sure it's a little boozy, but at this strength that's basically a given. Lighter in body fore sure, and oddly dry for what comes before the finish. Another near flawless brew from these guys. Super pumped to have had the chance to drink this one. Thanks to my homie for sharing! Definitely one of the best breweries out there...

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Photo of GoSemiPro
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nothing but bourbon coffee and smooth sweet heat. Barrel allows for the little bit of sweetness but also covers up the rugged bitterness a lot of coffee stouts posses. Even though this is a higher priced beer Brooklyn always makes me feel like I got my money worth by presentation and originality.

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Intensified Coffee Porter from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 201 ratings