Intensified Coffee Porter | Brooklyn Brewery

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Intensified Coffee PorterIntensified Coffee Porter
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Intensified Coffee PorterIntensified Coffee Porter

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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.

Added by paulish on 08-03-2015

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Ratings: 199 |  Reviews: 61
Reviews by cvm4:
Photo of cvm4
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L - Pours a dark, muddled brown body with a tan one finger head. Looks like a fuller bodied coffee.

S - Dark chocolate, coffee and bourbon on the nose. Light oak and vanilla on the back end. I'm picking up some alcohol heat as well.

T - Bourbon booze up front and center. Dark chocolate and coffee peak through along with oak.

F - Light bodied and medium carbonation. For a porter with this high of an abv, I was expecting a meatier body.

O - A really big, boozy porter with rich dark chocolate and coffee notes.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JakerLou
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown that is slightly translucent. Looks just like a glass of cola. Thin white head that dissipated quickly.

Smell is coffee, vanilla, and caramel. There is a hint of booze in the nose.

Taste is coffee forward with hints of vanilla and chocolate. The finish has a nice bourbon flavor.

Mouthfeel is slick. This beer has everything all the big coffee BA beers have except that thick mouth feel which is appropriate for a porter.

Overall this is a great beer for me. BA coffee stouts/porters are my favorite styles. This beer does not disappoint.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark mahogany bordering black with a tall caramel colored head.

Smell is coffee, chocolate, floral bouquet, and dark roasted malt.

Taste is big coffee and chocolate up front balanced by floral hop and bitter chocolate. Some Carmel malt and dark fruit - plum and fig - come through with a smoothe bourbon mouth feel. An excellent beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When making an imperial dark ale with the choicest of coffee and most select bourbon barrels, what style can accentuate the more finesse nuances of those ingredients and techniques to their fullest? While the robust character of stout may overshadow these, Brooklyn opts for the porter with calmer flavor profiles.

Its dark brown austere is easily read as black while a mocha-stained espresso creme develops atop. Strong coffee aromas swirl about the nose, bringing with it a balance of caramel and oak-soaked booze. As those rich caramel flavors slather the tongue, notions of dark chocolate, almond, bold-roast and freshly brewed coffee, a sense of decadent sweetness takes hold.

Its lush middle palate unfolds with candied, honey-dipped almonds that slathers across the tongue like butter. With a creamy and silky bittersweet chocolate center, the bourbon and coffee swirl about the tastebuds and delight the senses with vanilla, caramel, oak and velvety char.

As the finish draws near, the porter leaves the palate with a full and persistent body and with the simmering warmth of unmistakable Kentucky bourbon. With a long linger of mocha and burnt toast, its trailing sweetness keeps the beer lavish and dessert-like.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a pitch black with minimal head.

S- Strong pleasant aromas right off the bat. Great bourbon notes complemented by a roasted coffee.

T- I thought this tasted like a chocolate brownie. But it was awesome and not overly sweet or cloying like you would expect a beer like this to taste.

M- Slick with a low-Medium carbonation.

D- I think this is the best barrel aged beer from Brooklyn that I have ever had! Even better than Black OPs

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Starting the day of beer drinking is Intensified, a bourbon barrel aged coffee porter from Brooklyn Brewery.
In a snifter it was a very dark brown, near black, with a hint of red. No head to speak of.
There was a strong aroma of coffee and booze.
The taste followed the nose. A lot of bourbon, a lot of coffee.
This was a fuller-bodied beer. I found it a little too boozy and not enough coffee, but also thought it was very good, so perhaps I quibbled too much.

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Photo of tvenne
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 innominat
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Brooklyn chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of beige head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A very rich and roasty dark malt driven aroma with a big scent of coffee, chocolate, and bourbon. Big roasty scent of coffee beans upfront along with some dark barley malt hints of dark chocolate, toast, biscuit, grains, caramel, toffee, smoke, and yeast. Good barrel presence with hints of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Subtle dark fruit hints of raisin, fig, plum, and berry. Light earthy hops. A really good roasty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a pretty roasty and rich dark malt driven taste with notes of coffee, chocolate, and whiskey. Big upfront taste of roasted coffee beans. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, burnt toast, grains, biscuit, caramel, toffee, smoke, and yeast. Nice barrel notes of bourbon whiskey, oak, vanilla, and wood. Light dark fruit undertones of fig, plum, raisin, and berries. Also some light background notes of earthy hops. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Rich, roasty, and fairly slick. Some booze heat is felt but it's moderate.

Overall: A very good take on a Barrel Aged Coffee Beer. Good blend of coffee, chocolate, and whiskey flavors with some nice subtle dark fruit.

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Photo of kwkdmk
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of BlueKurenai
1.17/5  rDev -71%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Photo of ohiobeer29
3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Drsuse84
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mud puddle dark brown color with a short khaki colored head that settled into a light ring. Looks like a porter.

The aroma is of the bourbon. It is smooth with notes of caramel and vanilla. The barrel pretty much dominates the aroma. I don't really pick up much coffee if at all. Perhaps a touch of cold press brew.

The taste is of light bourbon, charred oak, caramel and a hint of vanilla. The amount of bourbon flavor is spot on. It is flavorful without overpowering. There is a general brown bread flavor from the malt along with some brown sugar. The coffee is not popping for me besides a slight acidic note and an ashy, earthy flavor.

Moderate feel with fizzy carbonation. Drinks fairly easy for a big brew, perhaps because it sticks to more of a traditional porter versus stout. Its quite sweet on the palate and the ABV does peek through. Its not cloying though. Surprisingly dry in the finish with some stickiness.

This is a good beer but not great. I think the bourbon is perfectly done for the style. The flavor is great. However I am just not picking up the coffee. Hopefully it will come through as it warms.

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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 VABA
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Reckage
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bung
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lighter and thinner than the big barrel aged stouts. Still nice, probably wouldn't bother with another though due to price.

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Intensified Coffee Porter from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 199 ratings