Coffee Porter
Real Ale Brewing Company

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Porter - American
Ranked #252
Ranked #16,932
3.9 | pDev: 11.79%
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Very Good
Coffee PorterCoffee Porter
Notes: Formerly "Shade Grown Coffee Porter".

Born from owner Brad Farbstein’s homebrewing experiments in college — our porter is a rich, robust ale with a dry finish. Fresh, cold-brewed organic fair trade coffee courtesy of Katz Coffee in Houston, TX is added just prior to packaging. Our most popular seasonal release, it’s a whole new way to enjoy your coffee with breakfast, lunch or dinner.

A rich, robust porter with a dry finish. Brewed with organic hops, malted barley, and Ruta Maya Shade Grown organic coffee beans from Chiapas, Mexico.
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BiologyBob from Texas

3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A dark brew with a thin tan head. It smells faintly of coffee, not bitter more phenolic. Medium to full body but falling a bit flat for a porter. The phenolic flavor is a bit disappointing. Perhaps it was the coffee I had earlier or the best before date being two weeks ago. Average at best, but I would be willing to try a fresh one in the future.

Jun 25, 2021
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Pours a super dark brown, approaching black in color; accompanied by a bitchin two-finger beige head.
S: Upfront you can definitely catch the coffee aromas, has a roasty aroma from the malts, chocolate & hops.
T: Once again, the coffee is very upfront, but it's good. Nice roasted flavor, somewhat bitter, but the chocolate flavor balances out.
F: Medium-full bodied, low carbonation, subtly warming.
O: The coffee is all there, but that is what we asked for. I would certainly enjoy one of these again!

Dec 26, 2020
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a way solid porter that happens to have been blessed by a coffee bean priest.
the focus is really more of the caramel and chocolate drenched barley malts that have been pleasantly roasted and carry a a dose of molasses and cream along for the ride.
it's an easy and uncomplicated sipper, perfect for the season.

Oct 25, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in pint glass
Appearance- The beer is served a deep brown nearly black color with a one finger head of tan foam. The head fades fast leaving a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell -. The aroma of the brew is strongest of a roasted malt, caramel, and light coffee smell. Along with these aromas comes a little bit of toast and a touch of creme and vanilla.
Taste - The taste is similar to the nose. It begins with a sweet caramel and dark taste of roasted malt. There is a good showing of molasses as well with only a light coffee upfront. As the taste advances the coffee and sweet amp up a bit and at the end of the taste leave one with a malty and toasty, and slightly sweet and coffee taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is medium in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is lower. For the dark and roasted tastes of the brew the feel is good and makes for a robust sipper.
Overall - A decently toasty and sweet and moderatly coffee taste to linger on the tongue. Overall pretty nice.

Oct 26, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 2.11(Including discount and tax)/12 oz bottle ($ 0.176/oz) from Spec’s #100, DeZavala, San Antonio, TX. Reviewed 3/9/19.
“BEST BEFORE Jun 25 2019” on rear label. On shelf at store. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque with some slight effervescence.
Head – Small (Maximum seven mm, aggressive center pour), tan, short duration, leaving a five mm ring spottily fed by effervescence, and a thin partial layer.
Lacing – None.
First pour – Amber, clear.
Aroma – 3 – Weak coffee.
Flavor – 3 – Weak coffee and a hint of vanilla. No malt, no hops, no alcohol, no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3 – Medium, almost creamy, lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3 – Average coffee porter.

Mar 09, 2019
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz bottle best by 4/1/19. Pours black with a thin lacing of tan head. Earthy roasted malt smell. Light feel. Coffee and chocolate taste, the high carbonation seems to keep it pretty light.

Dec 01, 2018
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stortore from Illinois

3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 3/29/17, had 2/22/18. Uh- oh, the gift of an over aged beer.

Pours dark, somewhat opaque, with a one and a half inch fizzy head with good retention and some foamy lacing. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, smoke, malt, some vanilla. The taste is malt, coffee, chocolate, fizz, fizz, fizz. Excessively fizzy, mostly smooth, a good but a touch thin body.

Have to assume the age killed this, but didn’t know a porter would increase in carbonation, either. Still, good aroma.

Apr 07, 2018
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aggiemedic2007 from Texas

4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Look- Very dark with about half a finger worth of head. Head dissipated quickly.

Smell- Sour with hints of coffee and chocolate. Smell was faint, Though.

Taste- Loved the taste. Taste had strong hints of coffee, chocolate and dark fruit (plums maybe).

Feel- Smooth. Not boozy at all.

Overall, I loved this beer and will definitely add this to my list of go to beers.

Feb 24, 2018
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AdhesiveStation from Texas

2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

pour: be gentle! extremly foamy

L: -very- foamy, nice lacing. pour with caution!

S: herbal pastures mixed with your traditional roasted malt

T: roasted coffee up front, chewy bubblegum and tobacco in the middle, bitter mouthwash on the backend. not a fan of the aftertaste at all.

F: quite carbonated and acerbic. slightly boozy as it slides down

okay beer. really not a fan of the bitterness. taste upfront is alright, but booziness is not masked very well. probably would not buy another 6-pack

Dec 23, 2017
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gvickery from Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours like coffee with a weak tan colored head. It definitely smells like coffee, pretty good coffee at that. I drank it pretty cold so I think it would have been better at 50. It’s still very good, not too bitter or sweet. I’m not a big dark beer fan but this was nice and something I’ll drink again. Seemed heavy to me so one was plenty.

Nov 25, 2017
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HoodviewBrew from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got Katz Coffee seasonal release Nov. 2017. Solid porter with nice, malty, coffee accent. The coffee doesn't overpower like so many coffee beers do. A bargain at $1.79/btl

Nov 13, 2017
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, opaque body off tap pour, short tan head. Smell is full of dark malt notes, coffee and chocolate. Lush flavor, full of those favorite coffee and chocolate notes. Pretty solid feel, but not burdensome. A lovely choice for this style and type.

Nov 02, 2017
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is good. Lacing is very good. Has a mild dark roasted aroma with some coffee and maybe some chocolate. I thought I may have also detected a very mild hint of a piney hop, but not with every sniff. Very weak aroma nonetheless. The taste is much different. Mild roasted malts, good coffee flavor, very mild chocolate, and, again, I can get a very mild piney resin bitterness at the end. It is a nicely balanced porter. Smooth taste, light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Dec 05, 2015
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vickersspitfire from Texas

4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: This porter is a deep reddish/amber color that look like a murky lake topped off with a thick tan head that seems to float on forever; it’s just thick, foamy and dense and is accompanied by a dense lacing around the glass.
Smell: Sweet roasted malts, roasted coffee beans and mild chocolate come through, the mild coffee bitterness is very detectable in this one.

Taste: Mildly bitter at first taste, then a quaint sweet flavors starts to kick in and as it warms up a bit of licorice comes through. Some mild spiciness and nuts flavors are also present. There is a slight tart flavor in its aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied
Overall: Very good porter overall and another great beer from Real Ale, don’t pass this one up.

Dec 01, 2015
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_drummer_ from China

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Truly a great coffee porter. I enjoy sampling local breweries. This one didn't surprise me as being so good because I do enjoy other Real Ale beers. Great job all around!

Nov 09, 2015
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Myotus from Texas

3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours with almost no head. Very dark brown in color. Aroma is of hops and coffee. Has a sweet, hoppy taste. The coffee flavor is not too prevalent and could be stronger. Overall, a pretty good beer. For a porter, not so much. If you are looking for a strong porter, look elsewhere.

Jan 30, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

i really didnt care for this one all that much. i havent had much beer from these guys, but they have a great reputation, so i was stoked to open this up, but its a let down as a coffee beer, with limited java character in flavor, aroma, and feel, and with limited porter character too, way thin in body, lacking roasty depth, and coming through more as a weak and flat brown ale, minimal carbonation and a long weird finish. i expected a lot more from this, but my biggest critique is the porter label, its not nearly deep enough and dark enough on the grain front, and the coffee is real subtle too. there just isnt enough here to have me excited, and the lack of bubbles in the feel makes it seem almost sloppy. i have to imagine these guys can do better. this was definitely nothing special.

Dec 18, 2014
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CTbrew32 from Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Nearly pitch black with a noticeable mahogany hue. Pours a one finger white/mocha head that quickly dissipates.

Aroma- Very strong aromas of coffee, roast malt, and dark chocolate. Very little sweetness present.

Taste- As the nose indicated this heavy on the dark roasty flavors and small on sweet flavors. Up front coffee and roasty malts dominate the flavor and linger to the finish. Towards the back end a little bit of sweet chocolate and bready flavors show up. Gets sweeter and smoother as the beer warms up.

Feel- Medium bodied and on the thinner side. Some prickly carbonation present as well.

Overall- A very good coffee porter that definitely satisfies the need for a roasty/coffee beer, but has enough sweet chocolate/bread to add some balance. Overall, not quite a great beer, but certainly worth picking up again.

Dec 03, 2014
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There's a moderate amount of coffee here. It's a standard coffee flavor, a bit roasty, very chocolatey. It melds well with the base porter. The base beer is a little bit thin, but it's really quite drinkable.

Mar 11, 2014
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Jugs_McGhee from Oklahoma

2.92/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pry-off pressure cap and generally appealing vaguely '70s-esque label acquired at my local H-E-B grocery and served into an Avery stem-tulip in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given the brewery. Reviewed as a porter for obvious reasons.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half-finger wide head of khaki colour. Disappointingly thin. Lacks creaminess and frothiness. Head retention is poor - it doesn't even last 30 seconds. No real lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a predictable opaque solid black. No yeast particles/sediment is visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it's pretty basic for a porter. Far from unique or special. I'm pessimistic.

Sm: Dark malts, muted bland coffee, licorice/anise, and a pat of cinnamon/nutmeg. It's a pretty boring aroma for a porter - let alone a coffee porter.

No yeast character, hop character, or alcohol is detectable.

There's very little going on here. It's an inoffensive aroma of average strength. I do like the light touches of burnt sugar and earthy coffee, but there's otherwise little of note here.

T: There's some coffee character with some earthiness and light bitterness, but it lacks a distinct roasty or creamy or otherwise noticeable taste that would set it apart. Generic dark malts. Light cream. A kiss of burnt sugar. Buried caramel. Brown sugar.

Overall, there just isn't much happening here. Shallow depth of flavour, below average intensity of flavour, average duration of flavour. Painfully simple and boring. Doesn't have any subtlety, nuance, or intricacy whatsoever. Has a loose cohesion, but it's far from gestalt. Decent balance I guess. Very underwhelming for a porter flavour profile overall. The coffee is a huge disappointment too.

No hop profile, alcohol, or yeast character comes through. There are no egregious off flavours.

Mf: It actually has some coarseness and dryness on the climax, which holds it back from the traditional smooth/wet feel of a porter. Medium-bodied, with mild weight on the palate. I'd say overall presence on the palate is underwhelming. Lacks punch. It's decently carbonated. This texture just isn't good for the style. I even pick up on some mild astringency.

Not oily, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Dr: Drinkable, sure, but also rather bland. If you're going to brew a coffee porter, bring the coffee. This is neither a very good porter nor a very good coffee ale. I see no need to buy it again, and continue to be largely unimpressed with Real Ale's mainstream offerings. Not worth trying. Very mediocre. It's the kind of underwhelming beer you'd expect to find in a Sam Adams winter variety box.

I will say it gets better as it warms.


Feb 23, 2014
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Caj1 from Texas

4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Boy I'm a sucker for two things: dark ales and good home state beers, and this coffee porter from Real Ale Brewing Company (based in Blanco, TX) is really one of the better beers I've had, both from this microbrewer and in general.

The beer (after a hard pour) exhibits a dark tan head of about a finger that, while not lasting particularly long, leaves quite decent lacing both on the surface of the beer and on the side of the glass. The beer itself is black. Not brown, not mahogany, not dark ruby, but black, and when held to a light source it barely allows any light through. What little carbonation I could see through this opaque brute of a beer is quite vigorous.

The smell is extremely pronounced, and a few things are readily apparent -- the coffee of course, some earthy smell from the roasted malt and the hops, and a nice toffee/burnt sugar scent. The flavor is robust and well balanced, and extremely tasty. Again, coffee is prominent, but without smothering the other flavors, and its acidic and astringent qualities work quite well with the hops, of which there are more than I anticipated. Dark chocolate and burnt toast are both here in decent quantities, and the flavor rounds out after the sip to a nice sweet and bitter contrast. The mouthfeel is superb -- full, creamy and rich, sorta like drinking liquified toasted bread.

Overall there aren't a lot of places this beer could improve, and of the brews I've had from this company, this one beats all of them. Do yourself a favor and pick up a six pack today.

Dec 01, 2013
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Cheshire_Crew_Al from Texas

4.56/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full disclosure: I'm a huge brown ale guy

A: dark, dark brown, poured into a pint glass with a 2 cm head, mild lacing, not as much as expected

S: tremendous - slightly coffee-tinged and hints of chocolate aroma

T/M: light-med carbonation. This beer is outstanding, I agree with other reviewers that it tastes more like a brown ale (my favorite beer style), and it is expertly laced with hints of coffee, dark malt, some breadiness, slightly sweet on the aftertaste - this is a highly sessionable beer- I literally could drink this all day. I bought this on a whim and it was like finding a diamond in the rough.

O: a lighter porter but one that has tremendous ability and potential. I find this to be an outstanding beer, and this is one I could drink all the live long day.

Nov 22, 2013
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Premo88 from Texas

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into "stout" glass (vertical snifter)
(1/22/14 best by date printed on label)

L: black, not much head ... in fact less than 1/4-inch of tan to dark tan head that barely exists; it's otherwise fine looking and might be clear -- super dark but clear, and you need a lot of light to see the clarity; purpleish old ale highlights

S: coffee ... fresh-ground, too ... it's fantastic; some other darker malt notes, maybe some prune, dates, molasses, dark chocolate -- but the coffee note is always there; barbecued wood, almost salty; charred coffee bean; burnt pecans

T: very solid in the coffee part, possibly a bit weak in the porter part -- it tastes a lot like Real Ale's Brewhouse Brown with some coffee thrown in; but the bit of hops in there works well, and there is a bit of a hop bite ... not as chocolately as other porters, but obvious dark malt notes throughout; burnt pecans; oak-wood ... smoky barbecue pit notes

F: midweight, good carbonation ... it pours flat but drinks very nicely; very drinkable

O: i'm quite torn on this one. for sure it offers some nice coffee notes -- smell, taste, the bit of foam it does push up: all of these offer up plenty of ground coffee beans. it also is very drinkable and tastes and feels like a good lighter-weight style ... but herein begins the problem, which is simply: this isn't a porter. it's too pale ale/brown ale like in the feel and the dark-malt taste notes, which fall a bit short of that chunky sweet chocolate/dark chocolate stout/porter range.

if we found out Real Ale made this by tossing coffee into its Brewhouse Brown Ale, it wouldn't shock me. that doesn't ruin it for me; it's still quite good ... it just lacks the thickness of a good porter.

Nov 15, 2013
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brurevu from Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours an opaque black with a small tan head and an aroma of chocolate and coffee. The taste has a nice hint of coffee with some chocolate and roasted malt. The coffee is subtle and adds a nice smooth balance to the porter. This is a highly drinkable beer from Real Ale that exhibits depth and complexity. The coffee porter is a top notch beer from a great local brewery.

Nov 07, 2013
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Hay Merchant, Houston TX; April 2012
The beer arrives from the tap with a half-finger thick, lightly brown tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a blackish, concentrated brown color that shows a clear brown / red-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma is sweet and rich, much more so than I was expecting at this strength. There are some really interesting notes of licorice, coffee liquor, hints of cinnamon and molasses that add an extra dimension to what would could have been a standard coffee porter.

The flavor has a touch of sweetness to it, which couples with lots of licorice notes. The finish has a bitter and roasted coffee note to it that is well represented; this is much more complex than roast malt coffee notes could ever be. The flavor is again spicy with the following notes, licorice, cinnamon, an earthiness, as well as some woody touches. Food dries out the flavor of this beer considerably; the coffee also fades, but the fine spice character is still quite present. The body has a richness that defies the alcohol percentage; it is not so rich that it doesn’t stay quite quaffable, but it definitely lightens up with the food too. Other flavors of molasses, burnt caramel, and lots of roasted nutty notes add to the malt complexity found in this beer.

This is way more interesting and rich than I expected. It is really quite tasty and Unique even. I am really happy that I decided to try this on a lark.

Sep 30, 2013
Coffee Porter from Real Ale Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 608 ratings