Shade Grown Coffee Porter | Real Ale Brewing Company

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Shade Grown Coffee PorterShade Grown Coffee Porter

Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Fall

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Added by assurbanipaul on 12-07-2003

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Reviews: 196 | Ratings: 357
Reviews by jkanavel:
Photo of jkanavel
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, clear, bubbly, reddish around the edges. Weak head, no retention whatsoever.

S: Pretty standard given the addition of coffee in the brew.

T: VERY dry, this is not a sweet porter. Smooth vanilla, bitter-sweet chocolate notes, definantly some nice coffee, but more like a french press coffee than an espresso. Not sure what degree of roasted the added coffee was.
Acid levels are WAY to high in this beer. After the first bottle I was done. No question about it. It left a sour gas station coffee flavor lingering on the back of my tongue.

M: Effervescent. Really highly carbonated. Thin, kind of water.

O: This beer tastes good on the front of the palate. Pretty good indeed, everything else about it falls flat imho. I try to drink local often, but this is just not what I want representing Texas's contribution to brewing. There's always Rahr and St. Arnolds...

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Photo of TxHopHead4
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Mora2000
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with some slight brown highlights around the edges when held up to the glass. When you smell the beer, you wonder if you are smelling beer or strong coffee. I can also smell some malt in the aroma, but it is well hidden behind the strong coffee smell. The taste is what you would expect from a beer that smells just like coffee, with lots of coffee flavor and some roasted malt. I expected this beer to be thicker, but it is a relatively thin beer in the mouthfeel department, but that is not a bad thing. When it gets cold outside, I could drink lots of these beers while sitting by a fire.

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Photo of jamesmk48
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of frenchblood21
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- A beautiful deep dark brown. Cream colored head that disappears quickly.

Smell- Coffee and chocolate in that order. Almost smells like root beer.

Taste- You can taste the coffee right up front. Maybe some dark bitter chocolate. Hints of roasted malt too. Alcohol sugar comes in on the back-end.

Mouthfeel- Really nice mouthfeel. Exactly how a porter should go down. Not as thin as an IPA, but not as thick as an Russian Imperial stout.

Overall- A great seasonal beer from a good brewery. Grab some if you still can, but drink them ASAP. These won't taste good for long.

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Photo of Rejohnson
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of whoneeds8
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass black with a one and a half tan head that retains for a good while. Great lacing all the way down. The smell is of roasted malts and coffee. There isn't much hop flavor in the taste, it goes straight to carmel sweetness from the malt and ends with a definate coffee aftertaste. This has become one of my very favorite session porters.

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Photo of rudylaw
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my main man pwsoldier!

Really dark with next to no head.

Big time coffee in the nose. Similar to Peche Mortel in terms of strength. Not as well-rounded, but damn delicious.

This is all coffee. Nothing more, nothing less. Carbonation is fine; drinkability is fine.

If you're into coffee stouts, well worth seeking out. For the style this is solid stuff.

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Photo of melodicnoise
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Porter_Hoarder
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Light medium body, slightly dry, nice coffee finish

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Photo of pwoods
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Exiled for this nice extra.

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a deep brown with lots of ruby light coming through. A moderate head on the pour without much retention or lacing.

S: Smells of light roast coffee with some added acidity. Milky and even some darker, slightly bitter chocolate notes.

T/M: Pleasant coffee flavors that don't over power the Brown Porter base. More of the milk and dark bitter chocolates. Not a ton of roasted maltyness, which is a surprise. The acidity from the aroma is just barely detectable. Body is medium to medium light with mild carbonation. Maybe cask style for a bottle?.. hence Real Ale? I don't think I've had any of their other beers.

D: 6.3% is actually a bit surprising as there is no hint of alcohol and it's very drinkable. I thought this would be closer to 4% than 6%. Not a very flashy beer but definitely something I'd order at a local pub with dinner or during a game.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A coffee porter that actually pours and looks like black coffee. That's weird isn't it? If it weren't for the khaki head you might mistake this for a cold cup of joe. The froth dissipates to a small dollop of scummy looking bubbles floating around the murky dark brew.

The nose could use some improvement. It's not bad but there is a mild touch of burnt hair smell that is acrid and acidic like scorched coffee in an old pot. It doesn't stay long or linger through the whole beer, in fact it fades into a lovely roasted black malt scent. I have to admit that it's growing on me.

The taste is where this brew shines. Deep roasted grains flip flop between a sweet espresso and unsweet chocolate. The coffee is not over powering as in some other beers and you can't tell if the bitterness is from the delicate addition of hops or a subtle twang from the cafe.

The body is medium to full, not quite as thick as a stout but definitely heavier then a regular ale. There is a creaminess that lasts into the mild chocolate malty finish. Incredibly pleasing beer that I'm going to add to my regular rotation, while I can still find it.

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Photo of cisteve
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Brenden
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this from JJFoodie and boy, am I glad he lives near this brewery I'd never heard of until we started trading.

This brew pours out a deep, dark brown with some clarity in the light brown highlights. A light brown head sits stiffly at one finger for a long time and leaves moderate lacing on the glass.
The aroma is strongly of roasted malt with smooth roasted coffee with a note of bittersweet, caramel and a creamy sort of sweetness.
The flavor is not as much like drinking black coffee straight up as coffee with creamer; much of the harshness, acidity or astringency that marks some coffee brews are blessedly absent here, making this one smooth and very enjoyable, especially with the flavors of cocoa and caramel rounding it out and a roasted grains flavor underneath, finishing with a light hops flavor to really even it all out.
The body begins rich and smooth in a full body, not losing much of that character even in a dry finish.
This is a great coffee porter.

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Photo of InfernoBoss
2/5  rDev -49.1%

Photo of Beerontwowheels
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of mutterfudder
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade with htomsirveaux. Thanks! Bottle dated 12/29/09. "Keep Cold. Drink Soon". Okay then! Poured into a Humble Patience Imperial Pint.

A - Pour is a dark coffee brown. Holding it up to the light makes it halo around the edges, but you can't see through it. A foamy finger's worth of foam on the top that stuck around for the entirety of the beer.

S - Good roasted nose flavors: dark malt, hint of coffee, hint of vanilla and a sweet toffee note. It's very inviting.

T - A good roasted malt flavor in the front. The coffee makes its presence felt in the middle and finish, bringing a mild bitter note to the flavor. The vanilla and sweetness is there, as well, but subdued. An excellent balanced sip.

M / D - The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I was expecting, though to be fair to the beer, I've been drinking a lot of heavy stouts as of late. Still, I'd like to see a bit more robustness in the aftertaste. The beer is fantastically drinkable, despite being a bit high on the ABV for a porter. I could drink these all night, easily.

This may be the best porter I've had in a while. The nice vanilla notes blend in well with the dark maltiness and coffee. I would drink this if available to me quite regularly, and I'm glad I had a chance to try it!

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Photo of Stigs
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a Stone Levitation this through a trade with BA user Exiled, cheers buddy!

A - a finger of light tan foam dwindled to about half its original size before settling to a ring and island. this porter is pretty dark, only noticeable dark brown hues when held up to light.

S - lots of fresh coffee beans, also roasted and served black. pretty big dark chocolate throughout, notes of oak, vanilla, toffee.

T - coffee is definitely the star but isnt overwhelming and doesnt dominate. chocolate malt, oakiness, subtle vanilla and dark fruits. earthy hop bitterness along with some more chocolate finish.

M - least favorite part of this for me...feel it is a tad bit overcarbonated and chalky. doesnt ruin the beer, but i like coffee porters (and stouts) to be more creamy and subtle in the mouth.

D - solid coffee porter which changed character through different temperatures. better when warmed and when the carbonation settles.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks go out to my man Daniel (stopbarking) for this one out of a box of real gems.

Pours a clear dark ruby brown with a light tan head that retains very well leaving nice lacing.

Nose is weaker than i expected on the coffee front, its in there, but roasted malt makes its presence known first.

Hmmm. Definitely not the coffee bomb i was expecting, but aside from that, this is an excellent porter! Great roasted malt profile with an excellent creamy presence through the middle. The finish is nice and sharp without being too bitter or chalky, and great roasted malt lingers in the aftertaste. The coffee is definitely used as an accent here (think coconut in coconut porter) rather than a focal point of the brew. There's something to be said for subtelty and i like the way this is done. I like coffee bombs too, but this is an excellent porter aside from any adjuncts.

Mouthfeel is a touch thin, but not bad. Carbonation is dead on, and i like the mouthfeel on the finish.

Drinkability is quite solid. Could probably put away a sixer of these with ease. Another advantage of it not being a total coffee bomb.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. The coffee is a nice accent rather than a dominant face raping java joust. Which will be somewhat offputting for those looking for a cup o joe breakfast beer, but if you stop and think about the fact that this is a coffee PORTER, and that there is something to be said for the subtle end of the spectrum, you will realize that this is a very nice porter. Recommended.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to lnashsig for nailing another one of my long-time wants. I was going to save this for breakfast, but the aroma of bacon (I'm making Spaghetti Carbonara) and the best by date of 2/18/2011 (tomorrow) overwhelmed me.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Very dark but essentially clear auburn liquid with light-brown highlights when held to a strong light. A smattering of light khaki suds grace the top, but recede fairly quickly to a lasting collar and a burbling slick fed by the steady upthrust of carbonation. Fine fluid lacing, no legs.

Very delicate aromatics - the perfect mix of roast malt and roast coffee, such that I can no longer distinguish which is which. Very little else going on in the nose though, and these notes are restrained. When the beer warms, this doesn't improve.

Malty, chocolate-tinged palate entry, soft without a hint of astringency from roast. Hints of vanilla. Though it lacks a lactic note, there is something about this that reminds me almost of a milk stout more than a porter. Mild grassy hops deliver a modest bitterness which dries out the bready dainty finish. The coffee used seems like a very mild blend and is more earthy than fruity in nature. Well balanced and tasty beer, though lacking the intensity of many other coffee beers I've sampled which holds back the rating just a bit here for me...

Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, smooth and velvety.

Big time drinkability though the base flavors are disappointingly muted. More a session ale than a sipper, curious how this would hold up on cask.

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Photo of mhenson42
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Joshua (HopSchnapps) for this one. Best By date of 1/26/11. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger frothy light coffee head with poor retention. Beer is a clear, dark, almost opaque mahogany. Lacing is stringy and spotty with decent stick.

S: Nose is subtle but simple, appetizing, and appropriate. Roasted malt, coffee, and milk chocolate in perfect harmony.

T: Opens slightly metallic. Roasted malt and coffee beans combine to produce a subtle, smokey, tartness. Bitter chocolate towards the middle and end as coffee begins to fade. Finish is a touch of liquorice and chocolate sweetness as metallic taste returns. Aftertaste is roasted malt and a sprinkle of dark fruit.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly too lively at first but settles nicely as it warms. Smooth in the mouth and oily and filmy going down with just a bit of abrasiveness at the edges. Finish is messy with a slight, lingering aftertaste.

D: A slightly above-average porter that achieves a nice simplicity and balance. Feel is a bit off and nose is a bit too subtle but flavor is right on point and its a nice looking beer overall. Worth trying if you come across it.

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Photo of StephRai
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle at Jo's Coffee in Austin. While I liked the balance of coffee and roasted malts, this drank more like a brown porter. There's a mild, but not too bitter coffee flavor. It tasted like a very light roast and was quite drinkable, but you'd expect a richer beer for a coffee porter. Give it a try, it's certainly a new take on the sub-style.

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Shade Grown Coffee Porter from Real Ale Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 357 ratings.
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