Foreign Exchange Brewing Company

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Porter - Imperial
Ranked #167
Ranked #16,818
4.14 | pDev: 8.21%
Foreign Exchange Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Notes: Kittywampus is our Imperial Coffee Porter brewed with milk sugar & conditioned on vanilla and Endiro Coffee's single-origin Ugandan coffee. The coffee used is hand-selected by Endiro's own growers in the Bududa Bukalasi region of Uganda and freshly roasted in Aurora, IL before making its way into our rich Imperial Porter. We hope you enjoy it.
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Been supporting foreign exchange in the homebrew days having previously lived right outside aurora, so I am thrilled to try my first "official" FE beer, missed out on variants sadly, someday I'm sure. Pitch black with a thin dark brown cap. Smell has all the adjunct stars: coffee and vanilla, with some earth, dark chocolate and a hint of caramel. Taste starts with the vanilla interestingly enough with dark chocolate before a brief roasted malt bridge, then dark coffee joins the party bringing its friends caramel, soil, and a kiss of booze. Feel is super creamy but not heavy at all, roast is mild underneath the cool vanilla, goes down super easy. Nice "debut", excited to try more!

Jun 18, 2020
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Delicious dessert.
For rating against its competition, I admit limits. Since the AIP was created, this may be my first review. And I probably prefer the lower ABV porter as the old/sour blending can be interesting. Kittywampus is more like an Imperial Stout.

That said, Kitty Looks OK, slightly above average with its mocha foam. Smells are all about the AIS character, lots of sweet aromas: chocolate malt, maple for sure, lots of coffee, some vanilla. Tastes are largely the same, but amazingly it does not get too sweet... unless you are not having dessert yet. In my mouth, small sip after small sip... Kitty probably does get too sweet. I am not going to finish this 16 ounce dessert. Can a 12 ouncer next time. Church Street or someone else can help with that.

Foreign Exchange is a brand new brewery? This is a sophisticated ale to be made by a brewer so young. Foreign Exchange has an artistic website, but it needs some filling out. As for being in Aurora... this may be my first micro from Aurora (excluding Two Bros taproom at the rail Roundhouse... as they are quite mature by now.) I like Aurora, a satellite city of Chicago. It has tried very hard to revive itself. So why don't they have more micros ?

May 08, 2020
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with two fingers of thick, vicous caramel-colored foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is roasty and toasty malts with strong lactose sugar, moderate coffee and vanilla bean. Great focus and retention, offering a robust porter with coffee and vanilla as additives. Vanilla adds the sweetness with coffee adding a little robust boldness. Flavor profile is roasty, toasty, earthy and bready malts that form a strong and firm base. Moderate coffee and vanilla bean weave together a coffee shop treat, with a nibble of dark chocolate at the finish. Mouth feel is medium-thick with velvety, creamy texture that suits the coffee porter style so well. It's decadent without being a full meal. Overall, rich and robust with hearty coffee. It's exactly as the label and style imply, and a real treat at that.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 16oz can.

Apr 12, 2020
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, new brewery near me - excited to see what they brew! Rigorous pour was a mistake - it looked like no head at all, but the head was delayed and eventually rose up from the thick black ale and overflowed all over the place - oh well. Sweet aroma of lactose, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla bean, and caramel. Sticky & very sweet on the palate with notes of s'mores, coffee, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, vanilla bean, coffee, modest earthy hops, and lots of creamy & sweet lactose. Insanely thick and creamy body, ample carbonation, alcohol is hidden well, cloyingly sweet finish. Way too sweet for me. It has some good flavors going on, but the sweetness is over the top.

Mar 07, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.34/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Released mid-February 2020; drank 2/23/20 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice dark tan head; frothy lace.

Cream, medium roast coffee bean, mild milk chocolate & faint booze heat notes in the nose.

Creamy, medium thick mouthfeel.

Sweeeet cream, milk chocolate & medium roast coffee flavors.

Too much of a good thing; too sweet to have more than a few ounces. Best split about 5 ways.

Mar 01, 2020
Kittywampus from Foreign Exchange Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 11 ratings