Espresso Porter
Palmetto Brewing Company

Espresso PorterEspresso Porter
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American Porter
Ranked #331
Ranked #15,885
3.89 | pDev: 11.57%
Palmetto Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States
Very Good
Espresso PorterEspresso Porter
Notes: The robust full-bodied flavor comes from the dark roasted malts and is accented with a coffee espresso roast by our friends and neighbors Charleston Coffee Roasters.
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice coffee porter! Cracked open a fresh can right here in South Carolina on vacation. A great bitter, roasty blend that hits the spot. Would be great to wake up to.

May 30, 2020
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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota

3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can purchased in Birmingham AL.
Tallgrass snifter.

Inky black body with a tall creamy head of almond and leaves a lot of lacing behind as it recedes to a finger.

Aroma brings notes of espresso and roasted chocolate with some hot chocolate sweetness and even a little bit of cinnamon (only perceived maybe). Some tin/iron/blood also wafts up.

Flavor could use some work as I'm mainly getting the tin/iron/blood with a little bit of ashy roasted malt. Some faint malted milk balls underneath that.

Feel is acidic and roasty, with mild to non existent heat and a sharp stabbing carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall not something I'm likely to return to. Many better coffee beers in the south. This one fell pretty short.

May 03, 2020
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

COD 282-18. Pours pitch black. World class head volume, lacing and quite outstanding retention.

Quite outstanding nose of dark bakers chocolate, espresso, coffee, roast and a bit of char. The base is slightly sweet bready malt. As it warms, the chocolate becomes a bit sweeter.

Light medium body with a smooth texture. Very subtle slick elements are also present. Carbonation / body balance is very good. It is a bit under carbonated. The middle is slightly effervescent and the finish more so.

The flavor profile is outstanding but lacks a bit of balance and complexity. As expected, espresso / coffee is the dominate component. Bitterness is mild and presents as herbal in a lingering finish. The middle is slightly sweet but chocolate doesn't really emerge to contrast the overpowering coffee. Char and roast are minimal and arrive late in the finish.

Nov 09, 2018
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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown with a one-finger tan head that leaves small lacing.

The smell is dominated by coffee with some vanilla and malt.

The taste is coffee on the front with some nice chocolate and dark malts mixed in.

The mouthfeel is medium body and carbonation.

Overall a decent beer, good flavors, but a little heavy on the coffee.

Jan 13, 2018
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Hackattack from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is indeed" very good" roasted malts...not too thick since it is not a stout....but it is strongly flavored like a stout. I'd get this again for sure.

Nov 25, 2017
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briandschorr from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is dark brown a beige head that retains well and some lacing on the glass. The nose was subtle and the espresso came through quite well. The sweet malt is also present. The taste was quite good. Roasty overall with the hints of coffee so the taste follows the nose almost perfectly. The feel is a good representation of the style. Medium carbonation, creamy feel and a body that is just between medium and heavy. Great drinkability overall.

Sep 05, 2017
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Double Barley can-shaped glass. Bottom of can says DEC/02/16.

A- Pours a dark brown color with a full two fingers worth of head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large side patch of bubbly surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Interesting aroma of earthy black coffee with a slightly sweet malt character.

T- Great iced coffee flavor with a hint of malt sweetness to balance. So roasty but so easy to drink.

M- Typical porter feel with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- As solid of a coffee porter as you could expect. The use of espresso kicks this one up a notch and it has great drinkability.

Mar 07, 2017
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear but opaque extremely dark cola brown, approaching jet black in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint amber + garnet red highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy dark tan head that reduces to a large patch of mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of freshly roasted coffee beans over the top of light to moderate aromas of slightly sweet roasted malts. Slight hints of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of roasted malts with a light to moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of freshly roasted/brewed coffee and a light hint of earthy hops. Light to moderate amounts of roasty bitterness in the finish which lingers slightly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery with a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable with nice, albeit not overwhelming coffee flavors. Alcohol is well hidden and I could easily enjoyable a couple of these due to the lighter body/mouthfeel. Definitely the best beer I have had from this brewery.

Feb 17, 2017
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oberon from North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Came in a standard pint a deep dark cola color with a thin but well sustained deep beige head atop.The espresso is noticeable in the nose but not real big,some chocolate a and sugary caramel in there as well.Caramel and milder espresso roast flavors upfront on the palate,a little brown sugar in the finish.I'ts a quaffable coffee infused porter although not big in the espresso.Enjoyable.

Feb 12, 2017
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JayQue from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A well-crafted Porter. Purchased at Harris-Teeter Supermarket in Charleston SC. Pours a dense brown color into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Big frothy light tan head with good retention. Filmy patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma is malty with some milk chocolate and coffee and cream. Taste is more of the same. A malty backbone with mild milk chocolate and light coffee (don't see where they got the expresso out of this). Mouthfeel is very good. Rich and creamy and smooth. Goes down like a session beer even though it is 6% abv. Very nice. One of the better offerings from Palmetto.

Jan 30, 2017
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle - $1.69 at Total Wine & More in Greenville, South Carolina.

Appearance: Pours a very dark but clear brown body capped with a tan-hued head.

Smell: Restrained coffee-hinting roastiness with a lil' darkened grain and a lil' dark chocolate.

Taste: A gentle malty roastiness with a taste of sweetened coffee and chocolate for a slight mocha kick. Small hint of dark fruitiness. Minimal hop character and balancing bitterness. Semi-dry finish, still hinting of roasty coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Not bad, just a fine, simple porter.

Apr 23, 2016
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap

Pours a pitch black color with a creamy off-white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some nice lacing behind. Smells of fresh espresso coffee, chocolate & dark malts. Fresh espresso flavor dominates up front, with some silly chocolate notes, slightly charred malt, dry coffee & chocolate finish. Medium body and carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and finish. Espresso forward stout that drinks very fresh

Nov 28, 2015
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cab4514 from South Carolina

3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love me some dark beers and porters. I had heard good things about it, so I went in with high expectations. It was a solid beer overall. Glad I had it on nitro. Doesn't taste like coffee, but has coffee aromatics.

Sep 12, 2015
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JBGOODE from South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The look is inviting, the smell is desirable, the taste is spot on, the feel is not heavy as expected. Overall a nice beer.Bought at the store, drank at the ballgame. Will drink it again.

Aug 30, 2015
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KYGunner from Kentucky

3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a coffee overload with deep roasted flavor and a light espresso bean sweetness. It's not overly complex and a bit thin but certainly the best I've had from Palmetto.

Aug 17, 2015
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Gote from South Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I do love porters but his one seems to fall short for me which is sad because I'm from the Palmetto state. I get almost nothing for smell but the taste comes through. Typical coffee and chocolate flavors but nothing about it seems to stand out.

Jun 26, 2015
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, deep brown, exhibiting a garnet tinge & highlights. The pour produces a thin finger of shortlived, tan head that leaves no lace. Aroma is coffee backed by vanilla & sweet cream, malty roast with a hint of dark chocolate. Taste is heavy to dark malty roast & coffee in front unsweetened cocoa, molasses & caramel, finishing very peppery & dry. Aftertaste is lightly bitter, deep roast, burnt coffee, cocoa & wood. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation, sandpaper prickly & dry.

May 31, 2015
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BeerImmediately from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

What's up with the pepper! Didn't expect it based on the bar's write up... But if you're ok with a spicy / peppery porter, then you will love this one.

May 22, 2015
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RedBaron73 from Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on Nitro tap. Really good creamy head and nice mouth feel. Served too cold from tap to really get a good taste and aroma. Towards the end I could get more flavors still wanted a little more flavor from the beer. Would definitely try it again.

Apr 04, 2015
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JohnnyI from South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this local staple at a nearby grocery store. Not sure that I like the new look of their revamped branding, but it must have worked because I've skipped over this beer countless times. When I got it home it promptly went in to a standard pint glass. Pours a deep, dark brown color with garnet accents visible at the base. Totally opaque through the middle. The minimal tan head dissipates in short order, leaving only a thin coating of uneven bubbles and no lacing. The appearance foretells the thinness of the beer. In fact, it looks quite lifeless. Despite the underwhelming appearance, the appetizing aroma gives off ground coffee and some roasted malts. Hints of chocolate with a little floral hops in the background. The flavors are actually quite potent. Unsweetened black coffee with a bakers chocolate bitterness and some complimentary hop bite. There's an interesting metallic, mineral flavor in the middle. Perhaps from the charred malts. Semi dry finish with lingering dark cocoa and coffee roast. The aftertaste is only slightly boozy and reminiscent of a double fudge cookie. The big letdown in this beer is the lack of body. Watery mouthfeel and reserved carbonation yield a very light bodied brew. I'd say this one is enjoyable, yet basic. A bit too underwhelming for a beer with so much potential. Local brewer, local coffee roaster. Should be a slam dunk! Instead it just leaves me wanting. More body, more depth, more balance from increased malt sweetness. That said, it's still an enjoyable (albeit thin) porter. Easy to drink. Admittedly, I am a fan of Russian Imperial Stouts, so I tend to gravitate toward porters that are bigger and bolder. As coffee porters go, I give the nod to Highland Thunderstruck or Kona Pipeline. You may as well just have a Founders Porter or Breakfast Stout if these flavors are what you crave though.

Jan 30, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a snifter. (repeated in May 2016).
Pour is dark red-brown, clear but nearly opaque with a bubbly head that soon reduces to a thick ring.

Aroma: coffee dominates and smells more like brewed coffee than beans. Enough dark roasted grains to show even with the strong coffee.

Flavor: black coffee and dark roasted grains in about equal measure. Both linger on in the aftertaste where there's a little (unobjectionable) char as well.

O: medium+ body; Properly carbonated and fairly smooth.

Oct 09, 2014
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Gmann from New York

3.85/5  rDev -1%

Pours a dirty dark brown color with a minimal beige head that settles into a light ring. 3.5

The aroma is toasted pumpernickel and cold roast coffee. Real nice coffee aroma. Bitter chocolate notes. There is a bit of a lemony twang that you find in traditional porters. 4.25

The malt has a nice roast flavor but its a bit thin. The coffee flavor is quite good, deep roast. Again, there is that lemony twang found in porters. 4

The feel is thin, a bit watery for a porter. Soft carbonation. Light roast bitterness throughout the palate. 3.25

A very enjoyable coffee porter. It needs more body to smooth out the feel and round out the flavor profile. 3.85

Sep 13, 2014
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wedge from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ The Griffon

Looks pretty close to pitch black in color, topped by an off-white head that reduces to a thin ring. This one is all about the coffee, though it’s not going to jump out of the glass and slap you around. Nice deep black, oily espresso bean aroma. Similarly “beany” in flavor with an easy going sweetness and a bit of chocolaty malt. Medium bodied. Very simple in execution, but the coffee implementation is so well done it’s hard to resist ordering another glass. Should’ve grabbed a couple bottles to take home with me.

Jul 18, 2014
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. A gift from my cousin Nicole and Aunt Dolly in Charleston. Thanks!
The beer pours a deep cola brown with fluffy beige head of 3 cm foaming up on the gentle pour and leaving windowpane lattice as it fades to a sturdy surface layer.
Aroma is a big hit of roasted coffee, dry almost burnt notes and a bit of chocolate buried behind the coffee. Generally roasted and dry on the nose.
First sip reveals an average body with with tingly carbonation that pecks across my palate on each sip.
Flavor is as the nose advertises with a bit of dark chocolate, high cocoa notes that are barely sweet. this is followed by roasted malt and coffee notes that linger after each sip. No hints of alcohol and the hops dont show through either. This is a dry malty brew that coffee lovers would love.
I find it enjoyable this evening after a long day at the beach. Worth a shot if you dig coffee beers and are in the South.

Jul 07, 2014
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Dark amber in color with an off-white, well retaining foam layer. A bit of spotty lace is left behind, and the brew is free of sediment.

SMELL: Pleasant coffee notes, robust and nutty, slight cocoa, and perhaps a whiff of hops. Robust aroma that is quite nice indeed.

TASTE: Delicious coffee flavor reigns supreme here. Roasted malts compliment the espresso beans well, this tastes like a solid coffee beer. Nuts, coffee, char and light vanilla make for a most pleasing profile. Fair bitterness and herbal hops come to the party late but manage to round the brew out.

FEEL: Medium bodied, smooth and easy drinking.

OVERALL: Really beer's answer to iced coffee, id love this with my early morning breakfast.

May 15, 2014
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