Palmetto Espresso Porter | Palmetto Brewing Company

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Palmetto Espresso PorterPalmetto Espresso Porter
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Brewed by:
Palmetto Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States
palmettobrewingco.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by mikesgroove on 02-28-2010

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43
Ratings:
201
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.86%
 
 
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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger frothy head. Dark black with little light getting through. decent lace.

S: nice coffee bean aroma that isn't overwhelming.

T: Roasted espresso bean up front and sweet chocolate finish.

M: Moderate carbonation and full bodied yet thin in texture.

O: Actually one of the better beers from Palmetto.

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Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark amber in color and poured with a thin tan head that quickly faded away and left a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of dark, roasted coffee beans in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the coffee flavor takes center stage and is moderately strong but only has a hint of associated bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied but slightly watery on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has a bit of dryness.
D: It's very easy to drink a few of these because the beer is neither very filling nor has an overpowering coffee taste. I could easily have a few of these in one night.

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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown color with a nice mocha cap that delivers some lace

Smell: Fresh brewed coffee galore

Taste: Loads of coffee flavor both up front and after the swallow; roasty malt flavors underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is one of those coffee beers that tastes like coffee rather than a beer with coffee influences; nice job!

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Photo of nickfl
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with one finger of light brown foam on top of a black body with clear, amber highlights showing through. The head settles rapidly and leaves light lace.

S - Dark sugary notes of molasses and brown sugar with some smoky coffee notes in the background.

T - Dry, toasted malt up front with some molasses. Roasty notes come out in the middle with chicory and dark chocolate. Some more molasses, licorice, and smoky coffee in the finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - There is something about the combination of dark, dry malt and coffee that isn't working here. It lacks balance and just comes across as burnt bread. Not worthwhile.

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Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of aasher
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the Palmetto Espresso Porter, poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: midnight black with laced head that disappeared quickly

Smell: great roasted coffee aromas, smells rich and fresh

Taste: great espresso flavor, like fresh coffee, very slight chocolate flavor, resonating aftertaste

Mouthfeel: I thought this would be a little watery but I was mistaken, good medium body to it, good consistency, very appealing

Drinkability: a great espresso porter, very drinkable with excellent flavors and good mouthfeel, I don't see why you couldn't have several of these at a sitting

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.15/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a mostly thick consistency. There was a half inch of off white, creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Smelled strongly of coffee - more than anything else, with hints of malt.

T: Tasted like it smelled. Lots of espresso and malt. A nice flavor, if you enjoy coffee.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While not the most multidimensional porter, this is still a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Bung
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Pretty close to black, just a ring of light fan head.

Aroma, strong coffee and roast malt. A little cocoa, peat.

Taste, Strong dry roast, roast malt. Pretty dry, cocoa coffee finish. Pretty straight forward.

Carbonation maybe a little high. Lighter mid body. Drinks easy enough.
Not bad, just need to like coffee, kind of a one trick pony.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this one at the brewery! Served from tap into a Palmetto shaker. Poured black with a red hue outlining the edges with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, coffee, and cream. The flavor was of roasted malt, coffee, and subtle dark chocolate. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good solid brew. I was afraid that when it was a Porter that the mouthfeel was going to suffer as most I have had do quite badly. I was pleasantly surprised once it hit my palate though. All of the flavors in this one are quite nice and well blended making this one very easy to drink. The aroma is also quite good. A very solid beer from Palmetto that is worth trying without a doubt.

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Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

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

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Photo of Treyliff
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
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

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Photo of wedge
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of Holland
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: light black with brown highlights and a thin tan head on this guy. Leaves a lacing that stays. Kind of thin looking. Not so sure about this one but it was a local.

S: coffee, roasted malt, some fruitiness but not much, barely any hops.

T: tastes of coffee, roasted grains and malt. Pretty delicious as it's all subtle. Nothing is overwhelming, but it doesn't have superior complexity either. Well crafted simple porter.

M: medium body if that - may be lighter. It's well carbonated, which is neutral for the taste of this. Just a fine beer.

O: very drinkable - I could imagine drinking a few of these before getting sick of the taste. Well done beer. I was pleasantly surprised after picking up a single at the Charleston Beer Exchange. Good stuff that I'll probably not get again.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.92/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of mntlover
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep red brown almost mahogany color. Head is only thumb sized even from aggressive pour

Aroma is light roasted malts light coco notes with weak coffee notes also.

Taste is pretty much like the nose, roasted notes are better with some descent coffee notes. Light coco before the hops kick in for a lightly bitter finish. Overall not bad favorable enough easy drinking porter wouldn't replace my go to porter but would have if I was out somewhere.

Mouthfeel is medium with lightly peppy carbonation that shows up in the finish.

Overall not bad actually better then I thought it would be considering other brews from Palmetto I have had.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into dimpled mug (which I carried around like a coffee mug).

I'll be honest; my expectations for this beer are pretty low.
And it didn't even live up to my expectations-- that is, until it warmed up. Don't drink this one too cold-- you will miss out on it entirely!

Pours dark, but looks a little thin... And it feels a little thin. It is bordering on bing called "slightly watery." Dark tan head bubbled itself away rather abruptly and left only the smallest remnants behind.

Smells of roasty malts with a touch of sweetness and a hint of dark chocolate. The coffee comes through but it isn't in your face (it makes me wonder on the freshness of the bottle?! But with no bottle dating, I guess this review will have to be taken with a grain of salt!)
The flavor is more of the nose-- the chocolate notes come out on the finish especially. Very mild bitterness-- in fact, it finishes more sweet than it started.

It actually turns out that this is a tasty beer. It isn't mind blowing, but it is pretty enjoyable. The flavors meld well and seem compliment eachother to create a nice little beerxperience.
I call this beer; worthy of a shot!

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Photo of DCon
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12fl oz bottle of this @ The QuarterDeck in Sea Pines Resort (Hilton Head Island, SC) for $5. Poured from the Red/Orange/Yellow Labeled bottle w/ a Palmetto tree on the front into a 12oz Tulip Glass. Has no sign of a freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- Very roasty and has a very unfamiliar coffee aroma. Must be their local roaster blended into the brew.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that dies almost immediately. Has a deep, opaque brown body and leaves a few suds behind on the glass.

Flavor- Very malty and coffee roast apparent as well. Has a sweet beginning to end taste and a light bitterness level.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Roasty, and has one of the highest Coffee/Roast endings of any porter I've had to this day! Very nice!

Overall Impression- Wow! For not ever hearing about this Porter, the coffee ending was huge! Highly recommend for those porter fans and looks like this one is widely available in SC.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, dark red brown with a short tan head that immediately vanishes leaving almost no lacing, clear

S: coffee and dark roasted malts, coco, sugar cane

T: flavors follow smell, lighter coffee than expected, a mild hop bitterness to complement the roasted coffee flavors,

M: lighter than expected with a nice oily quality

O: good flavor profile as advertised on the bottle, didn't try to over do the ABV resulting in a quite refreshing porter

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