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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
201
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.86%
 
 
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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 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 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 UnderPressure
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown beer. Almost black. Thin, shallow head melts after a minute.

Strong coffee aroma. It's hard to detect anything else. Except maybe some roasted malt.

Upfront coffee flavor. Some sweet malt, but mainly on the bitter side. Bitter, grainy finish.

The heavy bodied mouthfeel carries this beer well.

This beer is OK. I'm not a huge fan of the coffee. I'd rather drink a straight-forward porter. But it could be a lot worse, for sure.

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Photo of brewcore
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet glass.

A: Very dark brown. Not quite opaque. Agressive pour yeilds a one finger light tan head which quickly dissipates.

S: Burnt roasted malts. Dark roasted coffee. Hints of black peppercorns.

T: Again, burnt roasted malts. Bitterness comes from the malts. Spiciness in the middle. Finishes with the lingering exected coffee notes.

M: Light to medium body. Light to moderate carbonation. High drinkability.

O: Interesting porter to say the least. Not as much coffee as I expected for a beer titled "espresso;" it's there, just not too prevalent. The spiciness is odd to me but not apalling. I will drink this again but with different expectations.

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

Recieved this bottle from a friend that visited Charleston a few weekends back. Poured from the bottle into a draft glass. Dark appearance, almost looks like a coke with a minimal frothy head. Definitely smell the coffee as well as something that almost smells like licorice. Tastes just like it smells, coffee with a hint of licorice. Very drinkable for a porter, this is one beer from Palmetto that is on the buy list next time I head down to Charleston. Cheers!

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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 Montrose79
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Medium brown. Looks more like an amber ale than a porter.

S- Big coffee smell.

T- Taste is good. Large coffee presence with a little bitterness on the back end.

M- Thin, little watery.

O- Overall a tasty beer, but very light and thin for the style. Tastes more like a coffee brown or amber than a porter

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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 mondegreen
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into an Allagash Tulip.

Pours a dark brown with red highlights. One finger head fades quickly with slight lacing. Nose is sweet dull espresso, not a big 'wow,' but good. Taste is mellow coffee. I'd like to see brighter coffee notes and a thicker mouth, as the mouthfeel is thin - absolutely the weakest poor for this brew. In all, it's a decent coffee beer. Not the best I have had, but certainly worth trying, especially at $8.99/6.

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Photo of ZacHart
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A moderate head dissipated quickly but left light lacing. This dark brown ale is bursting with the aroma of brewed coffee. The flavor is great--the strong but not overwhelming coffee flavor is finished by sweet malt flavors. The beer is lighter than its color indicates and overall quite drinkable, although not a session beer unless you're a true coffee lover.

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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 afordney
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark, poured out about one finger thick head that dissipated to just a thin film, very tight lacing on the glass.

This was one of the darkest richest coffee aromas I've ever had from any kind of coffee stout or porter. Really whets your appetite.

tastes just as strong of coffee, a slight acitidy in the finish. The coffee flavor is a bit overpowering.

This isn't too thick despite the dark color, a good malty sweetness and slight acidity cover any bitterness but it doesn't pucker your lips.

Once again the coffee flavor is maybe too much and covers up the other characteristics of the beer, but this is a pretty good version and very unique.

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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 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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Palmetto Espresso Porter from Palmetto Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 201 ratings.
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