Thunderstruck Coffee Porter
Highland Brewing

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American Porter
Ranked #175
Ranked #11,186
3.93 | pDev: 10.43%
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
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Photo of Mandpasbury
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first time I have tried this porter form one of my home state's breweries, Highland Brewing in Asheville, NC. Poured form bottle into a glass, Nice rich brown color with very well balanced chocolate-coffee aroma with a hint of caramel. Somewhat stubborn tan foam lacing noted as well. The taste was very reminiscent of the smell-a very well-balanced mix of coffee and chocolate, though the mouth feel was a bit thinner than I was expecting given the great taste. It finished well and leaves you wanting more. Cannot really say anything better about it-I will certainly be getting more of this brew. Great job, Highland Brewing!

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Mandpasbury from North Carolina, Dec 11, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outstanding brew! Pours a dark briwn/black with a foamy tan head. An aroma of coffee and I believe I'm getting fruit tones. The taste follows the scent, but is surprisingly smooth. Full mouthfeel. Coffee dominates the aftertaste, but the bitterness is muted

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Buckeye55 from North Carolina, Nov 08, 2019
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3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First impression on the nose is a mild hit of bell pepper, a sign that the coffee might be overextracted. First impression on the palate is a light touch of ash mixed with the coffee, so possibly overroasted. But after the first few sips, it smooths out and does genuinely become more pleasurable.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a fair half finger's worth of eggshell white foamy head. Sly lace occurred in a messy fashion.
The aroma had a black coffee roasty quality playing with some sweet ash/char then underscored by some baked pie/dark fruits.
The flavor mildly leaned towards the roasty side then brought in that sweet ash and baked pie/dark fruitiness. Light aftertaste of black coffee roastiness and a mild sweet ash.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a nice sessionability. Black coffee harshness is there but quaint. Carbonation and ABV felt on par. Roasty coffee grip on the finish.
Overall, the coffee is strong with this one. I liked it for me and would be willing to come back to.

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Photo of KurtisCarman
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quite impressed with this really. I think I am used to coffee stouts but this definitely comes in a little different than those. More smooth and more sweet I think. The coffee source must have been good because the aromas and flavors of the coffee were great. Would definitely try again.

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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated filled 10/17/16 into a tulip glass.

L: Pours dark black with finger of medium density tan head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring and left spotted lacing.

S: Great balance of coffee, chocolate and roast. Really liked the nose.

T: Follows the nose well, but not as dynamic. Finishes with some bitterness and roast that linger to the palate for just a bit.

F: Lighter bodied for a porter, lower carbonation, and feels silky on the tongue.

O: A very nice coffee porter that if local would be on my recurring purchase list.

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jakecattleco from California, Jun 04, 2017
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3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Pours a massive tan head, nearly pitch black liquid. Smells of fresh brewed coffee, roasted malts, a hint of dark sugar, and toast. Smooth with a bit of creaminess on the palate, roasted malt and roasted coffee flavors are on point. A bit of charcoal, blackstrap molasses, and dark chocolate in there. Semi-sweet but there is enough roasted character to balance. A very easy drinking and flavorful Coffee infused Porter.

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Jason from Massachusetts, Jan 24, 2017
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4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 12 oz bottle stamped" Filled 10/17/16" pored into a pint glass.

Look: Deep solid black with a 1.5 finger tan head. Very good head retention.

Smell: Malts and alcohol followed by the strong smell of black coffee.

Taste: Coffee is the prevailing flavor here but well balanced overall.

Feel: medium mouthfeel with rather high high carbonation.

Overall: A very good coffee porter.

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GreatHammerhead from Pennsylvania, Jan 17, 2017
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3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark brown with a with a dense creamy tan head that abated only gradually. Pronounced roasted malt with some coffee and caramel flavors. Finishes with only a bit of hops tang. Nicely drinkable.

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Guppy314 from District of Columbia, Jun 15, 2016
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3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice Dark coffee look, big cream head. Smoky, earthy smells.

Coffee grains hit you upfront, with some roastiness. Porter sweetness follows, some vanilla, but with a very light feel. Dryness, with a tacky, sandy lingering finish. It lack a hardiness that I was expecting and it's a bit too bubbly.

It's got aspects of coffee and aspects of a smoky porter, but doesn't quite pull it all together. An expirement gone not quite right.

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KomodoDragon from Virginia, May 07, 2016
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3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber. Pours beep brown with tan head that fades quickly to a ring. Aroma is pure coffee. Coffee dominant flavor, finishes with plenty bitterness and dry. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, even for a porter.

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NolaHopHead from Louisiana, Apr 11, 2016
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3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice retention on the pour. Aromas and flavors are in line with each other. Fairly roasty, with some chocolate malt and black coffee. The bitterness is moderate. The body is an excellent example of a porter other than I got a little bit of chalkyness from it. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Greasy
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark black with a tan head that dissipated to a film atop the brew.

S: Big coffee nose on this. Pretty hard to get anything other than fresh brewed java.

T: Sweet roasted malt and coffee flavor dominate the taste buds.

M: Feel is a little thin and watery but it is a porter so it fits the style.

O: If you like coffee, you'll like this. Coming in at just under 6%, it is enjoyable and won't but you straight to bed.

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Greasy from Kentucky, Mar 16, 2016
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3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a dark brown color with a light khaki head.

The aroma offers with fresh roasted coffee beans, walking into a roastery, some medium roasted malt.

The flavor follows with porter qualities with a medium roast, some milk chocolate sweetness, with a hint of hop bitterness. The beer also offers a cold brew coffee quality with sweet black coffee, lacking in roast bitterness, along with some black iced coffee. Hints of dark fruit, and spice from the roasted coffee. A medium mouthfeel that helps offer the beer drinkability.

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dar482 from New York, Mar 13, 2016
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4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- black with a thin tan head

S- Delicious coffee aroma dominates with some chocolate coming though.

T- Just like the smell, coffee dominates.

M- A bit too watery. Carb is moderate.

O: The aroma is the best part. Pretty good overall but have had better for the style. Happy I had a chance to try it thanks to a gift from my NC friends.

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20holmbrew from Massachusetts, Nov 29, 2015
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4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Deep opaque simple black walnut body, with maybe an edge of red to it. Light tan head, a little soapy but a bit of a soft flat top to go with it. Two solid fingers tall, and settles to a finger nicely keeping a good puck.

Aroma hits the coffee angle wonderfully. Bang on hints of roasted beans, a milky vanilla and wonderful creamy sensation as well. Literally can feel piping coffee steam coming off this, and it's really nice. Light hints of chocolate qualities too, real nice.

Palate delivers the goods. Roasty and large but wonderfully controlled. Excellent piping warming bean notes and mixed dark roasted malts in the mid palate. Ripping beans and grain, with a real nice light and easy finish. Light bodied, not warm or bitter either, with a bit of milky texture that accents classic creamy flavors as well to match the coffee angle excellently.

A really well done coffee brew. Excellent integrated coffee flavors on a solid base.

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Smakawhat from Maryland, Nov 27, 2015
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3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Strong coffee flavor, especially for such a low ABV compared to its intensely flavored counterparts. Roasty and featuring a good balance between coffee bitterness and the sweetness of the chocolate malt.

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mlockman from Indiana, Nov 27, 2015
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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft, served in shaker pint.

Black in color, nice off white head that stays. Pleasant coffee aroma, roasty, some chocolate too. Good balanced taste, nit too acidic or bitter. Medium to thick body and mouthfeel.

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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania, Nov 06, 2015
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4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow - what a complex, delicious beer! Of course, if you don't like coffee and don't like bitter brews, best you not give this one a try.

Pours a dark black with a foamy, tan 1" head. The smell is of roasted coffee with slight caramel/candy overtones. Taste is, you guessed it, a strong hit of coffee, bitter, and just an overall complex, satisfying mouthfeel. Clearly this is not a session beer, although if you wanted to have a few of these over the course of 4 or 5 hours, you'd be in for a satisfying treat.

With Thanksgiving coming up, this would be a great dessert beer.

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3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with khaki colored head. Coffee, roasted malts, and some raw cocoa notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more coffee.

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4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into NoDa snifter

L: Extremely dark brown bordering on black. About a finger of tan head with good lacing. After the head faded it left a halo around the glass.

S: Roasted coffee and chocolate malts dominates the smell.

T: Roasty malts, coffee and a slight sweetness.

F: Medium body. It's actually lighter in body than it looks.

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Clint_Yoho from Maryland, Mar 28, 2015
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4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great local option here. This is a somewhat seasonal release from Highland.

Appearance: Dark black but not totally light absorbing. Looks like a stout in many ways, a little thicker in the appearance than you typical porter.

Aroma: Coffee hits you right there, it has a nice balance of malts and roasted coffee, some vanilla notes and just a hint of something sweet to balance it out.

Taste: Very well balanced beer. Not too much coffee but enough to make it interesting. Vanilla and sweetness are there to counterbalance any of the roasted malt and coffee bitterness. Truly well balanced for the style. Mouthfeel is velvety and spot on!

Overall: I really love this beer from Highland, I would venture to say this is the best Highland beer I have ever had.

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humuloner22 from North Carolina, Jan 10, 2015
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2.63/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pint pour. Very thin to nonexistent lacing on glass. Coloring is dark muddy brown. No noticeable coffee nose as I was expecting. Good taste to the middle and back of the tongue; coffee is noticeable. Nice lightly bitter finish at the front of the coffee.

I like this beer and wanted to rate it higher. Just could not find the justification to do so.

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johnbion22 from Tennessee, Dec 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

32 oz Growler. Pours a nice dark brown, almost black in color. The coffee notes come thru easily. Nice coffee flavor on the taste as well. Pretty good porter

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3.17/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at room temperature.

A: Pours a seemingly black hole singularity black, but upon shining a light through the beer, tiny highlights of pure red make it through. Forms a finger-thick head of very pale tan, which dissipates quickly into a ring.

S: That's definitely a coffee porter smell. What seems to be a medium-roast coffee odor mingles with some earthy peat and faint chocolatey notes.

T: Medium roast coffee does indeed meet earthy peat in this action-packed thriller starring mostly medium roast coffee and earthy peat. While the flavors aren't bad, the flavor profile is rather simple.

M: Creamy and full, avoiding the watery finish that plagues many a porter.

O: Not a bad porter. Not particularly complex, but solid for what is there.

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UrbanCaveman from Illinois, Nov 26, 2014
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