Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter | Highland Brewing

BA SCORE
87
very good
551 Ratings
Highland Thunderstruck Coffee PorterHighland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States
highlandbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by hippityhophead24 on 11-10-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
551
Reviews:
119
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10.77%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
108
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 551 |  Reviews: 119
Photo of HardTarget
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black glass glows lightly brown with back light. Holds a respectable dark tan cover that laces with tides.

Smell: Malty chocolate coffee. Definite dusty, earthy porter hop as well, but the malt and coffee are firm, forward, and lasting.

Taste: Almost chalky character, partly from the dark roasted grain, partly from the balanced bitter, partly from the bone dry finish. Enjoyable flavors balance each other leaving a complete, round profile.

Mouthfeel: Again, the dryness gives that milk of magnesia chalky character, think the low carbonation and heavy body play into that as well.

Overall: Beer punches above it's weight. Loads of flavor, heavy body, under 6% abv. A head scratcher, but an enjoyable glass.

Cheers to Illudium for the sample!

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Photo of bwbetts
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrismattlin
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brocktune
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cnealc
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Mellow in Greensboro,or at least it was,it blew after my pour.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep dark brown cola color with rich creamy-like off white head atop.A heavy dose of French roast coffee in the nose with underlying bitter chocolate and molasses sweetness as well.A little heavy handed in the coffee department for my taste on the palate but its still a nice porter,mild molasses sweetness and a hint of vanilla underneath the coffee roast and earth.Again it's a great porter but for me just a tad to much coffee flavor.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Turdferguson for this one. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pint glass. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1.5 finger frothy, light mocha colored head with low retention. Beer is a light, opaque black. Lacing is layered and thick with great cling. A solid looking brew.

Nose is coffee beans, roasted malt, and some liquorice. Moderately aromatic. Decent and as expected for the style.

Opens light espresso with hints of liquorice. Some roasted malt in the middle peaks through but its quickly overtaken by more coffee and espresso notes. End is more coffee with the same finish and aftertaste. Like the nose, very straightforward but pretty enjoyable.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Light and relatively smooth in the mouth and silky but thin going down. Finishes messy with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Could use a touch more body but still pretty good.

A solid beer that's very sessionable. This coffee porter doesn't try to do too much and as a result, it does what it's supposed to very well. A great replacement for iced coffee in my book!

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Photo of bmac093
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WMEugene
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a black color (brown base) with a thin tan head and good lacing.

S - Coffee, roasted malts, some cocoa.

T - Coffee flavors, but seems a little muted. roasted malts as well. Tasty, but not particularly bold.

M - Thinner than one would expect, but it works and the beer is very creamy and drinkable. Good carbonation.

O - Highland has created a very drinkable, if not particularly bold coffee porter. Tasty, and something to try if you want a sessionable coffee porter.

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Photo of SadMachine
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imperialking
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JayS2629
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty rich black with a one finger foam that fades fast into a tan fuzz.

The aroma is full of coffee, cocoa, and earthy tones. Faint whiff of fruity yeast notes.

Nice, but a little on the bitter roasted end of balance. Perhaps a bitter coffee and cocoa combo that had roasted barley, burnt sugar notes, and some nutty elements.

Feels like a porter, a little dry

Overall, an easy drinking beer with loads of roasted coffee flavor. Easy enough to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a mug, the beer is a very dark, brown-to-black coloring with a wispy, filmy, light tan surface head. Aromas of rich, dark roasted coffee, with a hint of nut sweetness. Simple nose, but very inviting. Flavors are heavily bitter and roast forward, with a blast of coffee, dark and rich like coffee grounds. Very bitter towards the back end of the palate, with subtle hints of chocolate becoming present into the aftertaste. Dry, mid-bodied, with a bitter roast linger into the smooth finish, slightly dry finish. Solid beer with heavy, robust flavors, but remaining very drinkable.

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Photo of toti1972
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dr_Fox
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NickyDee21
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NolaHopHead
3.86/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of buckyp
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nunya
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ljc973
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Nice tan head, moderate retention on a dark ruby, almost black body. Nice lacing leaving behind clear film. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee with a mild sweetness (like coffee cake) in there somewhere. Taste includes a nice roast, mild sweetness with coffee in the aftertaste. Very easy to drink, quite sessionable and tasty.

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Photo of Notacraftdrinker
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Son_of_Patrick
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter from Highland Brewing
3.9 out of 5 based on 551 ratings.
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