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Highland Thunderstruck Coffee PorterHighland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter
BA SCORE
3.91/5
Very Good
553 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:
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Added by hippityhophead24 on 11-10-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,008
Reviews:
119
Ratings:
553
pDev:
10.74%
Bros Score:
3.97
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
110
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 553 |  Reviews: 119
Photo of TheSSG
3.11/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dense, tan head that has great persistence (collapses to a nice, thick froth) and laces nicely. I'd swear this was a nitro stout, the head is so smooth, consistent, and rich. Slightly acidic, toasted malt aroma. Black. A very acidic, bright front. Floral hoppiness and fruity coffee notes with a medium bitterness. Finish brings back the coffee with a lingering floral/green hoppiness that blends well with the coffee's acidity.

This isn't bad, but it's a bit plain. It's quite acidic (coffee+porter renders this not too surprising), and so I think that has a tendency to overwhelm a lot of the other, more subtle flavors.

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Photo of tabascosigned
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of IdrinkGas
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of twizzard
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of JuliusPepperwood
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours black, dark cherry red at the edges, with a thin tan head that disappears quickly.

S: Roasted coffee, dark roasted grains, faint chocolate.

T: Rich coffee, chocolate malt, and a smokey aromatic finish.

M: A little thin for a porter but good carbonation and enjoyable crisp finish.

O: A pretty simple coffee porter, a bit on the thin side, but a good fix for a coffee flavored winter beer.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mooseisloose
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Purchased this brew a while back, it has been aging nicely since it was filled on 10/8/13, so it's time to give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a waft of coffee and milk chocolate. Pours into a SAPP like motor oil with a dark tan micro-bubble three-finger head. Color is jet black and opaque. On the taste this brew hits up front with a spicy sweet start, then transitions to a nicely balanced buttery coffee flavor with a subtle bitterness that then gets chaulky and fades with the sweetnesss for a semi-sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel is solid and carbonation is spot on. This is a very tasty brew, I am currently enjoying it for dessert but it would suit many occaisons.

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Photo of Lukass
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of DrDemento456
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged a couple of bottles from my 10 dollar mix a six section at the local House of 1,000 beers.

A - For under 6% it pours quite thick, very viscous dark black color with mild ruby hues at the base. Head is thick well over an inch of mocha goodness that seems to stick around forever.
S - Roasted coffee notes, ashy chocolate, and some vanilla malt base. Pretty in your face coffee.
T - Taste is good for the ABV its sweet chocolate water taste meets a filters coffee blast and finishes off with some vanilla malt sweetness. Not very lactic or acidic and it goes down smooth.
M - Light to medium kind of watery but its to be expected for the ABV.

Overall its a actually a well crafted low ABV coffee porter. Not as big or chewy as I expected but I can easily down the two I got. Worth a try!

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Photo of Mphis
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Nolen12
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of swgwilt
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of benloho
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of plato
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of andysc83
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of JakeTheDuck
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Treyliff
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours black with a small creamy light-tan head that retains nicely, leaving behind some shirt lasting lace

S- chocolate malt with some slightly burnt coffee, some fruity esters, burnt popcorn

T- smooth chocolaty malt flavors up front, the coffee is subtle but balances nicely with the chocolate, burnt popcorn continues into the flavor, leaving a bitter finish.

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy and silky mouthfeel with a smooth finish

O- the smooth chocolate flavors were almost spot on with the added coffee, however the burnt taste detracted from it overall. I wonder if it was the actual coffee selection that caused this

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Photo of brasher503
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of BrianScott
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ScubaSteve00
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of schwemjw
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: a rich black with a creamy tan head.

S: Strong roast dominates the aroma. Bits of chocolate swirl in and out. Dark coffee and a bit of a nutty sweetness.

T: Once again, a very dark strong roast. full coffee flavor. slight earth bitterness. the finish is a tad nutty with a little bitter cocoa. bitter coffee roast finish.

M: Thin with a long bitter coffee finish.

O: A very solid offering. The mouthfeel is fantastic i think. Light and easy to drink but packing a punch with flavor. a perfect winter session porter! /85

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Photo of jwill303
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of rickcrip76
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of pschie1
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter from Highland Brewing
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 553 ratings
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