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Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter | Highland Brewing

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Highland Thunderstruck Coffee PorterHighland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Winter

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Added by hippityhophead24 on 11-10-2011

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Reviews: 116 | Ratings: 539
Photo of Guppy314
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of KomodoDragon
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
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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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of WesMantooth
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
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 +5.7%
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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Photo of dar482
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of 20holmbrew
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
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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Photo of mlockman
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Photo of jmdrpi
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Photo of TX-Badger
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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Photo of Clint_Yoho
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of humuloner22
4.59/5  rDev +18%
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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Photo of johnbion22
2.63/5  rDev -32.4%
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 tongue...like coffee.

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

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.17/5  rDev -18.5%
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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Photo of Chris_Walley
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Probably better than I give it credit for, I just like my coffee hot and my beer cold.

Yes, I just broke all rules of reviewing a beer. Let's chalk it up to me being a novice at this and hope I learn to put a little more thought into my next review.


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Photo of Foyle
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: ½” creamy off white head, beer is nearly black—almost no light penetration. No carbonation bubbles visible.
Aroma: Coffee, Roasted Barley, Dark Chocolate
Mouthfeel: medium to heavy bodied, moderately carbonated, rich, finish is similar to dark coffee.
Flavor: A coffee infused porter that tastes exactly as advertised. Coffee/Expresso is the dominant flavor. In addition there is some chocolate malt, toffee, and a mild hop presence. I don’t pick up a great deal of fruit flavors as the brewer advertises, maybe some orange peel and a little raisin. Overall: very good cold weather beer, I would not be able to down this one in Summer. A give this beer a solid A grade for the style.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
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 WarEagleJeep
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
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 mooseisloose
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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 DrDemento456
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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 Treyliff
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
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 schwemjw
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
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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