Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter | Highland Brewing

BA SCORE
87
very good
550 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:
550
Reviews:
118
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
10.8%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
107
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 550 |  Reviews: 118
Photo of cackalacky
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of mphillipsdesign
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of fantasyroach
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of meich75
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Brentomaton
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dayvcrocket
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of trippnwo
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 sirzekel
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jbee
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Fordknox
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another coffee beer?! As Mac from "Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia" often quips, "Youre Goddamned Right"! I bought a 12 pack of this from Sam's Blue Light in Durham, NC. On the side of the 12 pack, Sam's posted a sign that read "Lawsuit from AC/DC pending". I thought that was pretty fuckin funny.

Pours from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass an opaque black color with a half finger sized, creamy tan head. Lacing is decent and head retention is nice as well.

Aroma is beautifully coffee filled. Raw, fresh roasted, burnt toasty goodness. This is the kind of coffee aroma I like in my beers. Almost like espresso. Not a whole lot else but I dont really give a shit.

More coffee in the flavor, and more deliciousness. My only gripe about this bee is the rather thin and watery mouthfeel. Give this one some body and substance and you have something world class here. I still loved this beer and commend Highland for trying new stuff and always staying local when possible.

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Photo of scvance
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a pitch black color and leaves a thin, very creamy, tan layer of head. Excellent retention and lacing all the way to the end. Smells very roasted, chocolate and coffee, with a slight earthiness. Taste is amazing, dark full roasted coffee notes right away that fades to a bittersweet chocolate flavor. The mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy and smooth. Medium carbonation and full bodied. Overall this beer is excellent, it was hard finding anything wrong with it. One of the best coffee porters I've tried. The taste and feel really just put it over the top. Excellent.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, amzing beer for not being an imperial. Very sessionable big flavor porter. Little or no residual sweetness. Lots of coffe flavor but not overdone by any means. Just a perfectly excuted coffee beer and a great new addition to the brewery. Love the labels/and name. Great cold weather, bbq beef, and chocolate dessert beer.

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Photo of hippityhophead24
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark in color with light brown head that dissipate quite fast. Thin light brown lacing around the glass.

S: being that its getting colder outside, my sniffer is a little off, but I get a little chocolate notes with lots of roasted coffee beans.

T: nice full flavor robust porter. Tiny hints of chocolate and pretty heavy on the coffee. I get more of a freshly roasted coffee taste instead of freshly brewed coffee. Little bit of sweet caramel notes mixed in as well.

M: medium bodied, nice and silky smooth on the tongue. Nicely carbonated as well for a porter.

O: I think this is another great one by Highland. If you're a coffee porter/stout fan, I would pick this one up to try!

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a mug at cellar temperature.

L – Deep brown-to-black color with a nice 3-finger frothy, bubbly, tan head. Really nice retention and some great lacing.

S – Amazing roasted malt aromas with coffee, chocolate, and some molasses. There’s a touch of lighter dark fruit aromas such as figs and cherries, too. Again, just a touch of those – the big roasted malts and coffee are front and center.

T – It starts off sweet with chocolate, molasses, some vanilla, and some dark fruit flavors. As the taste progresses, the fruits become more prominent until spicy and earthy bitter noble hops appear and build toward the finish. At the finish, as the hops start to fade, the big roasted coffee bitterness comes in. This is a tasty beer.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with great carbonation, a creamy and smooth mouthfeel, and a bittersweet and slightly spicy finish. Roasted coffee bitterness lingers at the back of the throat for a really nice amount of time.

O – This is a great porter. It’s full of both sweet and bitter roasted flavors and aromas and has a fantastic mouthfeel. This is one of the fullest-bodied porters that I’ve ever had; most that I’ve had are usually lacking in this category. Highland really impressed me with this one. Cheers!

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Photo of asquiressr
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Swandingo
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick, muddy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.

S: A very strong coffee smell, with some chocolate thrown in as well.

T: Tasted of coffee, predominantly, with some chocolate, malt and a little hops. While the coffee does dominate the flavor, it's still very tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A wholly enjoyable, drinkable beer.

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Photo of Vec2267
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with a tan head that falls quickly but laces nicely

S - Coffee

T - Roasted (to the point of burnt) coffee, a slight cocoa and nuts

M - Medium body but very satisfying, any heavier and it would have become syrupy

O - Very easy to drink, very smooth, nothing harsh

Another fine beer from one of my favorite brewers.

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Photo of cmukid87
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikesgroove
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

dark brown, nearly black in color with a nice little puff on tan colored head on top. Nice lacing as it drops down the sides leaving a broken crown along the top. Aroma is solid coffee, with light notes of lactose and touches of something sweet balancing in there as well. Rich coffee notes with light touches of sugar are the way to go here. Smooth, easy sipper as each taste seems to bring more of the coffee flavor up to the forefront. Lighter feel then I would have expected but with the more the adequete carbonation it really seems to work here.

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Photo of Louismmce
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KingEdward
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tabascosigned
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter from Highland Brewing
3.89 out of 5 based on 550 ratings.
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