Great Lakes / Bar Hop Hanlan’s Point
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Style:
American Porter
Ranked #166
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #12,119
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 9.65%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
32
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Very Good
Great Lakes / Bar Hop Hanlan’s PointGreat Lakes / Bar Hop Hanlan’s Point
Notes: North American porter with coffee & coconut.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 32 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a black color porter with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of coffee notes with some roasted malt and light coconut is pleasant enough. Taste is a good mix of roasted malt with some strong coffee notes and some coconut notes. Body is thinner then I was expecting with some good carbonation. Not bad but body is defiantly too thin.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from the LCBO with no apparent bottling date. Served slightly chilled.

Pours jet black, topped off with one finger of dense, creamy-looking, tan-coloured head that fades off gradually over the next five minutes or so. A smooth cap and foamy collar survive afterwards, in addition to a lovely-looking, continuous ring of beige lacing. Big notes of dark roasted coffee beans on the nose, accompanied by some baker's chocolate, roasted malt and slight hints of coconut, plum, anise and vanilla. Very enticing aroma.

That last point is equally applicable to the flavour itself - this is a very yummy porter. Roasted malts play a central role, with oodles of roasted coffee bean flavour amidst subtler notes of dark chocolate, coconut and plum. Slight hints of molasses sweetness, with suggestions of vanilla mid-sip. Bitter roasty flavours of coffee and baker's chocolate sweep across the palate at the finish, leaving behind a lingering roasty aftertaste that includes more chocolate/coffee/coconut, as well as a hint of licorice. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with lively carbonation that foams up with each sip, resulting in a smooth, somewhat creamy mouthfeel. A top notch porter by any standard.

Final Grade: 4.18, a very solid A-. GLB's Hanlan's Point is a just plain delicious porter, with its one-two punch of coffee and coconut complementing the base beer with exquisite efficacy. Not necessarily a particularly complex porter, and the coconut is probably a little on the subtle side - but it's very well-made nonetheless, easy to knock back and quite satisfying to gulp. Well worth a pick-up, even at $8/bomber, and something I intend to return to in the future.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours absolutely opaque black, not even glints of light shining through on the edges. The foamy espresso colored head crackles to a ring pretty quickly but coats the glass in lace. Dark chocolate and black malt bitterness mix with molasses and tobacco in the nose. Dark chocolate and milk chocolate take the lead in the taste. Roasty coffee notes , herbal hops and only faint coconut in the back. Moderate bitterness. The mouthfeel is full bodied with velvety carbonation. Chocolate and americano coffee in the long finish.

This is an interesting Porter. More bitter and dry than I expected and not much coconut flavor, but still very delicious. I recommen

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from the LCBO for around $7 CDN. As great as the Tank X IPA's are, it's nice to see something different come out of them. Appears to have been bottled May 11, 2016.

Appearance - This beer is dark brown with a slight red tinge in the light. No visibility into the beer but a fine, soft 3/4 finger of tan head rests on top and stays for a little while.

Smell - Loads of coffee and dark chocolate up front with faint hints of coconut and vanilla. Has a fresh coffee characteristic that the finest in American stouts seem to have (FBS, Peche Mortel).

Taste - Loads of coffee and dark chocolate create a smooth creamy bitterness that is intense, but delightful. Hints of vanilla and coconut too but the bitterness from coffee and chocolate is the star. Some cocounut and more vanilla sweetness preset themselves as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and slick, but the body is light, carbonation is modest and drinkability is high.

Overall - Hanlan's Point is a very fine porter that is among the most robust with it's great coffee and chocolate pairing. However, I'm not getting much if any coconut and while I wasn't expecting a huge whack of it, the subtlety (or lack of presence) has me wanting for just a bit more. Improves as it warms too. Definitely worthy of a try.

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Photo of mick303
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New release in bottle. Colour was dark brown/near black with some nice film and lace. Aroma had definite notes of coconut, roasty coffee, and perhaps some vanilla spiciness with a bit of a candy sweetness.

Taste is smooth, with light bitterness, a more balanced coconut flavour, with subtle roast malts, and pleasant coffee, warming and a bit sweet tbh. The balance is not bad but i find this a touch sweet and fairly drinkable which works but I think that intended a more mainstream following and it seems a bit more deserty, and it is not very dry on the finish.

Moderate malty feel, slight carbonation, more dry coffee on the finish. All together its quite nice and a solid example, but I don't like it enough to qualify as an everyday pint for me, decently interesting though and a well-made porter.

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Photo of peensteen
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nearly jet black with some brown at the edges, ring of tan/cream coloured head. Smell is spot on coffee and coconut, milk chocolate and roast, subtle anise/black liquorice but quite the nice mix altogether. Taste follows the nose, coffee and roast followed by coconut and chocolate, some anise with more roast and coconut into the finish. Light-med carbonation, medium creamy body. Very well done, spot on flavours and incredibly enjoyable.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on tap at bar hop mar 1 2015. tons of dark chocolate, toast, and roasted malt, with a nice not-too-strong pop of the coffee and coconut flavours. medium-bodied, medium-plus fizzy carbonation that could be toned down a notch. an incredible, full-flavoured porter

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on tap at bar hop may 29 2016. full of chocolate flavour with the accompanying coconut and light coffee. stupid good. pretty much my favourite porter ever

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Great Lakes / Bar Hop Hanlan’s Point from Great Lakes Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 32 ratings