Hotbox Coffee Porter

Colorado
United States
Oskar Blues Hotbox Coffee Porter Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
92
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

This porter is based on malt flavors of roasted nuts, creme brulee, cocoa and caramel extracted from English and German roasted and caramel malts. Hotbox Roasters then crashes the party and infuses potent, cold extracted coffee from Burundi and Ethiopian beans and deals out flavors and aromas of dark plums, chocolate and hints of blueberry.

Profile

ABV: 
6.4%
IBUs: 
30
Served at: 
48˚ F
Hops: 
Columbus
Malts: 
Pale Malt, Weyermann Special W, Weyermann Caraaroma, Weyermann Carafa III Special, Simpsons Coffee, Simpsons Chocolate
Judges Review 
Nelson Crowle's picture
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Pours a pretty, clear, very dark mahogany with a large tan head of tiny bubbles that hangs around for a long time and leaves a nice Belgian lace on the glass. Initial aromatic notes of hot cocoa and coffee outline a substantial medium-full body. There are some nice earthy balancing notes with a fairly dry finish that lingers with both bitter and sweet chocolate. The background malt is somewhat grainy with low levels of roastiness. The high carbonation brings out the best in this beer, as it is reminiscent of both coffee-and-cream and hot chocolate with whipped cream. Creamy and smooth with a very clean fermentation, the dryness of this beer comes across as slightly chalky, but still, this would be a great beer to drink with a plate of sausage and aged cheeses.