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Brewhouse Rarities: Cold Press Coffee Porter

July, 2016
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
38 / 40
7 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

Robust coffee aroma with notable roast and light charcoal notes, bold, but well below a French roast threshold. There is no green bell pepper character present. Underneath the coffee profile is an inviting dark chocolate note, and a light floral hop aroma emerges as the beer gets closer to room temperature. The beer is pitch black and pours with a medium-sized, creamy, dark khaki-colored head. The flavor follows the aroma with coffee in the headlining role and everything else supporting. There is a moderate hop bitterness with a pleasant nuttiness in the finish of the beer, almost reminiscent of unsalted peanuts. A bitter dark chocolate flavor rounds out the overall experience. The body comes across as a bit thin but is substantial enough to get the job done. The coffee treatment of this beer is exceptional -- roast with a bit of spiciness and a complete lack of acidity and vegetal notes. With a bit more viscosity in the body, this beer would be world-class.