Throwback Thursday: Highland Brewing Company Thunderstruck Coffee Porter

Originally posted on January 25th, 2014.

Brewer’s today use a vast array of ingredients to be many different types of beer, and more and more experimenting with new ingredients to brew with. One of my favorite ingredients to use in brewing a beer is coffee. Coffee is generally used in Porters and Stouts, and rarely used in IPA’s. Here is a local North Carolina beer, Highland Brewing Company (Asheville, NC) Thunderstruck Coffee Porter, which uses fresh fair trade/organic coffee beans from Black Mountain NC’s Dynamite Roasting Co. Thunderstruck pours a deep black color with a two and a half finger beige head that sticks around for a little while then forms thick ropes of lacing. I couldn’t see much light coming through the glass, but when held to the light the beer has a dark ruby color. I also found no signs of carbonation bubbles. The aroma on Thunderstruck is like a fresh cup/pot of coffee. There is a big roasted aroma that reminds of fresh coffee beans/grounds. There is also a slightly sweet scent. The taste on Thunderstruck is roasted like a nice cup of coffee with hints of faint sweetness and touches of bitterness. I found a nice hint of a chocolate note on the taste as well.  As this beer warms it beings to have less of a roasted taste and more of the sweetness comes through with more hints of bitterness. The mouthfeel is full with a nice richness and has a nice coffee-like finish with little roasted sweetness. The aftertaste is like finishing a semi-sweet cup of fresh coffee. I enjoyed this Thunderstruck Coffee Porter, so I am giving it A-. Highland Brewing really did a good job of brewing a solid coffee porter, and not some ‘coffee-like porters’. Thunderstruck has a good balance among the coffee flavors and the porter flavors and really shines through on the aroma and the taste. I would love to have this again, and I do highly recommend this Thunderstruck Coffee Porter. So go out and try Highland Brewing Company’s Thunderstruck Coffee Porter and see what you think of it. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

New Belgium Brewing & High Brew Coffee Nitro Cold Brew Cream Ale

Saw New Belgium Brewing Nitro Cold Brew Cream Ale, 5% ABV with High Brew Coffee at my local grocery store and thought it was interesting and maybe worth a try. This is part of New Belgium’s Up Next Series. Nitro Cold Brew Cream Ale pours a black color with a one and a half creamy very light tan colored head that gives of light aromas of sweet light roasted coffee notes, and with a smooth thin slight creamy coffee flavor that has a little roasted sweet flavor that finish with a slight acidic flavor and leave you with an aftertaste of left out hot coffee that has gone cold with a lighter mouthfeel for a cream ale. New Belgium Brewing Nitro Cold Brew Cream Ale is not at all what I was expecting and not in a good way. It doesn’t have that real rich creaminess or bold coffee notes. I think that it should be served on nitrogen, not co2 that might help it. New Belgium Brewing Nitro Cold Brew Cream Ale was overall thin tasting and not good at all and it’s getting a D-. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Birdsong Brewing Company Wake Up Porter.

Birdsong Brewing Company Wake Up Porter, 5.8% ABV is a coffee vanilla porter brewed in Charlotte, North Carolina with Marris Otter, Carapils, Caramel 60, Caramel 40, Chocolate malts, Fuggle hops, Sumatra Lintong coffee beans from Central Coffee, and Madagascar vanilla beans. Wake Up Porter pours a dark brown color with beige edges with a two finger beige head that seem to fade at a snails pace. You get a nice roasted coffee sweet aroma on the nose that transitions to a similar flavor profile with nice sweet vanilla roasted coffee notes with a tiny bitterness on the back of your mouth that comes to a vanilla coffee roast finish and a coffee aftertaste. This is exactly what Birdsong was going for. It’s an A grade beer and would be a great addition to a nice brunch or a wonderful dessert. I recommend trying Birdsong Brewing Company Wake Up Porter. I enjoyed it! Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Burial Beer Co. Metallic Vessels Black Lager with Coffee

Have not had to may dark beer on here so I thought I would review one, Burial Beer Co. Metallic Vessels Black Lager with Coffee, 5% ABV from Asheville, North Carolina brewed with boldly-roasted Onyx Coffee Roasters Coffee in which I purchased from Pop the Top Bottle Shop. Metallic Vessels pours a dark black color with brown edges and a two-finger beige head that slowly fades, and there is sediment in the glass. This black lager has a nice big aroma of sweet roasted coffee and malted notes with a little biscuit scent peeping in. Taste of Metallic Vessels is nice with fresh roasted semi-sweet coffee with nice hints of malted biscuit notes with a nice sweet roasted coffee finish and a malty coffee aftertaste with a full mouthfeel, but not as full-bodied as you would think. Burial Beer Co. Metallic Vessels Black Lager with Coffee is not heavy dark beer but more towards the lighter side of the dark beer spectrum and Burial Beer Co. Metallic Vessels Black Lager with Coffee is an A. It’s just big coffee flavor, which is supposed to be but that does mute any other flavors a little, but overall a good beer and one I recommend trying! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!