Pipeline PorterMay 1, 2007
Available: WA, OR, CA, AZ, NM, MT, ID, WY, HI, CO
I love the freshly roasted coffee bean aroma of this ebony ale, but that said, the forcefulness of the java nose doesn’t leave much room for anything else. The body is a little more even handed, but not much, with some dark chocolate and sweet toffee notes creeping under the blanket of coffee flavors, and some dry roastiness lingering in the finish. If you like coffee, you’ll love this with a truffle or two after dinner, but if you like the idea of beer flavored with coffee, you may be disappointed in the lack of balance here.
- Stephen Beaumont
A massive and extraordinarily fresh roasted coffee porter! Starbucks — eat your heart out! Coffee brewed beer as good as it gets. Do not serve this beer ice cold! Best at a refreshing 50-55 degrees. Why? You don’t not want to miss out on the full malt and coffee character, demolished at cold temps. A fantastic beer with dessert. And if you are watching your weight, skip the “with” part of dessert: order up some whipped cream to top off this porter and call it a Piped Latte (send royalty/trademark checks to Charlie Papazian).
- Charlie Papazian
The beer is black and raises a small tan head. The aroma is brilliant; you don’t doubt for a second that there’s real coffee used here. The palate is dry and firmly hopped, with roasted malts adding to the bitterness. There’s a nice burst of caramel, fruit and complex coffee through the center, and the finish is clean and dry. Such ideas often go awry, but this coffee porter is executed with admirable style and precision — everything falls into place. Very nice. Now where’s that cheesecake?
- Garret Oliver
Stephen Beaumont boarded his first plane at the age of 15 and hasn’t looked back since, obsessing about travel to the point that he gets nervous if he doesn’t have a ticket or two stacked on the corner of his desk. When he’s not running around in search of new taste experiences, he makes his home in Toronto, where a new cultural experience is only as far away as the next neighborhood.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
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