Hotbox Coffee Porter

American Porter Oskar Blues Brewery

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Hotbox Coffee Porter, an American Porter by Oskar Blues Brewery

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Hotbox Coffee Porter is an American Porter brewed by Oskar Blues Brewery, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a shaker pint glass from a can.

Appearance

The ale pours an opaque black with nearly an inch-thick cap of tan foam that shows fine retention. No lace or residue remains during the reduction.

Aroma

Not surprising, the aroma offers a pleasant scent of coffee roast with just hint of vanilla.

Flavor

The palate begins with a taste of brown bread mixed with raisin. A mild coffee roast flavor follows with a mild bitterness from floral hops. There’s a touch of earthiness from a light taste of black lemon tea. Finishes with a sticky sweetness of chocolate and a touch of vanilla.

Mouthfeel

The feel is relatively smooth with a medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall

Considering its name and concept, the Hotbox Coffee Porter is somewhat light on coffee. Instead, the taste more closely resembles a straightforward American porter. Which isn’t a bad thing but those expecting a heavy dose of coffee may come away disappointed. Otherwise, this brew smells wonderful; its palate has a nice balance. The feel is spot on. This is a solid representation of the style.

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About the American Porter

The American Porter is a malty dark brew whose palate is complex and flavorful dark malts and varying hops. Historically, it’s an aggressive variant of the English Porter and Pre-Prohibition American Porters. It’s more assertive than an American Brown Ale but not as strong or bitter as the American Stout.