“Rich & Roasty: Pipeline Porter is smooth and dark with a distinctive roasty aroma and earthy complexity from its diverse blends of premium malted barley. This celebration of malt unites with freshly roasted 100% Kona coffee grown at Cornwell Estate on Hawaii’s Big Island, lending a unique roasted aroma and flavor. A delicate blend of hops round out this palate-pleasing brew.”
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my 20 ounce Samuel Smith tulip pint glass. It poured a deep, dark brown-nearly black, with a small amount of redness around the edges. A standard sized head that was beige in color, with moderate amounts of froth/bubbles. The head settled quickly to leave just enough to cover to beer for the duration of the drink. The beer left standard lacing throughout.
A pleasant scent of sweet malts, dark/baker’s cocoa, and lightly roasted coffee/espresso. There is a hint of lactose sweetness, as well as a tiny bit of a metallic scent.
Pleasantly smooth up front, with not as much sweetness as on the nose. Not very thick, but not necessarily watery. There is a little hoppy bitterness and carbonation feel going down. This leads to a great aftertaste and palate coating of bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee/espresso. Not as roasty as a traditional porter.
Wow, what a good beer! There is a perfect blend of sweetness and bitterness, mixed with just the right amount of coffee. This brew is smooth enough to drink multiple, and rewarding enough to satisfy with just one. There is a great mouth experience offered from start to finish. Delicious! Even though it differs from traditional porters, this variation on the style is one of my favorites. Unfortunately, this is another seasonal brew, and I’ll likely have to wait until next fall to get my hands on some more. Thank goodness I saved one to do this review. 8.5/10.
Kona Brewing Co. – Kailua-Kona, Hawaii