Beer: Pipeline Porter
Brewery: Kona Brewing Company
Style: American Porter
Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: Peculier Pub, West Village
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Consumption Companion: Kinnelon gals+
Sight: Pitch black body with a one-inch creamy beige head upon initial pour.
Scent: After much discussion, group consensus was it has an overwhelming smell of cake batter and spiced coffee.
Flavor: Rich, smoky vanilla flavor with roasted coffee undertones. Some tasters said it reminded them of iced coffee; another, chocolate. Group consensus: cold mocha with an extra shot of espresso.
Feel: Full body, thicker than some Porters. Carbonation hits you at the back of the throat on the way down.
This is one of the sweeter Porters I’ve tried since starting this beer tasting extravaganza. Suzy excitedly exclaimed “CAKE BATTER” upon first smell and taste. Erica and Sarah weren’t convinced upon first taste, but after a few more sips, we all collectively agreed that drinking Kona’s Pipeline Porter is like drinking a spiced coffee while eating vanilla cake with dark chocolate frosting (minus about 500 calories). I was particularly blown away with the smokiness of the vanilla and freshness of the Kona coffee flavor. Overall, this is a pretty great example of a Coffee Porter.
Concluding remarks: After sharing a “Round up Platter” (consisting of onion rings, jalapeño poppers, mozzarella sticks, fried zucchini, chicken nuggets, and wings served over a bed of french fries) at the neighboring 1849 Bar, this was the best way to end the meal, and the night. Or, to begin the night, as it turned out…Admittedly, I was reluctant to try another Coffee Porter so soon after Wolaver’s Coffee Porter. However, unlike the Wolaver’s, the Kona Brewing Company out of Hawaii has here quite a delicious brew that really does taste like something you’d spend $5 on at Starbucks. Oh, but this costs $6 and leaves you with a slight buzz? Next time you are tempted to go splurge on a Mochafrappalattefakeitaliandrinkacinno beverage at your local coffee place, head to a bar instead and give this a shot. Of espresso. (SORRY.)