I’ve had many strong coffee stouts, and while they’re often great, I
forget how good a sessionable coffee porter can be, like Kona Pipeline
Porter for example. This is a solid porter with a pleasing coffee taste
that’s easy and fun to drink.
Appearance: Seemingly opaque black body with blood red highlights. Forms
a large, dark khaki, soapy head which retains and laces pretty well.
Smell: Dark malts and iced coffee, but nothing intense.
Taste: Plenty of sweetness up front like a sugary iced coffee but
without any cloying traits. A hint of chocolate milk, lightly roasted
malt and just a hint of dark cherry tartness. The bitterness increases
through the middle, but remains mild enough to act as a backbone to the
palate. The hops do not upstage the show here. There’s a strong coffee
flavor on the end of each swig. It imparts some dark chocolate as well
as creating for a slight mocha taste, though the aftertaste is rather
This is a genuinely enjoyable, drinker-friendly palate, since it doesn’t
go overboard in any flavor aspect. I should probably demerit the beer
for being a bit too simplistic, but considering it’s intended to be a
fairly mainstream porter with coffee it succeeds well in that aspect.
Though technically "mild", it still works well as a dessert brew.
Drinkability: If you can drink iced coffee you can drink Kona Pipeline
Porter. The mouthfeel is on the thin side for a dark beer with a cold,
wet, flat texture. Not overly fizzy and far from flat, it goes down
smooth with a bit of crispness to it. The body is deceptively small at
5.3% ABV as it has the robustness of something bigger, but doesn’t weigh
you down like something of the imperial size might. Good for newbies
and veterans alike.