Rip Current Java Storm Coffee Imperial Porter
Brewed by: Rip Current Brewing
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: Porter
- Variation: Imperial, Coffee
- Seasonal: No
- ABV: 10%
- IBU: N/A
Notes: Canned for the first time in 2017.
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
Java Storm is an Imperial coffee-infused version of a classic, English-style porter. Its robust, underlying flavor profile originates from specialty grains sourced from English barley growers. The first sip floods your palate with coffee flavor from the use of Kona and Sumatran coffee beans. A combination of cold steeping the beans and softening the San Diego brewing water enhances the coffee flavor, eschews the acrid notes and accentuates the dark, sweet elements of this beer. When the coffee finally clears, you will be rewarded — The finish is silky smooth and nuanced with layers of rich indulgence.
Malts: English barley
Additional: Cold-steeped Kona and Sumatran coffee beans
More Java Storm Coffee Imperial Porter Images
Artwork: Follows the Rip Current Brewing coastal lifestyle branding. A couple is going paddle boarding in the ocean.
Color: Deep dark brown, mahogany.
Aroma: Chocolate fudge and roast coffee.
Arrived in: 12 oz Can
Served in: Short Tulip
Rip Current Brewing Java Storm Coffee Imperial Porter has been around for years in San Diego, but recently debuted in canned distribution. Since we had never had this beer, we were definitely interested in trying it. And as coffee beer fans, we became even more intrigued after reading the tagline “imperial porter infused with coffee extracted from cold-steeped Kona and Sumatran coffee beans.”
When poured, this mahogany colored ale came cascading out of the can with a rip current (pun intended) of beige effervescence that erupted upwards in the glass. Java Storm bubbled up like it was served on nitro, then relaxed back down shortly after.
It didn’t take us long to notice a theme developing with this beer, but we’ll mention it now to get it out of the way — cold brew, or beer (brew)? The nose to this porter was unreal! There were massive coffee aromas like mocha latte and freshly ground dark roast, paired with dark fudgey chocolate.
Picking up where the aroma left off, our palates were soon bathed in a chilled serving of mocha delight. Up front Java Storm was all coffee, but towards the finish a firm malty bitterness emerged, paired with bakers chocolate. Sara likened this beer’s myriad of desserty and roasty flavors to a giant scoop of java chip ice cream.
Rip Current’s cold steeping process really did impart huge coffee flavors into this beer, while losing that (sometimes off-putting) acridness you can find in coffee ales. The most flavorful part of the coffee experience was preserved, and complemented its malt bitterness and dark chocolate.
As an Imperial, we were expecting a heftier consistency, but in retrospect Java Storm worked right where it was at. Its medium body didn’t give off that gut bomb feeling some decadent beers do, and was still able to keep up with its heavy dose of java.
Rip Current Java Storm offered the best of both worlds: a coffee kick, with a beer buzz. It was one of the best coffee beers we’ve ever had, with a ridiculously hidden ABV to the point you forget it’s actually a beer. Drink this more slowly and carefully than a fresh cup of hot coffee, because that 10% can sneak up fast.
Final Score: 4/5
A solid 4, that we debated pushing even higher. Java Storm was a coffee bomb — like a chocolaty glass of cold brew with beer in it. But depending on your stance with very coffee forward ales, you might enjoy it more or less than we did.