La Colada is an English-style Porter brewed by Biscayne Bay Brewing Company that blends Cuban coffee, lactose, chocolate and toasted malts.

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La Colada is an English-style Porter brewed by Biscayne Bay Brewing Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a nonic pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

What You Need to Know

La Colada is a hop-forward dark brew that blends Cuban coffee and lactose sugars with traditional malts more for a creamy, roasted palate. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.

Appearance

The Porter pours a cola brown hue that shows copper at the edges of the glass. The ale is topped by a dense pad of tan-colored foam that shows excellent retention. The head’s reduction doesn’t leave behind any residue.

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Aroma

The nose is strong with a scent of Cuban coffee with just a hint of lactose and sugar.

Flavor

The palate is led with modest bite of floral hops that transitions to a taste of brown bread. Flavors of Cuban coffee roast, toasted malt, and a hint of nut follow. The finish then mellows out with sweet notes of vanilla lactose and chocolate.

Label art for the  by Biscayne Bay Brewing Company

Label art for the by Biscayne Bay Brewing Company

Mouthfeel

The feel has a crisp draw that quickly turns smooth and creamy mid-sip. The tasting finishes dryly with a mild astringency. This Porter has a body that’s a shade over medium with moderate carbonation.

Overall

La Colada looks great in the glass and it has a strong and pleasant aroma. The feel is in line with expectations and while the palate is sublime. While the Cuban coffee might be the star, it definitely doesn’t overpower the rest of the beer. And nor should it, per the expectations of the style. Also, the floral hops, lactose, chocolate and toasted malts all play together nicely. The ABV is high for the style but doesn’t impact the aroma or palate. Overall, this is an easy-drinking Porter and one that will be particularly enjoyed by those who love a little coffee roast in their brew.

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