Haliburton Highlands is on a tear. With their Honey Brown Ale I reviewed last fall now listed in the LCBO, I want to introduce you to another one of their core beers, their Coffee Porter. 

What I love about this brewery is they try not to be all things to everyone – Haliburton Highlands loves ales and play to their strength.

The other thing I love is they are community focused. This Coffee Porter is infused with cold-brewed Mexican coffee roasted by County Coffee in Abbey Gardens, a neighbour in the same sustainability hub the brewery is part of. 

What you see in your glass is a classic porter with a tan head, which at first glance you can easily confuse for a stout. In England, stouts and porters are almost interchangeable.

Taking a sip you immediately taste some coffee. However, unlike other coffee porters, this doesn’t last long, with chocolate and roasted malts making an appearance. Near the end of the glass, the coffee notes make a reappearance to provide the finish. 

Haliburton Highlands Coffee Porter

This is the perfect late fall going into winter beer.

Now the bad news. The HHB Coffee Porter, unlike the Honey Brown Ale which is available in various LCBO outlets, is only found up at the brewery. While a core offering, the Coffee Porter can sell out due to its popularity.

I got lucky when I was up in the Haliburtons to grab a few bottles right off the bottling line. 

So, is it worth the drive up Haliburton Highlands Brewing? If you’re a hardcore coffee porter fan, call or email first and make a day trip of it. If you’re passing through the region, then hell yes! 

 

  • ABV: 5.5% 
  • IBU: 30
  • Style: Coffee Porter 
  • Taste: Hints of coffee, chocolate, various roasted malts 
  • Rating: 4.2 out of 5 
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