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Smog City Groundwork Coffee Porter - Smog City Brewing

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Smog City Groundwork Coffee PorterSmog City Groundwork Coffee Porter

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very good

24 Reviews
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Reviews: 24
Hads: 233
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 34.79%
Wants: 30
Gots: 54 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Smog City Brewing
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Porter | 6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 12-31-2011

Blurring the line between coffee and beer, our Coffee Porter treats the taste buds to a decadent romp in chocolate-covered espresso beans. Through careful selection and much experimentation, we synced up with local coffee roasters to create this exceptional brew.

Each barrel of beer is loaded with over five pounds of fresh coffee, enhancing the notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt and its native coffee character. This unexpectedly crisp and refreshing dark porter is equally satisfying on a bold winter night or a lazy summer day.

Indulge in the rich duality of Coffee Porter and let Smog City stir up your perception of "dark" beers.
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Reviews by mudboneINla:
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4.4/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As close to coffee as a beer has ever tasted, I reckon.

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4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in trade with BA Black_Rider. Enjoyed out of a brown 500 mL bottle with no dating that I can find anywhere. Poured into a 50 cL glass stein with a textured exterior.

Appearance - Wonderfully rich-looking consistency the color of brown so dark that it might as well be black. Brown like charred wood is "brown". No translucency or light coming through the body whatsoever. Atop the body sits a finger of dense mocha-tan head that retains for quite awhile before finally shrinking down to leave a healthy film across the top of the liquid. Lacing is sparse, but there are traces of residue intermittently along the sides of the glass.

Smell - Oh man. Such an amazing roasted coffee bean aroma that for a second my brain questions whether my eyes saw me actually pour a beer into this glass instead of a cold-pressed coffee, because the signals it's getting from my nose suggest otherwise. Rich french roast and espresso notes come wafting out of the glass, complimented by just a hint of bittersweet chocolate and a nice roasted malt character reminiscent of burnt toast. If you like coffee, then you will like how this beer smells.

Taste - Happily, the smell is a perfect precursor to the taste, which is also exploding with roasty goodness and that pungent coffee bean bitterness that those who like their coffee black will identify with. It's that kind of coffee characteristic you get from espresso--rich and overwhelming in a completely good way. Again, there are nice subtle dark chocolate notes and cocoa nib impressions to give it a little more depth of flavor than just coffee overload. The roasted malts are a little harder to detect here, but suffice it to say that the subtle sweetness is coming from the grain, and not the loads of coffee beans that were surely added to this beer.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation. Just viscous enough to prevent that thin, watery mouthfeel you might get from coffee that's been sitting in the warmer for too long, but not so thick and suffocating that it has to be consumed on a cold night. Pretty nice balance of carbonation and viscosity.

Overall, I'm lucky to have gotten to try this wonderful beer. My only regret is that I'm not likely to be having it again anytime soon. Perhaps it's reason enough for a beercation to the LA area. I've never had anything else from Smog City, but they hit all the right notes on this beer, and it makes me exceedingly curious to try more. It honestly could be one of the best coffee-based beers I've ever had.

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4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky, turbid light brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is pretty incredible with lots of roasted coffee bean, coffee grounds, brewed coffee, and cocoa aromas. Taste is exactly the same with a medium level of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great coffee presence that is almost like drinking straight coffee.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -27%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of ValerieK
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Smell reminded me of cold, old cigarette butts. Taste was good. Held my breath.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of riotontheroad
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

so. much. coffee.
to quote my wife, "i could drink this in the morning"

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1/5  rDev -75.7%

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4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Very dark brown with a modest-sized medium beige head. This Porter is blacker than many a RIS. Good looking beer.

Smell: Coffee dominates, some roast malts with some faint bready notes.

Taste: Coffee notes hit hard initially. The beer finishes with the cofee and moderate roasted malt notes. The coffee notes are the star of the show as the name suggests.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. spot on for a regular strength Porter.

Overall: Good coffee porter. the coffee isn't as overt as some coffee beers which to me as a coffee addict is a mild let down. The coffee is nicely integrated.

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Smog City Groundwork Coffee Porter from Smog City Brewing
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