Smog City Groundwork Coffee Porter - Smog City Brewing
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4.46/5 rDev +5.7%
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 stien 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.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 16:55:03 | More by LambicPentameter
4.06/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I've been waiting to try this one for awhile and I finally found a place that still had it on tap.
Pours a very dark brown with minimal head retention. The nose is quite nice with a distinctive roast coffee bean scent. Overall this beer favors the coffee flavors but it's really solid and still has the presence of a porter. The mouthfeel is full-bodied but smooth. Pretty minimal carbonation. Finishes with the coffee notes and a slight kick.
This is an all around good beer and one of the best porters I've had. I found myself thinking, "If coffee tasted this good, I'd have a hell of a lot more coffee," and I'm not a big porter drinker.
Definitely worth trying if you find it.
Served on tap in a pint glass.
Serving type: on-tap
05-05-2014 00:06:47 | More by JerseyHopHead
3.7/5 rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
on tap - 10 oz pour in snifter glass from Ave A Bar & Grill
A: Black color with thin tan head. Head disappears after about 5 min
S: Black coffee. This is a coffee porter and the coffee aroma overpowers any whiff of malt or hops
T: Coffee 1st and porter next. The chocolate malt flavor is present but secondary to the coffee flavor
M: Medium body
O: I don't drink coffee regularly, but I like to try all kinds of beer, so I've sampled coffee beer before. This had the strongest coffee flavor and aroma of all I've tried. Tasy beer with a coffee and malt aftertaste. Recommended for those that like coffee.
Serving type: on-tap
04-14-2014 19:08:11 | More by lazy8
Smog City Groundwork Coffee Porter from Smog City Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.