Week Sauce Coffee Porter - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Week Sauce Coffee Porter
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: redjameskidd on 05-22-2011)
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3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A small bodied, “weak” porter infused with so much coffee flavor that it feels like Sunday morning!

Pours a clear, thin body that turns black in the snifter I’m pouring it into. An nice fluffy cloud of head rises up well, it doesn’t have the staying power ( second more aggressive pour produces a lot more head and it is hanging around for now), but it does leave some nice lacing here and there (freshly cleaned glasses sometimes don’t hold head, maybe it was still too hot or had too much water on it).

Unlike others I feel the nose here is rather mild, much like many other porters. There’s coffee and some burnt malt notes, perhaps a touch of dark chocolate from the malt, but it is all rather hard to smell. There’s also a nice sweet finish in there, so this isn’t just astringent coffee and burnt grains. It seems right in line with a great many porters, but it doesn’t have the nose of some of the better ones.

This base beer seems like a fairly simple English porter. Nothing to standing out, mild weak and extremely well balanced. What I generally like in a porter is to pick up on a strong coffee or chocolate note that stands out in a sea of well balanced and in check hops and malt. This porter throws a damn Randy Johnson sized fast ball in the form of coffee flavors. I had a founders breakfast stout last night, and this beer has every bit as much coffee flavor! That said this isn’t a big and powerful beer. It is tame and mellow at the start, the finish is just the lingering bitter coffee notes, but the middle where the coffee bitterness and the burnt malts all come together is just really well done. Now, I do have to note there’s a lack of malt flavor much like body In the pour. This means that this beer swings out of balance towards the bitter coffee side and really could use a bit more something in the finish to really push this over the top.

There is a lot of thick creamy carbonation giving this beer a shot at having a good mouth feel, but sadly that doesn’t make it through a single glass. This is rather thin in body and somewhat needs a bit more viscosity to push it up a notch. Or just a bit more of a “creamy” feeling that stays from the carbonation. The alcohol is well under control and frankly 6% is a good abv for a beer. Enough to impact the flavor but not so much you’re limited in consumption or dealing with the heat.

I’m torn, the first few sips of this were heavenly, but with each passing taste it becomes less and less impressive. I love the coffee flavors, and would love to see this in 6 packs year round so I can get my coffee fix when others are out of season. That said this beer has flaws to keep it short of the exceptional category.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Kickbacks Gastropub into your standard Pint Glass.

Deep, dark black porter with soft brown edges. Khaki foamy, somewhat frothy head with a respectable amount of lacing. Quick dissapation of the head.

Nice mild of fresh roasted coffee beans, with a roasted nature that I would like to attribute to the malt. Some faint edges of the hops (a bit citrusy?) though mostly dominated by the coffee.

Flourish of coffee across the palate. Rising to highs and lows, from a bit of char on the edges to a pleasant chocolate mid body to a finish that is very much in the porter range of things. Roasted finish and a good bit of hops round things off.

Clean mouthfeel, drinks like a cup of espresso with some coffee grounds accidently leeched in.

Well done, though a bit mild in terms of coffee beers. Quite quaffable.

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4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer that was apparently brewed by Left Hand for the celebration of American Craft Beer Week, hence the "week" pun in the name. It's a spectacular coffee porter.

Appearance: It looks like a porter. I don't really need to describe this.

Smell: Acrid burnt malt and strong, black coffee with little sweetness.

Taste: In a word--delicious. Very dry, but with a hint of vanilla-like, round, residual sweetness/creaminess. Almost like an exceptionally flavorful dry stout. Heavy on the roast, like on the sweetness, with enough coffee to let you know that this is a coffee beer without having read that it was. (I had not)

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and dense for its alcoholic strength, perhaps enhanced by maltodextrin?

Overall: It jumps immediately into the short list of best robust porters I've ever had, even though it's sort of a different animal, being a coffee beer. Superbly balanced, drinkable and delicious. The fact that I may never have this again because it's a one-off makes me want to weep.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at barleys tonight

dark brown, nearly black in color with a nice little puff on tan colored head on top. Nice lacing as it drops down the sides leaving a broken crown along the top. Aroma is solid coffee, with light notes of lactose and touches of something sweet balancing in there as well. Rich coffee notes with light touches of sugar are the way to go here. Smooth, easy sipper as each taste seems to bring more of the coffee flavor up to the forefront. at six percent deadly

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3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

out of a gallon growler:)

looks like a dark stout.

SMells like choco and coffee

tastes like coffee, hot milk, sugar, and a dry irish stout finish. Starts with loads of flavor then dies immediately. Could use a little extra hop backbone and something else that would set it apart, but it's good, just not all that drinkable. That said, me and My buddy polished of the gallon fairly quickly without many complaints.

Genre-less, a bit unoriginal, but decent. I'd like a little more heat, or go for more drinkability and porter like sour backbone, but you get neither here.

A really striaght forward coffee porter/stout that you won't dislike OR pay this much for again.

The best thing about the beer is the appearance. Ominous head, retains very well, nice bubbly surface throughout, high quality///.... just seems to me like a good but not great beer... maybe a bit misrepresented with the name... I'd say it's closer to a stout than a porter... or at least the guinness-like under-whelmingness of the whole thing makes it feel that way... nice coffee flavors, but not much of anything else...

a lot of flavor, and tastes very good, but after 10 ounces you've discovered everything there is to this beer.

WOUld NOT turn one of these down, but won't session again.

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I was lucky enough to try this delicious brew at MacNiven's in downtown Indianapolis. It poured a medium bodied black in color with a one finger, spongy dark khaki head. It looked great for a porter and resembled a light bodied imperial stout. This beer featured superb coffee aromas. It smelled of freshly brewed espresso and bitter chocolate. The coffee aspect was perfect. The flavors too, were just right. It had a very nice and not over the top fresh espresso flavor mixed with bitter chocolate with a light mint finish. It was perfectly sessionable. The aftertaste left a light amount of coffee that left you wanting more and demanded more attention. It drank medium in body and was near perfect for the style. It was still light enough to drink quickly. Overall this was a great porter and definitely worth a try.

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Week Sauce Coffee Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
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