Week Sauce Coffee Porter - Left Hand Brewing Company
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Reviews by bobhits:
3.8/5 rDev -4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-25-2011 02:41:58 | More by bobhits
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3.76/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I had this on-tap in a pint glass at Special brews in Lynnwood, WA.
Appearance: totally black with a finger of creamy tan foam leaving a nice lace on the glass. Attractive!
Smell: sweet and roasty, kind of like a milk stout. There's quite a fair bit of coffee character here, too. I like it.
Taste: tons of coffee right up front with a bit of roasty malt underneath. There's also a bit of a green character here, maybe some vegetal hops. Good, but a bit one dimensional.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess. Works for me.
Overall: I like this beer well enough, but it is a bit simple and a little too in-your-face with the coffee for my taste.
Serving type: on-tap
06-02-2014 15:30:39 | More by flagmantho
3.89/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
$7 pint at Boat Works in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.
Right off, I can tell you, if you enjoy sweetened coffee, you ought to love this beer. For me, the sweetness is what turns me off just a little bit, and has me nearly giving the overall rating a quarter point lower. Week Sauce tastes like chilled black coffee with a bit of sugar in it, quite honestly, and that may be right up your alley if you want yourself a sweet porter. Coffee all over the nose and taste in this one. The aroma also has some dark chocolate and fruits (blueberry?) that also come off in the flavor a bit. It makes for a pretty interesting and tasty coffee porter that I'd recommend highly for a dessert beer. I'd like to try this again in the future, since I now know it's on the sweeter side, which I did NOT see coming.
Serving type: on-tap
05-03-2014 06:19:49 | More by Alextricity
Week Sauce Coffee Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.