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Dusk Till Dawn | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by womencantsail on 02-20-2012

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for the 4th Anniversary event at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and roasted coffee and espresso beans. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors that make it tasty and easy to drink.

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.97/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Batch 2 brewed with Bird Rock coffee. Hands down, this is the best coffee beer I've had.

Black opaque body topped by a tan crust that settles to a collar. The nose is ridiculously, insanely good. In terms of intensity and depth, this destroys every other coffee beer I've had. It's earthy, toasty and slightly fruity without being acidic or ashy. The coffee brings a ton of depth to the aroma, nearly overwhelming the base beer. There's no hint of alcohol. The body is full, but not syrupy. The palate is roasty with dark chocolate, a touch of molasses, and a ton of amazing coffee flavor. Compared to other coffee beers, it's very espresso-like. They must be using some really high quality stuff here. Overall I couldn't really find fault with this beer, just an amazingly well crafted coffee porter.

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4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pizza Port San Clemente

Pours pretty much black in color with a mocha colored head on it. Intense coffee aroma with lots of molasses, brown sugar, and a hint of licorice. Maybe a touch of vanilla in there, too. Quite a bit of dark chocolate in there as well. The flavor almost has a creamy/milky flavor to it (lactose?). Intense espresso flavor and lots of dark chocolate, molasses, and roast to go with it. Fairly sweet, but the coffee helps to prevent it from being cloying. Really good stuff.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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3.5/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Levitation. Thanks bruh! Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Tan foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving behind splotchy lacework. Body is pitch black.

S - Massive coffee accented with vanilla, roasted malts, dark chocolate. But mostly coffee, and what coffee it is: delicious nutty, earthy, roasty, and fruity. Perfectly integrated with the base porter flavors too.

T - The taste is also formidable, with huge espresso, dark roast bitterness, and dark chocolate malts. There's a mildly acidic and charry diner coffee note that is the only thing keeping this from matching the perfect aroma, but this is still incredibly awesome.

M - Medium-full body, pleasant moderate carbonation, some roasty dryness (as if the growler was 33% coffee instead of beer), but most hilariously this is absolutely no trace of the near-11% ABV. I thought this beer was something like 6% until someone asked about it.

D - Quite possibly the best coffee beer out there. Expensive at $36 but worth it. I would like another growler, possibly for myself. An absolute must-try.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Thanks to BMan1113VR for sharing this growler from Pizza Port San Clemente.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is great. I get a ton of coffee, with some chocolate also thrown in. The coffee is also huge in the flavor, with some roasted malt, chocolate and cream notes also thrown in. The coffee is super intense in both the flavor and aroma. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Overall, one of the best coffee beers I have ever tried. Very happy I got to try this one.

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

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a black with a firm cap of tan head, some solid lace.

S: Heavy in your face coffee with some roasted malt. Dark chocolate as well.

T: Great coffee undercurrent throughout. Great dark chocolate flavour with caramel and some sweet Milk Stout like sugar at the finish.

M: Full-bodied, rich, creamy, firm carbonation.

O: This is a fantastic coffee beer. Very well balanced, full-flavoured, no ethanol heat. Find this and drink it.

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4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Growler shared by Carlos, thanks!

A: Black. No surprises here. Inch of beige cream.

S: Dark chocolate and bold coffee notes with accompanying earth. Nuttiness is pronounced. I get a touch of brown sugar. Roasted malt is strong. There's a little molasses. Smells great.

T: Nutty and earthy coffee with roasted grains and a moderate sweetness. The coffee dominates but it's damn good so you won't really care. Dark chocolate is evident throughout.

M: Full body with medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is chewy and viscous.

Overall: A very good coffee porter. Best beer I've had from the new brewer at San Clemente.

*7/23/2012 update* I'm having this on draft at Pizza Port San Clemente. This is the second batch and it uses Bird Rock Coffee rather than Caffe Calabria (first batch) and the beer is fucking delicious. That's all.

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Dusk Till Dawn from Pizza Port Solana Beach
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 70 ratings
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