Picture City Porter | Ladyface Ale Companie

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Brewed by:
Ladyface Ale Companie
California, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by getkrunkhoe on 02-13-2010

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by SShelly:
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4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at the bar in the brewery.

First off i couldnt quite catch the bartender quick enough to tell him to not put coffe grounds on top, not sure why they do this but wasnt appealing to me...

Pours a dark black with offwhite creamy head, aroma is heavy chocolate, and coffee (I guess the grounds did help with the aroma).

Flavor is chocolate and smooth silky roast malt, really nice finish, easy drinker that I will definetly be getting again.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This nitro porter is sprinkled with coffee grounds and is a real treat.

Obviously strong coffee notes with a creamy even head of tan foam. Pretty light body , again dominant coffee on the tongue. Subtle dark chocolate notes, but with this guy you're pretty much drinking cold brew coffee that can get you drunk. Solid.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of VictoriaAnne
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of davod23
3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is a tough one to review. Had on-tap at Ladyface.

The appearance is beautiful. Deep black color, an inch of creamy off-white head. Cracked coffee grounds on top make for an excellent appearance. This is the one place in the review that I can reward them for adding the coffee grounds.

OK, listen, this beer smells amazing. But it's almost straight coffee, with a tendril or two of smoke. But the reason that it smells this robust is because of the coffee grounds they put on top of the head. I don't think that the beer itself is smelling this robust and full - I'm smelling the garnish instead. If the beer truly smelled like this, I would give it a straight 5. But it doesn't, so I won't.

The taste is not memorable. It's not atypical or bad for a porter, just not anything to write home about. Coffee, a bit of chocolate and dark malt characteristic. Subdued.

Mouthfeel: I like nitro, especially for mouthfeel. Smooth.

Drinkability is great. This goes down easy, partially due to the mouthfeel.

I think Ladyface can do better than this. Not bad, but just not great. Looking forward to trying their other beers though.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of SpdKilz
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I live literally five minutes from Ladyface and always forget to review their beers.

Appearance - Poured into a pint glass with about a finger of mocha colored head with slight coffee grounds put on top. The head subsides slowly leaving nice looking lacing. Great presentation.

Smell - The aroma is quite amazing. Now, I'm not a hundred percent sure this is purely from the coffee grounds on top, or if it is from the actual beer itself. However, there is an amazing coffee aroma, bittersweet chocolate, and roast.

Taste - A strong coffee flavor, which makes me think more and more that this is an outstanding coffee infused porter and not just relying on the coffee grounds on top to pass it as such. A nice sweetness to it rather than a bitter coffee/roast (though there is a hint) which makes this very balanced in my opinion. My mother was in town visiting and I made her try this and even she admitted it was good (coming from someone who never drinks beer).

Mouthfeel - A bit thin, lower carbonation, finishes dry.

Drinkability - Very much so. A very enjoyable beer, and honestly my favorite thus far from Ladyface. I always get this when I go to Ladyface. A nice, solid, quaffable coffee porter.

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Photo of jlb502
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of mrcraft
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Absolut
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Beerbuddy21
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Ladyface. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours black with a super fine, nitro induced, mocha head. Sprinkles of ground coffee placed on top from a shaker can.

N: Luscious coffee. Mildly like fresh espresso, but this could be from the grounds and not from the actual beer.

T: A creamy, dreamy coffee shake. Some astringent notes along with roast, dark chocolate, and char. A faintly earthy/mushroomy finish.

M: Rich, smooth and creamy. Nice carb.

O: Slightly biased due to love of coffee, but this one is pretty darn good. Definitely try this.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Black ad totally opaque with a brown circle on the bottom and a great 1/2 inch tan head and perfect retention with coffee grounds sprinkled on top. Nice touch

Smell: Unfortunately the only thing you smell is the coffee grounds sprinkled on top but that is not a bad thing you just dont smell any characteristics of the beer

Taste: Upfront is a great chocolate flavor but then you get a whiff of the coffee ground and it takes over and totally impacts the flavor so it pretty much finishes with a roasted coffee note

Mouthfeel: Medium but I would like it just a bit thicker and perfectly carbonated

Overall: Once I took the coffee grounds out of the head it became a really good beer. Highly recommended

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Photo of khall
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of straightlambic
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of bostonryan
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of scottiethebody
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of charlzm
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed July 16th, 2011 at Ladyface Ale Companie Alehouse and Brasserie.

Essentially black in the glass, this beer is crowned with a very thin off-white head. Atop this is sprinkled a small smattering of aromatic ground coffee.

Not surprisingly, the aroma is ground coffee. As I cant' smell the beer AT ALL, I am dinging the beer rating; although the end result is delicious, I have no idea what the BEER smelled like.

Flavor has proper porter qualities: mild flavor of roasted malts (though not to the level of a stout), a dash of sweetness and a trace of an ever-so-slightly sour note. Coffee doesn't appear until the end. Chocolate in the aftertaste as well. Nice.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin, as is appropriate.

Easily drinkable, a pint of the vanished with amazing rapidity.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a very dark brown color with a nice tan head on it.

S: Plenty of coffee to this one (which would make sense for a coffee porter), along with a nice roast and touch of chocolate underneath.

T: A good coffee flavor along with a good sweetness that you don't always find in a porter. The chocolate and roast are there and there is also a touch of bitterness.

M: The body is medium with a somewhat low level of carbonation, perhaps from the growler serving.

D: A really nice porter and one of the better beers I've had from Ladyface. I wouldn't mind having a glass of this one again.

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Photo of KevT
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of SteelCityStateOfMind
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ahophead
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid kick ass porter!!!! I asked for it without the coffee grounds on top as I don't like gritty beer!!! Great job for the first porter brewed here. The beer will continue to be better as time goes on and Griff gets the hang of his new equipment. He hit a home run on this beer, get some while you can!!!!

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Photo of WestCoastBeerDude
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On nitro tap at Ladyface Ale Companie in Agoura Hills, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a khaki head that settles to dense cap on top of the beer. Foamy chunks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee beans. Taste is very much the same but the flavors are somewhat muted. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good porter but it smells better than it tastes.

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Picture City Porter from Ladyface Ale Companie
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 38 ratings