Chip Shot | Smog City Brewing

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Brewed by:
Smog City Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We took our award winning Coffee Porter that has over 5 lbs per barrel of freshly roasted organic coffee and added orange peel, vanilla beans, and cinnamon sticks to create a decadent drink that reminds us of orange liqueur spiked with chocolate truffles. Imagine drinking a chocolate orange.

Added by wethorseblanket on 11-01-2013

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by DoubleJ:
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3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Wait, ANOTHER coffee porter in the lineup? What's the difference? To find out, I tasted. On-tap at the source in a tulip glass, on to the beer:

The beer is ink black in appearance and topped with a French vanilla colored head. A few bits of lace stick around the glass. I forget how aromatic Groundwork was, but wow, smell this! I think I have two of my favorite breakfast beverages, coffee and orange juice (in this case orange peel) in one glass. Simply fun to smell!

What smells good sometimes doesn't translate to the taste. While overall the taste is fine, some of the fun is lost in transition. I don't think I've ever tasted orange peel to be as strong as this! It's so strong that it dominates the delicious coffee. Not bad, but not amazing as I was hoping. As I've said, I love the two, but in this case putting each one in separate glasses would be better. The beer's texture feels rich, hitting the medium-full bar while the alcohol is not seen.

You could give Smog City credit for trying to spin their coffee porter in another direction. In my view, just leave it alone and I'll be fine.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of WickedBeer
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of breadwinner
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Whew, this is a flavor explosion, for better or worse, with all the listed adjuncts - cinnamon, orange, vanilla, and coffee - all on full display. Looks great, jet black with a ring of tan foam. It also succeeds in the body, which is rich enough to hold up to the adjuncts without feeling heavy. In the nose, it's not so bad, intense to be sure, but fairly pleasant, in the way that a Yankee candle is sort of pleasant at first sniff. On the palate, the intensity really starts to overwhelm though, with the vanilla and orange battling with the cinnamon-spiced coffee for dominance, leaving in their wake something a bit overpowered and chaotic. If you like heavily flavored stouts, this may actually be your thing. Personally, I prefer a little more light handedness, and to my palate this beer suffered for lack of it.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Beerbuddy21
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the souce. Based on the coffee porter with added orange peel, vanilla bean and cinnamon.

A: Pours black with a half-inch mocha head which fades slowly leaving spotty lace.

N: Served very cold - please allow to warm to fully experience this wonder.
Opens up with roasty floral notes, vanilla, coffee melded very well together. Cinnamon ducks in and out and the oranges are slow to show. Enchanting.

T: See above regarding letting this warm before tasting. Coffee, vanilla, trace orange, roast, mildly sweet, cinnamon is faint. Extremely well balanced.

M: Semi-full body and medium carbonation. Rich, creamy, slightly sweet coffee finish.

O: Certainly not a trick but a solid treat on Halloween. Luscious, savory. Linger a while and enjoy this experience. Kinda like going to see your favorite band play and getting invited to go backstage.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of crob3888
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a beige head that leaves some lacing. The aroma and flavor of this beer are very unique: strong notes of orange zest mixed with coffee, hints of cinnamon and vanilla sweetness balance the citrus and bitter roasted chocolate/coffee flavors. Overall this was a fun beer to try a taster of, but not something I would want to drink a full pint of really, so while I thought it was well executed for what it is, I couldn't give it a higher score because of the lack of desirability and drinkability.

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3.52/5  rDev -9.5%

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4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Smog City Brewing in Torrance, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, chocolate covered orange candy, coffee, and slight cinnamon aromas. Taste is much the same with chocolate orange jelly stick candy and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a slightly odd combination of ingredients that works best in the aroma.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Taby
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Chip Shot from Smog City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 29 ratings