Smog City Groundwork Coffee Porter | Smog City Brewing

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Smog City Groundwork Coffee PorterSmog City Groundwork Coffee Porter
BA SCORE
4.16/5
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378 Ratings
Smog City Groundwork Coffee PorterSmog City Groundwork Coffee Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smog City Brewing
California, United States
smogcitybrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Blurring the line between coffee and beer, our Coffee Porter treats the taste buds to a decadent romp in chocolate-covered espresso beans. Through careful selection and much experimentation, we synced up with local coffee roasters to create this exceptional brew.

Each barrel of beer is loaded with over five pounds of fresh coffee, enhancing the notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt and its native coffee character. This unexpectedly crisp and refreshing dark porter is equally satisfying on a bold winter night or a lazy summer day.

Indulge in the rich duality of Coffee Porter and let Smog City stir up your perception of "dark" beers.

Added by womencantsail on 12-31-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,908
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
378
pDev:
10.34%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 378 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of SGR1220
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ahypercube
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Holy shit. Talk about fresh. This was bottled 5 days ago! Been hearing whispers about this brewery through the grapevine, particularly about this brew, but I hadn't seen it anywhere yet. Picked up this and their IPA, both are fantastic.

L: Poured into a glass, Smog City's coffee porter is the color and consistency of black coffee. Light can penetrate through about half an inch of liquid. An inch of mocha brown head is released from the pour, leaving light lacing, but retention is excellent for the visibly thin body.

S: Pure coffee. If you gave someone this and told them it was a nitro cold brew, they would believe you. I've never smelled a beer over 5% that I couldn't detect alcohol in, but I could miss it in this one. There's more of a physical sensation in the nose that gives it away than an aroma. Everything this beer smells like could be described by a really good dark roast. Cacao, smoke, oak, a touch of molasses, tobacco, leather, pretzels, raisins and sourdough bread with coffee acidity lingering on the finish.

T: Incredible. The cleanest, most perfect coffee flavor. Dark chocolate and a mellow whole grain bread presence pool into a black hole of bitter and delicious dark roast coffee. The sweetness is so light. By the way, I had one cold (~45°F) yesterday and am drinking this one at room temp. I swear on my life: Equally. Delicious.

F: From the Look, I did not expect to rank Feel a five, as thin usually equates to lame in my opinion. Not the case with this. This mouthfeel is soft, light, and delicate. It made me question my knowledge of what kind of texture beer should have.

O: Easily the most coffee flavor I have found in a non-imperial porter; I would say it's probably around how much Founders adds to Breakfast Stout, pint for pint. If you take your coffee black, I guarantee you will LOVE this brew.

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Photo of NeilSilber1
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Nice heavy coffee dark chocolate porter. Amazing smell and taste, not much head. Nice porter.

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Photo of IRONRakkasan
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BillRoth
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at SC tap room. Excellent coffee porter. Big coffee , and superb smoothness. Nice chocolate rounding. Lovely sipper.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got as a gift from RaulMondesi. 500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big nutty dark roast coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of vanilla, cream, smoke, charcoal, dark fruit, herbal, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big nutty dark roast coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of vanilla, cream, smoke, charcoal, dark fruit, herbal, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char and herbal/grassy hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of nutty coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, vanilla, smoke, char, herbal, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and zero acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from hop/char bitterness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready/sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is an excellent coffee porter. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink, despite the highly carbonated/drying finish. Other than the carbonation, this was very impressive. Huge amounts of fruity/nutty coffee complexity, with a spot on American porter malt profile and hop balance. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz. bottle

Pours dark maroon red brown black with a giant dark tan foam head. Smells like bold chocolate covered espresso beans, roasted coffee, slight lactic cream, dark fruit, toasted bready caramel malts, caramelized brown sugar, sweet molasses, some dried fruit, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like slightly acidic roasted coffee, dark chocolate, espresso beans, slight creamy tang, dark fruit, toasted bready caramel malts, roasty brown sugar, sweet molasses, dried fruit, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, slick with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice coffee porter.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Is there a delicate dream? One that does not have violent shocks? One that does not wake you with an abrupt jolt? If there is, it is Smog City Coffee Porter. It is light and airy; thin and grace-like - like an Angelino ballerina to be. And when I say 'thin,' I don't mean 'thin thin.' I mean fragile, like one of your grandma's doilies. The beer is nice, light, airy, fragile, beautiful, graceful... There is this beautiful aroma with an abundance of coffee flavor that hits your pallet like a Van Gogh paint stroke. This is the real deal and Raul recommended

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I scored this in the UFC ppv betting league BIF. Inaugural champ suckaz. 500ml bottle, pours a substantially dark brown, average viscosity for a porter, its genuinely a porter and not an imperial porter/double stout gigantour kind of pour, lighter brown head on the top 1/4". How bout dat coffee? Man this smells amazing, just an absolute coffee bomb. Very good, its a dark coffee smell for sure.

Taste, look this is just romping with coffee and its that kind of beer. There isn't much nuance, its not a hoppy porter, there is no barrel aging, there isn't a bunch of pastry shit in it. Its just coffee in massive proportions. The body is average otherwise, no off flavors, just the right heft and roasted malt to be supportive and relatively easy drinking. Great stuff if you like coffee beer and one that I never hear anyone talk about.

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Photo of Antg8989
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Coffee aroma. Other than that I thought everything about this was a little bit thin - the flavor, the feel...but makes sense for a 6% abv. WOuldn't seek out, but wouldn't turn down either.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of iRun2Beer
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SoleBriety
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Parmesan
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a murky pitch black color with a large creamy khaki tan head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S: Earthy dark coffee, mixed with a strong luscious chocolate.

T: Earthy dark coffee, mixed with a rich sweet and slightly bitter chocolate, some acidity from the coffee. The coffee and chocolate meld together very well.

F: Medium to full body, creamy smooth.

O: The chocolate and coffee meld together very well in this beer. When it is colder the coffee is a little acidic but as it warms up that fades to a nice manageable level.

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Photo of eldoctorador
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Winston3737
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Todd
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jakecattleco
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle of unknown age into a tulip glass. Beer lives up to its name, lots of dark roasted coffee on the nose, and on the taste. Coffee really does dominate, with perhaps a hint of roasted malt for my palate. Medium bodied and carbonation, and finishes with plenty of lingering coffee on the palate. A nice final beer to the day.

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Photo of cbenson
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chossboss
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deereless
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nick_perry
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aromas and taste of roasted malt and coffee. Creamy, smooth texture. Frothy white head but it goes away quickly. Nice counter-balance to spicy Asian food.

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Smog City Groundwork Coffee Porter from Smog City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 378 ratings