Smog City Groundwork Coffee Porter | Smog City Brewing

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Smog City Groundwork Coffee PorterSmog City Groundwork Coffee Porter

Brewed by:
Smog City Brewing
California, United States

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

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Ratings: 378 |  Reviews: 44
Reviews by BucBasil:
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4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks.

A: Very black with a light tan head that sticks around for just a bit.

S: Very roasty with mocha and black coffee character throughout. Some smoke.

T: Black coffee is dominant of course. underneath is some baker's chocolate, a light roasted character, and a good mocha note. Very thick and coating. Rich espresso notes and a big roasty smack.

My mom doesn't like beer at all, but she likes coffee, and she thought this one was pretty good. That's strong praise in my opinion. I liked this one. Good dessert beer.

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

Received as an extra in trade with BA Black_Rider. Enjoyed out of a brown 500 mL bottle with no dating that I can find anywhere. Poured into a 50 cL glass stein with a textured exterior.

Appearance - Wonderfully rich-looking consistency the color of brown so dark that it might as well be black. Brown like charred wood is "brown". No translucency or light coming through the body whatsoever. Atop the body sits a finger of dense mocha-tan head that retains for quite awhile before finally shrinking down to leave a healthy film across the top of the liquid. Lacing is sparse, but there are traces of residue intermittently along the sides of the glass.

Smell - Oh man. Such an amazing roasted coffee bean aroma that for a second my brain questions whether my eyes saw me actually pour a beer into this glass instead of a cold-pressed coffee, because the signals it's getting from my nose suggest otherwise. Rich french roast and espresso notes come wafting out of the glass, complimented by just a hint of bittersweet chocolate and a nice roasted malt character reminiscent of burnt toast. If you like coffee, then you will like how this beer smells.

Taste - Happily, the smell is a perfect precursor to the taste, which is also exploding with roasty goodness and that pungent coffee bean bitterness that those who like their coffee black will identify with. It's that kind of coffee characteristic you get from espresso--rich and overwhelming in a completely good way. Again, there are nice subtle dark chocolate notes and cocoa nib impressions to give it a little more depth of flavor than just coffee overload. The roasted malts are a little harder to detect here, but suffice it to say that the subtle sweetness is coming from the grain, and not the loads of coffee beans that were surely added to this beer.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation. Just viscous enough to prevent that thin, watery mouthfeel you might get from coffee that's been sitting in the warmer for too long, but not so thick and suffocating that it has to be consumed on a cold night. Pretty nice balance of carbonation and viscosity.

Overall, I'm lucky to have gotten to try this wonderful beer. My only regret is that I'm not likely to be having it again anytime soon. Perhaps it's reason enough for a beercation to the LA area. I've never had anything else from Smog City, but they hit all the right notes on this beer, and it makes me exceedingly curious to try more. It honestly could be one of the best coffee-based beers I've ever had.

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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 DanJensen
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As close to coffee as a beer has ever tasted, I reckon.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%

a: its a mixture of dark dark murky brown and viscous black. 1.5 finger tan flat head

s: right off the bat - this is heavenly. fresh coffee beans punch you in the nose. just a hint of sharpness, then it mellows and fades to milk chocolate powered, toasted malts, a hint of brown sugar

t: coffee again! its like you took coffee beans, rolled them in milk chocolate and ate them. i'm tasting some lactose sweetness in here as well at the end of the tongue. there is a very mellow bitterness from the coffee beans, but its cut real nice by that creamy sweetness. coffee dominates this - even the roasted malts - and i'm ok with that. coffee bomb

m: its on the lighter side of medium, and quite silky. carbonation is there, but seems to be minimal. the bitterness from the beans actually lends to the mouthfeeel a little

o: well this is a complete coffee bomb and i love it. i've been looking for a local beer that can provide something like this, and i do believe i've found it. coffee is dominant in here to the other flavors, so if you don't enjoy coffee don't pick this up - its not for you. if you do, then definitely grab some

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky, turbid light brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is pretty incredible with lots of roasted coffee bean, coffee grounds, brewed coffee, and cocoa aromas. Taste is exactly the same with a medium level of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great coffee presence that is almost like drinking straight coffee.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours opaque very dark brown with cola edges. The 1/2 inch tan head fades to a thin film and ring on top and leaves spots of lace.

The smell is of spent coffee grounds, faint cocoa and roasted grain.

The taste is of bitter dark roast coffee, roasted grain and cocoa. There is a lightly bitter hop finish.

The texture is medium bodied with high carbonation.

A well executed coffee forward porter.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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

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3.72/5  rDev -10.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ValerieK
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Smell reminded me of cold, old cigarette butts. Taste was good. Held my breath.

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4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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