Week Sauce
Left Hand Brewing Company

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American Porter
4.01 | pDev: 12.47%
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Coffee porter
Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 169 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Sabtos
3.16/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A bit odd. Had on draft, nitro.

Dark brown with a beige, super convex head.

Nutmeggy flavors and aromas. Not sure I like it, soft and smooth to say the least. Aromas are muted by the nitro, but intriguing...?

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Photo of ShanePB
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on nitro. Deep black body with a creamy slightly off-white head. Killer lacing and retention. Aromas of fresh coffee (thank goodness), roasted barley, dark fruits. Flavor is plenty of coffee up-front, hints of cocoa, and some lactose.

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Photo of soze47
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really great flavors and a nice coffee tone - creamy and really allows flavors to become more complex. Milky white head it really nice to stare at. Top notch nitro stout. Review from brewery and 4 oz pour off draft.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap black - not sable, not very very very dark brown, but BLACK, black as Darth Vader’s armor, with a fine-bubbled tan head that leaves generous lacing. Smoky aroma has a strong note of quality roast coffee and hints of chocolate and licorice. Flavor has a roast malt core and notes of quality mocha and molasses with a hint of caramel, fairly sweet but not overly so. Texture is a teeny on the thin side for a porter, but has good fizz and smoothness. Very worthy

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Photo of alexiskemper
4.9/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh my god. This brew was right up my alley. Absolutely fantastic. Creamy head, not too thick, velvety mouthfeel. Smells of rich coffee and chocolate, the tinge of roasted malt. Probably one of the best porters I've had.

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Photo of ZenBiscuits
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Think of Founder's Breakfast Stout with a nitro pour. A delicious, high-quality coffee monster porter. Do not hesitate to order this if you see it out anywhere. This is one that I felt compelled to write an actual review about.

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Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark brown to black. The lasting head leaves lacing.

The smell is of wonderfully robust roasted espresso/coffee.

The taste is of rich coffee with dark fruit undertone that keeps it from being one-dimensional.

It is full-bodied and creamy. Fits a fuller side of a porter without going into stout territory.

A rich coffee character with an excellent porter character.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on-tap in a pint glass at Special brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: totally black with a finger of creamy tan foam leaving a nice lace on the glass. Attractive!

Smell: sweet and roasty, kind of like a milk stout. There's quite a fair bit of coffee character here, too. I like it.

Taste: tons of coffee right up front with a bit of roasty malt underneath. There's also a bit of a green character here, maybe some vegetal hops. Good, but a bit one dimensional.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess. Works for me.

Overall: I like this beer well enough, but it is a bit simple and a little too in-your-face with the coffee for my taste.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$7 pint at Boat Works in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.

Right off, I can tell you, if you enjoy sweetened coffee, you ought to love this beer. For me, the sweetness is what turns me off just a little bit, and has me nearly giving the overall rating a quarter point lower. Week Sauce tastes like chilled black coffee with a bit of sugar in it, quite honestly, and that may be right up your alley if you want yourself a sweet porter. Coffee all over the nose and taste in this one. The aroma also has some dark chocolate and fruits (blueberry?) that also come off in the flavor a bit. It makes for a pretty interesting and tasty coffee porter that I'd recommend highly for a dessert beer. I'd like to try this again in the future, since I now know it's on the sweeter side, which I did NOT see coming.

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Photo of KansasBeerLover
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap, tulip glass.

One finger of fine brown foam head with good lacing. Dark, almost black, body.
Aroma of coffee.
Taste is bitter coffee, reminds me of dad's Maxwell House that would hold up a spoon before the spoon dissolved.
Mouthfeel - The bitterness is, at first, overwhelming, but subsides, leaving a tart tongue. The malts overtake the coffee flavor.
Overall - I'm glad that I tried it, but doubt that I will have another. It was good, but brought back memories of campfire coffee.

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Photo of 57md
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer was the first growler fill in the history of Strange Brew Tavern in Allentown. Congrats to Scott and the staff for adding this new dimension to an already great craft beer bar.

An aggressive pour from the newly opened growler yielded only about a half finger of beige head on top of the deep, dark brown liquid. The smell is reminiscent of placing one’s nose inside a bag of freshly ground coffee.

The flavor profile does not yield a taste of added coffee; rather it tastes like coffee GROUNDS were added! In case anyone thinks that’s a bad thing, I will state unequivocally that it was exceptional. Of course, one probably needs to be a coffee addict like me to appreciate such an upfront blast of coffee goodness.

The finish is bitter, but the bitterness is more from the coffee flavor than from roasted malt or hops. While the roast profile could stand to be a bit more robust, this one-off beer has good body and true to advertised coffee flavor.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

an interesting coffee porter, on tap at the new renegade place near DU. the pour is dark brown with a big rising tan head that almost looks like a nitro pour. the nose is chocolaty, but the dominant smell is spent coffee grounds, acidic and bitter, and very darkly roasted. I get a lot more coffee than I do dark malt in this, and there is a sweeter toffee element towards the finish. a touch of smoke and toasted coconut present themselves as well. the finish isn't acidic or bitter, which is odd for a coffee beer, its simply soft and mildly burnt, very pleasant and drinkable. excellent airy carbonation keeps this porter a little lighter than many of the bigger stouts out there, its definitely a sessionable coffee brew. I really don't get much caffeine kick from this though, which I suppose isn't a bad thing if I am going to have several of them. overall I have always liked left hands darker stuff, and this is no exception to their already stellar lineup. id like to see this make it into six packs, probably the best coffee beer for the summer months.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a deep-deep brown nearly black beer with a one finger tan head. The head a faded relatively fast to give light lacing.

Smell – The aroma is of roasted and dark smells. Coffee is the strongest, but there is a strong presence of chocolate, and some char and roasted malt as well. Rounding these out is a light caramel aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with the roasted malts, some chocolate, sweet caramel and a good dose of coffee. The caramel however fades and as the coffee grows stronger in taste the brew bitters in taste ever so lightly. These slightly bitter dark flavors take the taste to the end where a light char flavor and some sweetness comes back to the tongue, helping to deliver an overall very roasty flavor.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. A little thicker body may have been better for the roasted and dark flavors, but the feel is not bad as it accentuates the easy drinking nature.

Overall – The beer is a nice, semi-sweet roasty brew. Good if you are feeling something with a good dose of roast, but that is yet still very easy drinking and “light” in body.

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Photo of Spider889
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery on 9/25/11.

A - Black, a bit thin, with a nice sprightly dark head. Left no lace.

S - Strong roasted coffee aroma with some char and dark malt on the back end.

T - Roasty bordering on ashy. The coffee is strong but tasty. there are hints of dark chocolate going on and some baked dark bread as well.

M - Crisp with good carbonation.

O - This was a nice coffee beer to sip on.

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Photo of denver10
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a foamy cappuccino mocha colored heard and nice lacing. A nice aroma of coffee beans, some chocolate and cream, and some roastiness. Not much complexity, but enjoyable. Flavor follows suit. A medium bodied creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a very nice porter. If you like coffee you'll like this, if not you wont. Left Hand really has dark beers down.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bigby's Pour House. Appearance is opaque brown with tan head. Decent amount of lacing left behind, nice head retention. The nose has bold gourmet coffee and chocolate, healthy amount of roasted character. Not much depth on the nose. Taste has bitter coffee which overrides any base beer. Nice coffee taste, but not much else. Mouthfeel is thin; mild carbonation. Can't figure out the meaning behind the name Weak Sauce, nice coffee presence, wish the base beer held up to it better.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

32oz Growler from Beverage World in Fort O, GA. Served at around 45-50F.

Pours black with a decent tan head that fades quickly to a light wispy cap but leaves some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is very coffee-forward, and they’re some nice beans too, dark roasted malts, some chocolate, smoke/char, maybe a little caramel and bread as well, but mostly coffee and some smoke. Very good strength.

Flavor generally mirrors the aroma...a lot of coffee and a fair bit of smoke. Premium coffee, smoked malt, roasted malt, some chocolate, vanilla, caramel, a little earthy hops, moderate sweetness, mild bitterness, minimal alcohol.

Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied, moderate carbonation, somewhat sticky. A little on the thin side, but fits the style fine.

Really nice stuff. Excellent aroma, nice flavor. Quality beans and I like the smoky aspects as well. It would probably be in my best interest to get another growler of this before the keg kicks!

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#146. Served at Taco Mac Decatur. 16 Oz. Pour- $6.25. Reviewed from notes.

(Appearance) Solid black. Light tannish head. Light surface cover. Thick. Looks solid.

(Smell) Quite coffee potent; first smell is a bold roasted cocoa and coffee bean grind with a hint of caramel cream and sugar and smooth earthy hops linger in the back. Nice and very potent even at colder temperatures. A very satisfying aroma and convincing- I can't hardly keep my nose out of it. 4.5

(Taste) Wow, a coffee imitation rumpus in my mouth, one of the boldest coffee flavored beers I've had in a long time. There's a touch of smoke in the middle. A solid dry coffee bean and cocoa finish. There's not much beyond the coffee taste to distinguish itself apart from the rest. If you like coffee, you'll like this, otherwise you may not enjoy it. It's very coffee-oriented. 4

(Mouthfeel) Very slick smooth, just enough carbonation to keep it aloft. Alcohol is well hidden. There's a medium-heavy mouthfeel to this one. It's a very filling beer. I love it, but probably couldn't handle a second. 4

(Overall) A very solid one-off by Left Hand. I'm sad I won't be seeing it more often. It's worth getting while it's still on tap. Great for those cold winter nights. 4

Left Hand Brewing Company's
Week Sauce Coffee Porter

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Photo of welldigger888
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque black with a hint of garnet hues capped with a light tan thick head that laces well.

Roasty toasty coffee for sure. Some roasted graininess and a solid malt backbone.

Coffee persists as a dominate flavor that is backed well by a nice roasty grain.

Unfortunately this seems a bit thin but very tastey though.

Well for a sawbuck per growler it is real nice.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at barleys tonight

dark brown, nearly black in color with a nice little puff on tan colored head on top. Nice lacing as it drops down the sides leaving a broken crown along the top. Aroma is solid coffee, with light notes of lactose and touches of something sweet balancing in there as well. Rich coffee notes with light touches of sugar are the way to go here. Smooth, easy sipper as each taste seems to bring more of the coffee flavor up to the forefront. at six percent deadly

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $6.25 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Near black body in appearance capped with a smallish, dusty tan head.

Smell: Roasty aroma, certainly coffee-scented. It's aromatic though not bold, as in smelling a breakfast blend versus Italian roast. Also snippets of semi-sweet chocolate, burnt toast, and caramel.

Taste: Chocolate leads trailed by the chilled, sugar sweetened coffee wrapping up the roasted malt. Then, some lesser tastes of toast and caramel roll in. Medium-plus sweetness. I never pick up any apparent hop flavors and the bitterness seems more a function of the roasted malts and coffee additive than anything else. Like a pinball trying to pick up a few extra points, the flavor bounces back and forth and around the chocolate and coffee until the gentle finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A solid if straight-forward porter overneath a pleasing coffee flavor. The thumb points up!

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Photo of witster18
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

out of a gallon growler:)

looks like a dark stout.

SMells like choco and coffee

tastes like coffee, hot milk, sugar, and a dry irish stout finish. Starts with loads of flavor then dies immediately. Could use a little extra hop backbone and something else that would set it apart, but it's good, just not all that drinkable. That said, me and My buddy polished of the gallon fairly quickly without many complaints.

Genre-less, a bit unoriginal, but decent. I'd like a little more heat, or go for more drinkability and porter like sour backbone, but you get neither here.

A really striaght forward coffee porter/stout that you won't dislike OR pay this much for again.

The best thing about the beer is the appearance. Ominous head, retains very well, nice bubbly surface throughout, high quality///.... just seems to me like a good but not great beer... maybe a bit misrepresented with the name... I'd say it's closer to a stout than a porter... or at least the guinness-like under-whelmingness of the whole thing makes it feel that way... nice coffee flavors, but not much of anything else...

a lot of flavor, and tastes very good, but after 10 ounces you've discovered everything there is to this beer.

WOUld NOT turn one of these down, but won't session again.

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Photo of brian44556
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the LB in Springhurst. Poured this into a GL pint glass.

Pours a syrupy black with very small chocolate colored head. A thin sporadic lace is left on the sides of the glass. This is a true coffee porter and works very well. I smell and taste nothing but strong espresso. The smell is very strong coffee and the taste is a bit mild. Mouthful is a bit thin, but the beer has a nice finish. This one goes down very easily. If you dig coffee flavor this is your beer. I do enjoy the heavy dose of coffee flavor, so this beer is a winner in my book.

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Photo of bobhits
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A small bodied, “weak” porter infused with so much coffee flavor that it feels like Sunday morning!

Pours a clear, thin body that turns black in the snifter I’m pouring it into. An nice fluffy cloud of head rises up well, it doesn’t have the staying power ( second more aggressive pour produces a lot more head and it is hanging around for now), but it does leave some nice lacing here and there (freshly cleaned glasses sometimes don’t hold head, maybe it was still too hot or had too much water on it).

Unlike others I feel the nose here is rather mild, much like many other porters. There’s coffee and some burnt malt notes, perhaps a touch of dark chocolate from the malt, but it is all rather hard to smell. There’s also a nice sweet finish in there, so this isn’t just astringent coffee and burnt grains. It seems right in line with a great many porters, but it doesn’t have the nose of some of the better ones.

This base beer seems like a fairly simple English porter. Nothing to standing out, mild weak and extremely well balanced. What I generally like in a porter is to pick up on a strong coffee or chocolate note that stands out in a sea of well balanced and in check hops and malt. This porter throws a damn Randy Johnson sized fast ball in the form of coffee flavors. I had a founders breakfast stout last night, and this beer has every bit as much coffee flavor! That said this isn’t a big and powerful beer. It is tame and mellow at the start, the finish is just the lingering bitter coffee notes, but the middle where the coffee bitterness and the burnt malts all come together is just really well done. Now, I do have to note there’s a lack of malt flavor much like body In the pour. This means that this beer swings out of balance towards the bitter coffee side and really could use a bit more something in the finish to really push this over the top.

There is a lot of thick creamy carbonation giving this beer a shot at having a good mouth feel, but sadly that doesn’t make it through a single glass. This is rather thin in body and somewhat needs a bit more viscosity to push it up a notch. Or just a bit more of a “creamy” feeling that stays from the carbonation. The alcohol is well under control and frankly 6% is a good abv for a beer. Enough to impact the flavor but not so much you’re limited in consumption or dealing with the heat.

I’m torn, the first few sips of this were heavenly, but with each passing taste it becomes less and less impressive. I love the coffee flavors, and would love to see this in 6 packs year round so I can get my coffee fix when others are out of season. That said this beer has flaws to keep it short of the exceptional category.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A lavishly rich coffee infused American-style Porter that carries as much of a caffine kick as that of alcohol.

The pour brings about a dark brown color with nearly bright clarity. A thin yet dense creme of foam tops the beer with a slightly tanned hue. Moderate retention and minimal lace round out the aesthetics of the Porter.

Rich espresso aromas fill the nose with every bit the intensity of truely fresh brewed espresso. Heavy toast, cocoa, and scorched sugars all define the aromatics of the background Porter with a somewhat understated tone.

The balance of flavors are much more even-keel with the coffee notes complementing the Porter beautifully for a blend of freshly roasted coffee beans, roasted cocoa nibs, walnut oils, burnt sorghum, and a finishing woody, bark-like taste. The only detrement is the slight ashy taste from heavily roasted grain.

Moderate in texture, a short-lived creaminess proves to be fastly fleeting while ushering in the coffee bitterness with mild astrint bite. A roasty-dry finish with medium alcohol warmth leave a lasting impression while a linger of coffee defines the aftertaste.

The bright spot of the session is obviously with the aroma. Very defined coffee layered on a base of Porter which gives a very sultry impression. If the flavor and mouthfeel would have kept up, we would have a seriously epic beer.

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Week Sauce from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 169 ratings