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Week Sauce Coffee Porter | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 153
Photo of BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this on tap at MoMo's Pizza (soon to be MoMo's Brewpub & Pizza!) here in Tallahassee.

The pint glass arrived with a nice 1/2 inch mocha tan colored head on top of a near black beer.

The aroma was mild coffee, rosted malts and light chocolate.

While not complex this is a very flavorful beer, with very fresh tasting coffee up front and nicely roasted malts with the hint of chocolate noticed in the nose. Nicely balanced between bitter and sweet overall.

The mouthfeel was medium and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation delivered from the tap.

Overall a very tasty coffee porter I am glad I tried and would gladly have again.

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Photo of wifehatesthebike
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at ITAP in STL.

Honestly, this looks and smells very similar to Founder Breakfast Stout. Creamy, dark, but a touch less ABV at 6% and not much chocolate, mostly just coffee bitterness.

The beer is quite good if not somewhat one dimensional with coffee dominating the entire flavor profile. The background beer tastes very similar to LH Milk Stout. This is a very solid representation of a coffee porter, but does not really wow in any particular area aside from an extremely smooth mouthfeel. Bitterness is present but not over the top. Good flavor punch keeping in mind this a lighter beer alcohol-wise.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at The Firkin.

Never heard of this one before, so it would work nicely as a capstone to my Firkin return. It pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of dirty dark tan foam. The nose comprises light mild coffee, roasted malts, chocolate powder, and very light maple syrup. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, coffee, and light molasses. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly smooth feel. Overall, a nice little coffee porter: simple, to-the-point, and enjoyable.

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Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 2/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong coffee (almost burnt), sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of pale malt, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight tartness present. Tastes of sweet malt, strong coffee, slight roasted malt, hint of hop, and a hint of pale malt . Overall, very coffee-centric. All other flavors are muted because of the strength of the coffee.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Imbibed at SmallBar Logan Square in Chicago.

Appearance -- Pours dark brown, nearly black, with nary a highlight to be found, crowned with thick tuft of chocolate brown head. Minimal lacing, but the head is resilient. Handsome.

Smell -- Roasty: ground coffee, dark roast malt hinting at smoke, and underlying dark chocolate sweetness. Very much coffee forward, though it seems to be getting a bit stale.

Taste -- Coffee is definitely in the forefront, but I can tell it's already getting stale. Well-roasted malt flavor with a hint of smoke, perhaps some anise. Also a mild chocolate sweetness underlying the coffee and roast.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full in body and moderate-to-mild carbonation. Feels really good.

Overall -- I've got to hand it to 'em, Lefty knows their porters, and this is no exception. Great roast character, great balance between burnt and malty. The inclusion of coffee is good, though it already tastes slightly stale - I'd imagine this was incredible fresh.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the rackhouse pub, 10oz pour. Dark black, pretty standard appearance for the style. The smell was very robust coffee grounds and beans, almost like when you are smelling different colognes and the salesperson gives you the little coffee can to clear your nasal palate, nice. Flavor is strong coffee but more like the grounds swimming at the bottom than good coffee. This was decent but the aroma was better than the taste by far.

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Photo of Jishguy
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a wonderful surprise.

A- Poured a solid black body with a thick, creamy, mocha colored head. Terrific retention by the head. The lacing was also phenomenal.

S- Roasted coffee beans and roasted malts dominated the aroma, while subtle notes of chocolate, toffee, hazelnut, and a hint of smokiness linger in the background.

T- Wonderful. Sweet malts and coffee up front, with milk chocolate and toffee in the aftertaste. Absolutely delightful.

M- Creamy as ever. Goes down with no problem.

D- While this brew is delicious in every way, it does sit a bit heavy. Four or five max.

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Photo of aasher
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to try this delicious brew at MacNiven's in downtown Indianapolis. It poured a medium bodied black in color with a one finger, spongy dark khaki head. It looked great for a porter and resembled a light bodied imperial stout. This beer featured superb coffee aromas. It smelled of freshly brewed espresso and bitter chocolate. The coffee aspect was perfect. The flavors too, were just right. It had a very nice and not over the top fresh espresso flavor mixed with bitter chocolate with a light mint finish. It was perfectly sessionable. The aftertaste left a light amount of coffee that left you wanting more and demanded more attention. It drank medium in body and was near perfect for the style. It was still light enough to drink quickly. Overall this was a great porter and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap tonight at the Rackhouse. As has been mentioned in other reviews, this one looks just like a porter. Aromas of freshly roasted coffee, roasted malts and cocoa. On the palate, this one is medium bodied and a little acrid, with flavors of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt.

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Photo of redjameskidd
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer that was apparently brewed by Left Hand for the celebration of American Craft Beer Week, hence the "week" pun in the name. It's a spectacular coffee porter.

Appearance: It looks like a porter. I don't really need to describe this.

Smell: Acrid burnt malt and strong, black coffee with little sweetness.

Taste: In a word--delicious. Very dry, but with a hint of vanilla-like, round, residual sweetness/creaminess. Almost like an exceptionally flavorful dry stout. Heavy on the roast, like on the sweetness, with enough coffee to let you know that this is a coffee beer without having read that it was. (I had not)

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and dense for its alcoholic strength, perhaps enhanced by maltodextrin?

Overall: It jumps immediately into the short list of best robust porters I've ever had, even though it's sort of a different animal, being a coffee beer. Superbly balanced, drinkable and delicious. The fact that I may never have this again because it's a one-off makes me want to weep.

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Week Sauce Coffee Porter from Left Hand Brewing Company
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