Smoked Porter
Coastal Fog Brewing

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3.15 | pDev: 18.1%
Coastal Fog Brewing
California, United States
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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 7
Photo of Offa
3.95/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

According to the label, which is the one shown in thew picture, this was brewed by the Tied House/Hermitage brewery in San Jose. Anyway, if so, I so far find this to be probably the best Tied House/Hermitage beer, and certainly far superior to most of their stuff.

Almost black, this has a huge tan head steadily shrinking to rocky, lasting medium head. It looks very good.

Aroma is nice smoky caramelized bread crust, light hints of coffee, singed prunes and iron. Smokiness is definite but light. It is nice, full bodied, pleasant, with some light complexity hints.

Taste is nice caramelized, singed prunes and fig, dark caramelized bread crust, coffee. It has faint smoky hint. Overall, it is lightly on the sweet side with a light alcoholic quality and is slightly subdued. However, it is very good, with high drinkability, and has some nice, well-rounded character.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.43/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live. Not sure what to expect.

A- Thin tan head. Little retention. No real lacing. Mahogany color with some clarity.

S- Roast malts, smokiness with a bacon-like smell. Some coffee notes as well.

T- Smoky flavors all-around. Roasted malts and a full flavor.

M- Quite light and very wet. Too watery though.

O- Big ups and big downs. Check it out if you like the style.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.57/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ridiculously cheap at BevMo in Milpitas, CA, I couldn't resist picking up a bottle of this, even though it's yet another "Tied House by another name" brewery. These always seem destined to let me down.

Pours a thin dark brown colour, with a fine, slightly foamy head of pale beige. Lacing is ringing and rather fluid. Body is quite thin and light, although the moderate carbonation forms in rather fine bubbles in the body. It's not bad, but I've seen better.

Nose is genuinely quite pleasantly smoky, without going over the top into bacon-beer territory. Granted, apart from the subtle smoke, there's little else, perhaps just a lightweight toasted grain character, but the smoke is nicely done, and a lightness otherwise isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Unfortunately, the taste does need a bit more body, with minimal character apart from the roastiness which forms the majority of the flavour profile, and the smoke, which sits carefree above this, never integrating with the rest of the palate. Mostly, it turns out to be like lightly toasted bread, with that overlaid smoke character sitting around the top.

Feel is overcarbonated, giving a prickly, seltzery, soda-like effervescence, which doesn't suit the style.

I've had worse, I've had better. To be honest, it's not too bad, and the lack of body does lend it a light, drinkable quality. Still, this also gives it its rather lacklustre profile overall. Not bad to try, but not necessarily something I'd bother picking up again.

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Photo of armock
3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from BevMo In San Francisco CA

A - Poured a black color with a tan head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is mostly of roasted malt with only a hint of smoked malt

T - For a porter it's not bad but fot a smoked porter it's disappointing very little smoke comes out at all mostly roasted malt flavor with slight chocolate

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - As a lover of smoked beers this was a disappointmen sure it's a good beer overall but not a good smoked porter I guess this could be the gateway smoked beer for people

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Photo of BigBry
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle on our annual BevMo stop while in San Jose. 22oz brown bottle, $2.99 less $1 with the ClubBev card.

No freshness date or alcohol %, Brewed & bottled by The Tied House Cafe & Brewery Inc, San Jose. Dark brown liquid with a short dense head of off white foam. Foam quickly shrinks to a thin ring, minimal lace.
Light malt smell, disappointingly little smokiness. Some smoke present in the taste, but I wanted more. Light to medium body, thin mouthfeel. More character starts to come through as it starts to warm up. Good drinkability, not to heavy, and the bottle was empty before I knew it.
A good find overall, not mind blowing, but no complaints either.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.01/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apparently the latest addition to the Coastal Fog line up by way of Tied House Brewing in San Jose and for the Bev Mo groupo. This, a standard brown bomber poured into a pint glass, shows a deep brown with mahogany highlights. A thin cap of off white foam disperses a bit too quickly as might have been predicted by the light pop of the cap. Keeps a light ring and drops a bit of lacing nonetheless.

Rather light malt notes on the nose with just a hint of smokiness. A bit reaching in fact as the smoke seems just an allusion to the point of illusion. Bit of roasted malts yet lacking any deeper scents or significant hop notes.

Bit of smoke comes through on the taste to balance things out. Otherwise a rather light bodied porter overall and with a somewhat thin mouthfeel. More smoke reveals itself with warming and yields a bit more solidity to the feel.

Overall an interesting brew that is a bit subtle nonetheless. And at the same price as a Stone Smoked Porter I think I'll support my local brewery next time.

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Smoked Porter from Coastal Fog Brewing
Beer rating: 3.15 out of 5 with 7 ratings