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Gold Medal Winner - 2012 Great American Beer Festival, Denver, CO - Coffee Beer
A coffee-beer, rather than a beer with coffee. A robust porter aged on fresh locally roasted, fair trade ground coffee. Enhanced flavors of chocolate, roasted malt, and of course coffee are present. "Like a chocolate covered espresso bean."

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopwine (391) - Bend, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Coffee grounds, cocoa on the nose. Flavor is same plus very dark chocolate, brownie. Desserts without being overly sweet. Phenomenal

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1423) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2014
500ml bottle from waterboy - thanks Ric! Pours coffee colored with a brown head. Some spotty lacing. Aroma has strong coffee beans with bakers chocolate - BAM - heavily in the air. Later some caramel and sweet lactose show through. Taste is of espresso, chocolate, sweet milky lactose and caramel. The bitterness early eventually loses to the sweetness. Medium bodied with almost no alcohol presence. Finishes with a strong bitterness and a sweet end. Not really blended - more competing. This has world class components, but slightly mishits in a few places. 15.2

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LGKdude (7) - - DEC 18, 2014 does not count
Never had a coffee porter before and it was very interesting. Lots of complex flavors which I really enjoyed, and the coffee flavor and even texture came through. Had a bitter aftertaste which wasn't bad per say, but was a bit too strong for my tastes. Overall a good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ibrubeer (146) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Draft @ Crowne, LAX. Aroma had a very nice coffee note to it, like actual coffee. Dark brown color with beige head, nice lacing. Can taste the actual coffee, with a bit of bitterness to offset. Nice roast notes. Med to full bodied. A very delicious beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2191) - Lakeside, California, USA - NOV 1, 2014
500 ml bottle. Pours a dense black color with a monster sized head that has excellent retention. The aroma is big and bold with coffee, coffee and more coffee. The taste mirrors the aroma with coffee in the forefront followed by dark bitter baking chocolates and blackened malts. The palate is full and smooth and the carbonation is soft. Finishes long and dry with lingering coffee. Overall: One of the best coffee beers, ever.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (1831) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
500 ml bottle poured into a Spiegelau tulip. Black with 2.5 fingers of tan head. Aromas of coffee, roast, caramel, sweet cream. Tastes of coffee, roast, dark chocolate, caramel, toffee. Nice coffee flavors throughout. Medium body with a dry finish. Pretty delicious coffee porter!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (3896) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle thanks to Rainer. Pours a dark brown with small beige head. The aroma is huge coffee bean, roast. Thin, roast, coffee bean, dark chocolate, good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6088) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"A very solid coffee porter for this java lover. A little on the dry side, huge aroma of coffee and roast with coffee and malted chocolate on the palate. Nicely done. Smog City seems to be one to keep an eye on..."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Blackish pour, light tan head, good lace/retention. Aroma is big big big big coffee. Quality beans here, as well as the usual stuff you’d expect from a porter. Medium to light body, huge coffee flavor, some chocolate, caramel and a light hop presence. Wow, amazing porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkzambia (1530) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Tap @ Crowne Plaza LAX: dark black with a tan head. Charcoal aroma with strong espresso aroma. Thick, oily, feel with a bitter yet fairly sweet alcohol aftertaste.

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