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Smog City Groundwork Coffee Porter

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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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."


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
rxeight (1937) - Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2015
500 ml. Black with a light tan head. Taste is coffe bean. Like the chocolate covered coffee bean. Dark roast. Really damn delicious. Thin body. Like anorexic thin. But I guess that makes it pretty damn sessionable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (7840) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2015
50 cl bottle @ hotel room, San Diego.
Pours dark ruby red color with a large off-white head. Nice coffee aroma, roasty malts, cocoa and dark bread notes. Smooth palate, chocolaty flavor with burnt malt notes, coffee and cocoa powder. Highly drinkable and tasty coffee brew. Excellent.
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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (7378) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2015
500 ml bottle. Enjoyed at San Diego, CA. Pours a pitch black colour with a beige head. Aroma of toasted malts, toffee, roastiness and some mild berry notes. Rich flavour of roastiness, dark toffee notes, dark chocolate, berries and some mild spiciness. Medium bodied. Rich.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (7525) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2015
50 cl bottle @ hotel room, San Diego. Aroma has sweet licorice tones, licorice root and some roasted malt. Feels pleasant. Flavour has ash, some cold-ish coffee and licorice root. Finishes dry. Rather good for this ABV.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (4999) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2015
500ml bottle

Pours pitch black with a smooth white head. Aroma of coffee beans, dark chocolate, cocoa, hints of roasty malts and espresso. Taste is smooth, roasty and chocolatey with loads of coffee, mocha, espresso and hints of cocoa. Finish is heavy with coffee notes, chocolate and roastiness. Pretty tasty and balanced.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 20, 2015
16-Sep-14 (500-ml bottle: Purchased 16-Sep-14 for $8.99 at The Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in San Diego, CA)
This Coffee Porter pours a black body with over an inch of dark-tan head that settles slowly to a creamy ring, leaving a few spots of lace on the glass. The nose offers a massive blast of fresh, dark-roasted coffee, but it has a burnt quality to it. Same on the palate, except that it definitely tastes like bitter, burnt, black coffee to me and thatís about it. A background of chocolate milk and vanilla latte adds sweetness and milkiness, but this is unending coffee, coffee, coffee! The beer is full bodied, medium in carbonation, and a bit astringent from the burnt, bitter coffee ground character. Overall, itís awfully one-dimensional and has too much burnt character for me to really get into this beer. But thereís no doubt that it tastes like real coffee, if thatís your thing.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JHeath99 (1466) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2015
Bottle. Pours an opaque black with a ring of tan head. Aroma is intense. Coffee coffee coffee with some roasted malts. Taste is a bit more subtle than the nose, roasted malts step a bit too the intense coffee.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (6921) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2015
bottle .. dark brown .. medium foam .. coffee with beer, very roasty .. mild mouth, finish .. i liked it .. . . Wearing hoods from hoodies/jackets. There is always this "they are suspicious" attitude of someone walking around a store or outside with a hood on. Like... Itís cold out! Why canít I wear my hood without you people thinking Iím trying to take your purse! Fuck... now gimme your purse lady.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
conway (2060) - - AUG 7, 2015
Bottle. Black with tan head. Huge coffee aroma and taste, with some roasted malt and chocolate. Mouthfeel is on the light side but not in a bad way. Very very good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
John25 (1135) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - AUG 7, 2015
Bottle. Dark cocoa. Thin but, Rich for a Porter. Huge coffee aroma and taste. Light. Solid. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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