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Smog City Groundwork Coffee Porter
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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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."


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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4425) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAY 24, 2012
Tap at the Library Alehouse. Pours a deep brown with a medium bubbly tan head that left spotty lacing. Aroma of fresh ground coffee, toasted and roasted malt along with milk chocolate. Flavor of chocolate covered espresso beans. The mix of coffee meets chocolate is excellent. One of the top coffee beers I have had.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
toxichop (322) - South Gate, California, USA - JUL 4, 2014
P: Completely black with a thin tan head. S: A good amount of coffee, lots of it actually with a good amount of chocolate. T: Bitter roasted malt and average coffee. M: Somewhat thin and semi bitterness. O: Really good but I thought it was gonna be better.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedSox2004 (1200) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Opaque, medium brown color, two-finger dense white head and moderate lace. Delicious freshly ground coffee beans dominate the aroma, with a background that includes milk chocolate, roasted malt and a hint of leafy hop. Coffee is dialed back just a little in the flavor profile, allowing the milk chocolate sweetness and floral character to peek through a bit more. Full body, creamy mouthfeel, minimal carbonation, and coffee in the finish that stays with you all the way home. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mrnoluv (145) - long beach, California, USA - JUN 28, 2014
The smell is overwhelming coffee. When they say coffee porter they mean it. I wish it had other tastes to offer but it’s coffee, watery, with that bitter coffee/coca bean taste. It could us more ABV, more malt. If you like a roasted coffee bean porter, you will love this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JerseyHophead (20) - California, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Strong nose of roasted coffee beans. Comes on with strong coffee flavor. Mouth feel is full bodied but smooth, with a bit of malt. Finishes with a smokey bean flavor and a bit of a kick.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (3106) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 8, 2014
On tap at the brewery. It pours dark brown with some red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is awesome with sweet coffee, mocha, light cocoa and vanilla. The flavor is dirty roast, nuts, dark chocolate and coffee. Earth and nuts are prominent in this one. Very coffee forward and tasty in smaller doses.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Itzjerm (1124) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - NOV 14, 2013
This is now my gold standard for coffee beers. Only 6 percent very creamy taste and heAd. Amazing coffee aroma. Sweet coffee amazing balance. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Barreras (929) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Pours a deep brown almost black color. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee. Taste is of black coffe, chocolate, and espresso. A good flavor mixture that dissipated quickly. A robust beer that was a mouthful.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (2122) - Santa Monica, California, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Tap in Santa Monica, very dark coffee porter, lots and lots of coffee but overall good one here.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beergeek23322 (2126) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2013
September 2012. On tap, sampled during LA Beer Week. Strong coffee aromas with roasted malt and chocolate. Nice mouthfeel, great balance. Very impressive porter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5338) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Redondo Beach, Ca - Rock ’N Brews Restaurant - on tap. Thick, oily black pour, sticky off-white head with sticky lacing. Aroma of coffee, hint of potting soil. Full-bodied flavor is full of licorice, some earthy potting soil notes, some bittersweet unsweetened chocolate. Thick, chalky mouthfeel. Exellent porter.


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