Coffee Beer Reviews

Smog City Brewing - Coffee Porter

 

This beer By Smog City Brewing in Torrance California is a 2012 Gold Medal Winner of the Great America Beer Festival in Denver Colorado 

 

According to Smog City, They say this 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."

 

The coffee used in this beer is from Groundworks Coffee Roasters in North Hollywood, California

Each barrel of beer is loaded with over five pounds of fresh coffee, enhancing the notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt and its native coffee character. 



This beer has an appearance dark brown, nearly black body with a thick film of foamy head 

The nose of this has a distinct roasted coffee like its of instant with a bit of dark fruit aspect like of prune and black current, milk chocolate, roasted malt, licorice root, and cork

The flavor of this beer has notes of Brazilian coffee, coca powder, saffron, cinnamon, coriander, cream, blood orange, soil, and oak





Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. - SnowCat Coffee Stout

This is a winter brew made by Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. and Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Co. located in Edwards and Minturn Colorado. 

The coffee used was an Ethiopia Yirgacheffe at a medium - dark roast and 100% Summit Hops.

The name of this beer is from "The Midnight Marauders - who flatten snow in the wee hours, as they ascend without fear into darkness" 

 

The Appearance of the beer is Dark chocolate in color that is transparent , with a moderate, tan head. 

 

The Aroma of this beer is like of toasted almond, bitters, coca nibs, demerara sugar, malt, and a slight berry note. 

 

This beer has a smoky taste like of hickory, The coffee is not as prominent as I hoped but there is a citrus note that comes through like of Kumquat along with berry notes of blackberry and strawberry. There is a distinct hop note to this and this tart and vegetable like.