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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 4.02/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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Yodo, in Andrés’s home country of Costa Rica, is a slang term for coffee, as in something strong and dark.

We start with an Imperial porter at about 8.5%, made with two kinds of caramel malts, oats for creaminess and three different dark malts, including rye and a special one from Patagonia Malting in Chile. To this we add a solid helping of dulce de leche, a creamy milk caramel from Argentina. Only when the beer is fermented, do we add the coffee.

With the help of Gaslight Coffee Roasters, local Chicago specialists, we sorted through several Costa Rican estates’ beans looking for a coffee with great flavor and true Costa Rican character. We found it in Finca Agrícola Cafetal, from Lourdes de Cirrí de Naranjo. We airfreighted fresh beans from the new harvest, had Gaslight custom roast them to bring out their best and did a room-temperature steeping in beer, then strained and added the liquid back to the entire batch.

The result is a mocha-like strong porter with a luscious creaminess and a lovely, fresh-roasted coffee nose. The finish is a lot like a Latin cup of coffee: intense, delicious and satisfyingly long.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5063) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Sampled at esbls. Malmost black with a tan layer. Very rich coffee and cocoa nose. A little edge to the chocolate as in spice. Coffee is really well done. Mit brings dryness and lighter roast. A really good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (5098) - Utah, USA - OCT 6, 2014
GABF 2014
Dark brown with a medium sized tan head. Aroma of roast coffee and milk chocolate. Taste of dark malts. mild roast coffee and milk chocolate
Combines 3 things I like. Beer, CR coffee and dulce de leche. Nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JStax (3233) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle shared at Natifest. Pours a near black with a khaki head of foam. The aroma has coffee, caramel, and toffee. Big roasty sweet notes. Sugary. Moderate carbonation. Big body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3075) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2014
8/02/2014: Yodo con Leche has a really nice amount of roasted malt and coffee tampered by a delicious milky caramel (even a hint of roasted peanut in the finish). Medium-bodied, average carbonation. Porters seem to be a diminishing style, so I’m hapy to see that they made one. They did a fanastic job on this beer. This is a great robust coffee porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chudwick (2207) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Bomber thanks to me! And one of the cousins from the barrio. Porter with slight smoke. Lactose, coffee and roast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zgaier (1458) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Bomber. Pours a dark brown with a brown head and nice sweet coffee chocolate aroma. Taste is sweet as well, tons of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and oats while creamy with a sweet finish. Delicious brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjgmd (1507) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Shared with Zach, nice dark brownish black pour with a small head. Nose is sweet with deep roasted coffee. Taste is very sweet with a strong mocha coffee and toffee taste. Finish is sweet, with a moderate lingering. Rich and velvety ! Quaff Score 8 / 10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2014
What a dirty-looking darkish-brown colored ale. With a medium-brown colored head and a sugary-looking brownish malty appearance it looks so sticky that if I stuck my finger in it it would likely get stuck, or if I was able to remove it my finger would be covered in caramel. It looks almost chalky-thick, with an equally chalky nose. It reminds me of protein powder. Very much of protein powder. The flavor offers some chocolate, thick caramel, and oddly enough some bourbon-like notes. Surely not, but still... possible? It’s so soft and silky in the mouth that I’m going to ignore the fact that I’m lactose intolerant for just tonight. Chocolate and caramel with a touch of leche pretty much sums up this beer. It’s really nice, and much better than I expected! My wife thinks it tastes like an iced coffee, but I didn’t get much coffee from it. Mostly chocolate and milk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (5820) - Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Draft to taster. Looks good; a slightly translucent very dark cola with foamy beige head. Smells good too; dark malt, chocolate, caramel, and mild coffee. Tastes like it smells with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6938) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2014
750ml bottle, thanks to Nick S. for sharing! Dark brown - red color. Thin khaki head. Couple bits of lace. Awesome coffee flavor, good milk chocolate, hint of burnt caramel. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, creamy, kind of chewy texture. Lighter, creamy carbonation. Great mocha flavor on it. Moderate sweet taste, light to moderate bitter. Alcohol works very well here. Very tasty one to sip on. Good vanilla notes.

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