Jimthechap (1326) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from bottle at the darkroom in Christchurch. The only issue being that it was dark and I couldn’t see the colour of the beer, but needless to say: it was dark. The beer was also served a little colder than I’d like and I had to let it sit for a while in my hand to bring out the full array of aromas and flavours. To that end, the aroma of coffee was at once strong, but not dominant. There was lovely chocolate and caramel underneath with dates and steamed pudding scents. That lovely roastiness returned in the flavour and while it was cold, the coffee too a back seat to chocolate and pudding again. There’s a good sweetness to it and very gentle bitterness. There was fruitcake in the enduring finish. While it was cold I was musing: so often coffee is too dominant and there is very little balance to beers with coffee in them. I thought this may have overcompensated, but as it warmed the coffee came back out and balanced nicely. A touch on the expensive side, this beer, but then quality shouldn’t come cheap.
umich03jm (1315) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle. Pours a murky brown color with a small head that quickly fades to a ring. Aroma is strong coffee with some nuttiness. Taste is strong bitter coffee, some light chocolate and nuttiness. Very little sweetness. Some light alcohol noticeable in the finish. Overall, it’s very overpowering but a decent beer.
PotjeBier (1294) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Beer Temple. Deep red-brown color. Off white to beige head. Aroma’s: roast, ground coffee, red fruit, with caramel & toffee sweetness retronasal. Flavor is medium sweet, with some coffee-ish/roasted bitterness. Medium bodied. Finishes roasted & bitter. Nice one!
Ed5388 (1238) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from The Wine Shoppe Brick. Pours a murky chestnut brown color with a huge foamy 3 fingers of khaki colored head. Aroma of caramel, roasted peanuts, and light hints coffee. Taste of roasted coffee, roasted malts, peanuts, and toffee.
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark red/brown in colour with thin off white head. Big coffee aroma, mild fruity hop flavour.
keanex (1134) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Couldn’t find any bottling information, there was some but I guess it got rubbed off.
Appearance: The body is murky brown with a huge tan head that dissipates slowly creating a plateau as the sides dissipate much quicker than the center.
Aroma: Very astringent earthy and spicy coffee, coming off a bit sour even, upon swirling. The aroma settles to earthy coffee with sweet cocoa. The aroma is a bit restrained though.
Taste: The flavor tastes much better than the aroma indicates with prominent syrupy chocolate matched by earthy and spicy roasted flavors. Definitely a unique type of coffee to my palate, I’ve never tasted one this spicy. The coffee and cocoa match each other nicely while there thick caramel underlies it.
Palate: Full bodied with crisp carbonation.
Overall: This is a good beer, but it looks ugly and the aroma is a bit off-putting at times with a slightly sour astringency. This drinks nice though, probably better if it were fresher. I would buy this again if I saw it fresh.
vanvenlo (1092) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - SEP 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slowbeer ontap (9-Sep-12) dark brown red colour, with head that falls away. Sweet coffee roast malt aroma. Sweet coffee choc malt pepper flavour. Bitter coffee vanilla roast malt spice finish and hop coffee roast malt aftertaste.
Sevenlee (1060) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark brown with a huge and veeerrry long lasting frothy beige head. Aroma is malt, plenty of coffee, smoke, caramel, toasty notes, oats and hints of chocolate. Taste is medium to high sweet leading to a dry coffee finish. Very good! 8 Wired does it again!!
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark clear brown with mahogany flashes down the side of the glass. Huge tan coloured head that takes forever to fall. Lots of lacing. Nice looking beer once it settles down a bit. Aromas are certainly dominated by coffee. Not just roasted coffee but sweet coffee liquor. Not a lot else comes through though there are some us hops and a little roasted grain. A little one dimensional thanks to the coffee but bloddy good all the same. Taste shows a little more complexity. Bitter roasted grain and coffee, sweet caramel and plenty of resiny bitter hops on the finish. Resin lingers long after the last taste. Medium to full creamy mouthfeel. Another great beer from this guy.
fletchfighters (921) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ML bottle
Pours a cola color and settled a dark brown color. Some nice ruby highlights with this. Half finger of light mocha colored film that fell to a nice film. Just bits of lacing.
Nice roasted coffee nose. Underneath is roasted malts and caramel. Sweetness is underneath the big coffee nose.
taste is warmed brown sugar, caramel, roasted malts and just subtle coffee and chocolate notes.
Medium feel and medium carbonation. Good lingering sweetness followed by a bite of coffee in the finish. Well balanced between brown ale and coffee. Leand more towards brown ale in the taste and feel and that is quite refreshing.
Nice, nice beer