wyzzywyz22 (1942) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle frae Brew Dog, shared with Slothez, Superbowl session. Deep dark brown pour with a shy tan head. Coffee laden beak alongside a little chocolate..Smooth creamy mouthefeel. More coffee in the taste with notes of citrus hop, malts and dark fruits Steady rolling bitterness. The hops and coffee link up really well. Not my favourite style but this could well be the best brown ale I’ve ever tasted. Yumtiddlyum.
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 30, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at cookie. Great, complex beer. Aroma of coffee beans, chocolate, and toast. Taste is sweet and bitter, with hints of sourness, and long length. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Dark brown, with a frothy head.
shoulderbroken (1909) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at Craft Islington.Ultra strong coffee smell and taste. But more like coffee grinds. Not much else. Nice but one dimensional. I quite liked it, but it was quite predictable.
Davros (1869) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a fading head.
Nose shows hefty coffee, seemingly a mix of fresh and spent grounds though. Underneath that is roasted malt, dark chocolate and oats.
Flavours are dominated by coffee throughout, but again, it does seem a little old. Underneath is some sweet malt and soft alcohol before the roasty bitterness takes over.
Could benefit from a thicker body.
umich03jm (1843) - Flat Rock, 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.
tastybeer (1682) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Copper pour, small tan head, little retention/lace. Aroma of big green apple, green coffee, onion, light chocolate, light toffee. Taste is moderately bitter, green coffee, toffee, light green apple. Palate is average carbonation, slick, light bitter finish. Beside the acetaldehyde, I’m guessing this was an old bottle.
PotjeBier (1597) - 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!
Jimthechap (1566) - 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.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours a cloudy brown with some red-orange mixed in and a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts, roasted coffee, brown sugar, fruity yeast esters, nuttiness, some citrus hops, and a hint of booze.
T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts, fruity yeast esters, and some citrus hops. Through the middle, roasted coffee comes through with a touch of hop bitterness, some nuttiness, and some more fruity yeast character. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts, roasted coffee, coffee bitterness, some mild citrus hops, and some fruity esters.
M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a roasty, bitter, and dry finish.
D - Very drinkable. Good brown ale with the coffee adding some nice complexity and depth.
keanex (1395) - 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.