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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 13   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Oatmeal and 20 pounds of fresh roasted coffee from the Ugly Mug Cafe contribute to a mildly chalky espresso character balanced by a rich, sweet, creamy maltiness. coffee finish dissolves into chocolate with a slight roasty bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (4687) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2007
12 oz bottle, shared by CharlesDarwin. Pours an opaque mahogany brown with a very small brown head that ran to a thin ring. Nice chocolaty coffee nose, a little roasted malt, and minimal to no hops. Flavor is kinda murky, a mix of day old coffee, cocoa, and a heavily yeasty stout. Light to moderate bitterness with a little astringency. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate fizzy carbonation. Lingering wet coffee grounds finish, sort of like that last sip of an espresso with the silt like sludge. Overall, a little muddled, but still a coffee beer (my favorite), and that counts for something with me. Iíd drink it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 13, 2007
12oz bottle, courtesy of CharlesDarwin. Thanks, Tom! Pours a murky, dark brown color, like a muddy espresso; minimal head formation. Dense, tootsie rolls and nougat in the aroma; espresso and plenty of chocolate. Medium mouthfeel: nougaty and chewy espresso core; lightly roasted coffee character (no greenness), with a light citrus note; ends with plenty of roasted coffee and oily nuttiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2007
12oz bottle shared by CharlesDarwin. Nose of sweet candy (tootsie rolls - someone else said it and then I smelled it) and chocolate liquer. Coffee presence is heavy, but sweet. Flavor also leans on the sweet side, with chocolate syrup, cocoa, slick & sweet malts, some nuts, and a heavy presence of godiva chocolate liquer. The coffee itself is very fresh and bright, but the beer overall is a little undercarbonated and/or thin. Still, a decent coffee stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Espresso Love huh ? Well this does pour a chocolate brownish color. Like coffee with just a touch of creamer. There is no froth at all. Bummer! Still as night. Aromas of sweet creamed coffee, not espresso, coffee. So far Iíd have to say this brew doesnít live up to itís name. Medium nectar weight w/ no appearant residual effers. You really have to abuse this one to get any. A watery texture is produced by this lack of carbonation. Another bummer! The flavor profile is primarily toffee, mildly sweet creamed coffee, and caramel held together by a mild roast component. Itís very mild, not espresso like at all. The thinish is bittered mildly and leaves a linger toffee essence. Overall: itís a tastey brew for sure but it doesnít live up to itís name.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
auerbrau (3126) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Poured from a 12 Oz Bottle (Thanks Sean!). Boasting granular coffee aroma, combated with chocolate nibs and faint smoked salt. Rich and chewy nose. Pours a deep black brown pour, with rim of tan. Flavor moves into a slightly harsher coffee flavor then muddles in a bit of mud and caramel. Body tends thin and slightly sour, but not unpleasantly. Chocolate oils settle in and the coffee rests quietly. One of the cleaner regular beers Iíve had from Arbor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10080) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2007
Draft at Corner Brewery. Poured dark brown with an average creamy light brown head that lasted with good lacing. Solid roasted coffee and chocolate malt aroma. Medium body with a creamy texture. Solid roasted balanced flavor with a smooth average bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
redlem (1296) - Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2007
On tap at Corner Brewery. Beer...maybe. Coffee...yes. This is coffee. A very dark brown color, no lacing. Faintly sweet from the oats. Any carbonation seems to be absorbed by the coffee. Completely 1-dimensional and I did not care for it, at least at 4 in the afternoon. Maybe at 7 in the morning.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Goblincat (379) - Westland, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2007
Bottle. The aroma is almost pure coffee. The taste is pure roasted coffee. Little carbonation, but that seems fine. Iím not a fan off coffee, but I like this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (5743) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2007
MiBGF 07: Opaque mostly with a small head. Aroma has notes of espresso, chocolate, toast, and smoke. A nice cherry-like tartness over a layer of chocolate with a bitter coffee finish. A nice smoky after tone adds depth. The mouth feel is very smooth and a tad thin. Okay at best but a solid way to start the fest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4414) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 29, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2007 On tap": The aroma contains lots of expresso, cocoa, and hints of vanilla. Itís a dark almost muddy brown with faint orange hilights and a small bubbled beige head. The flavor starts with lots of chocolate, almost chocolate syrup-like. The finish has moderate amounts of expresso. There is a faint fruity sourness in the background. The mouthfeel is a tad thin with minimal carbonation.

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