seymour (1307) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - MAY 10, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared at CarterFest 2013, thanks gregwilsonstl! Tall corked bottle in their Smokestack series, it poured a hazy reddish copper colour with HUGE creamy, billowy beige foam, everlasting with nice Belgian lace. Beautiful appearance. A rare coffee beer which isn’t a stout, cool! My kinda beer to begin with--a multi-grain Belgian farmhouse kinda thing--grassy, peppery, beady, tea-like tannins. Tart, almost sour acidity enhanced by the delicious coffee notes. Complex, layer after layer of unique and harmonious flavours. Truly delicious.
ryecatcher (615) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750mL bottle. Pours a dark um... coffee color with a massive, off white head. Nose is malt and a hint of Joe. Mouth is medium bodied, creamy and chock full of nuts, toffee, malt and Nescafe. Like the Red Wings fan said, it is a bit one-dimensional, but if there was ever a beer that would be perfect with a maple bar (or any dougnut for that matter) this would be it. Let’s go Rangers!
Beaver (1200) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle, batch 2013-3, best by 10-2013. Pours copper amber with a huge pillowy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is strong roast coffee with some sweet lactic chocolate.
The flavor is some sweet malt with a lot of roast coffee and some acidic bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, pretty one-dimensional, but a nice coffee beer.
superspak (2123) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2/2013. Pours moderately hazy and cloudy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big roasted coffee beans, caramel, toast, toffee, oats, brown bread, spicy rye, floral, and light roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with big presence of the coffee with well balanced malt/hop complexity. Taste of roasted coffee beans, caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, oats, light spicy rye, floral, and light roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of coffee beans, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, floral, oats, and light roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of coffee with malt flavors; with no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, slick, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice coffee ale. Very nice balance and complexity of coffee and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
barbarino2000 (73) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks like a glass of old molten pennies. Definite alcohol smell. Not much coffee taste. Probably a one glass max.
---Rated via Beer Buddy
snoworsummer (1496) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pours clear medium brown. Tastes like rich smooth coffee, not too bitter. Hints of chocolate and espresso. Very tasty and we’ll done. Smells like rich brewing coffee. Light body and medium carbonation.
topherh (1905) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown with a a thick khaki head. Aroma is coffee, sweet malt, and toast. Flavor is rich and malty. Some vanilla, caramel, toast, and mild coffee. Light acidic bitterness and a very creamy texture.
after4ever (5856) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750, corked and baled. Pours a murky dark brown with a gigantic tan head that sticks around forever, once it finally settles down. Gorgeous big nutty coffee nose, smells like good coffee. Nice fresh gingerbread dark bread crust maltiness there too. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Rich dark earthiness, nuttiness, and gingerbread notes from the combination of malts and good coffee. Really a nicely integrated effort.
RABinVA (1000) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Batch 2 bottle. Poured into a goblet. Surprisingly light brown pour with a huge head. Lots of carbonation on this one. Worried about possible infection here. Slightly lactic all around. But lots of vanilla, creamy coffee, light chocolate. Sweet but dry. Won’t be surprised to see reports of these gushing given a little more time on the shelf.
brokensail (9850) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mahogany pour with a huge off-white head. Banana, toast, and sweet malt. Notes of coffee and chocolate, mild earthiness, and a hint of roast. Nice malty sweetness, banana, toast, and a touch of chocolate. Quite mild coffee, a hint of vanilla, and a touch of roast.