Beaver (1296) - 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.
RedSox2004 (1253) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, color of cream soda, off-white head and ok lace. Strong coffee aroma, with hints of caramel and roastiness. Flavor is similar, with big coffee flavor up front, some cashew, oak and vanilla. Medium body, moderate carbonation, creamy yet thin mouthfeel, and the coffee lingers in the finish.
mmmbeer (1242) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1 pint 9.4 oz. bottle served a shaker- poured a turbid lightened black with shades of brown and maroon of color, solid three finger foamy and a heavy cream like consistency head formed and laced extremely well upon the vessel. Aroma of dirt, coffee, toffee, darkened molasses, and love- just put everything that you like in a glass and enjoy! Hits the mouth with a high medium body that is extremely wide, a mild in feel on the mouth but overly strong coffee is intertwined with the malt, which makes the malt hard to detect, middle has more of the same with a slight note of cream, finish is cloying, slightly bittering, and has a fine note of dark chocolate. Very nice, but I enjoyed the last one I had alot more. But it’s still very good!
pentaz (1240) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Yespr. Pours quite hazy amber with a lasting small frothy beige head. Aroma is mild coffee, caramel, bread, herbs and toasted malt. Taste is moderate sweet and light+ bitter. Body is medium, texture is light syrupy, carbonation is is moderate+, Finishes sweet with caramel and mild coffee, The coffee is nicely downplayed but I’d prefer less carbonation and sweetness.
sthlm (1231) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] Pours deep reddish-brown with a huge beige head that quickly fades but doesn’t disappear completely. Aroma is potent earthy coffee blended with a lot of chocolate. Taste is similar with earthy coffee followed by slight spice, although the earthiness ramps up and dominates as it warms. Really long finish, as is usual with coffee beers, medium-thin mouthfeel, smooth. Overall, a solid coffee beer that is much better done than most I encounter. Another winner from Boulevard.
mikedR (1219) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Murky brown color after a frothy pour. Really nice coffee notes in aroma, carrying to the flavor. Interestingly sweet, and a nice malt base. Coffee flavor is quite fresh and lingers beautifully. This is good, but unfortunately does not hide its ABV well, and indeed what also lingers is a bit of alcohol burn. If they ratcheted this from from 9.3 to 7.5 or so, this would be a coffee ale to beat!
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tennisjoel (1175) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - SEP 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice nose of coffee, maple, caramel, and a hint of tartness. Attractive brown body with a sufficient creamy head, lacing is plentiful. No doubt, coffee is the main player here, but nicely balanced. In some sense, this seems like an amped up Coffee Bender, which is very nice beer in its own right. Palate is smooth. I like this beer, not as some where the coffee overtakes everything else.
Guerde (1168) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle) Pours a rust-water brown with a medium off-white head. Aroma smells cold-press esque, but does not suit me all that well as there are shades of green bell lurking in the background. It’s not in the forefront thankfully, but its presence is still felt. There are good parts here, and the roast profile sans the bell is pretty solid, and I get a scent that reminds me of roasted hazelnuts (or Philberts). Swirling this really dredges up that green bell and foists it into the nostrils. I recommend not swirling. Aside from the coffee I can definitely smell the rye and I think it does ok, but I do get romaine lettuce whiffs from time to time. The flavor is far superior to the aroma, with a nice even roast profile coming from the coffee. No char or ash present here. The malts do really well to accompany the coffee and the sweetness serves to evoke a coffee with sugar comparison, although the malts impart a grainy edge on the finish. Roasted nuts also make a presence here. The oats make this pretty smooth, but there is a touch too much carb, as it gets a little spritzy. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall this coffee beer is better than most forays into this territory, but there are some flaws that can’t be overlooked (particularly at this price point). Think of this beer as an imperialized version of Furthermore’s Oscura.
charule (1106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Midwest Brewers Fest. Poured reddish brown with cream head. Pleasant aroma of ground coffee. Similar smooth coffee taste. I dig.
scottw86 (1105) - Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a very dark murky brown with an off-white head. Aroma has lots of cocoa with espresso and rye and cereals. Very interesting aroma. Taste is sweet with chocolate and oatmeal. Coffee flavors are very good too. Not too acidic, mostly very smooth and malty. Finish has a slight touch of hops. Overall this is very good!