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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 31   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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We at Brau Bros are very fortunate to have the opportunity to team up with a small town coffee roaster who takes coffee as seriously as we take beer. The folks at Cherry Bean Coffee Co., like us, make extremely small batches with great care and attention to detail. We’ve worked closely to select and roast a unique blend of beans for this ale.

An eclectic ingredient list features a variety of fermentables. Roasted barley, with coffee and chocolate malt is showcased. However, a sizeable amount of wheat helps with body and head retention. Dark candi sugar, confected at the brewery, is employed late in the boil to build complexity and is reminiscent of dark chocolate and ripe plum.

Finally, multiple roasts of Cherry Bean’s organic, fair trade coffee are added to the ale. Partially during the brewing process, in an effort to claim nuance and character only achieved with the heat of the brewing process, and partially towards the end of fermentation, to capture aromatics as well as classic coffee flavor without extensive bitterness. Melding roasted coffee and roasted barley, we hope to bring out the best in each, creating a unique and tasty brew!

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Color: 63 SRM

Hops: Target

Pounds and pounds of beans, courtesy of Cherry Bean Coffee Co.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
boozedude (1744) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - SEP 25, 2013
Bottle at flying mango.. boys night...pitch black pour with coffe happy arona... sweet fruit..chocolate..just awesome

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (5998) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2013
In short: A highly roasted sweet coffee stout with some strange off-flavors. Just ok
How: Bottle 12oz, consumed a few months after receiving it from Savvy1982, thanks a lot Kyle
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head with medium retention
In long: Nose is unsurprisingly full of coffee, a lot or roast (bordering smoke), vegetal and earthy notes, cocoa nibs. Taste has a very high roast sensation, highly roasted cereals, roasted coffee beans, strange earthy dark mushrooms flavor, chocolate brownies, smoked roasted almonds, old coffee filter, boiled asparagus, sweet liquorice, vanilla extract, residual sugars. Body is thicker and more viscous than expected for such a highly roasted 7.5% stout but thankfully carbonated enough to avoid the stickiness. This one did not win me over, a bit too roasted for its own good and with a weird coffee character which developed some strange mushroom/vegetal flavors. Seeing the mostly good ratings it looks like everybody likes this beer more than I do, you are all wrong. And I wonder why people call me a narcissist, is it because I believe my ratings are the only valid opinions on this site or because I love to rate beers so I can look my reflection on my computer screen?

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Dark brown with a thin braun head and no lace. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, mild cherry and sweet malt. Taste of cherry, chocolate, lightly roasted malt with a dry and acidic finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrownALEx (265) - Portland, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2013
This beer pours dark, dark, dark. A wonderful tan, pillowy head follows the pour. A strong coffee smell is ever present without getting close to the glass. This thing is beautiful. Taste is all espresso mixed with milk chocolate. Palate is long and creamy. So glad I bought this. If you can find this get it. It is wonderful.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (4854) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Bottle shared by a friend. Pours black with a medium tan head. Malty nose with notes of coffee and light cherry. Cherry flavor with malt and chocolate before a roasty coffee finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mnmike (1031) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2012
From bottle. This is my kind of beer. Awesome coffee and cherry flavors with this dark stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 30, 2012
Bottle at home, from my Minneapolis Town Hall glass. Pours opaque black, thin dark tan head, above average lacing. Nose is lovely medium roast coffee, light nuttiness, some biscuit, biscotti, almond, some light ash, very dry cocoa. Flavours of big, fresh coffee, coffee crisp, biscotti, berries. Mouthfeel seems watery, but the coffee is dominant throughout. Fantastic coffee, beer underneath leaves something to be desired.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
burgy (455) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2012
This is a really intriguing beer. I wish that it had been slightly beer in the aromatics department. Pours deep dark brown with off white head. Taste is heavy in smoke and coffee. Dont really taste much cherry. Palate is nice and full. Overall, I had higher hopes...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcanapa (17) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2012
dark beige head dissipates quickly, minimal lacing, not much aroma, light bite, slightly acidic

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (4334) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2012
12oz bottle picked up in Duluth. Viscous red-black pour. Chunky, patchy, rusty beige head. Wow, this is really nice. I’m not really too wild about coffee beers typically but this one nails it! Rich but melllow roasty chocolate backbone, with all sorts of dry bittersweet tones. Really has a great chocolate coffee smores taste, this is a World Class beer. Impressive.


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