Guerde (1162) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(growler from Skyview) Pours light brown with an off-white head. Aroma of stale, day-old coffee grounds, with additional aromas of chili peppers and green peas. The taste follows with char, oxidized coffee, and general staleness. Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation. A very poor integration of coffee.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[Growler] shared by Skyview. Aroma is chili peppers, roast coffee grounds, oxidation. Flavor is a little better showing, and more coffee-like. Thin mouthfeel. Sharp carbonation. Really underwhelming coffee beer.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2009
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Strong coffee aroma - bitter as hell. Likewise a very bitter body but the cacao cuts through rather well. The bitterness is why I don’t like most coffee beers. Some are really good but sadly not this one.
grawk (12) - Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is the best example of a coffee beer I’ve ever had. We had a 5 gal keg brought up to a party in NC, and I fell in love. It’s like the Beer Geek Breakfast, only better on all fronts. I’d love having it on a permanent beer engine or nitrogen tap in my house.
hopscotch (8867) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler… Hazy mahogany ale with a small, creamy white head. Good retention. The aroma is big on espresso beans, but also provides less fervent cocoa and toasted nuts. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. The flavor is all toasted nuts, deeply roasted Cuban espresso and mild cocoa nibs with a lightly acrid twang. Astringent, dry finish. Kudos to darkguardian for providing the growler!
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from the brewery. Pours a dark chestnut brown color with some reddish tint topped by a small, foamy tan colored head. The foam settles and leaves tiny rings of lace around the glass. The aroma is big on the roasted cuban espresso with just a hint of cocoa and the sweet caramel malt base. The flavor follows suit with the heavy roast from the espresso up front followed by the sweet caramel malt, nuts, and oats to smooth things out. There is some cocoa on the back end that seems to smooth out the roast a bit. I was hoping the cocoa would come out a bit more, but the espresso is the dominant flavor here. Medium bodied and smooth with good carbonation that leads to a cocoa roasty finish. This is another solid treatment of the maduro and a tasty brown ale as well.
darkguardian (725) - Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
32oz Growler. Major thanks to JW77 for giving me this mystery growler. (I owe you one!) Pours a reddish amber. Big giant cuban espresso nose. The coffee just completely dominates the chocolate here. Toasty malt but the nose is really solid coffee. Flavor is roasty and toasty malts up front with a big giant coffee finish. Slightly thin on the backend. Light chocolate on the finish. Probably my favorite maduro treatment, or at the very least tied with the vanilla.
Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The fluid poured out of the brewery purchased growler a striking amber with tan head. The aroma is a big nose full of dark roasted coffee with much softer notes of varied roasted malts. The taste isn’t that far from being a cup-o-joe to start with plenty of dark roasted coffee. By midway and to the finish the coffee recedes back enough to reveal notes of roasted malts, sweet malts and a sprinkling of cacao nibs.
markwise (4427) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from CCB: thanks kiefdog! Pours dark brown with one finger of frothy, off-white head. Nose is roast, black coffee, earthiness, and a subtle sweetness. Flavor is similar: like sweet Cuban espresso. As it warms it becomes more even-tempered and the tobacco qualities of Maduro emerge. Would be a great breakfast beer. Medium-bodied and lots of dry espresso roast. Nice spin on Maduro.
PhilTheThrill (25) - Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
growler @ redlight redlight
thanks to godofthunder for the shariez
huge, fresh coffee grounds in the nose - fresh roasted coffee smells.. incredible. first time i had this joey poured it at the CCB tasting room for me and my insanely hungover friends... did the trick. the cacao nibs are really understated... you gotta focus to pick em up... dont know if that’s good or bad - but either way it’s delicious.