hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours a dark, almost opaque black with a small, creamy head. The flavor is really strong with the coffee coming through most prominently. The flavor is a little bit boring though with a bit of malty sweetness, but lacking with any bitter that you would expect from the coffee. Beyond that, the palate is quite lacking with a very thin mouthfeel that just doesnít excite me.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Crunchyís in East Lansing. Poured a bronze/brown color. Up front is caramel, a little chocolate, then fading into a light coffee finish. This came together better than I expected. Nice job.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I love the picture on this thing and the vibe at the brewery that matches it. This is very malty , thick caramel and some coffee overtones. Prolly my favorite beer from dark horse. The hops and alcohol come through right towards the end, but it is really blended well with the maltiness for a grand drinking experience.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of a trade from a while ago?? Thanks! Pours a clear, bright orange-amber color; light tan head with patchy fine-bubbled lacing. Tons of coffee and caramel in the aroma, though the coffee dominates: decently roasted with chocolate notes; slight greenness. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: pleasant, chewy caramel and nougat beneath a strong roasted coffee presence; nice balance between the coffee and the creamy doppelbock character, though the coffee itself could be better: slightly green and closer to Folgerís than anything more intricate. Still, reasonably tasty stuff, and I donít normally care all that much for coffee-infused beers. Medium finish showing caramel and dough; coffee coming through as roast.
ChainGangGuy (4231) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A "coffelbock," whatíll they think of next?
Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown body with a thin, wispy off-white head.
Smell: Dark malts and raisins bookended by the sharp scent of used coffee grounds.
Taste: Dark maltiness with flavors of caramel and dark fruits tenuously co-mingle with the rehydrated coffee grinds. Subdued sweetness throughout. Mild acidity. Not much in the way of hops. Sweetish coffee-marinated fruit finish with a touch of booziness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation. Slight stickiness.
Drinkability: True, I was more than a bit wary of this combination, but it turned out alright.
puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Mike for sharing this. Vegetal, smoky, cinnamon, calm caramel flavor, with a heady smack of liquid smoke. Only a little coffee. A bit muddy, yeasty, dirty. Not the best.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2008 Not much head and a nice day espresso aroma. Although itís pretty transparent, the flavor is pretty spot on. Roasty without being too malty or sweet. The coffee is the star of the show here. Nice stuff but lacing any real head (arent we all)?
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a transparent dark copper ruby with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Aroma of sweet dark caramel malt with some roasted coffee and dark chocolate complexity. Starts fairly full-bodied and caramely sweet with a nice coffee complexity before a drier bready German lager yeasty finish. A pretty nicely balanced and authentic coffee doppelbock.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks MikeTD. Dark mahogany pour, medium white head that stays and leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is coffee and more straight coffee beans. Flavor is coffee beans upfront, really roasty tasting with a touch of caramel in the background and some munich malt. This is a coffee beer and it really overides everything but I like it in a different style of beer and not just an aggressive stout, it really works for this beer. Medium bodied which could be fuller with a cloying sweetness in the finish. Really is a nice coffe brew, just straight beans.
jrob21 (2170) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks jtw. Pours a murky, muddy brown color with a decent but quickly dissipating offwhite head. Aroma of caramel malt and some roasted coffee. Flavor is caramel up front giving way to a chalky chocolate flavor. Faint coffee flavor as well. Medium bodied but quick on the finish. One dimensional in the flavor and the coffee doesnít come through quite as much as itís name would imply. Not that that is a bad thing just a little unexpected.