bwa5879 (497) - Portage, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black pour with amber brown tint. White brown head disappeared after a minute or so. Coffee aroma. Hazelnut is evident with scent. Thick body. Sweet on the tounge with mild carbonation. Nutty coffee flavor, a bit acidic. Acidic coffee after taste.
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - JUL 2, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bomber to dimple mug:
Pours a clean coffee brown, topped with dense creamy mocha head. Great lacing, minimal beading. Doesn’t look as big as I thought it would.
The smells explodes from the bottle, and exactly as advertised - big fat hazelnut, fresh gas station coffee, various dark malts, vanilla, toffee, caramel, burnt sugar, the bitterness of coffee and hops keep a perfect balance.
This is precisely what a coffee beer ought to be. Every quality of a great brown ale, smothered in hazelnut coffee and just a touch of boozy heat at the finish. Fuck Irish coffee, I’d way rather have one of these.
This beer is damn near perfect.
eachnotesecure (60) - Kentucky, USA - JUN 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared a bomber with friends. This smells and tastes like rich hazelnut coffee. One of the best smelling beers I’ve had, and tastes great too. That being said, it’s no CBS or Better Half.
jar72404 (426) - USA - JUN 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours brown with thick cream head with good retention. Aroma is dominated by hazelnut. Some coffee and brown sugar is detectable. Flavor has the same characteristics as the aroma. Solid, but way too much hazelnut IMO.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Founders Brewpub. Brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of the coffee aisle -right by all the good designer coffees, nuts, roasted malt and a hint of alcohol. Taste of coffee, nuts, vanilla, roasted malt and mild alcohol. Finishes up mildly acidic. I see this is the next beer in the Backstage series, nice choice!
Tmoney99 (9969) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Poured clear brown color with an average fizzy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted coffee, nuts with a sweet alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted coffee sweet flavor with a medium to heavy roasted sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer.