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Our coffee beer is more "iced coffee" than "double-mocha-mud", more "summer quencher" than "winter warmer". I start with a brown Mexican lager to compliment the coffee of choice, "Nicaragua" (beans from the La Fem Grower’s Co-operative, roasted by Just Coffee of Madison.) I include flaked maize both for added creaminess and to appease the sun gods. Extra-warm fermentation lets the yeast create more interesting flavors (the California-common effect, or "Vapor Beer", if you speak Beer-Spanglish.) Hop bitterness is increased to offset the sweet flavor of un-brewed coffee. Whole beans are soaked in the beer during cold maturation - the alcohol extracts and retains aromatics that would otherwise be lost to hot water. You want numbers? Well, numbers you shall have: 15 degrees Plato; 37 IBU’s; 5.3% ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lb4lb (2570) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2008
This bottle in trade courtesy of milwaukeeclassic. Thanks! Pours a surprising color for a coffee beer. Clear amber with a fluffy lasting yellowish beige head. Smell is fresh roasty coffee beans and some non-roasty caramel malt. Taste is roasty coffee, slightly bitter malt and dark coffee flavor. Some levity to the flavor and body behind the coffee flavor, in the way of a softer, milder caramel malt. Body is medium with light carbonation giving it a very soft mouthfeel. Definitely an unusual coffee beer, and not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3895) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2008
12oz bottle. pours amber with small off white head. nose is mild coffee, roast, chocolate, caramel malt notes. flavors of caramel malt, mild roasty finish with chocolate accents and floral and peppery hop character, clean finish, med body, this comes together surprisingly well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4422) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 19, 2008
12 ounce bottle from some liquor store in southern Wisconsin, summer 2008, served initially quite cold. Hazy dark copper, nearly opaque, with a thick lasting tan head that laces just a bit as it fades....loads of rough dark coffee in the aroma, a bit of caramelized malts, some burnt black chocolate, a hint of thyme and other indefinable aromatic spices, quite lovely....great nutty, roasty coffee flavor that somehow integrates well with the light grainy dry lager characteristics, a touch of dry twiggy hops, quite intense and rich for this style, enough so that this feels more like a sippin’ beer than a quaffing one despite its lightness and relatively low ABV....moderate carbonation, strong lasting finishing bitterness. A beauty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4489) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Appearance: Pours a clear, light chestnut brown body with a very, very thin head. Smell: Slightly nutty, roasty nose with a definite scent of spent coffee beans and a minor, light note of caramel. Taste: Slight dark caramel flavor with a middling sweetness. Small handful of toasted nuts. Big, fresh-tasting coffee flavor. A coffee flavor of conscience, no bargain basement beans or clearance aisle grinds here. Not much in the way of hops or apparent bitterness present. Drying, bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-low carbonation. Drinkability: It’s different for sure. While coffee stouts are downright commonplace these days, I’m hard-pressed to name even one other coffee lager. A coffee-based brew for warmer days. Definitely worth trying a bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trev (1985) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2008
Dark copper colour with a thin head. Strong coffee aroma Espresso bean flavour with some medium toasty malt and bitter cocoa. One of the most coffee forward beers I’ve ever had. Loved this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4340) - Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2008
12oz bottle. Light brown color. Not as dark as a coffee beer could be. Big aroma of earthy coffee beens. Almost like green coffeebeans ready for roast. Very earthy nose, dust? Unroasted coffee bean bitterness. More of a vegetable/herb/spice beer I’m afraid. Flavor of a cigar with a Connecticut wrapper. Very unique brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2008
From a brown 12oz bottle - Pours a clear light root beer brown color with a slight head and below average carbonation. Smells of roasted malts, and coffee. There is a slight dusty taste too. First sip is sweet then it is all coffee. COFFEE, COFFEE, and more COFFEE, Very light bodied. Decent mouthfeel but a tad under carbonated. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9580) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2008
12oz bottle acquired in trade with ughsmash (thanks!). Mmmm, coffee, I love coffee in my beer! Poured a deep orangish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of coffee, roast, earthy/dirt, and some chocolate. Tates of coffee, vanilla cream, caramel, and lighter earthiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Thanks to tytoanderso for supplying the bottle. Like a lot of people I’m sure, I was surprised that this beer wasn’t a coffee stout. There’s something that gets under my skin when you look at the label, and still have no idea what’s inside. If I remember right, Furthermore seems to be in this ’mystery bottle’ category.
Clear dark orange with a medium head. Aroma of a rich, dark lager with nuts, cereal and a bit of washed out coffee. Light body with a fairly clean finish. Seems fairly (autumn) seasonal, but I’m not sure if it really is. Not too bad. Points added for originality minus point for the labeling mystery seems to break even in the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2008
One of the more interesting brews that I’ve had in a while, it tastes very much like an iced, creamy coffee with roasted barley and hardwood notes thrown into the batch. Good.

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