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RATINGS: 199   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
valpoaj (730) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Pours a deep brown with a cream colored head. Aroma is heavy coffee (straight black, dark roast...) and not much else...some sweet malts in there I guess. Flavor is cold black coffee and is very roasty, but has a curious sweetness that keeps things drinkable, though I’m really struggling with this one. Not a lot of carbonation here, and this one really does drink like a cold cup of coffee, though better, and the lack of carbonation actually is a benefit IMO. Not great, but not bad....meh...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Pours an amber orange with a creamy beige head. Malty nose with a touch of roast. Malty flavors with a strange coffee bitterness that does not balance well. Bitter malty roast. Oh this is not enjoyable to drink. 6/3/4/2/9 = 2.4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2008
[Bottle] Pours a very dark brown color with a light brown head. Aroma of black coffee and sweeter toffee malts. Dark chocolate, light smoke, nutmeg and pepper combine in the taste to make this quite interesting. Low carbonation. Creamy finish is reminiscent more so of a sweet stout than a dark lager. Overall, a very good beer that is unique in a lot of ways.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Bottle from noncaloric. wow what a cool and VERY good beer. Pours a mahagony color with a small light head. Aroma is full of coffee and lightly roasted malt. Flavor hits you with some very nice coffee tones followed by a nice malt sweetness and some caramel malts lead way to a perfect balance of hops. This beer tastes like a mix between a brown and an amber with some good coffee notes. I could drink more of this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 5, 2008
12oz bottle. Very dark amber pour with a nice white head. Toasty malty aroma. Very flavorful, rich malty goodness. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Pours coffee colored with yellowish head. Fresh roasted coffee aroma with a flavor to match... add in a bit of malt and it’s good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lb4lb (2587) - 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 (3917) - 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 (4826) - Beloit, Wisconsin, 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 (4808) - Woodstock, 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.

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