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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2008
Pours a semi-dark brown colour with a reddish tint. Aroma is plesent, raisins, nuts, chocolate covered coffee beans and fresh coffe grounds. Smooth rich flavors on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbuzz (741) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Single from Three Cellars Milwaukee. Coffee taste is not harsh at all.. Flavorful and smooth more refreshing than i had expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Yes - the commercial description nails this - it is like a summer-y coffee beer. And I thought it to be perfect for a warm summer day (in my case, walking around in the sun at the WI State Fair). It is roasty and chocolate-y, with a touch of Belgian Dubbel like fruitiness. Mouthfeel was quite refreshing and appropriate for a beer that is both supposed to be refreshing and extremely flavorful. It isn’t sticky and thick - it is light and a bit thinner than a coffee stout might be. I was really impressed with this beer; I thought it was summer beer and the most impressive summer seasonal I’ve had in recent memory. A very unique beer. I would highly recommend this beer. I had this on-tap at the Benno’s beer tent at the WI State Fair.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4362) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Dark brown color with a large head. Aroma of a pile of fresh coffee beans. Lots of coffee and nut flavor. Dry malt and light roasted malt. I originally thought this was an excellent blend of a brown ale with coffee. Now that I see it’s based on a brown Mexican lager, I am even more impressed.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
awautlet (45) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2008
Deep caramel in color with a creamy tan head. Stunning nose of pure coffee and malt. The palate is lighter. I like the lager as a base as something different than a coffee stout. Definite coffee notes with a solid bitterness. Hints of dark bitter chocolate and more coffee on the finish. Another stunning beer from furthermore!! These guys just don’t disappoint...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pepperford (115) - robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2008
darkish brown in color. thin wheaty colored head. aromas of caramal, coffee, malt, and a hint of inner thigh. Bitterness and sweet malt start the dance. A tinge of astringancy from the coffee and roundness of malt create a nice counterbalance. A bit of smokiness in the back mingle with the coffee that slowly drifts forward in the aftertaste. The flavors are subtle and complex.

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