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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 Growerís 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 IBUís; 5.3% ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2008
Pours a clear amber brown with a decent sized off white head. Aroma is very sweet with toffee, caramel, bitter chocolate and coffee. The coffee flavor comes through a lot stronger in the flavor though not overpowering. Some toasted almonds as well are detected. Finishes short and coffee bitter. Medium bodied, creamy texture.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
BBB63 (6388) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2008
Bottle and served in pint glass: Deep amber hue with an okay head and spotty lace. The aroma reminds me of grassy wet hops and instant coffee with a hint of pepper and urine cakes. The taste is not much better, the coffee does not taste real and the hops are nothing but a big mess. Whatever malts are in this I could not tell. A COMPLETE AND UTTER DRAINPOUR... and I like coffee so that is not the issue or perhaps it is because I can not stand crappy coffee and that is what this reminds me of. (Un-brewed coffee is sweet, WTF?)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Bottle. Pours muddy copper with a medium off white head. Aroma of coffee and sweet malt. Taste is mostly coffee, not overpowering though, some more sweetness, and a little bit of chocolate syrup. Light to medium bodied. I am very impressed with this, nice flavor and very drinkable. Much better than an iced coffee. I’ve had two above average beers from this brewer now, I’m really impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Dark copper color with an off-white head that retains really well and leaves good lacing. Smell is strong with fresh roasted coffee, a touch of chocolate, and slightly nutty. Taste is of a medium roast coffee, bitter chocolate and pecans. Medium carbonation and a bit more than medium bodied. This is a very interesting and good beer. More coffee flavor than some coffee stouts even.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5283) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle at Riley’s World of Wines in Downtown Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a clear dark copper amber with a thick beige head that slowly dissipates to a thin creamy beige head and excellent lacing. Aroma of coffee bean, chocolate, caramel malt, some roasted nuts and a touch of toffee. Taste has a nice balance of sweet caramel and coffee character with a mild candy corn and toffee flavor. Finish continues the coffee and light chocolate aftertaste with a faint metallic texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - AUG 11, 2008
UPDATED: APR 24, 2009 Iíll rate this one for two reasons. It is probably the most inventive brew Iíve had this season. Note by inventive I donít mean extreme or crazy, but I havenít encountered a roasty/chocolatey/light bodied lager that is a joy to drink in 90+ degree weather with 90+% humidity after a bike ride. Second, I think beers like this are going to be part of a backlash against the extreme beers that we trade our nuts for...give me creative and tasteful subtlety in a six pack for less than $10. Aroma is coffee, malt, and lager. Taste is a refreshing combination of crisp lager, bitter/sweet coffee and chocolate, and a slight hops. Mouthfeel is clean and extremely refreshing...by design. Kind of like a mix between a doppelbock (sweetness), mexican lager (body and base), and a modern coffee obsessed stout (aroma and hop balance). This beer is just good. I have no doubt the rating average rating will decrease (its currently at 3.94), but it is easily the best of the style Iíve encountered...and far more interesting than the latest barrel aged imp stout or poorly done sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2008 thanks andrew. clear caaramel color, nice lacing. thin film of beige head. smells like lager, a surprising amount of chocolate too. tastes like lager. i keep getting surprised by the chocolate aftertaste. really clever beer. very drinkable, if lagerish.

   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 (761) - 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 isnít 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 Iíve had in recent memory. A very unique beer. I would highly recommend this beer. I had this on-tap at the Bennoís beer tent at the WI State Fair.

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