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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scipio (831) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Pours a darker reddish amber with a thinner white head. The aroma gives a musty impression, which isn’t bad at all. It contains plenty of earthy malts and coffee, some smokiness, and hints of caramel. The taste is remains potent in coffee, which is balanced well with a lesser amount of caramel. Mild chocolate as well, while still containing a good amount of earthiness. The aftertaste is coffee and is subtle yet long lasting. This one is medium bodied, with a bit of a thinner, watery texture, with average carbonation. Its pretty good overall, but a little more straightforward and not terribly exciting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kambei70 (958) - - JUN 29, 2014
2014 bottle. Pours a bright amber/brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma is a light malt with some vegetal/green pepper. Taste is toasty malt with the vegetal coffee that gives a light bitterness. A little residual sweetness. A medium, crisp, carbonated mouthfeel. Satisfies a summertime craving for a stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeremyh70 (1061) - Missouri, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Pours a beautifully clear garnet tinged mahogany with a small ecru head that settles to a thin film and ring, with little lacing. Aroma of spent coffee beans with a pleasant nuttiness, light roast and dark caramel. Taste has a nice smooth coffee flavor with an underlying nuttiness. Slight roastiness and a molasses sweetness with a hint of burnt character. Finishes semi dry with a little roasty bitterness. Mouthfeel and body ate light with a medium carbonation. I found this to be a very delicious alternative to other coffee beers you find. It’s meant to be a warm weather beer and I think they did a wonderful and interesting job going the California Common route. Flavors are complimentary and very well balanced. Wish we could get it in Missouri.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
r464 (2264) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Smooth cocoa and coffee flavors with light malt. Very nice, long finish. Not too creamy, not too sweet. Full flavor, but extremely drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (3003) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2013
$2 single from Lemon Tree. Smell has some roast malt and a touch of coffee, but also something metallic, like a rinsed glass (no, this glass was cleaned some time ago. A darker Vienna lager color, always a surprise to find a coffee or chocolate beer that isn’t pitch black. Taste comes in equal parts light roast coffee, and a fizzy beer. Certainly a unique combination, and I give it props for that. This could be the basis of a fine coffee soda, with malt instead of sugar, yes?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarkSachon (937) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2013
12 oz bottle over a Greek lunch at Baruni’s in Baden, PA. Everything is nice here, perfect balance or ingredients, freshness, etc. Has and uncanny bitterness that must be from the coffee. Adding corn for creaminess is a novel idea that works well.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tomnapper (5) - Woodstock, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2013 does not count
Right balance of coffee to malt. Nice coffee and toffee nose. Light on hops. Best of the coffee beers by far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Dark Amber with thin white head. Very stong coffee nose. Thick, roasty taste and drink almost like a lighter stout. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1963) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Bottle at Jerry’s. Copper with good, creamy, tan head, light legs / Sweet, malty nose of spun sugar, tobacco, coffee / Light to medium body, smooth, creamy, lightly sweet, some chew, and good hop balance with bitter finish / Bright but mellow flavors of roast coffee, tobacco, cocoa, spun sugar, with citrus notes / Really a lovely session ale?, with a superb body and an interesting, complex, flavor profile with the coffee aspect properly subdued.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheHOFF43 (2043) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark with terrific coffee aroma and flavor. really nice palate, delicious cocoa mixed in with the coffee.

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