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RATINGS: 197   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - AUG 11, 2008
UPDATED: APR 24, 2009 I’ll rate this one for two reasons. It is probably the most inventive brew I’ve had this season. Note by inventive I don’t mean extreme or crazy, but I haven’t 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 I’ve encountered...and far more interesting than the latest barrel aged imp stout or poorly done sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andyhwcinc (1712) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2015
Purchased at Bottles and Cans in Chicago, IL; enjoyed at home after a Friday work day in an empty nest before a friends going away party. Appearance is an amber brown with a thin off white head. Aroma is rich in coffee with nice caramel / malty undertones, smell is nice and decadent without being too sweet. Taste goes down very nicely, definitely strong in coffee but crisp without being too bitter. I’m really liking this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (17682) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 5, 2015
Draft. Crystal clear golden amber color, tan head. Aroma of toasted caramel biscuit. Big coffee flavor, but both the body and the beery characteristics are preserved. Works for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
johnnymusky (676) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2015
Strange beer....nose is all coffee....pour is amber...nice little head....decent beer...coffee only on the finish....(#552)....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TXBadger (2079) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Pours a clear pale golden color with off-white head. Not much coffee on the nose, a little green bell pepper though; follows onto the palate. Lingering malt on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (5226) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 23, 2014
12 ounce from Binny’s. Thin body. Big coffee taste and aroma. Some malt. No other features of a coffee beer. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
keepersj12 (2985) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Maybe the best lager I can remember. Pours amber with a creamy head. The aroma has coffee and malt. The flavor has the coffee and malt with enough hops to balance the sweetness. Very creamy on the tongue. Finishes both bitter and sweet, creamy and smooth. Outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christpuncher (2277) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Strong coffee flavor and bitter finished. Had a draft at bad apple in Chicagoan. Air is dark brown in color. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle from Pinocchios. Pours a deep amber with a small off white head. Deep rich coffee nose with bits of bread and chocolate. Med body with coffee across the tongue... With layers of vanilla, chocolate, biscuit and caramel. Deep roasted coffee finish with layers of nuts and light chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scipio (761) - 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 (837) - - 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

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