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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 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 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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarkSachon (949) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2013
12 oz bottle over a Greek lunch at Baruniís 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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Light brownish amber color. Smells more like cold coffee then any coffee stout or porter I have ever drank. I would guess the lagar base allows more of the coffee aromoas to come threw and not be masked by characteristics of the darker styles. Taste is crisp and light, but so full of coffee. Fairly one dimensional, but who cares when the coffee aspect works so well. Basiclly your summer coffee beer. Such a great idea. This stuff is amazing, and ridiculously priced at 8 bucks a sixer. Im buying a case.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 7, 2012
bottle from Zippís, pours light reddish brown with a medium creamy tan head that lasts the length of the glass. Aroma is big coffee beans and mild roast. Flavor is creamy oats and toast with big flows of coffee, semi-sweet mild roast, bold heavy roast, all very fresh and clean in the finish. Sublime!

   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Icommonsewer (125) - TUCSON, Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2009
Lovely lovely nose of coffee and mild hops. Nice deep brown color. I was shocked to find out this was a lager since the malt/hop balance was so well done. The flavor is of coffee and top quality brown ale even though its a lager.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cadenwhitaker (19) - USA - JAN 19, 2010
First off, this has the best coffee smell Iíve had in a beer to date. It smells like coffee, dark roasted coffee. It pours amber, red, not black - and this is a huuuge selling point for me because Iím sick of coffee beers that pour black: The reasoning is that coffee is a dark/malty/biscuity taste and when you pair that with a dark/roasted beer you almost always wind up with just "burnt coffee". This is not burnt, it is smooth, dark, roasted coffee. This - is - a - fantastic - coffee - beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wrxlr8 (2) - Concord Twp, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2012 does not count
Excellent overall beer - the coffee flavor is noticeable but does not take on the bitter flavor of many coffee stouts. Itís a refreshing beer for such a complex profile. Good toasty caramel flavor, nice bitterness that falls off at the finish, and a clean creamy pour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4887) - 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.

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