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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
For this seasonal offering, we started with Irish Death, our dark smooth ale that presents a full malt flavor laced with caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, and a touch of sweetness. To this heavenly ale, we added fresh, locally roasted espresso beans and pure cocoa. The result is a bit of confusion, “should this go in my coffee mug, or my pint glass?” Answer: both. This beer is up front with enormous coffee aroma, with the cocoa playing the sideline, until the taste. Lacking bitterness, the flavor comes forward with a rounded balance of coffee blending gracefully with the creamy malt body and soft cocoa flavors. Dark beer, chocolate, and coffee. You’re welcome.

Editors Note: Originally brewed as the Beer Shoppe 3rd Anniversary Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnGalt1 (1074) - , Idaho, USA - OCT 23, 2015
Paid a very reasonable $4.49 from the COOP... much more expensive at other places around town... Enjoyed tonight from my CBC Teku. Very clear deep dark walnut brown... not exactly black.. khaki head rises up and dies back just as quickly.. splotch lacing behind... coffee shows in the nose a little bit more than the cocoa.. nice and well integrated... Tastes very much like a mocha but without the lactos sweetness.. Pretty good, but honestly it is a bit watery and could use a bigger body. Tasty and certainly a good price.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (4057) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 22, 2015
On tap at bier thirty. Pours out dark brown almost black topped with a small tan head. Nose is lots of milk chocolate sweetness vanilla and plenty roast malts. Taste is more of the sweet chocolate and roast malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (2981) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2015
Pour is a nearly flat dark brown with reddish highlights. Nose is super cocoa and brownies. Moderate bitterness with a strong malt backbone. Really nice. Could benefit from a tad more CO2

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (16924) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 8, 2015
Draught at the brewery; 7% ABV
Beautiful dark mahogany color with small creamy head. Nice espresso aroma. The flavor has some chocolate, roasted malt and coffee, well balanced, with the moderate sweetness; relatively low bitterness.
Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mbgrayson (649) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - MAR 15, 2015
22 ounce bottle. Pours a dark brown with tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty. Taste of mocha, malt, and chocolate. Very smooth and drinkable. Thumbs up on this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHIG (4045) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Draft at GABBF: Poured a black color with brown head. Aroma and taste was super chocolatey and nice bitter coffee to break up the sweetness. Finished dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
raphael (1059) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Definitely tastes like a mocha, cold, with a little caramel and smoke. Aroma very chocolate with vanilla and just enough hope raps to not be too sweet. barely a head. lighter in mouth than expected with a little fizz. clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (3014) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - JAN 25, 2015
I see it says "stout" on here. My bad, I thought it was a double stout and poured it into a snifter. Here’s the rest. The appearance was a nice looking dark brown color ranging close to black. A slim finger’s worth of tan milky head formed and dissipated within about thirty seconds. Stringy lacing glosses along the sides of the glass. The smell was a sticky sweet to light roasty espresso and a light cocoa. The taste copied the smell to keep sweet and roasty smooth leading to a decent sweet dry espresso aftertaste. There’s a semi - dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation came across pretty smooth and practically barely there. Overall, actually there’s nothing wrong with this beer. Iron Horse hits everything well. Next time I hope to have in a pint glass for proper glassware. I have to admit there’s a number on the side that says 101414, is that the bottling date? I don’t know.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
WABeerFiend (351) - - JAN 22, 2015
Bottle stamped 10.02.14. Poured from a bomber into a wine glass on 12.27.14. A: Coffee, caramel, and coffee beans. A: Thin foam for a head quickly recedes to a fluff in the middle. Opaque brown body with some see through red at the sides and bottom of the glass. T: Coffee and coffee beans dominate. Caramel and water are subtle. P: This was way too watery. I can see bubbles, but can’t feel much. O: This was also incredibly unbalanced. There was way too much coffee bean. Caramel isn’t there except ever so slightly on the back end. The mouthfeel was terrible too. It was like they took water and added coffee grounds to it without brewing. This seemed like a beer that someone who just got into homebrewing made. What a mess. It took a ride down the drain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mintzmeet (367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Love this. Real flavorful, but not overpowering. Perfect dessert beer. Strong cocoa component AND coffee is present thru whole tasting. Delish.

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