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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   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
SHIG (4675) - 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 (1173) - 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 (3887) - Lake Champlain, 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 (392) - - 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 (447) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjgmd (1998) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2014
With Z, pours a pitch black pour with a small creamy head. Nose is mocha and coffee. Taste is full of rich sweet mocha ,malt and coffee with some break through alcohol. Finish is sweet mocha , and moderately long. Quaff Score 7 / 10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zgaier (1891) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Bomber. Pours a dark brown with a tan head and nice aroma of coffee and espresso. Taste is of tons of coffee, mocha, espresso, cocoa, and roasted malt leading into the creamy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
monk191 (1777) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2014
A very nice coffee ale. Not as much overwhelmingly coffee as expected. Pours a vet nice red black with a thick tan head. Smells of espresso and cinnamon. Taste is super creamy, with fluffy chocolate, espresso and ice cream. Coffee is well balanced. Slight vanilla in the finish. Had in the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrewje41 (2964) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Draft pour at Frankies pizza. Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin cola head. Strong coffee beans aroma. Mostly coffee bean flavor, unbalanced, with just a little bit of chocolate. Finishes pure espresso. Interesting beer. Not quite what I expected. A little more balanced would be nice, but good flavor overall. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (2273) - - NOV 19, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2015 Poured from bomber into a point glass Appearance – The beer pours a nearly pitch black - brownish color with a small tan colored head. The head fades moderately quickly to leave good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is strongest of a roasted malt smell mixed with a cocoa aroma and a little bit of coffee. Along with these aromas comes some other sweeter smells of vanilla and a little bit of caramel and crème sweetness. Taste – The taste begins with a drier roasted malt taste with a little bit of coffee. There is a little bit of crème and caramel upfront, which fade as the taste advances. All the while, the roastiness increases with a little bit of a dry cocoa comes to the tongue. At the very end, with the sweetness being very light and the roastiness being joined by a slight increase in the coffee and dark cocoa, one is left with a rather nice dark and dry flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thin for a 7 % stout with a carbonation level that is rather average. A slightly thicker body and a slightly lower carbonation may have been slightly better, but even said, in light of the very dry nature of the brew, the feel did make for a rather easy drinking dry stout. Overall – A rather nice dry stout!! This was not what I was expecting from a brew based on Irish Death… which is quite sweet and malty.. This is nice and dry and a rather easy drinking and still flavorful stout overall. This one I rather like!!

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