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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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Pours coffee colored min tan head. Smell big coffee and nutty. Taste mild roast and coffee beans. Light to mid body. Not bad

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
LilBeerDoctor (3772) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2013
On tap. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, roasted coffee, chocolate, mocha. Flavor is slightly diluted compared to the aroma- roasted malt, sweet malt, chocolate with light mocha in the finish. A pretty tasty coffee beer, flavor is a touch sweet. 8/4/7/4/13 (3.6/5)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (6155) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle. Dark brown pour with a tan head. The aroma is full of huge coffee with some chocolate notes. The flavor is similar. The coffee and chocolate notes really stand out, but there is also some roasted malt thrown in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMCtime (83) - Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2013
If you like mochas and stouts this is one of the best combinations of those two that I’ve had. Very strong but smooth coffee flavor with just a hint of chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trujahwarrior (510) - Monroe, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Pours a dark brown with a light tan head that leaves spotty lacing. Smells of coffee beans and chocolate. Tastes like a mocha in beer form. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with good carbonation. Wow this was the best tasting take on a coffee stout I?ve had. Wish it was available more often.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Clear dark brown color with a big tan head. Aroma and taste of chocolate. Pretty sweet, finish is a little cloying. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2012
22oz bottle thanks to blutt59) Pour is dark brown with a caramel tint.. Nose is coffee, chocolate malts, roasty.. Taste is wet wood, chocolate, nutty, coffee, creamy, Palate is bold and complex.. Very sold beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2012
(22oz bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a dark amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, light vanilla, and chocolate. Flavor of coffee, grain, roasted malt, chocolate, nuts, and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (6511) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2012
bottle, thanks to bitbucket, brown dense color , cola and cocoa , sweat, aroma, flavor is coffee, creamy cocoa, dirt, malty finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (6071) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 29, 2012
(22oz bomber thanks to blutt59) clear ruby, creamy tan head. Nose of rich coffee with cream, fresh beans, chocolate malt. Taste of rich coffee that’s slightly watery, chocolate malt, cream, pretty nice beer. Creamy finish of cream and rich coffee.

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