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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 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2011
22 oz. bottle from curly- thanks again, Jason! Pours a clear, deep brown-amber with a small beige head. Aroma of gritty coffee grounds, dark chocolate, earth, toast, and burnt sugar. Flavor is off- some dark fruits and sweetener along with roast, toast, nuts, and earth. Medium body with low carbonation and a sweet, Roasty mouthfeel. Off but not bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
22415brewery (379) - Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Pours a super hazy dark brown with a very fair beige head. Very very hazy, looks almost like very dark muddy water; this is not a pretty beer. Aroma is up front and very strong on the coffee with little to no trace of cocoa powder. Having had the original Irish Death on multiple occasions I feel that this version has gone a bit too far astray. Although the strong coffee ground aroma is nice, it dominates. You definitely taste the coffee up front as well, however it comes across as being back-sweetened with an unnatural and overly sweet finish. Think of Sweet & Low type of sweetness and you’ll see what I mean. Also the finish has a strong alkali chalkiness, most likely from the usage of cocoa powder. This is an unbalanced beer with a barely tolerable sweetness. Reminds me of an alcoholic version of diner coffee with five packets of artificial sugar. WIsh I had better things to say because I love the original so much but this version misses the mark with it’s over the top sweetness and lack of chocolate qualities.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
whatsupstairs (112) - Inland Empire, California, USA - JUN 5, 2011
pours almost the same as the irish death. super coffee tones on the nose thin white head after this it went south i think the bottle might have sat for a little to long it was tart like it had spoiled but it was good when it warmed up thanks gee. shared w/3d

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2011
Bottle thanks to Ericandersnavy. Pours dark brown with fizzy tan. Aroma of strong mocha and espresso. Flavor is much the same with a light sweetness. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall, not bad at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2011
Bottle thanks to bhensonb. Poured dark brown with a white head. Aroma was espresso and spent coffee grains. Flavor was coffee and grain. Body was light with high carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Pours dark brown, almost solid black, medium sized beige head recedes fairly quickly. Aroma of coffee and chocolate but it’s not over the top. Taste is pretty sweet with some tart qualities. Pretty nice, not as roasty as expected, lots of sweet milky chocolate. Creamy texture. This is almost really good if there was a little more dark chocolate, burnt malt or coffee type bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (3123) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 3, 2011
Bottle pours a deep clear deep mahogany dark brown. Fleeting off white head. Up front cold old coffe grounds and ashtray aroma with a little chocolate. Flavor is coffe and sweet roasted malts with plenty of coffee. The body is thn and a bit dry. More like a porter. Quick finish especially for a "stout"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
Crit (3642) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2011
Coke color,no head. Deep ,bitter espresso nose.Espresso palate, sweet malt mid,dry astringent finish.Thin & lacking in carbonation Something isn’t right with this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Dark camel color, thin tan head. Nice coffee nose with hint of sweet malts. Taste is mild, a bit watery. Nice coffee/mocha finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2011
Date: 3/7/2010 Source:Other Richmond Beer Dig. Big coffee aroma with some roast and chocolate. Clear mahogany colored with small tan head. Flavor of coffee with almost a cigar smoke quality. Finish is dry and lightly bitter.

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