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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
Beerona97 (2398) - 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 (3845) - 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 (3840) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (14659) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2010
On tap at The Taphouse, pours dark brown with a black head. Aroma of roasted malt, light espresso and light cocoa. Flavour of mocha, burnt espresso and roasted malt. Very solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Very dark brown with a short, moderately dense beige head. Bitter coffee ground aroma with a little spiciness, some sweetness and chocolate. Tastes almost exactly like a chocolate covered espresso bean to me on a moderate body. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
muteprint (176) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2010
22 oz bomber. Dark brown color in the glass. Strong coffee and dark chocolate. Nose of dark chocolate. Very interesting taste in this one but I prefer Irish Death to this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle at the Richmond Beer Dig on 03/07/2010. Slightly chunky brown body with a small creamy tan head. Big coffee and pepper aroma. Big coffe flavor with roast, chocolate and pepper. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2010
Bomber. Poured clear, remarkably light brown (for a stout) with a dense beige head.. not what I expected to see. The aroma picked up semi-sweet and darker chocolates, amaretto, and toasty coffee with more coffee as it progressed.. quasi-warm and very sweet overall. The flavor found sweet chocolates, vanilla, and coffee at the core (all with moderate roast), with moderate coffee and earthy bitterness around.. tart malts and a hint of oxidation on the back-end, along with a lot more sugars and mild boozage. Medium-bodied at most on the palate.. lots of grainy, residual sugars.. not all that pleasant to drink with the sweetness and flow.

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