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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (10562) - 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 (7426) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (3990) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Sampled at the richmond beer dig spring 2010. Not particularly my style. Huge coffee nose with decent nutty flavor. Could have been better, but still has kickass label art.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MeadMe (1513) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Thanks to Degarth for the share at CCB. A: Pours a brownish hue with strong red tones showing through. The head was small and tan in color. S: Aromas of coffee, chocolate, and earthy green hops. T: Coffee forward, very light chocolate. Hints of caramel sweetness, light herbal hops, with a pretty nice roasty quality about it. M: Medium in body, okay carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
icmac (33) - Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Smell is of coffee for the most part, very strong. Pours dark with light tan head. The taste is initially coffee and finishes with strong notes of chocolate. A good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12951) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Bottle from Malt & Vine. Pours ruddy copper with a one finger beige head. Aroma is coffee. Not sure about the chocolate. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Flavor is really coffee. Takes awhile for the chocolate to show up, but it outlasts the coffee. This is stark. They really put a lot into this one. Whoof.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Strong wet coffee ground aroma, very dark brown, small tan head. With each sip I get gritty squeezed roasted coffee and no chocolate. Sticks to the roof of my mouth, coffee seems old and discarded. On paper I should like this more. Not enough malt to stand up to all the coffee? No cocoa in the finish, but plenty sweet.

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