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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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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 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 (11675) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillKismet (3393) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Rich brown body with luscious silky chocolate cream head. Chocolate-covered espresso bean aroma filled with floral coffee. Outstanding aroma, oh so tantalizing. The body resonates with coffee flavor and roastiness with a ground coffee finish. Touches of chocolate send wrinkles through the coffee body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9733) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2010
Bottle (dregs)… Murky, dark, burnt orange ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. The bouquet is huge coffee and mild chocolate – mocha. Medium to full-bodied and creamy with tingly carbonation. Medium sweet, mocha, nutty flavor. Dry finish. Bottle courtesy of dchmela!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
mjmcend (209) - USA - FEB 7, 2010
First time on tap at Naked City. It is the most coffee smelling beer I have had. It is like a fresh scoop of ground coffee. Appearance is brown with a well maintained light tan head. Flavor is intensely coffee. Starbuck junkies will love this. The palate is a toasty grain. Very, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2010
Bomber, courtesy dchmela. Pours a lightly hazy, reddish-chestnut color with a small, smooth head of dark tan foam. Wet, sudsy lacing mostly rejoins the body, leaving little spots behind to dry. Aromas include big-time espresso roast, ultra dry, powdery cocoa, dried caramel, and hints of earthen hops. Flavors are straightforward and well balanced, showing sweet choco-caramel undertones beneath a heavy blanket of roasty, toasty, dark coffee. The palate resembles that of an Irish stout, medium bodied and sort of ashy-dry, with overly active carbonation. It’s a tasty enough brew, but it won’t knock your socks off.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6036) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 23, 2010
@Taphouse Grill. Clear ruby red color/ tan head. Big fresh brewed coffee, chocolate aromas. smooth medium body. Sugared up medium roast Columbian coffee flavors with melted chocolate bar, mild dark roasted malt bitterness. mocha all the way!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2710) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2010
Thanks to Brewolf for the bottle. Pours a deep brown with a creamy head. Nice big espresso aroma with toffee and cream hints. Good body of dark malts, espresso and toffee. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
moelikebeer (221) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Bottle. Bonused by JW77. Fairly opaque dark brown pour with a medium size beige head. Aroma mainly of ground coffee beans and a bit of chocolate. Lot of coffee in the flavor as well with notes of milk chocolate. Smooth, creamy though slightly thin mouthfeel.

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