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RATINGS: 80   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12040) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11808) - 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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9848) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (9797) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Big bold brown pour, thick brown head. Oh yeah this one is nice. Loads of coffee and chocolate. Fudge, brownie batter, sweet and rich. A lot crammed in for under 8%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (7830) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7225) - 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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (7063) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
after4ever (6405) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2009
22. Smells like fresh coffee grounds for sure. Kind of like processed vacuum-packed coffee, like MJB or something. A little char in there as well. Coffee acidity is throwing some light sourness. Watery, somewhat flat and rather light body. Very much a ground coffee thing, with some light malty chocolate in there as well. Don’t think they really had a plan together for exactly how this one was going to come out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle:   Murky dirty dark brown, moderate/large rocky beige head, fairly nice lacing.   Strong coffee bean aroma.   Much like like coffee, but moreso the bits that gets tossed out when one makes coffee.   Very coffeeish on the tongue.   Minor sweet lactose like malts.   No real chocolate, smidgen of cocoa.   Smooth, albeit not that hefty.   Has a slight Gooseberry skin like flavor.   Rather weird, but its there.   Not a hefty stout.   Somewhat of a sweet stout, mated with a huge amount of coffee beans.   Body and mouthfeel are faily moderate.   Long lingering coffee flavors, smidgen of cocoa and lactose like sweetness.   Not very Mocha like, but I could certainly go with Coffee Death. &bnsp If you like coffee, this one is for you!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6289) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 22, 2014
A porter looking and feeling brew rather than a stout, though the description of the base "malt flavor laced with caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, and a touch of sweetness" is spot on. I liked the coffee and cocoa additions as well, but it just iddn’t come together well enough to be elite

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