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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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Vietnamese coffee stout. Pro AM entry for the 2012 GABF.
STYLE: Sweet Stout w/ coffee
COLOR: Black
BODY: Full
ABV: 5.4%
IBU: 26
PLATO: 15.4
PKG: Kegs
MALTS: 2-row, Black Malt, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, CaraPils, Crystal
HOPS Warrior,
Other: Trung Nyuen Vietnamese Coffee, Lactose Yeast: House Ale Yeast


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4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jokes60123 (2) - Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2013
This is by far the best "coffee" beer I’ve had. Recently got it on tap as a fresh pour. Truly amazing. Kudos to Left Hand for giving the little guy a chance to get a great beer out to the world. Coffee flavor is great, good bold dark feel and taste, aroma is understated but nice, would have liked for it to have smelled of a cup of espresso. Oh - served in a brandy snifter, slightly acidic and poor as poured (ice cold). Held to be warm (slightly under room temp, guess at 50 to 65 deg) and became a vision to behold. As always, knowing how to serve the beer, makes the beer.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (3722) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Pint on tap. Opaque black with a cream on top. Nose is vanilla and chocolate with a touch of sour cream. Taste is the same with some light coffee and green herb. Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Sweet start but a nice roasty finish mostly brings it back to balance.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deyholla (6633) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 11, 2013
On tap at Tapwerks. Pours near black with a brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a nice combination of sweet chocolate, dark grains and a real nice coffee note. Flavor is similar with the sweet chocolate and dark grains up front that are cut nicely with a great coffee note. Nice and smooth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2013
(Draught) Pours a black body with a small tan head. Aroma of lactose, chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Flavor of chocolate, lactose, caramel, roasted malt, coffee, and grass with a dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shigadeyo (3010) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2013

7/26/2013: Left Hand Java Lava - Well, this one looks, smells, and tastes like coffee. Okay, there is a bit of dark chocolate and some roasted malt here and there, but it’s mostly just cold coffee. I like coffee well enough, but it’s fairly dominating and I get a bit of old, stale coffee from time to time. I guess that’s how it goes with coffee stouts... Overall, this is a pretty decent beer, but I’d like a bit more of the underlying beer showing through the coffee.

Draught (sample) at Party Town in Florence, KY. Rating #19 for this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (4996) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Dark black in color thin tan head. Super flavors and rich dark coffee and chocolate lingering. Super stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlbeer (779) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2013
Tap. Dark pour with tan head. Smells of chocolate and slight coffee. Tastes sweet at first with slight bitter finish. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (4853) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Tap at Rackhouse - dark brown pour - looks like cola - fizzy body, but zero head - nose is coffee heavy, but with a lot of sweetness surrounding it - smells of cream, sugar, I swear I even smell brown sugar and maple - fizzy in the mouth - some nice coffee notes, but the overall flavor is very sweet and sugary - kind of tastes like Cuban coffee - try that stuff sometime - they give you a tiny cup and black coffee that must have about 100 teaspoons of sugar in it - when done right, it can be tasty - this beer doesn’t taste like one done right - far too sweet, so the rich flavor of the coffee is swallowed up - meh.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maley1 (781) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 13, 2013
Dark black pour with large fluffy tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and cocoa. Taste of huge coffee, chocolate, caramel. Higher carbonation giving it a crisp mouthfeel although creamy and slightly sweet, very good stout.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (4066) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Deep black with a thin khaki head. Roasty nose of toasted chocolate malts, a touch of caramel and toast. Sweet and creamy flavor with chocolate, truffle creme, and a gentle cafe-con-leche tone. Delightful, if a bit simplistic.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10289) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 21, 2013
Botella. Black colour. Aroma: sweet, roasty malt, chocolate. Good mouthfeel. Sweet roasty maltiness with chocolate in the flavour. Soft. Pleasant.


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