Frank (2963) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From my limited samples, I have found coffee does quite well in ambers. It seems to shine there more so than it does in stouts. This particular coffee amber pours a hazed red orange color w/ small but long-lasting head of fine bubbles. This is very much a coffee-centric brew and it works because the coffee flavor is so nice: smooth, roasty and chocolaty. It works really well for a coffee beverage served cold. The downside of this is there is not much beer character aside from a bit of malty sweetness but, hey, this is a tasty beverage regardless. The texture is medium bodied and fine carbonation lends a nice creaminess. Looking through the other ratings, it seems to me there must be a bad batch in there somewhere. Some of these ratings are way out of line from what Iím tasting here.
FatPhil (9481) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 8, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
355ml bottle (BierKompass.de)
Pure stale coffee aroma. Tastes of stale coffee. Some butter. Very one dimensional beer. Just coffee and butter. Itís the evening - I wanted beer, not breakfast.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Local Option, 4/18/14
Deep mahogany brown body has some dark magenta tints to it and a light tan head perched atop showing moderate retention.
Another one with ratings all over the place, just like the BA Kentucky Common. Strange. This one seemed pretty straightforward delicious to me, and I consider myself to have a pretty low tolerance for coffee being overdone in a beer.
Instead, chocolate and caramel notes are intricately woven with light vanilla, bittersweet, oily oak notes and very dry, almost Spanish-like coffee flavors ending dry, as all the Local Option beers have, thus far (kudos to that, for sure). More vanilla, lightly toasted grains and some light fruitiness lying underneath (cherries, peaches, oranges) in the aroma with light fruitiness emerging in the flavor, as well, and complementing the malt flavors to produce a moderate complexity. Zesty but not overdone carbonation and a supple texture (another thing most of their beers had in common). Very enjoyable beer. The finish has a moderate dose of acidity, as well, further adding to my enjoyment.
boisebeerguy (83) - boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a 16 oz bottle. Has a honey sweet nose to it. The coffee flavor in this is pretty good, itís smooth not bitter.
BlowOffTube (499) - Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent. Murky brown pour light tan head. Some cheap coffee and malt aroma. Some caramel malt coffee taste in a medium body moderate carbonation. Not that great but OK.
Cory (340) - , California, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Aroma is cold brew coffee, roasted grain, maybe some brown sugar, and the taste is a dry cheap old coffee flavors thatís a little sweet at the end.
Palme (3474) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.5l bottle. This is a light cloudy kinda dark amber light brown looking one and it has a really lacing big and lasting light beige head. Oh, thatís a different aroma. Lots of green coffee beans with grains, burned caramel, Rye and lots of wood. It smells quite unique this, and I kinda like it. In the mouth it feels good and oily while the carbonation level is just below average. Lots of coffee I the taste, but itís lacking the roasted touch. Loaded with wood and oak combined with sweet toasted caramel and marshmallows. Lots of flavor! Ends light sweet with red berries, almost like salted cowberries and lots of mouthdrying wood. Strange, paired with blue cheese it gives me a huge rush of vanilla! Really interesting stuff, but perhaps more a curiosity than something Iím very keen on having again and again. 21.02.2014
Imaena (1868) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. This is a really well balanced coffee beer with a nice hit oak in the finish.
thebeertourist (4893) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Irreale,Madrid. Pours clear, red copper. Intense chocolate aroma. In the mouth bitterish coffee flavours, nicely roasted, blending with chocolate. Nice craftmanship.
Torrefacto (612) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color caoba limpio con espuma color crema. Aromas lupulados herbales y cafť. Cuerpo medio, muy compleja, cafť, madera, con final amargo seco equilibrado. Muy rica.