Beardface (1516) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque brown pour with a tiny white head that fades almost immediately. Huge coffee aroma, not really getting anything else out of it but it is pleasant enough. Heavy coffee taste as well, some light caramel as well with the tiniest hint of lemon flavoring coming through at the very end. The beer sounded a lot more interesting than it actually was, but not a bad effort.
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2009
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at brewery Aug ’08: poured a brown color with a thick head. The aroma was coffee. The flavor was like drinking a coffee. It was sweet with caramel and roasted malts. The lemon was hardly present. Overall, OK, different, but not great.
sebletitje (5991) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
courtesy of vasdef42. Cheers for sending so many New Belgium goodness.
Pours brown with white head with lasting retention.
Aroma has some definite notes of coffee - espresso, though not overbearing remains very enjoyable, the lemon is very light and only a zesty touch can be noted.
Taste is pure enjoyement. New Belgium has brought the coffee touch in a style that is not what we usually see, and they have done a great job at it.
Roasted malts with light notes of coffee and subtle zesty lemon (very hard to notice but add a very tiny note of bitterness. There are also noticeable caramel and chocolate that come enhance the tasting experience.
Smooth and highly enjoyable.
blutt59 (5877) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle, thanks to goody goody gift card, nose is lemon and light coffee, flavor of sweet caramel, some spice, finish is carbonated
BeerandBlues2 (8459) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught and later bottle. Pours clear brown with an average, rocky and fizzy off-white head, somewhat lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, straw, coffee), light hops (herbs), average yeast (leather, meat) with notes of dates. Light bodied, gritty texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 1, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer is a very dark amber, almost red in coloration with a thick tan head. The smell is strongly influenced by espresso, and is appealing.the flavor is initially sharp fading into a thin porter flavor, finishing with a slightly bitter tangy note. Overall a good beer, though not a beer that stands out amongst a crowd. If you want this flavor go with a full fledged porter.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on 12/27/2008. This spiced ale pours a medium amber color from a 120z bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is coffee and lemon peel. Some roasted malts and fruit. A medium bodied spiced beer. The malts are coffee and chocolate. The hops are earthy. Kind of an espresso mild, lots of rich coffee flavors, yet not overpowering. Kind of fruity and citrusy but I cannot taste the lemon peel. A very drinkable beer, it would be a good session beer if it were not 6%. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
heemer77 (5060) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a Folly Pack. The deep copper body is topped with a dense khaki head. The aroma was fresh almonds and baking bread. There was also a little bit of milk chocolate. The taste has some bread crust and pear core. There is a decent espresso finish. Drinkable and interesting.
mjg74 (2428) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from BevMo, La Mesa. Deep amber in color upon pouring. Aroma is pretty much like spent coffee grounds. Coffee flavored with a light hint of sweetness. Finish is roasty and burnt with a little bitterness.
BlackForestCO (961) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewery. Poured a deep brown color with a moderate off-white head. Aroma is mostly dominated by coffee and espresso, but there is also a bit of caramel. Smooth, moderately sweet entry with roasted coffee and espresso, some hazelnut, and a lightly tart hint of lemon in the finish that pairs with the light brown sugar and chocolate finish. Moderate carbonation and decent mouthfeel. It is an interesting beer, but it is not something that really stands out for me.