graham515 (536) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2009
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
On tap at the Saucer in Houston. Pours a light, clear, brown into the glass with a thin white head. Aroma smells like fat tire served out of a coffee urn. Flavor really rubs me the wrong way. The coffee flavor I get from this beer tastes like a pot of coffee that you left sitting over a weekend and then tried to reheat. I love that a brewery of New Belgium’s size experiments with beers like this, but for me this one was a complete miss.
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
This beer is easy to drink, but the coffe flavor is a bit out-of-place, it doesn’t seem to fit with the beer.
GodOfThunder (1247) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cool little coffee red type brew with a nice little bit of citrus in the back. I’m surprised I like this as much as I do. Pretty good.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JAN 28, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Freakin Frog, Las Vegas. As I’d never seen this brew before, I thought why not order it. Pours amber with a tan head. Nose is sweet and light with hints of coffee. Taste is big, with a lot of coffee and espresso, overall not bad.
Taverner (1081) - San Ramon, California, USA - JAN 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Tap at The Hopyard @ San Ramon. Very nutty - in fact if I was told they used pecan and walnut instead of coffee and lemon, I wouldn’t be surprised. Pours dark amber min white head. Lots of nutty notes. Tastes sweet - I’m not tasting the espesso but its good. Finish is clean, with a sweet note.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 22, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted 1/6/09. 12oz bottle. Filtered with a dark copper hue. Vigorous pour produces a finger width of beige head. Watery coffee aromas with a hint of cocoa. Medium bodied with a thin, weak coffee flavor. Typical NBB house yeast character. Finishes with a decent hop kick. Enjoyable drinking. Good difference from the normal coffee beer offering.
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Definitely coffee on the nose. Deep amber color. Lemon peel adds just enough to make it light and interesting. Not much else there, but I just ate a pretty spicy burrito, so my mouth is kind of numb. Considering "espresso-roasted" doesn’t necessarily mean anything in particular, I can’t tell the difference between this and infused with regular old coffee, but interesting beer nonetheless.
Beardface (1517) - 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 (6582) - 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.