BillKismet (3335) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gorgeous, mesmerizing ruby-amber color that you could stare through all evening. Appearance indicates probable inclusion of roast barley in the grain bill, which seems confirmed on first breath. The aroma is the most authentic espresso roast of any coffee themed beer I have enjoyed to date. Wonderful chocolate espresso dust pleasures the nose. The pitch perfect aroma that captures the smell of Seattle best artisan coffee roasters. Amazing espresson infused flavor with dusted coffee roast and a slight sweet caramel malt, followed by a lemon twang on the finish. Just the right amount of malt to back it all up. A craft brew masterpiece.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Pizza Shoppe in Benson. Pours an amber brown color with an initially medium-sized ecru head that dies very fast. The aroma is coffee-like, but the flavor is hugely hazelnut in taste. Sure, there’s some mild coffee roasted flavors here as well, but the caramel hazelnut sweetness is the dominant flavor. If this had been a brown ale, I’d likely have thought it one of the best I’ve had. Lacks the malt body that would truly make it a contender.
3fourths (8023) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Choice City in Fort Collins. Dark cherry red colored body with a small tan head. It looks filtered, it shines some brighter red hues in the middle of a dark cedar and black cherry body. Strange flavor, not sure I can do a good job describing this, but it tastes like smoked nuts and stale bread up front, with some creamed fruit (black cherries?) and bran muffin notes over the back. Stale and old are words that come to mind... and the flat and flabby body doesn’t help things. At times it seems like black cherry flavored soda. Espresso? News to me. Did something go wrong here or is this just not my thing?
islay (1124) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint, on tap at The Happy Gnome on 8-26-08. Aroma features coffee bitterness and a vanilla-like effect. More coffee beans than coffee. Malty, caramel scent. Powerful, pleasant aroma that is not at all off-putting. Pours a clear, dark amber with a small amount of whispy beige head. Caramel-like appearance. Coffee flavor, but also quite sweet. Toffee and cream. No chocolate presence in the taste. Very nice, herbal aftertaste. Medium body. Lively in the palate. The palate works well. Very accessible for a beer with such a strong coffee presence.
alraicercsu (166) - Ft.Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. Aroma is of coffe, lemon and faint malt. It is amberish in color with small white head. Flavor is the same as smell, tastes like an ice coffee, with mild carbonation, and lemon.
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
8/24/08 On draught at the Dog & Pony, Renton, Wa. Aroma is like a porter, with lots of roast malt, not to sweet, but very smooth; no harshness. Appearance is a clear reddish brown with a moderate maintained white head. Flavor is big and roasty, with great coffe character, low sweetness, but an almost maple syrupy character to what sweetness there is. Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with a slight astringency, but not objectionable. Carb texture is medium/high, but not biting. Overall, big and interesting, I could actually have more than one for a coffee beer, which is a rare comment for me.