JMerritt (1734) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled, as part of the New Belgium fall sampler pack. Dark red-brown, clear, with a small, light tan head. Medium roasty, earthy coffee aroma with mild cocoa undertones. Somewhat chalky/dusty coffee flavor, mild citrus, light milk chocolate. Nice, mild coffee ale, though itís a bit light on the palate.
jmcgavin12 (413) - Madison, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours orange and red with lacing tan head. Aroma of coffee and sweet sweet malt. Flavor is sweet, light body not too complex but good. Overall decent coffee beer
Jamesthebrit (176) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Paired with ziti and meat sauce.
A: Oooh this one smells good. A little funky coffee color. Some hops. Smells like a really high quality light roast coffee.
A: If ever a beer poured looking weak: this was it. The good lacing from a rough pour is only what saved this. The pour looks thin. Water brown dull poop brown color.
T: Not bad on the taste. Light roast coffee to start with a dark roast coffee finish. It has a little sharp malty sour note that maybe is augmented by the lemon peel? Definitely cannot tell the lemon peel as a stand alone. Not mind blowing but not bad.
P: A little light. A little sour. Not bad.
Overall this is not a bad beer. Itís cool that the coffee flavor is being applied to a not stout/porter. In this case the coffeeís acidity is very under control: something missing in most coffee beers. The problem is there is a strange sour note in the middle. There is a strange juxtaposition between the heavy coffee flavor and the lighter ale sour note. Like I said, I appreciate putting coffee into a not stout/porter but perhaps there is a reason coffee goes with those heavier styles of beer....
lawman834 (206) - Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cola brown. Smells of roasted malt and coffee (duh). Taste is pretty much the same...dark roasted malt and coffee. I can barely taste the lemon peel, but itís there. Has a hint of that earthy note that most New Belgium offerings tend to have.
maxwelldeux (2914) - Spokane, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a moderate tan head on it. Nose has just a faint quick whiff of some citrus up front, but is dominated by the coffee in there. Taste is also pretty coffee laden, though there is a faint bit of sourness at the end. Actually quite tasty and very drinkable.
DiarmaidBHK (3126) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Shawan Liquors. Pours coca cola brown with a thin khaki head. Has some solid lacing in the glass. Has a nice roasted coffee thing on the nose with a hint of a lemon cookie thing as well.lots of coffee on the tongue but its not overpowering. Finishes clean. Another solid entry from New Belgium.
nuplastikk (4088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Amber-brown, filtered, garnet body. Steady off-white head. A lemon coffee beer, huh. The medium body is decent enough, but the in yoru face artificial flavors are kind of off putting. Tastes like a pretty good, easy going coffee beer that got spiked by a little lemon flavoring...which of course heavily detracts. Someone should really ban NG from the flavor additives for awhile...this is another beer unfortunately tweaked, but not into oblivion..still enjoyable...grew on me a lot.
joeneugs (2777) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. It pours a a dark reddish orange color with an off white head. The aroma is decidedly coffee forward with some cocoa and hints of vanilla. The flavor is big with lukewarm coffee, some citrus and a bit on the acidic side with not much else. Nice effort, but not real exciting.
rougeau13 (1827) - Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear brownish amber with a small beige head. Coffee and toasted nuts aroma. Taste is malty with some nutty and coffee flavors; barely sweet and just a little bit more than that bitter. Aftertaste kind of cola-like. Medium bodied and a little dry.
improvjock (312) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with almost no head. Aroma of fresh coffee grounds, toffee, and roastyness. A little creamy, but kind of thin. Flavor is coffee, roasted malts, and slightly acidic. Not bad, really