Brigadier (2625) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at GTMW 2013
I always like trying new breweries especially from the Midwest. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. This was a definite winner even if it was not the biggest beer. If I run across more in Michigan I think I might pick them up if there is room for them.
Aroma / Appearance - A golden glowing base is transparent but also dark. Coffee, grain, and golden crisps brighten the air. A blend of espresso adds more depth. Creamy edges round out a fine profile.
Flavor / Profile - Creamy coffee starts the flavor parade with a bang. It tastes a bit like a cream ale with a blast of vanilla by the end. The coffee aspect isnít that strong in the end. This was a little unusual but well worth the stop.
FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep golden with a small white head. Aroma is very strong mocha coffee character, vanilla, cream, coffee like a latte with vanilla. Flavor has much the same, straightforward vanilla and cocoa and coffee. Finishing sweet and nestle cocoa powder. Fizzy carbonation, too much for the style, soda-like prickle that should be softer to let all those sweet notes roll. Medium body. The more I drink the more I kind of feel like its an artificial coffee character but it has some nice notes to it
johnmck (3) - - SEP 5, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice aroma. Pours a clear caramel color, lighter than what I would have expected. Light tasting, very drinkable. I personally do not feel like it has a strong coffee taste, it certainly has the flavor, but I think itís done just right.
HisBoyElroy (307) - Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer was pretty good. Not something I would try again. About what I expected. Too heavy on the coffee.
WillRunForBeer (196) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 28, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An extra from umich43jm. Thanks! Pours a cloudy white gold with a thin, stark white head that lingers. Aroma is roasted coffee, cereal, dark chocolate. Smells far more substantial than it looks. Flavor is coffee, light malt, sime nuttiness and a touch of hops. It tastes like someone made cold brewed iced coffee with Kirin Ichiban. This is pretty neat!
superspak (1930) - Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but was released recently. Pours lightly hazy and cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger foamy and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with a lot of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big nutty coffee, vanilla, cream, light bread, floral, and light grass. Awesome aromas with big presence of coffee and malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big nutty coffee, cream, vanilla, bread, floral, and light grass. Light coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of nutty coffee, vanilla, cream, light bread, grass, and floral earthiness on the finish for a bit. Awesome robustness of coffee/cream flavor with a fair amount of malt balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Hardly any alcohol presence after the finish as expected for 4.5%. Overall this is an outstanding coffee blonde ale. Great robustness of authentic coffee/cream flavor; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.
blackflag321 (391) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tasted sample from a bottle. Wow, they arenít kidding when they say "with coffee." It just tastes like coffee poured in a beer.
MaroonOrange (86) - - AUG 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear light honey color with a rich white head. Aroma is coffee and toffee. Flavor is sweet caramel and coffee. Sweet and quite drinkable.
gruberm (276) - - AUG 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty aroma and almost a raw greens taste. Fresh and satisfying beer.......
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tectactoe (719) - Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2013 Bottle: Beaming gold with some rustic amber and a mild haze throughout. Thick, foamy white head reduces to a collar and film over the course of a minute or so. Aroma is creamy, lightly roasted coffee, sweet milk chocolate (maybe even more so than coffee) and lighter hints of vanilla and possibly caramel. Malty and slightly grainy backend.
Taste is a little more coffee forward though some milky, creamy chocolate is still present. Some bright graininess reminds you itís a blonde ale and not a porter. Finishes with vanilla/coffee beans and just a hint of roasted astringency. Mouth feel is light and crisp; wet and thin like a blonde ale.
Strange color/flavor combo. This is like purple ketchup. Pretty tasty and it smells great, though the flavor profile is better suited for a heavier, thicker mouth feel.