Emeister84 (671) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aromas of vanilla, milk chocolate, and peppermint. Dark ruby with a mostly retaining small white head. Dry, floral, herbaceous, quite minty. Medium bodied and finishes with lingering mint.
krumbum (357) - truckee, California, USA - MAR 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark black cherry color. Light coffee coco scent. Coco nibs vanilla smooth rich fizzy taste. Big but balanced.
edgallow (1634) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle pours hazy brown with a off white head. Aroma of caramel, cocoa and spice. Taste is spice, sweet malts and cocoa.
tnkw01 (935) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very dark brown, medium head with a lot of lace. Aroma is mostly cinnamon with hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste is also a lot of cinnamon reminds me of a nice stout.
Dogbrick (7153) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Kurtkeller 005: Coffee-tastic 01 on 02/08/2014. This brew is a dark brown color with riddish highlights around the edges and a medium thick khaki head that dissipates gradually. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Coffee, vanilla and malt in the nose. Medium-bodied with flavors of roasted coffee, chocolate malt, vanilla and a hint of cinnamon. The finish is roasty with a cinnamon mocha aftertaste. Above average overall.
deaconmike (301) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours dark brownish copper with offwhite head. Aroma is coffee, vanilla extract, and nutmeg. Similar taste, very nice warming spice in the finish. Medium body, soft carbonation. Good winter beer.
SPDickerman (866) - Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours mahogany with a small tan head. Smells of chocolate, cinnamon, and hints of nutmeg. Taste is chocolate, hints of vanilla and coffee, and hints of spices. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Terrapin Reunion - A Beer For Hope 2013 finishes with a hint of spicy sweetness.
SpringsLicker (3035) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The pour is a very dark clear brown with lots of garnet highlights. Minimal off-white head.
Aroma of brown sugar and spice.
The flavor is a nice blend of coffee, sweet malt and caramel.
The alcohol is well hidden here.
suprchunk (1934) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour. Small off-white head that leaves a good bit of lacing. Smell is distinctly coffee grounds. Taste is the same. Nice brown ale underneath it, but the coffee is the star in this. Not bad.
mearner (2) - Kittery, Maine, USA - JAN 22, 2014 does not count
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer pours dark, but when held up to the light it has tawny/red tint that was surprising. The carbonation was moderate and the head was off-white to brown in color, appropriate in size and hung around for a while. Ultimately, the head ended up dwindling slowly to a set of small bumpy bubbles that rested nicely on the top of the brew leading to quality lacing as I sipped. The beer was generally clear and free of particles.
All the scents noted in its description: cocoa nibs, vanilla, cinnamon and coffee, were present. They were all there but the coffee and cinnamon stuck out for me, with the cinnamon clearly out front. As I sipped, the flavors blended nicely and there was a taste of tobacco and leather which I found to be pleasing. The body was medium a bit slick, and slightly acidic.
Although this was a fairly tasty beer to sip, itís probably best as a limited release. I think it would be far less appealing if it were available year round. Iím glad they release it to benefit a good cause though. I know the novelty of it, and its potential evolution will keep me trying it each year.
Although this is an American Brown Ale, I think this could reach the far corner somewhere near where it could easily be confused with a porter (in my opinion).