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Ruhstaller The Kenyan [v.2]

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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 46   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
The year was 1918, Captain Frank Ruhstaller, looking for some respite from the Prohibitionists threatening his life’s work, traveled by steam ship to East Africa. Many miles later our Captain found himself in a very exotic world he could never have imagined, exciting his every sense. Rumor has it that is was on an early morning walk that he encountered a small coffee roaster. The Captain took fondly to his fellow brewer and returned to Sacramento with several large burlap sacks of this old soul’s beans. To his dismay upon his return his brewery was closed courtesy of the 18th Amendment and his dream of a Kenyan bean meeting a California hop died. Until now! 210 Cases Produced Jason Griest Tim Jordan Jan-Erik Paino Eric Ryan

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tderoeck (6906) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2015
25/VII/15 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ Trillium tasting, home - BB: n/a (2015-990) Thanks to sebletitje for sharing the bottle!

Clear amber to red brown beer, creamy beige head, pretty stable, adhesive, some lacing in the glass. Aroma: lots of coffee, more coffee, bit of caramel, sweet touch. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: lots of coffee, bitter, more coffee. Aftertaste: coffee, coffee, and that’s it. Ok, I’m not a big fan of coffee, but this beer just lacks any depth and complexity...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (8116) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2015
66cl bomber, from Kingdom Liquors. Ambrée, col beige. Arôme est malté et présentant un bouquet fort centré sur le café, le tout restant assez frais-moulu. Retrouve aussi un léger rétro de biscuité - grains. Palais est malté grillé, un café imposant mais qui ne tombe pas dans le surfait. Ce dernier devient, néanmoins, vite présent et parfois un peu trop pour boire cette bière tout seul. L’houblonné reste présent mais plus à tire indicatif, ajoutant un léger fini agrumes, sec sur la fin avec un café restant persistant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (3670) - BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2015
Courtesy of sebletitje. The bottle says ’Sacramento has soul’ and apparently this is a collaboration with Old Soul so that makes sense I guess, I therefore assume this is the same beer. Creamy, thick, light beige head, deep reddish copper colour with some minute yeast bits floating. Aroma dominated by generic coffee powder and coffee with milk, otherwise toast, dried leaves, dried apricot, raisins, old cookies, hazelnuts. Dried fruit taste, orange peel accent, hints of peach and berries, medium carbo, nutty and toasted maltiness with a somewhat resiny mouthfeel but otherwise thinnish body, touch of leafy and peppery hops in the finish but mostly toasted maltiness persisting along with, of course, a big but somewhat generic and not very refined coffee powder flavour. Only truly enjoyable if you like coffee in general, otherwise a bit one-sided, but technically a good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
77ships (6130) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 26, 2015
Thanks to sebletitje! 660 ml. bottle sampled. Move aside wax, this bottle has a piece of cloth glued to the neck… Ridiculous really. Amber brown, little mocha / tanned bubbles. Nose is big vegetable roasted coffee, herbal, some sweetness, light malts,… Taste is bitter vegetable roasted coffee, some sweetness, grains, sugar,… A bit. Totally dominated by overly vegetable coffee, I might appreciate sweet & sugary coffee but heavily vegetable coffee isn’t really for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (7861) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 23, 2015
an American strong ale at 6%, huh? beer #6700! taste and aroma are predominantly coffee in this dark amber brew. very pleasant, especially in the nose. body is average but smooth. back end of the palate shows just enough hop bitterness to be interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 4, 2015
Surprised by the low ratings on this one. This is an interesting coffee beer. Not a stout. Not a porter. Some sort of ale. But, a lot of coffee going on. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
batneil (520) - - APR 11, 2015
There’s definitely some coffee involved in this one. That’s all you get in the smell, and a good part of the taste too. It’s nice to have a coffee beer that’s not a stout or porter. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (3534) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2015
(en fût au Neighborhood): Si le but était de faire une ale pour coopérer avec les saveurs du café sans lui voler d’attention, c’est réussi. L’agencement surprend au départ mais les petites céréales miellées et farineuses s’effacent doucement pour laisser place au café très pointu. La bière finit par jouer dans notre tête et son appréciation se décuple au fur et à mesure que la pinte se vide. Simple et surprenant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oscbert (1165) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 28, 2014
~Strong earthy woody aroma with coffee, cinnamon, and other complex spice aroma I cant explain. ~Pours a murky dark brownish amber color with quickly disappearing airy head. Seems to be carbonated incorrectly. ~Earthy woody flavor, light burnt characteristics with coffee. ~Medium bodied, high CO2, lingering earthy finish. ~This is an enjoyable beer. Interesting blend of spices. Just seems poorly executed for some reason.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
el_guapo (28) - California, USA - AUG 17, 2013
I like it, but the coffee flavor overpowers everything else. The tangy, citrus hop flavor is an afterthought behind the flavor of the morning beverage. Not bad, but definitely made with the coffee enthusiast in mind.

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