el_guapo (28) - California, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
BeerandBlues2 (12045) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 20, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Pours clear amber with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is heavy chocolate coffee, quite earthy, medium toast and nutty malt. Flavor is heavy chocolate coffee, substantial earthiness, light spicy hop bitterness, toast and nutty malt with a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
Jnihal (3) - San Diego, Alabama, USA - MAY 17, 2016 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Like beer, coffee, cream and a pastry. It really tasty, especially after it warms up a bit. It’s not too high in abv so it’s still refreshing.
J_man (919) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My bottle came wrapped in what looks like a brown paper bag with the bottom cut out and the whole thing glued to the bottle. The story of the beer is printed on the back and "Old Soul" and "Sacramento" printed on the front. Too bad there’s not a picture of it since it’s one of the most interesting packagings I’ve ever seen. Smelling this in the bottle, I would have guessed it was a stout. Chocolate, charred wood and coffee all leap out of the glass which now poured reveals that this is actually a slightly murky medium amber colored beer. It also appears to have some sediment floating around in it and I’m wondering if that’s coffee (or maybe a byproduct of using it in beer). The tastes is lighter than the aroma indicates, but the coffee really comes through now. Has a medium roasted coffee taste with a nice acrid, bitter bite that I think is a combination of the coffee and the hops. The combination is really good and plays off the lightly sweet caramel taste of the malt. The body has a slight creaminess to it but is thin and a bit watery overall. That bitterness rolls around the mouth and continues long after the abrupt end of the rest of it. I can attest that Old Soul Coffee in Sacramento makes great coffee and here it makes a great beer too!
tderoeck (8057) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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...
sebletitje (9073) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Alengrin (4429) - BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
77ships (7635) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
slowrunner77 (9928) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 4, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
batneil (605) - - APR 11, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.