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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.86/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Gold Medal Winner - 2012 Great American Beer Festival, Denver, CO - Coffee Beer
A coffee-beer, rather than a beer with coffee. A robust porter aged on fresh locally roasted, fair trade ground coffee. Enhanced flavors of chocolate, roasted malt, and of course coffee are present. "Like a chocolate covered espresso bean."


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkzambia (1474) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Tap @ Crowne Plaza LAX: dark black with a tan head. Charcoal aroma with strong espresso aroma. Thick, oily, feel with a bitter yet fairly sweet alcohol aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ontape (297) - Valley Village, California, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Bottle. Coffee bomb! Pours black with some beige bubbles that stick around the edges. Huge roasty coffee nose with chocolate and dark malts back there somewhere. Taste is similar -- like an iced coffee with clean bitterness but still identifiable as a porter. Nice long espresso bean finish, "chocolate covered espresso bean" is pretty on the nose. Easy drinking and very enjoyable, hard to argue with.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3386) - Nueva York, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Library, Santa Monica tap: Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is coffee and much of it, with a few hints of chocolate. Taste is way more coffee than most beers provide. Body is pretty light when push comes to shove. I agree with previous commentators who said that this could use more malts and body. That said, the favors that were there were quite good.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mora2000 (5695) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Black with a brown head. The aroma smells like wonderful cold brewed coffee with a hint of chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor has a lot of bitter coffee notes as well as some chocolate. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Great beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Errl (1587) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle..Pour is black with a tin fading head..Nose is spice, coffee, coffee, bitter, dry..Tatse is roast, chocolate, spice, coffee, beans,amazing chocolate covered beans

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (8933) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2014
Bottle. Poured a dark brown, almost black with a small sized head. Yes, coffee in my coffee beer! Iced coffee, roast, and all around coffee. Body a bit on the thin side (but like drinking iced coffee).

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
C1tySurfer83 (11) - - JUL 24, 2014
Taster GABF 2013. Great aroma. Pours black with thing tan head. Perfectly carbonated. Huge chocolate coffee aroma... like chocolate covered espresso beans. Creamy mouth feel. Sweet roasty and chocolate coffee flavor. Almost no astringency. Great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (2607) - California, USA - JUL 11, 2014
11 July 2014, bottle. Dark brown. Nose is serious black espresso. Med body, creamy, mildly fizzy. Huge espresso, some milk chocolate. Wow!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
toxichop (340) - South Gate, California, USA - JUL 4, 2014
P: Completely black with a thin tan head. S: A good amount of coffee, lots of it actually with a good amount of chocolate. T: Bitter roasted malt and average coffee. M: Somewhat thin and semi bitterness. O: Really good but I thought it was gonna be better.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedSox2004 (1252) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Opaque, medium brown color, two-finger dense white head and moderate lace. Delicious freshly ground coffee beans dominate the aroma, with a background that includes milk chocolate, roasted malt and a hint of leafy hop. Coffee is dialed back just a little in the flavor profile, allowing the milk chocolate sweetness and floral character to peek through a bit more. Full body, creamy mouthfeel, minimal carbonation, and coffee in the finish that stays with you all the way home. Very nice.


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