Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap in Bloomington (IN)
This meeting of Hawaiian and Indianapolis tastes sounded much better on paper. It is drinkable though if you have the option of going with Sun King’s more hoppier alternatives I’d pick those instead. Four ounces was enough to convince me that this needs some improvement.
Aroma / Appearance - The reddish brown color of the body is the color of freshly brewed iced tea. Wisps of ivory head curl around the glass. Straight black coffee, burnt malts, and a strong profile for the ABV almost pull off a positive experience.
Flavor / Palate - Black coffee is accented by a slightly hoppy kick. Gas station grade coffee feels weak and a little watered down. Tasting a bit like a heavily malted brown ale this was an interesting experiment that just doesn’t work. Scroll past unless you have to tick every single draft.
b3shine (8190) - Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to taster. Looks good for the style; a transparent orangish brown with thin off-white lacing. Smells of bitter coffee. Tastes like it smells, but more balanced. The toffee comes through a bit too. Good on the palate. Finishes better than it starts.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
growler by way of stfun 1/16/11.
clear auburn color with an almond paste tinted head.
it smells like day old coffee, whole beans, cocoa butter, vanilla, sweet grain and caramel.
the flavor is full of buttery caramel coffee... much like a cold brew (w/o the bitterness).
it is medium bodied and oily but prickly carb helps out. neat. 8/3/7/3/15+
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served from the growler shared by awiseman01 at DLD ’10. The appearance is medium brown. Lots of medium roast coffee, hazelnut, caramelized sugars. I really dig the coffee infused medium bodied beers that have been popping up. A lot lighter then the coffee irs but with plenty to offer in flavors. Thanks Andy!
Tmoney99 (13602) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample at Sun King. Poured a clear brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate toasted malt and coffee aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium toasted sweet and coffee flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Smooth and drinkable beer that is coffee brown ale.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Maybe my favorite of the Sun King beers. Pours a deep, dark brown, with a thin head that gives way to minimal lacing. Aroma is awesome; lots and lots of dry roasted coffee, slightly bitter. Flavor is tart and dry, with the coffee taking center stage, backed up by biscuits, toffee, and a hint of caramel. This beer is outstanding.
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap at the brewery - Pours a medium brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is dominated by the coffee. The coffee goes fairly well with the flavor. It’s not a real strong coffee flavor but it’s still pretty dominate because the caramel malt profile is mild. It’s light to medium bodied with some mild hops and a finish that leaves lingering coffee flavors.
deyholla (10214) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler from the brewery. Poured a clear amber brown with a small brown head. Aroma had a nice acidic note from the coffee. Flavor was coffee through out without much else.
pinion (12) - , Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Picked up a growler of this downtown on their awesome $5 growler fill nights. Poured with a head that left me immediately. Great coffee flavour in the nose. Strong too. The taste isn’t what I expected. Very balanced leaving the beer to do it’s work with some undertones of coffee and not overpowering at like some other coffee beers. If the look of this beer wasn’t what it is they’d have a higher rating. Overall though it’s a very good brew.
ESBob (379) - Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a Growler. A very drinkable dark amber/brown ale with light coffee aroma. Taste was surprisingly smooth given the coffee/mocha undertones. Taste was a nice blend of roasted malt, coffee and lightly hopped. If you are not a coffee person, don’t let the name scare you from sampling this quite drinkable brew.