rabba9 (115) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a nice brown color with an off-white head. Aroma is of coffee, roasted malts, and nutty. Taste is sweet and definately coffee. Mouthfeel is light to medium, very easy and smooth to drink. Very tasty brew, the coffee flavor is really well done in this brown ale.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big coffee aroma. Smooth coffee flavor. The tiniest hint of sweetness and impeccable balance.
jake65 (2881) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 Can - Thanks skinnyguy! - Pours a pure brown with a smaller beige head. Aroma is sweet, nutty, and coffee filled. The taste is much more coffee oriented than anything else. It’s got a coffee and cream type of thing with some cocoa, nuts, and roastiness. I guess the iced coffee cited in the description is pretty accurate... A fun brew.
Dogbrick (9359) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to sliffy for sharing a bottle. The beer is a deep brown color with a medium thin beige head that dissipates steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Roasted coffee and milk chocolate aroma with a hint of malt. Medium body with flavors of coffee, dark chocolate and malt. Touches of hops at times too. The finish is mildly bitter with a lingering coffee aftertaste. Enjoyable all around.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nose of coffee. Lots of flavor here. Coffee. chocolate, roastiness, malt and sweetness make their show in the nose on this one. Pours brown with a fluffy beige head. Ends on a coffee bitter note.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pros: Not light struck. Cool Design. Lots of taste for a 5% beer.
Cons: Brashly hoppy upon tasting. Overly bitter and burnt. Not a lot of body or nuance. Aroma is fairly muted. Short finish. Out of balance for my tastes.
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - MAY 17, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Buebie for sending another Surly want my way.
Can poured into my Sam Adams glass produced a good finger worth tan of head that settled down to a thick lace. The body of the brew was brown in color with red highlights’
Guess what it smells like coffee ;-) Probably no surprise there, but it also has a nice sweet aroma a well. The flavor mimics the nose with a light bitter finish. Comparing it to other coffee brews I have experienced this is a lot more like a Ice coffee flavor and feel in my mouth. I like it, I could easily see myself kicking back a few of these on a hot day and feel quite refreshed. If you are into ice coffees you got to give this a try
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 Can - Thanks skinnyguy! - Pours a beautiful amber brown with a medium tan head...aorma is cocoa, coffee and malt, with some light hops...flavour is similar, with a terrific char bitterness that lingers...great brew...
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 12, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep, rich medium brown pour with a two finger off white head. Aromas of fresh brewed coffee, white chocolate, and toasted malt. The flavor is where this beer really shines: coffee, mocha, sweet malt, dark chocolate, and earthy hops. The bitterness is spot on and does not linger on the palate. It is a crisp, clean, interesting brew that successfully retains the characteristics of its parent beer. The coffee is well controlled, adding complexity to an already fine brew. If I lived in MN I could see this becoming my session beer of choice - outstanding.
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - MAY 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a medium, light tan head. Aroma of coffe, malt, and oats. Medium body with low carbonation. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, caramel, oats, malts, with some hops. Very good overall.