Kinz (3527) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown. Pleasant coffee aroma. Flavor is nutty and coffee combined. Really rather nice. Some hops show up on the finish, sort of leafy. Surprising in a coffee accented beer, but welcome. Great way to finish off this Richmond gathering.
tekhna (118) - California, USA - JUN 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty good. I love Surly’s stuff, so it’s a treat to finally get to give this a try. Great coffee nose, nice lacing and a deep rich color. Coffee is very apparent, but not much else in there. Very well-balanced, but not too intricate. I like it, but I don’t love it.
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Happy Gnome. Pours hazy reddish brown with a nice beige head. Huge coffee smell with roasted malt and oatmeal. More caramel sweetness and less coffee in the taste. Roasty finish, a little too watery for my taste.
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 (2901) - 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 (9643) - 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