vtafro (4042) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark pour with some head. Rich chocolate, vanilla, toffee, and coffee aromas. Similar sweet flavors, with a bit of warmth, but not overbearing.
JStax (3339) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a darker ruby with a beige head of foam. Big coffee and wet wood. Pretty nice coffee presence. Some vanilla and roast come through. Thick and viscous. Very good coffee beer.
AdamJackson (3051) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Side by side with regular mash. vanilla in mash is totally gone. appearance is the same (golden, copper) I get cold pressed coffee on the nose and in taste, almost old acidic coffee taste which is a really big bummer. Diluted Mash & grind with a bit of Mash and that helped immensely.
Steve_0 (2971) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Matt’s with friends. Pour is murky brown with a small tan head that quickly dissipated. Over roasted folgers coffee, green peppers, toffee, earthy, somewhat bready, and caramelly aroma. Taste is huge coffee, peppers, cocoa, brown sugar, roasty, and caramel. Watery mouthfeel with soft carbonation. The coffee is way overdone. Meh.
BuckeyeBoy (2932) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle thanks to Darrel. Pours out a muddy mahogany. Nose is sweet malts spice toffee and pit fruit. Taste is as the nose with coffee toffee caramel pit fruit and hops.
Blairgus (2869) - California, USA - DEC 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
16 dec 2014, tap at The Bruery. Amber. Nose is big mocha coffee. Med/full body and mildly fizzy. Coffee, mocha, sugary alcohol, creme brûlée. Very nice!
Huhzubendah (2755) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared with the guys last night. Served alongside Mash.
The beer is darker than the standard version, with a quarter inch or so of beige head. Big coffee scents, rich roasted malt, espresso, coffee beans, vanilla, oak, toffee. Smells great. Huge coffee presence, but still balanced. Robust and bold. Alcohol content well disguised. A great beer to sip and savor. I think this is an improvement over the standard Mash, offering more depth of flavor.
tectactoe (2645) - Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Mike! Murky mahogany & dingy brown pour with a beige head that transforms to a thin ring in just moments. Aroma is mostly made of roasted, slightly astringent coffee beans, somewhat acrid in nature. Light oak & booze underneath, with even lighter notes of caramel & buttery toffee. But the cold diner-esque coffee vibe is the dominant aroma. Taste is the same way, overrun by coffee, lightly sweet & backed with a bit of caramel & toffee that peaks through from the base barleywine. I get some notes of anise, cocoa, & oak occasionally, but again, it seems the coffee addition has obliterated the base beer. Lightly astringent & sharp in the finish. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t my jam, either. Expected greatness, turns out it was merely decent.
Marheb (2641) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
En fût sur place: Café glacé sur une charpente de caramélisation étoffée. Le corps est élégamment allégé par une fine carbonatation qui nous amène vers une longue amertume torréfiée. La tendance des bières au café va finir par s’essouffler mais j’aime encore profiter de la vague.
wedgie9 (2487) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 2/4/15 from a capped 750mL bottle, thanks to Kyle for sharing. Pours hazy deep auburn with a thick beige head that leaves thick, uneven lace. The nose is really dominated by coffee with some nice maple and bourbon. The flavor is more bourbon and maple than on the nose, fairly sweet, but the coffee is the real focus with nice bitterness. The body is full with light carbonation and a long maple and coffee bitter finish.