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Brewed by Black Wolf
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Stirling, Scotland

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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Straddling beer and coffee, this stylish libation is both Alpha and Omega. With a welcoming aroma created from double strength coffee beans, accompanied by a silky smooth texture and a rich dark nature, it is clear as a full moon why it was awarded gold at the 2012 World Beer Awards.


tania_nexust's rating

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tania_nexust (230) - Greater London, - OCT 25, 2012
As soon as the bottle was opened a good whiff of coffee and dark chocolate ganache was released. It poured very dark and opaque. In the glass, more chocolate sweetness came out in the aroma but there’s a tiny hint of something else – something slightly artificial like pots of ‘non-diary creamer’. The taste was disappointing compared to the initial aromas, a little thin and watery, but at least no bitter unpleasantness. It was smooth enough but just not much depth, body or finish.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FrankZappa7 (206) - GERMANY - FEB 6, 2016
25-Jan-2016-Flasche 0,33L. Schwarz, beiger kompakter Schaum. Aroma: Schokolade, Malz, Kaffee. Antrunk Säure, Espresso, leicht medizinisch.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
chrisv10 (13819) - DENMARK - JAN 11, 2016
Bottle, 6%. Black with small beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, caramel and liquorice. Flavour is roasted malts, sweet, caramel, weird coffee, thin, little liquorice, little bread, sugar and a little bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ken1 (1514) - DENMARK - NOV 12, 2015
Aroma: Strong coffee and roasted malt. Flavour: Very strong coffee with roasted malt, and fairly fruity sweet. Colour: Very dark brown with a light brown head.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (14656) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2015
Bottle, 6.0%. Extremely powerful coffee aroma, sweet and creamy. Black colour. Small frothy light brown head. The flavour has almost the same amount of coffee as the aroma. It is quite flavourful, but does not have the bitterness that some coffee does. Has a little sourness in the finish, reminds me of booziness but that would be surprising with only 6% ABV.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bamsen78 (4689) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2015
Bottle. Pours cloudy very dark brown with small tan head. Clear aroma of coffee, with notes of roast, yeast and mild chocolate. Bitter, roasty flavour, with notes of lactose, coffee and malt and some estery touches. Coffeelike aftertaste with hints of dark chocolate. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hohops (635) - Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2015
Appearance is inky black, with a small fizzy beige head. Aroma- chocolate cake, fudge, roast coffee, treacle toffee, coffee cake. Taste- big roast coffee, espresso, coffee and walnut cake, melted dark chocolate, dark malts. It’s all about the coffee, but it’s good.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Calisky (2165) - ALSACE, FRANCE - SEP 25, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2015 Couleur noire, bonne mousse beige. Nez fort de moka, chocolat noir, grain de café. Gout de moka, chocolat noir et café avec notes légères grillées. Corps moyen. Aromes bien intenses. Fin de café grillé. Bien!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (3875) - BELGIUM - SEP 5, 2015
Scottish coffee beer with light beige, creamy, moussy, ’natural’ head and very dark bronze colour, blackish but still translucid, hazy. Aroma shouts coffee all the way through, with impressions of mocha ice cream, cappuccino, cafè latte, caramel coffee... Everything is coffee-themed here and there are not many aromas of other components, though I do get some toast, dried apricot, hazelnut paste, vanilla and very vague herbal hops. The overpowering coffee bouquet makes me curious to dive into this. Taste begins with dried fruits, faintly sweetish with an equally weak sourish edge, soft carbo, lean and slick mouthfeel, caramelly in its basis, a bit toasted, sweetish with a honeyish touch to it but also a slightly metallic ’zing’; the coffee flavour gains strength as the palate proceeds and works strongly retronasally, aromatic and stimulating, leaving a bittersweet coating in the end, but without the deep roasted bitterness one would expect from coffee stouts - this is clearly intended to be a coffee beer without the evident stout associations. A gentle but satisfying earthy hoppiness rounds things off in the end without becoming deeply bittering, but needless to say, a resiny, bittersweet ’film’ of coffee clings to the mouth and will be the last thing you’ll remember of this. Something of a one-trick pony, coffee through and through, but rather coffee softened and sweetened with milk or cream rather than deeply bittering. Tasty, but only suitable for those who like a fragrant cup of ’real’ coffee every now and then; in this kind of mono-flavoured beers, everything depends on whether you like the prevailing flavour or not, I guess. In this case, I’m in, I sincerely enjoyed it, because it is funny. And enjoying beer is about having fun, right?

1.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Nodrog (13) - SCOTLAND - AUG 4, 2015
Tastes strongly of coffee flavouring and artificial sweetener. In other words it tastes like cutting corners. Poor.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
overtheline (103) - Inverness, SCOTLAND - JUL 17, 2015
Hmmmmmm, not sure this is a beer. I love it but will struggle to convey its character using beer deScriptors. It tastes like a liquid coffee cream chocolate. Nose is super coffee, taste is more coffee chocolate. Too much, way too much.


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