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

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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (3414) - 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 (90) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (8430) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2015
Bottle from Robroyston Asda, Glasgow, Scotland, Wednesday 17th June 2015 consumed at Craigendmuir campsite, Stepps, Glasgow the same day. Black in colour with a light beige head which is a little sticky, plenty of coffee, it’s also a touch creamy, just a tinsy bit thin in the mouth. Good. A6 A4 T7 P3 Ov13 3.3

3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Patersoi (63) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2015
Pours black but head dissipates quickly. Strong coffee aroma. Creamy mouth feel but i taste more chocolate than coffee. Quite sweet. If there was more bitterness from the coffee that would balance that sweetness. Tastes a bit manufactured as opposed to the flavours being achieved through smart brewing ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cokemonkey11 (222) - - MAY 19, 2015
330ml, Morrison’s Aberdeen, brown bottle. Scent is dense coffee aromas overpowering. Pours coffee black with a thin brown head subsiding at an average pace. Nothing but coffee on the nose. Taste is dry bitter, dense coffee. Finish is slightly sour but light as air and refreshing a bit. Would try again.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrJamesMcEwan (153) - SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2015
* Bottle. Pours deep black, with a tan coloured head. * Aroma is very strong, coffee, praline & sweet icing. * Palate is medium body, very low carbonation, very fine bubbles, creamy & smooth. * Taste is strong coffee, coca, cream & chocolate. * Finish is liquorice, rich, thick, moist. * Overall very strong, nice but difficult to drink much.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (3134) - South Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2015
330 ml bottle; BBdate of April 2016. Enjoyed ½ mile west of St Monans, Fife at the remains of Newark Castle. Pours with a generous, creamy tan head. Aroma: As much chocolate as coffee; a characteristic repeated in the flavor. Full body; exceptionally smooth with a fine creamy feel. O: Much less coffee flavor than the "double espresso" description suggested, I found this to be very nicely balanced in coffee/malt flavor and in sweet/bitter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (6790) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 3, 2015
Cask at the Larbert beer festival. Pours black, nose is roasted coffee, chocolate, taste is bitter coffee, chocolate.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
erickok (4322) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - APR 2, 2015
Black body and small head. Odd aroma, treacle, sweet coffee liquor, tar and burned caramel. Taste is less expressive. Strange fermentation. Almost like licorice was added... I love licorice, but I didn’t expect this. Quite watery too. It’s okay. (33cl bottle from Auchan Tours)


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