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Beer Available At Cole’s (arranged by most recent)
Ballast Point Navigator DoubleBock 92, Goose Island Sofie Paradisi 98, Long Trail Brown Bag Series #2 Bavarian Smoked Brown 56, Ballast Point Abandon Ship Smoked Lager 89, Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin 88, Community Beer Works First Anniversary Double IPA , Community Beer Works First Anniversary Porter , Community Beer Works Four Spacious Skies , Ommegang Iron Throne 95, Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL 94, Firestone Walker Pale 31 92, Samuel Adams Chocolate Squirrel 42, Victory Ranch (Cascade) 94, Lake Placid Nippletop Milk Stout 61, Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale 93, Stillwater Existent 95, St. Bernardus Pater 6 96, Duvel Green/Draught/Single Fermentation 91, Rogue Farms Roguenbier Rye 64, Rogue Farms Single Malt Ale 77
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johnnnniee (64) Bedford, New Hampshire | June 2, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
I went here last week while on vacation with the family. Our visit was on a Tuesday evening for a late dinner. We were there at about 8pm and the place was quite busy, we got one of the last tables in the dining area. It was a long day of yelling at the kids in the car and I needed an attitude adjustment badly.
The place is separated into two rooms the one on the right houses the bar area and to the left the dining area which also has a patio for outdoor seating towards the front.
The beer menu was about the same size as the food menu and had about 30 taps most of which were stellar. Many great bottles on the menu as well. I had on tap ST Choklat, Weyerbacher Heresy, and a Big Rock Chophouse Sour Cherry Tripel. All were excellent.
I had a steak and my wife had a sandwich. My steak was good, my wife’s sandwich was as well. The kids split a sandwich. Points off for no kids menu!
Our waitress was slow but attentive. She took the kids meal that they split and put it on two plates without being asked, that was nice.
I wish I had more time in Buffalo because I would have loved to work my way through the tap list. Oh and as a tease they listed Oak Aged Ten Fidy as coming soon on tap, they suck :)
valgalder (14) Buffalo, New York | April 22, 2011
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
Don’t frequent this place as much anymore because of the Blue Monk opening which has a far superior selection of beer IMO, but Coles still has a good American selection if that’s what you’re into. Food is good. Gets way too crowded in there at night, with yuppies. Not my kind of place to just hang out in. Don’t always use proper glassware either. Some of the prices can be high on the beer, so you may want to ask how much it is before getting it with a 9 dollar glass of beer.
cratez (151) Toronto, Ontario | April 19, 2011
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Cole’s is a must-visit beer destination in Elmwood Village. It has an awesome Cheers-style ambience with a large, busy bar adjacent to some wooden tables and booths and a bright, open dining room. When we first came on a Sunday afternoon, we were seated with a bunch of college kids who seemed to be grabbing their hangover breakfasts. The atmosphere was quite loud, almost raucous, but we rolled with the punches and ended up having a great time. Second visit was much more laid back, we sat at the bar and received quick, affable service from a middle-aged man who knew a lot about the brews he was pouring.
Beer selection is 35 taps and a massive 100+ bottle list of mostly U.S. micros. Over two days I had Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA, Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale, Bear Republic Old Scouters Barley Wine, and Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet Black I.P.A. on draught and Green Flash West Coast IPA in the bottle. The bartender also gave me a small sample of Harpoon Island Creek Oyster Stout.
Unfortunately the food was mediocre: my eggs were overcooked, the hash browns were soggy, and my girlfriend’s salad had way too much goat cheese in it. However, Cole’s is simply a fantastic place to drink in with the best selection of American craft beer that I’ve encountered thus far. And similar to Blue Monk, its lively and approachable vibe appeals to beer geeks and non-beer-drinkers alike. We really enjoyed ourselves here and we’ll be back on future trips to Buffalo.
BlackIPA (16) Rochester, New York | March 8, 2011
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
First time at coles. Counted 36 taps. Mostly boring stuff... what you’d expect to see in any decent craft beer bar. MacGregors in Rochester puts this place to shame. Having said that, if i lived in the shit hole that is Buffalo, I would probably go here often. Food was good.
poppap7 (4) New York | February 28, 2011
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 19/20
Cole’s for me is where my love for craft beer started. always going there for dinner with the family when i was younger always keep me interested in the beer. then when i was able to drink it was game on. if you enjoy great food and a awesome American style beer selection look no further than coles
JoeMcPhee (465) Toronto, ON, Ontario | February 17, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Old sort of dive bar with a crusty dude working behind the bar. Lots of locals in here chewing the shit. The beer list is pretty awesome in here though. They knew what they were pouring but they weren’t really interested in chatting about it. Still, I managed to kill a few hours in here and I would come back here in a heartbeat. Food is basic pub grub - cheap but tasty.
JB84 (6) Kitchener, Ontario | January 31, 2011| Updated February 1, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Pending a revisit
buffalobrewer (2) New York | January 9, 2011| Updated February 1, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
Laid back feel, above average tap selection and some bottles too. Food has been excellent each trip. Only thing that doesn’t hold up to the rest of the establishments positive attributes is the service at the bar a few times was less than spectacular. Day shift both times. Night crew even when getting slammed seems to be much more familiar with the selections available.
RayOhm (32) Fergus, Ontario | January 9, 2011| Updated January 14, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
kind of a crummy looking place. the beer selection was awesome, many american craft brews, had Southern Tier’s Unearthy. didnt try any food. would love to go back just for the beer selection
ontbeermaker (157) Ontario | December 18, 2010| Updated January 3, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice bar. Man was alittle slow serving us, but it was busy, he did a good job of pouring our pints. Lots of beers to choose from. Recommend a trip here for any beer lover.
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