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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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Yodo, in Andrés’s home country of Costa Rica, is a slang term for coffee, as in something strong and dark.

We start with an Imperial porter at about 8.5%, made with two kinds of caramel malts, oats for creaminess and three different dark malts, including rye and a special one from Patagonia Malting in Chile. To this we add a solid helping of dulce de leche, a creamy milk caramel from Argentina. Only when the beer is fermented, do we add the coffee.

With the help of Gaslight Coffee Roasters, local Chicago specialists, we sorted through several Costa Rican estates’ beans looking for a coffee with great flavor and true Costa Rican character. We found it in Finca Agrícola Cafetal, from Lourdes de Cirrí de Naranjo. We airfreighted fresh beans from the new harvest, had Gaslight custom roast them to bring out their best and did a room-temperature steeping in beer, then strained and added the liquid back to the entire batch.

The result is a mocha-like strong porter with a luscious creaminess and a lovely, fresh-roasted coffee nose. The finish is a lot like a Latin cup of coffee: intense, delicious and satisfyingly long.

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weihenweizen (4041) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2017
Refrigerated 75 cl brown bottle poured into a cup. Black with small beige head. Aroma is cocoa, medium body, medium carbonation, and small-bubble lacing. Taste is cocoa.

3.6
italianjohn (3223) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2017
Black pour with a thin beige head and thin lacing .... aroma is of strong coffee bitter and very dark roasted malts along with dark bitter cocoa .... taste is of coffee, bitter cocoa, caramel malts, sweet and very dark coffee .... finish is bitter with coffee and a lactose caramel flavor ... body is on the thin side

3.7
DocJitsu (2024) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2017
Pours a very dark brown with a tall reddish taupe head. Oatmeal and cream nose. Soft slick mouthfeel. Coffee flavor dominates.

3.6
DuffMan (10596) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 16, 2016
Guest tap at Gino’s East (N Lasalle location). Dark brown thin tan head. Chocolate and coffee with faint capsicum notes, sweet with mild bitterness.

3.5
drsordr (2794) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2016
Draft to taster at cappy’s pour opaque black with thin tan head. Nose sweet malt, red fruit, caramel, condensed milk. Taste sweeter malt mixed with roast up front, then coffee, creme brulee, and light roasted finish.

3.7
kambei70 (1102) - - SEP 4, 2016
Dark brown/black with a finger of tan head and good lacing. Aroma is mocha and coffee with some roastiness. Taste has an earthy coffee roast with caramel sweetness and a bit of chocolate. Finishes rich and creamy but still semi dry. Medium/full bodied with medium carbonation. Solid porter with a lot of great flavors. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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jeremyh70 (1112) - Missouri, USA - SEP 4, 2016
Dark brown/black with a finger of tan head and good lacing. Aroma is mocha and coffee with some roastiness. Taste has an earthy coffee roast with caramel sweetness and a bit of chocolate. Finishes rich and creamy but still semi dry. Medium/full bodied with medium carbonation. Solid porter with a lot of great flavors.

3.5
Theydon_Bois (20425) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2016
Bottle share in the hotel lobby, RBWG, 01/02/16. Black with a decent tan cap. Nose is chocolate, light spice, roasted notes, charr, dark toffee fudge. Taste comprises dark chocolate, peppery spice, chocolate cake, cookies, light roast malts. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok impy ... lacks depth for the ABV but drinks along nice and easy.

3.9
italarican (1549) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Christmas gift from RosieCheeks shared at the post-RBWG hangover hotel party.

Overall: Really nice sweetness + fresh coffee = a porter that delivers what it promises.

Oily dark brown pour. Really nice dark roast coffee, caramel, milk sugar. Heavy on the dark chocolate and coffee notes with moderate caramel and sugary sweetness in the finish. Moderate body and a bit oily. The sweetness at the end is really nice. Awesome dessert beer.

3.7
Leighton (22019) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2016
Bottle shared during RBWG 2016. Pours clear, thick brown with a bubbly head. Moderate roast in the nose, some dried dark fruits, earth, cocoa. Medium sweet flavor, a little oily, some caramel, bitter earth, cocoa. Full bodied, lightly chewy, with fine carbonation. Lightly warming finish, some further chocolate, mild espresso. Tasty.


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