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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Yodo, in Andrss 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 Agrcola Cafetal, from Lourdes de Cirr 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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (9746) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 16, 2016
Guest tap at Ginos East (N Lasalle location). Dark brown thin tan head. Chocolate and coffee with faint capsicum notes, sweet with mild bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drsordr (2489) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2016
Draft to taster at cappys 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kambei70 (979) - - 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

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeremyh70 (1083) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (17944) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italarican (1543) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (19502) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (5691) - Trois-Rivires, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2016
Bottle shared. Brown black pour with no head. Aroma coffee, caramel aroma, light roast. Taste is sweet, caramel with lingering roast coffee finish. Palate is med bodied with light carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ARH (1118) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2016 750 mL bottle poured into a goblet. The aroma is a mild rye followed by a strong, very milky and creamy aroma which then becomes more straightforward milk chocolate and caramel with vanilla and a subtle, mild rye sneaking in. It finally settled on dulce de leche and milk chocolate. It?s a dark, effervescent, but mostly opaque, caramel with foamy, unstable, tan cream head with moderate retention and light lace. The beer is highly sweet with just a light bitter to compliment. It?s smooth, thick, and oily with soft foam carbonation and a medium full body. Flavors of vanilla, cream, and dulce de leche are most prominent with subtle coffee and chocolate undertones. The smooth finish has some licorice, roast coffee, and chocolate syrup then light rye and a slight char character. The aftertaste is roasty with a mellow rye bread and chocolate taste. On nitro aroma is muted earthy coffee caramel and chocolate. Its incredibly smooth. Medium bittersweet balanced with a medium full body that has a pronounced cold pressed coffee with notes of caramel, lactose, and chocolate.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (5000) - Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2016
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, light herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee/caramel, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, light herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, toasted dark bread, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee/caramel, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible imperial porter style! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee/caramel, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.


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