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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Oatmeal and 20 pounds of fresh roasted coffee from the Ugly Mug Cafe contribute to a mildly chalky espresso character balanced by a rich, sweet, creamy maltiness. coffee finish dissolves into chocolate with a slight roasty bitterness. Brewed with 100% fair-trade coffee from the Ugly Mug Caf and Roastery in Ypsilanti, MI. Pairs well with desserts, especially dark chocolate, raspberries, and cheesecake.

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2.5
fsquirrel29 (90) - Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2013
I really need to learn to read labels. I thought this was some sort of hippie style beer. After drinking most of the beer (and not enjoying it), I re-read the label and figured out that it says - Espresso in the name. I hate coffee & this is definitely coffee flavoured.


3.5
ganache (5852) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2017
Bottle. Nose big chocolate and bigger coffee, rich and sultry, mocha, cocoa. Pour dark brown collecting to sub-pitch with a touch of ruby poking out from the bottom, a too-large dark brown head like that of cola. Taste medium-sweet with low-medium bitterness, airy (really should let this one sit for a bit before first sip), more of the expected chocolate and coffee, good gentle roast with a touch of scorch, has bg fruitiness that almost shimmers for its crystal-ness. Fullish body body but not sludgy, seems big without letting on about the alcohol too much. A good one and a probable crowd pleaser, and theyre right about the nearness to food, would be great with raspberries, for instance, either whole or finagled into the beer itself! [2017.06.18: 3.5]

2.6
Holtguy (176) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2017
Pours black with tan head. Aroma of coffee. Taste was sweet roast malt. Smooth and kind of thin. Minimal coffee. This was amateurish. I was not impressed in general with this beer, but especially not after buying a beer with both espresso and breakfast in the name but little coffee in the flavor. Did they mix up the labels or something? Im not sure Ill purchase anything from Arbor again.

3.4
Hopper8 (159) - Holland, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2017
Wheres the coffee? I was excited for a beer that was heavy in the coffee flavor, and my first sip made me think I was getting this. Then I had more, and as the beer warmed the coffee disappeared, and so did any complexity in flavor. Not very great. Not awful, but not very great.

3.4
Msdrbeat (776) - East Lansing, USA - FEB 11, 2017
On tap at Arbor Brewing. Pours very dark. Smooth and decently sweet. Wish there was more biting coffee bitterness.

2.8
SG111 (1762) - New York, USA - NOV 20, 2016
Bottled. Pours black, huge tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and very bubbly head. I can smell the effervescence. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, roasted malt. Nice coffee bitterness finish. The body is super bubbly. Way too much carbonation. It feels like a soda. Fine. Coffee finish is good, but thin, watery, and way too much carbonation.

3.2
justkoehn (151) - Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2016
Little head and lacing for a breakfast stout. Malty coffee aroma. Little hop bite. Nice and strong espresso flavor and bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
Drake (13647) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2016
12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Ann Arbor Eisenhower, 3/23/16. Dark brown, thin tan head, good retention. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts, chocolate. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, coffee. Thin bodied, creamy.

3.6
Brentv (672) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 6, 2016
On tap at the Arbor Corner Brew in Ypsilanti, MI. Black pour with small tan head. Aroma and taste of coffee, but perfectly muted. Sweet like a milk stout. Smooth and creamy and easy to drink.

3.5
b33r (875) - Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2016
Dark black color with thin light brown head. Aroma has nice roasted malts and rich chocolate. Flavor is smooth, roasted coffee, smooth malts, and dark chocolate bitterness. Slight alcohol presence, which is surprising for only 7.5 abv. Good overall

3.6
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2016
12oz bottle. No date, but Im confident its fresh.. Up front, a pretty satisfying, big amount of coffee. Mild nuttiness, good touch of dark chocolate, some roast malt, mild earthiness. Pretty nice flavor. Pours a nearly black color. Thin ring of khaki head. Leaves some dots and bits of lace. Medium to bigger body, kind of mild slick texture. Light carbonation. Some more caramel comes out in the flavor as I go. Moderate-plus sweet taste, light to moderate bitter. Could use a touch more carbonation, and it has a bit more caramel / butterscotch aroma than Id like, but overall its solid. I love a coffee-heavy coffee stout, and this has a satisfying coffee component, and a pretty good body. Id put it between Troegs Java and Bells Java. Nice to enjoy with my subway breakfast. I see now that this is dogged with the scores. Im thinking with no date, old bottles sit around forever, only to eventually severely disappoint some poor consumer. If these guys want to get serious about attracting the hearts of consumers, they need to start dating their package.


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