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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bluegrass Brewing Company has brewed a winter warming coffee stout using a Heine Brothers’ organic, fair trade coffee grown in Chiapas, Mexico. It will be available for purchase at Bluegrass Brewing Company on Friday, February 9th while supplies last. “I just tasted the stout - it has a wonderful balance between coffee and stout flavors,” said Bluegrass Brewing Company head brewer, Jerry Gnagy. Heine Brothers’ co-owner Mike Mays and head coffee roaster Todd Stanis collaborated with Gnagy to choose the Mexican coffee and give it a medium roast and a coarse grind to best bring out the flavor. “This Mexican coffee has a medium body and an almost chocolatey finish that will hold up well in such a hearty beer,” said Stanis. “Should be a perfect match.” This oatmeal stout is brewed with English roasted barley and caramunich malt which gives a roasty and slightly sweet malt flavor. The addition of flaked oats lends creaminess and body to this pitch black ale. The coffee will be added to the hot wort (unfermented beer) after boiling. This will extract good flavor without adding bitterness or burnt flavors. Freshly brewed coffee will also be added to the beer after fermentation is completed and the beer is ready to be served. This will give the freshest coffee flavor and aroma. (previously 6.5 % ABV)

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3.8
saxo (19547) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2011
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich coffee, malt, caramel, chocolate, roast malt, chili, vanilla and hops.

3.3
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 23, 2011
750ml from Liquor Barn, Louisville. Extremely sludgy pour, with a prickly head that disappears almost instantaneously. Slightly sharp but bright and youthful tart bean in the nose. Body is pretty thin, with a slighly waxy, cloying finish. Taste is too much chocolate sizzurp, not enough base stout character or coffee.

3.5
savnac (2656) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 26, 2011
750ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head that quickly fades out. Aroma is coffee with some bitter chocolate in the background. Flavor is acidic and roasted coffee and rich bittersweet chocolate. Medium body with mild carbonation and a slightly thin mouth feel. Lots of coffee in this one, easy to drink, nice beer.

3.7
Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Bottle. Pours a black body with a tan coffee head with light retention. Coffee, light chocolate malt, bread y chocolate notes, a hint of espresso and a light coffee bitterness. Mild and soft bodied actually feels just a bit too thin if thaw was 7.5% it might have been even better. Light oatmeal soft carbonation little warmth. Decent offering.

3.8
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2011
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 16/09/2010
Big coffee aroma. Creamy head. Black a little rich on the palate and strong in alcohol with a hint of dryness in a bitter coffee roast finish.

3.6
SourNotes (104) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2011
Poured from a 750 ml bottle, thanks to Sefus12, into bells tulip glass.

Pours midnight moonless black. the floodlights can’t fight through the darkness of this brew. a nice 1 to 2 finger of dark brown/chocolate colored head sits on the glass. fades down to a light coating around the edges and a swirl in the middle.

Smells of roasted coffee and milk chocolate with a tinge of malt. the first wiff gave just a hint of alcohol but that was gone after that and never did it return.

the first sip going in had a nice creaminess with nice soft foam carbonation. Imediately I am hit by heavy loads of dark roast coffee beans with a heavy bite and bitterness. fading over the middle of the tongue and then the heavy bitterness of a strong brewed coffee nails you again on the back of the tongue. the middle gives shots of chocolate and hints of malt but they can’t fight through the coffee.

This finishes nice and drinks easy, i was afraid it would be dry but i didn’t think it was too bad. the coffee does fade as it warms and as my tongue gets used to it. then i get more chocolate and malt.

I would definately like this with HOT apple pie and ice cream or a triple chocolate cake that is over the top rich. Maybe a hot slice of Kentucky Pecan Pie... as a matter of fact, that just might be the perfect pairing to this.

4.4
Acknud (1082) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JAN 4, 2011
Black pour with amber head. Drank from a snifter. The aroma is heavy with chocolate. Taste is heavy dark malt, chocolate and coffee. A hint of finishing hops comes through. I really like this brewery.

2.4
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Pours black and a brown fading head and non lasting. Nose is bread, malts, coffee, roast, chocolate. Taste is roast, dry char, some malts, no hops or sweetness. Dry, light, bitter and fizzy mouth feel. Taste is majorly lacking complexity but the aroma is extremely pleasing. At first I really had high hopes.

3.6
jtclockwork (17467) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Pours black with tan head. Nose of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Taste follows suit with a lot of freshly brewed coffee. Smooth overall stout. Body a little thin.

3.4
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Black as night, no light penetrates this bear of a coffee stout which is just fine with me. A dark khaki ringlet resembles espresso crema while lace has yet to show up for our party of two. Dipping my nose into his, espresso and crema (burnt caramel) gives me a jolt much like a good double-shot would. Coffee and espresso are everywhere along with crumbly black chocolate covered espresso beans. Black breads lurk underneath while his finish is ash and charcoal. The ash and burnt caramel mingle and with a few more whiffs, his nose changes not. Big and simple, he nonetheless induces a steady stream of drool which I make sure to wipe off before wrapping thirsty lips around his black bounty. Neither too light nor too heavy, he carries each flavor of coffee stout delights across my tongue and down my throat in smooth procession. Ground coffee and espresso beans without the chocolate are the stars while his finish lingers long with dominant ash and burnt charcoal. His clean quaffability brings to mind the Brooklyn Brewmasters Reserve Intensified Coffee Stout which exuded freshly brewed coffee. In the instance of the Hein Brothers Coffee Stout, he exudes freshly drawn espresso with some ash and charcoal thrown in for flair. Quaff and repeat.




Sure, he’s not rolling in the complexity, but he was darn tasty and would be welcome in my coffee mug any morning of the week.


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