rader58 (931) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 21, 2013
750ml bottle. Pours a cloudy mahogany color. Aroma of espresso beans and vanilla. Flavor is coffee beans, caramel, vanilla, citrus. Well crafted to taste like coffee beans rather than having the malt impart the flavor. TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Pours a ruby brown with a large foamy tan bubbly head that left some lacing. Aroma of coffee, toffee, carame hints of floral hop notes and nuts. Flavor of coffee, milk chocolate, toffee and caramel. Sort of like an imperial brown ale with coffee. Prefer my coffee beers to be stouts or porters (have had a nice coffee IPA or two also). thomas15 (694) - Alabama, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Very vibrant one dimensional coffee aroma. Avods smelling acidic or over roasted. Dark ruby brown, almost black nice light brown pillowy head. Very nice creamy coffee flavor with no acidity present. One note but a very well done note. Great velvety mouth feel, smooth coffee taste with some injecting flavors that seem to suggest a Belgian golden base. Like chocolate ale, but coffee.... mokanmikey (7) - Kansas, USA - MAR 19, 2013 does not count
750 ml bottle with cork and wire cage into a shaker pint glass. M82 (469) - Kansas, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Appearance: Large off white small bubble head dissipating after about a minuet with minimal effervescence . Color is a dark ruby on first pour but clouds up with sediment further down.
Aroma: You guessed it, Coffee,roasty very pleasant and alcohol more pronounced as it warms.
Palate: Light mouthfeel without the dark heavy feel of the familiar porter or stout with the coffee flavor pronounced but not bitter. Spices and hops well balanced.
Taste: Nice medium bodied to dark coffee without bitter aftertaste of overbrewed coffee. alcohol present but not as strong as the ABV. suggests.
Overall: Very good and surprising. I love a good dark stout with coffee/choclate notes, but a light bodied ale with the complex flavors of a good coffee was difficult to pull off but I believe they did a good job, Want that nice coffee note but are not in the mood for a dark heavy stout, this summertime substitute would fill the bill nicely
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2013
Eight months in 11/26/2013
Medium roast coffee still runs the show with soft rye and oat trailing behind, the head has died down just a touch, still towering, maybe a bit lighter bodied? still very pleasant overall, I’d probably plan to drink any future batches within the first four months
About two months in 05/27/2013
Checking in on this batch with two months development reveals a more coffee focused experience, still plenty of oat and rye characteristics to create a creamy-spicy compliment to the coffee overlay, what’s so great about this brew? It’s so pleasant, nothing overpowering, just excellent beer with plenty of nuance, enjoyed this more in a TeKu at this point, I could definitely see this one coming off as unimpressive without the proper conditions and attention, really nice
Cork and cage @ 50° into 14.7oz Zwiesel cognac snifter; huge, smooth tightly structured, slightly desaturated, light khaki head explodes over a hazed deep mahogony body; Light, aromatic coffee notes blending through smooth oat layers into bittersweet rye, caramel, smooth medium deep roasty notes, spicy hops, characteristics are all fairly light; mml creamy mouth which builds with some warmth, slightly coating with a light dry and spicy coffee hop finish, soft milk chocolate base; light and nuanced considering the abv, balanced, some richness but refreshing, solid