kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2009
Growler from CCB. Pours a dark brown with reddish mahogany highlights and a huge two finger tan head. Aroma is sweet and roasted with pronounced coffee bean notes and other aromas of caramel, malty, coffee grounds and chocolate. Flavor is sweet and roasted again with huge coffee and coffee bean notes that sorta obliterate any other flavors. Some hints of caramel, chocolate and nuts underneath the huge coffee taste. Generally medium body with a roasted finish. If you love coffee, this beer is for you. MeadMe (1680) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2009
A: Pours a nice light brown hue with a small cream colored head. Nice retention and some lace.
S: Nice aromas from this one. Light toasted malt with a big blast of coffee and milk chocolate.
T: Nice flavors as well. Wonderful roasted malt. Lots of coffee with subtle chocolate and cream. Hints of caramel lay beneath.
M: On the lighter side of medium. Good Carbonation.
D: Pretty good. Tasty but not my favorite of this round of treatments.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2009
Growler, courtesy SoLan and CheeseMan. Pours a mostly clear, reddish-chestnut brown color with a small, foamy, khaki colored head.
Broken sheet lacing marks the glass. The aroma is very coffee forward, showing heaps of bitter roast up front, settling in with a bit of earthiness from the cocoa. Caramel lends balancing sweetness. Flavors are very much the same, with intensely roasted coffee dominating the show, perhaps even moreso than in the Espresso Maduro (different roast level, perhaps?). Bittersweet cocoa lends a bit of an earthy bite on the finish. The body is medium in stature, smooth, and silky, the oats again doing their job well to lend substance to a typically lifeless style. Another very good brown ale from CCB. daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Sample poured by Solan, thanks Alan!! Brown pour, tan head. The cuban espresso dominates the nose, with faint hints of chocolate in the background. Upon drinking it the coffee and chocolate do really well together. Smooth and delicious. Another damn fine beer. Hell yeah!! cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 25, 2009
Growler courtesy of SoLan and CheeseMan! Pours a ruddy brown with a light off-white head. Nose is extremely roasty espresso, some nutty malty nose. Flavor is again lots of heavily roasted coffee, malty caramel, melanoidin, earthy finish, hints of bitter cocoa, but really not any overt chocolate. Smooth earthy finish, great carb, big lush mouthfeel. A great <6% coffee beer.
gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - JUL 25, 2009
Growler courtesy of Hopshunter. Poured a deep brown. Nose is strong burnt coffee. The Cuban coffee over powers the chocolate. IF you really look for it, you get hints of rich cocoa. Very similar to Espresso Maduro, but great none the less. HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Growler. Poured a dark reddish brown with a thin eggshell head. Strong espresso character up front in the nose with some nutty notes and roasted malt. Flavor is first and foremost espresso with some bitter chocolate peeking through. As it warmed the espresso took on a much more coffee ground nature. I don’t see any difference from the Espresso Maduro. redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2009
Thanks to Solan and Cheeseman for driving this growler from tampa! Big coffee nose caramel and hints of nuts. Pours dark caramel brown with a thin off white head. Coffee is strong in the intial flavor, with nutty caramel, the chocolate is very subtle, definitley more of the coffee coming through. Its very smooth and there is a slight sweetness thats not in the normal maduro. Very good! GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2009
Great smelling coffee brown ale. Not a whole lot different from the Espresso Maduro. I really wish this would have a little more of the cocoa to have it really come through. It adds a bit, but not much at all. Mostly malts and coffee. It is still great, but could be better with a little more of the cocoa.