Alengrin (5097) - BELGIUM - APR 17, 2017
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My first from this Californian brewing company, heavy stout with added coffee. Bottle from Beergium, with different label than the one shown here. Yellowish pale beige, moussy head retaining as a dense rim and some flat, tan ’islands’ in the middle, crowning a black beer with hazy mahogany brown edges, the colour being visible for about five millimeters inwards. Aroma of cold coffee with milk, very old black chocolate and ’crude’ baker’s chocolate, moldy walnuts, tree leaves, old tea, cooked parsnip, brown rum, wet leather, dried fig, stewed beef with a lot of bayleaf in it, mud, freshly cut horseradish, a kind of ’green’ quality of raw spinach leaves, subtle accents of soy sauce, wet dog and dried blackcurrant. Clean onset, ’dull’ dried berry sourishness imbedding a vague fig-like sweetish core, umami effects of dry chicken stock cubes coming up shortly after that and quite expressively so, medium carbo, thick and lightly greasy mouthfeel but not as viscous as is often the case in this style. Thick nutty malt core, again vaguely sweetish but immediately turned towards a fairly strong toasted bitterness, exhibiting increasing coffeeish aspects towards the finish, where the added coffee indeed reveals itself clearly - but sadly not as aromatically and ’ethereal’ as I was hoping for. Ends a bit harsh and crude, with this toasted malt bitterness going down alongside the coffee grounds-like flavours, a herbal hop bitter aspect and softly but unmistakably warming, wodka-like alcohol. Bitter black coffee flavours remain stuck to the throat after swallowing, as I assume was the intention. Not sure about this one: it has an earthy, bit ’dirty’ quality to it which I was not expecting, and the coffee factor should have been more expressively aromatic, though the coffee flavour as such is certainly there; let’s say that I was expecting a fine Italian ristretto rather than drab, dull and ’generic’ coffee grounds from a coffee machine. Needs finetuning and a lot more personality to stand out in a sea of great American stouts.
Korcz (2916) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 13, 2017
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Początkowo jakby żelazo, szybko znika. Mocna dominacja kawy i paloności. Dobrze ukryty alkohol. Długie, dość słodkie, palone posmaki. Bdb.
martjoobolut (3870) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 10, 2017
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (as "Cismontane Imperial Stout with Coffee Added", 8.5% from beergium). Pours dark brown with light brownish head. Aroma is beany, coffee, roast, fruits, sour notes, booze. Flavor is sweet and bitter, beany, coffee, malt, fruits, fructose, roast, something medicinal - iodine maybe. Finish is coffee and sweetness with more beaniness and booze. Overall: feels like kind of crappy recipe and beany coffee notes are just trying to cover it. Then again I can drink it without effort, so not even close to the sh*t zone for me.
tricksta_p (4216) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2017
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Beergium. Aroma is dark fruits, coffee, mocha, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, touch of vanilla, berries, charred wood. Flavour is above moderate sweet and bitter with a hint of sour. Body is medium. Curious one, lots of coffee and berries/fruits, unexpected note of sour, bit rough, complex or flawed? I’m not sure to be honest. Anyway, interesting to say the least, good coffee.
branlovesbeer (14) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2017
1.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
It was for sale at the Beer and Wine store for $5.99.
I’d never heard of this brewery or the beer so I said, "What the heck. Why not?"
On the Pour:
It was very opaque. I could see, right from the start, that it was WAY too over-filtered (my pet peeve).
The head was only light khaki. The color you’d expect from a pale beer.
Coffee and some lightly roasted grains. That’s it.
The mouthfeel was alright. More than I thought it would be but still not great from what I expect from a stout.
The coffee was the overwhelming flavor. behind that was some roasted malt. But mostly coffee.
BUT. And this is a big ’But’.
When the canister of coffee tells you to mix 5 tbsp of coffee to 5 cups of water, but instead you mix 2 tbsp of coffee to 5 cups of water… That is the strength of coffee that I’m getting. It’s the only flavor but it’s very faint.
I’m not impressed AT ALL.
This was not a good first impression of this brewery. And I probably will not sample any of their other beers if I come across them.
nihtila (3430) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 26, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at The Hanging Bat. Dark brown, brown head. Nose is big coffee, quite sweet, chocolate. Tastes chocolate, coffee, sweetish, roast. Misses sth.
TXBadger (2763) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2016
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours an opaque dark brown color with khaki colored head. Burnt grain, and a sugary sweetness on the nose, weird aroma; same for the palate. The malt almost tastes smoked or burnt. Very off flavors.
Barreras (1685) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - SEP 22, 2016
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a deep black color with a roasted oats aroma. Taste is clean, roasted malt flavor with a a dry coffee aftertaste.
BuckeyeBoy (7144) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 21, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours out dark brown almost black topped with a small head. Nose is coffee chocolate sweetness green pepper spice a dark roast. Taste is more of the coffee acidic notes chocolate plenty roast malts and that pepper note.
Itzjerm (2641) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - JUN 16, 2016
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
At brewery. One of the worst coffee stouts I have ever had. Taste like Greene I roasted coffee beans. Astringent and gross aroma is the same. Nice head.
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