RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
"Tasterís Choice" is a collaborative beer between DC Brau, Ska Brewing and DCís own legendary Pietasters. We decided to brew a coffee infused Doppelbock. This delicate gem has been lagering in our tanks since early January. An incredibly smooth malitness balanced with a subtle coffee a character makes this a standout beer and truly a feather in the cap of both breweries involved. Tasterís Choice registers at a respectable 7.4% ABV. Proceeds from the beer and launch party at the Black Cat will go to the Todd Eckhardt Scholarship Fund, set up to honor the memory of former Pietasters bassist and songwriter Todd Eckhardt, who passed away in 2001. The fund benefits students at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts through the Ellington Fund.

Editorís Note: This entry is for the version brewed at DC Brau.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danyel (1606) - Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2013
Can. Pours dark brown with red hues and an off-white head. Smells caramel, bread, yeast. Has a very cereal taste, touch of coffee in the back, very nutty, just really interesting! A really think that it works very well...itís so unique but I definitely love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (8474) - Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2013
Sampled during CBC 2013. Amber brown pour with a small khaki head. Light caramel, dark fruits, and coffee on the aroma. Sweetish flavor with dark fruits, pit fruits, caramel, and coffee. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (6067) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2013
World of Beer, Arlington tap: Pours a dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is toasted, roasted malts, kind of like fresh and warm soft pretzels, coupled with fruitiness, and a nice little bit of hops. Taste is somewhat sweet. A little bit bitter. Quite fruity. Very well balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JDBaker11058 (2061) - Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Appearance: deep ruby pour with a thick, frothy, creamy light tan head that slowly fades, leaving generous lacing. Aroma: rich waves of roasted coffee flow up from a malty caramel-and-raisins base, with some vanilla, chocolate, leather, and cherries. Taste:sweet and sticky up front, with caramel, toffee, molasses, some chocolate and cream, then a roasty, firm coffee tone crests from the back. Finish: the roastiness of the coffee clears and dries the palate perfectly, although some sticky sweetness regains a foothold after the swallow, with a hint of smoke and booze as well . Notes: Love a doppelbock. Love ska (Pietasters in particular). What could possibly go wrong? Nothing with this beer, thatís for sure. Never would have thought of a coffee infused doppel, but after drinking it, it makes all the sense in the world. The doppel base was perfectly executed, and the coffee infusion brought a whole new dimension of flavor and roasty body. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1630) - Washington DC, USA - APR 28, 2013
22 oz. bottle. A slightly hazy ruby pour with a thick khaki head. Plenty of roasted coffee, caramel, toasted bread, and touches of raisins in the aroma. Medium body. Lots of sweet caramel, graham crackers, brown sugar, and a rich/chewy bready maltiness upfront taste-wise. Some dark chocolate at the end. An earthy finish with lots of bitter roasted coffee. Hints of fennel and raisins throughout. Very tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (9934) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2013
Draft at Churchkey. Pours a clear brown color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma has mild roasted coffee, caramel and some earthy notes. The flavor has smooth, mildly roasted coffee, caramel, earthy and dry with a finish that has mild bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12836) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 13, 2013
Growler, courtesy of Travlr. Pours clear nut brown with a medium, frothy light tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is dark malt derived fruits of dates and prunes with toast, nutty, and caramel malt with earthy and chocolate coffee notes. Flavor is sweet malt and malt-derived dark fruits, light hops and subtle bitterness with a pleasant alcohol spiciness and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Westchesterco (1964) - mclean, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2013
Strong Coffee aroma dark amber strong coffee flavorfull body, long finish,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (6719) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2013
On draft at lost dog in mclean va. Pours a deep clear brownish amber with a creamy tan head. Sweet malt aroma. Flavors of coffee with light toffee notes with a strong hop backbone. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2013
Thanks, Matt. Nose has very faint coffee and light bread crust. Mild toffee/caramel. Medium body and a mild residual sweetness. Quite dry in the finish.

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