RATINGS: 199   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our coffee beer is more "iced coffee" than "double-mocha-mud", more "summer quencher" than "winter warmer". I start with a brown Mexican lager to compliment the coffee of choice, "Nicaragua" (beans from the La Fem Grower’s Co-operative, roasted by Just Coffee of Madison.) I include flaked maize both for added creaminess and to appease the sun gods. Extra-warm fermentation lets the yeast create more interesting flavors (the California-common effect, or "Vapor Beer", if you speak Beer-Spanglish.) Hop bitterness is increased to offset the sweet flavor of un-brewed coffee. Whole beans are soaked in the beer during cold maturation - the alcohol extracts and retains aromatics that would otherwise be lost to hot water. You want numbers? Well, numbers you shall have: 15 degrees Plato; 37 IBU’s; 5.3% ABV.

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4.9
tomnapper (6) - Woodstock, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2013 does not count
Right balance of coffee to malt. Nice coffee and toffee nose. Light on hops. Best of the coffee beers by far.

4.6
awautlet (45) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2008
Deep caramel in color with a creamy tan head. Stunning nose of pure coffee and malt. The palate is lighter. I like the lager as a base as something different than a coffee stout. Definite coffee notes with a solid bitterness. Hints of dark bitter chocolate and more coffee on the finish. Another stunning beer from furthermore!! These guys just don’t disappoint...

4.6
MarkSachon (1023) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2013
12 oz bottle over a Greek lunch at Baruni’s in Baden, PA. Everything is nice here, perfect balance or ingredients, freshness, etc. Has and uncanny bitterness that must be from the coffee. Adding corn for creaminess is a novel idea that works well.

4.5
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Light brownish amber color. Smells more like cold coffee then any coffee stout or porter I have ever drank. I would guess the lagar base allows more of the coffee aromoas to come threw and not be masked by characteristics of the darker styles. Taste is crisp and light, but so full of coffee. Fairly one dimensional, but who cares when the coffee aspect works so well. Basiclly your summer coffee beer. Such a great idea. This stuff is amazing, and ridiculously priced at 8 bucks a sixer. Im buying a case.

4.4
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 7, 2012
bottle from Zipp’s, pours light reddish brown with a medium creamy tan head that lasts the length of the glass. Aroma is big coffee beans and mild roast. Flavor is creamy oats and toast with big flows of coffee, semi-sweet mild roast, bold heavy roast, all very fresh and clean in the finish. Sublime!

4.3
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Yes - the commercial description nails this - it is like a summer-y coffee beer. And I thought it to be perfect for a warm summer day (in my case, walking around in the sun at the WI State Fair). It is roasty and chocolate-y, with a touch of Belgian Dubbel like fruitiness. Mouthfeel was quite refreshing and appropriate for a beer that is both supposed to be refreshing and extremely flavorful. It isn’t sticky and thick - it is light and a bit thinner than a coffee stout might be. I was really impressed with this beer; I thought it was summer beer and the most impressive summer seasonal I’ve had in recent memory. A very unique beer. I would highly recommend this beer. I had this on-tap at the Benno’s beer tent at the WI State Fair.

4.3
Icommonsewer (125) - TUCSON, Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2009
Lovely lovely nose of coffee and mild hops. Nice deep brown color. I was shocked to find out this was a lager since the malt/hop balance was so well done. The flavor is of coffee and top quality brown ale even though its a lager.

4.3
cadenwhitaker (19) - USA - JAN 19, 2010
First off, this has the best coffee smell I’ve had in a beer to date. It smells like coffee, dark roasted coffee. It pours amber, red, not black - and this is a huuuge selling point for me because I’m sick of coffee beers that pour black: The reasoning is that coffee is a dark/malty/biscuity taste and when you pair that with a dark/roasted beer you almost always wind up with just "burnt coffee". This is not burnt, it is smooth, dark, roasted coffee. This - is - a - fantastic - coffee - beer.

4.3
wrxlr8 (2) - Concord Twp, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2012 does not count
Excellent overall beer - the coffee flavor is noticeable but does not take on the bitter flavor of many coffee stouts. It’s a refreshing beer for such a complex profile. Good toasty caramel flavor, nice bitterness that falls off at the finish, and a clean creamy pour.

4.2
badgerben (5180) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Dark brown color with a large head. Aroma of a pile of fresh coffee beans. Lots of coffee and nut flavor. Dry malt and light roasted malt. I originally thought this was an excellent blend of a brown ale with coffee. Now that I see it’s based on a brown Mexican lager, I am even more impressed.


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