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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
For this seasonal offering, we started with Irish Death, our dark smooth ale that presents a full malt flavor laced with caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, and a touch of sweetness. To this heavenly ale, we added fresh, locally roasted espresso beans and pure cocoa. The result is a bit of confusion, “should this go in my coffee mug, or my pint glass?” Answer: both. This beer is up front with enormous coffee aroma, with the cocoa playing the sideline, until the taste. Lacking bitterness, the flavor comes forward with a rounded balance of coffee blending gracefully with the creamy malt body and soft cocoa flavors. Dark beer, chocolate, and coffee. You’re welcome.

Editors Note: Originally brewed as the Beer Shoppe 3rd Anniversary Ale.

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3.7
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - NOV 19, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2015 Poured from bomber into a point glass Appearance – The beer pours a nearly pitch black - brownish color with a small tan colored head. The head fades moderately quickly to leave good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is strongest of a roasted malt smell mixed with a cocoa aroma and a little bit of coffee. Along with these aromas comes some other sweeter smells of vanilla and a little bit of caramel and crème sweetness. Taste – The taste begins with a drier roasted malt taste with a little bit of coffee. There is a little bit of crème and caramel upfront, which fade as the taste advances. All the while, the roastiness increases with a little bit of a dry cocoa comes to the tongue. At the very end, with the sweetness being very light and the roastiness being joined by a slight increase in the coffee and dark cocoa, one is left with a rather nice dark and dry flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thin for a 7 % stout with a carbonation level that is rather average. A slightly thicker body and a slightly lower carbonation may have been slightly better, but even said, in light of the very dry nature of the brew, the feel did make for a rather easy drinking dry stout. Overall – A rather nice dry stout!! This was not what I was expecting from a brew based on Irish Death… which is quite sweet and malty.. This is nice and dry and a rather easy drinking and still flavorful stout overall. This one I rather like!!

1.8
CapFlu (5127) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 14, 2014
Pours near headless atop a brown body. Nose of diacetyl and nail polish. Odd slightly sour and volatile. Some infection? Bizarre.

3.4
slowrunner77 (12044) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 22, 2014
A porter looking and feeling brew rather than a stout, though the description of the base "malt flavor laced with caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, and a touch of sweetness" is spot on. I liked the coffee and cocoa additions as well, but it just iddn’t come together well enough to be elite

4.3
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Big bold brown pour, thick brown head. Oh yeah this one is nice. Loads of coffee and chocolate. Fudge, brownie batter, sweet and rich. A lot crammed in for under 8%

4.3
maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Draught in a flight at the brewpub. Sweet Jesus this was fun... pours a clear dark brown color. Nose was roasty with LOTS of coffee coming off it, and a slight amount of chocolate. Taste had huge amounts of coffee in there, with a slightly sweet chocolate finish. Very pleasant drink. Me gusta.

3.8
chuckstout (334) - Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Coffee, chocolate, roast and fruit in the aroma. Pours a dark brown/ruby with a tan head and moderate lacing. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Caramel, coffee and fruit, tasty stuff

3.8
JDBaker11058 (2206) - Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Appearance: dark cola brown with one finger of creamy, thick, medium tan head and minimal lacing. Aroma: bittersweet dark chocolate, roast coffee beans, soy sauce, light earthy hops. Taste: sweet and roasty up front, with chocolate and café au lait and some vanilla pudding; as it warms, slightly savory notes of soy sauce and salted caramel come out. Finish: lingering bittersweet chocolate and turkish coffee, with a whisper of herbal hops providing a slight dryness. Notes: Better than the traditional version. Quite good.

3.6
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2013
On tap at brewery. Red hues on brown ale with a excellent clarity and a still appearance. Smells of coffee and cocoa. I like the nose. Flavor is cocoa and coffee and vanilla with a good malty backbone.medium on full bodied with moderate carb. Semi dry finish. Nice beer. Serving type: on-tap 03-18-2012

3.6
Prufrockstar (2132) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Bottle - thanks, Josh! Dark pour, mocha head - chocolate, roasty. Full body, chocolatey, sweet. Decent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
catface5326 (154) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Sweet mocha/slight chocolate tasting stout. Good for winter in a cold environment. Enjoyable beer


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