j12601 (12973) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2017
On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear gold with a medium sized white head. Big coffee on the nose, soft roast with a touch of pepper to it. A touch of grain. Nice balance of sweetness with the coffee, picks up a bit of green pepper. Soft coffee into the finish, light bitterness. Tasty.
dogfish120love (1337) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 8, 2016
Pours a pale yellow with a white lacing. Aroma is coffee, some chocolate and pine JStax (6995) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2016
Draft sample at the source. Clear yellow with a white head of foam foam. Toasty coffee and earthy bitterness. Coffee ground taste. Lingering roast and bitterness. Medium body and moderate carbonation. ClarkVV (6825) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 29, 2016
Draught at Meadhall, 7/27/16.
Brassy-gold body shows just a hint of light amber, obviously a bit darkened by the coffee addition, but still fairly light in color. Beige head is medium-sized and shows moderate retention.
Initially this is just a noseful of coffee. Dark, crunchy, earthy, mildly chocolate-like roast with a bit of vanilla on the end. It definitely gets less dominant with warming, but the very light character of the base beer certainly struggles to fight through the coffee. Some honey-caramel and biscuit does emerge, and it softens the roast, but that’s about the extent of it.
Similarly, it begins very heavily dominated by the coffee and I’m not terribly excited to drink the whole glass. But some snappy hop bitterness does show up, as well as biscuit and honey notes to help balance the coffee. And thankfully the coffee is light, chocolatey and a touch sweet, with lots of vanilla suggestions. Definitely grew on me a lot over the course of the glass. The tight carbonation and dry, but lightly malty texture certainly help. Obviously not rating this to-style, which you really can’t do with any coffee beers.