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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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We have been using coffee in beer for years. What began with Bomb! eventually made an appearance in Okie and Noir. Roast and chocolate and dark flavors dominated these beers. They were what most people would expect from a coffee beer. While loving these beers we also knew we could do a lot more with coffee. We knew there was an array of flavors in coffee and beer that would be great together. We wanted to take a different approach. Prison Rodeo is that approach to coffee and beer. We started with a beer (maybe it was an IPA) full of juicy and citrus hops. It was about as far as we could get from a stout. We needed a coffee to stand up to and compliment the hops. We needed a coffee that was just as fruity and refreshing. Our friends at Spaceship Earth Coffee sourced multiple samples for us to pick from. After cupping numerous coffees this natural-process Ethiopia Sidamo Guji really stood out. We could tell the coffee was going to add another dimension to the beer. We were careful to add just enough coffee to amplify but not dominate the beer. In the glass the beer is full of those bright, delicate fruit aromas before fading into a slight but noticeable roast aroma.

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3.5
hershiser2 (3597) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2017
Tap at Cole's in Buffalo. Pours murky gold. Flavor is tart cherry and lemon. Tart but slightly sweet at the end. Very nice.

3.9
willisread (3554) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 29, 2017
Bottle from Craft Beer Cellar Clayton. Pours a clear copper with a finger and half of fluffy head. Bright orange, grapefruit and tangerine on the nose with caramel macchiatto undertones. More citrus, caramel macchiato flavors on the palate as it warms. Very nice toasted caramel notes as it warms. Rich, with some sweetness in the background and a fresh, crisp bitterness comes out in the finish. Hard to classify but pretty tasty.

3.5
ajnepple (6983) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2017
12 oz single bottle from Molly's Spirits. Clear, burnt orange appearance with a sticky off-white head. Aroma of roasted coffee, earth, fruity esters, toasted malt and light citrus zest. Similar flavor, adding moderate sweetness and mild bitterness. Medium to full body. A little messy overall.

3.6
oobawa (1661) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 12, 2017
Weird, man. Don't know how else to put it. Kind of like a hoppy strong ale or maybe a DIPA spiked with a shitload of medium roast coffee, but with enough restraint to keep the java from overpowering the herbaceousness of the hops or their citric backbone. And, even with all that madness going on, there's still a caramel malt base adding just enough sweetness to accentuate the acidity in the coffee and the fruitiness of the hops. This beer's complex, is what I'm getting at. Yet even with all this depth, I'm not sure it's a great beer; the back end never quite comes together, instead offering up an abrasive alcohol warmth and a overly clingy bitter fade. Coffee never quite fades from the palate, though. Curious beer from a curious brewer.

3.5
Ratman197 (15228) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2017
Bottle poured a clear amber with a small lingering white head. Aromas of bread, coffee, earthiness and light citrus. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of bread, coffee, light earthiness and a hint of citrus with a smooth dry lingering coffee finish.

3.7
Niko100 (2985) - Chicago, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2017
Nice golden color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, coffee, hops, some cocoa, & citrus notes; Flavor of slight roasted sweet malt, citrus hops, caramel, coffee, and some tropical fruit; Warm finish; Fairly well balanced; Nicer aroma - but interesting and pretty decent overall.

3.4
Christpuncher (3191) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2017
bottle pour at home. strong coffee aroma. was expecting more coffee in the taste. ots of maltiness and just a slight coffee tinge. pours dark brown with a white head. had at home.

3.4
Block (2950) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2017
This is a decent strong ale. Good alcohol which comes through a bit. Sweet body.

3.1
crossovert (13747) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2017
355ml bottle. Golden pour. Aroma is nice coffee, staleish malt, and citrus hops. Flavor is kinda gummy bear-like, coffee doens't shine like it did with the aroama, there is a hershey bar flavor too. Odd stuff...

3.7
rougeau13 (3158) - Richmond, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2017 Bottle. Muddy amber with a foamy off-white cap with heavy lacing. Aroma of coffee and caramel. Tastes malty and full off coffee and just slightly bitter. Medium bodied and smooth. Very one dimensional but good.


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