LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - MAR 18, 2011
Winterfest 11. From notes. Wow, really interesting beer, that Rock Bottom pulled off beyond my expectations. One of the few that I sampled twice at Winterfest. Nice dark brown/nearly black pour, with a rocky head with huge bubbles...does the coconut milk effect the head formation? Still a pretty beer though. Aroma is crazy good, like a nice cup of chai, coconut, some chocolate, nice malt tones as well. A bit of smoke as well? Taste is much the same, with the coconut showing up a bit more. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. A very enjoyable beer. changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2012 750ml corked bottle from mattyb83. Pours near black with a thin tan head. Spicy, leafy, chai aroma with notes of milk, coconut, and chocolate. Very interesting! The flavors pretty much mirror the aroma. Smooth and creamy underneath the chai spice. The chocolate, creamy coconut, and a touch of roasted malt team up with the herbal spice incedibly well. This isn’t packed with alcohol, which I like. Silky smooth going down. A hint of ash in the finish rounds this off nicely. This is as interesting as it sounds but interesting doesn’t always mean good. It does in this case. Thanks Matt! XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Nice dark black pour with a tan head. Has a huge aroma of chai and has a chai taste with a hint of roasted coconut. badgerben (5286) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Minnesota Winterfest 2011. Black color with a medium head. Full on chai aroma and taste. Cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and light coconut. Stout base provides a decent malty and roasted note for the spice delivery. arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Winterfest ’11. Pours dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma was big with some oats, touch of coconut, and a definite chai/spice note with hints of chocolate and roast. Taste is notes of mainly chai spice, some coconut, and some oat/roast to round it out. A bit sweet at the end, but overall a very interesting beer and well made.
blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Bottle through trade thanks to Matt. Pour has a dark earthy brown color bordering on black with a thin covering of tan head. Aroma has hefty spices, coconut, light chocolate, and some roasted malt. Mouth feel is light for a stout but there is some texture perhaps from the oats. Flavor again has the spices at the forefront, coconut water, oats, chocolate, pops of ginger, and roasted malt. Oats and coconut seem to be getting along nicely and there is a bit of sweetness that brings it together. The concoction itself surprisingly works and even with the spices being prominent there is plenty going on behind the scenes making this interesting to drink. I went into this beer with no idea what "chai" is but after some Wikipedia reading...lol...I see this beer is true to many aspects of the tea, spice, milk, uses of the word. Who knew that beer rating would make one smarter and more knowledgeable? I also think going forward I will keep with the use of capitals at the beginning of sentences instead of being lazy in my rates. Hell, I hope the first thousand plus rates without capitals don’t start to bother me know. cards04 (2879) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 7, 2013
Cask at Rock Bottom Brewery in Minneapolis. Pours black with creamy tan head. Aromas are coconut, tropical fruit, and bubblegum. Smooth and rich mouthfeel thanks to the cask. Flavours are coconut, sweet bubblegum balanced nicely by roasted malts. Awesome. emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2012
On draft at Rock Bottom Minneapolis. Black pour with large tan head. The aroma is overwhelmingly chai tea. It smelled a little awkward, but it consisted of awesome sweet coconut and chai. Very smooth and creamy, this beer is super delicious. delicious. I was pretty impressed with this beer mnmike (1086) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2013
On cask. Very creamy overall palate. 2 Fingers of creamy white head. Strong aftertaste of the coconuts and chai spices. mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2012
750ml. Pours a dark black with a slightly brown head. Looks a little thin and not very viscus coming out of the bottle. A really intriguing aroma of just a ton of chai spice and a little bit of chocolate nestling in behind it. The mouthfeel is a little creamier than expected based on the appearance. Notes of chai dominate everything with some dry bittersweet chocolate and lactic presence, with just a hint (not much really) of the coconut. Despite not a big coconut presence, I really enjoy this. This strange conglomeration of flavors actually work.