TimE (6130) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 19, 2009
Dark cherries, mochacinno, toffee in the nose. Big espresso notes with caramel, but not in your face. The problem is the body isn’t big enough to support the beer and is just a bit weak. Taking this beer up to 6-7% would really help it out. Not bad. esjaygee (3906) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Murky brown with reddish hues and a frothy large slowly dissipating brown head and some sheet lacing. Aroma of caramel, coffee, roasted malt, oatmeal and nuttiness. Taste of oatmeal, coffee, roasted malt and mild nuttiness. Creamy body with a touch of sourness and somewhat acidic as well. Mild bitterness as well on the finish. I prefer regular bender to this one. 17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2009
16oz can HUGE thanks to WisconsinBeer! Pours a very dark shinny brown with a wonderfully fluffy frothy sticky light tan foamy head. Aroma of fresh coffee beans, nicely roasted, fairly bitter, some floral/citrusy hops match the sharpness of the roast and coffee, even brown sugar notes balance everything. Flavor follows aroma leaning more towards the hoppy side with lots of bitterness, floral and bright citrus, very bitter, medium brown sugar that isn’t excessively sweet. Some sour cream in the finish, with a dryer biter coffee aftertaste. A bit thin and watery in the body. A very nice beer. Definitely enjoying this more as it opens up and my tongue adjusts to the extreme bitterness. Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2009
16 ounce can courtesy of daknole. Thanks! Pours a dark brown color with a large brown head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of rich coffee along with sweet milk chocolate, cocoa and a bit of roast. Taste is coffee with cream, roasted malts, nuts and a fruity, faintly hoppy finish. Smooth, creamy, medium bodied. Very quaffable. Nice beer. phaleslu (10652) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Disclaimer: I am not a coffee drinker. That said, I do like a lot of coffee beers, and this was no exception. 16 oz. can from shawnm213- thanks, Shawn! Pours a super dark brown, near black, with a resilient tan head. Coffee dominates the nose, unsurprisingly, with notes of roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, nuts, and tobacco. The flavor follows suit- roasty, with coffee leading the way and some vanilla, tobacco, and chocolate notes. Medium bodied, and at first seems thin but then has a grittier mouthfeel later. Roasty finish. The look and smell of this are really nice, but as a non-coffee drinker, the flavor was too strong for me. My girlfriend is a coffee drinker and liked this a lot.
boamr (310) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Poured from a can. Pours dark brown with very little head. Big coffee smell to it. Also has a big coffee taste with just a little bit of hops on the finish. I could drink this all day bhensonb (15753) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Can from allendodd. The Surly enabler. Pours opaque brown/black with a foamy 4-finger foamy tan head that didn’t stand up for long. Aroma is strong coffee. Maybe a chocolate undernote. Medium pluls body with mild carbonation. Flavor is coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Eventually a touch of chocolate. This is a strongly flavored ale. Finishes dryish and coffee. A mind altering experience. msante79 (2244) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2009
16oz can from Erocks. Pours very dark brown with creamy tan head. Aroma is strong with coffee, roasted malt and some chocolate. Flavor is roasted coffee, chocolate, and some roasted malts. Finishes with bitter coffee. Good mouthfeel for a brown ale. Body is similar to a porter. Would like to try regular bender. pineypower (3346) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2009
16oz can, thanks to Boamr. Pours out a mostly clear brown color with not much of a head. Very nice aroma of freshly roasted coffee almost like walking into a good coffee shop, a little touch of sweetness also hung in there. Taste is well balanced and drinks like a very good iced coffee with some sweet malty notes. This would definitely be a dangerous beer if more readily available here. dmac (6459) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2009
16 oz can shared by boamr, thanks Ryan for being enough of a man to share a beer from Minnesoate with the biggest NJ Vikings fan on the day they whooped the shit out of your Detriot Lions, AD and Rice baby!!!! Poured a deep dark brown with milk chocolate edges and a smaller foamy beige head. Aroma was like a cup of iced coffee, loads of fresh brewed coffee and even a touch of fresh cream with a slight nod to some bitter hops as well. The coffee flavor wasn’t quite as strong as the aroma implied and the hops step up a bit to make this one a little more bitter then expected but hey it is a beer after all. This is one solid beer and for a 5.1% in a can is one of the most comlex sessionable brews I have ever had.