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Review by everetends on 06/24/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 8 15 3 7 2010
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Had this on tap at the pub of course. Have heard a lot about it and was glad to see it on the tap list, as was my girlfriend (she's a sucker for coffee stouts). Served up in a nonic.

A: Well it fits the bill. Got a nice dark black body sitting in my nonic. Have about half a finger of dark tan, almost mocha head (Tara had about a finger on her pour). Sadly the head doesn't stick around for long. Tried to rustle the liquid to build some more up but it was to no avail. Leaves just a good amount of lace on the glass when the head was there, so that was nice. Held to the light this beer isn't letting much light through, leaving tints of brown on the edges when it appears the thinnest. With that said, as you swish the glass, this beer does look a bit thin at times. That may be me, but it was a first impression.

S: Well, it absolutely has coffee in it because that is what dominates the nose. Getting a medium strength, espresso roast aroma out of the glass. Has a nice dark and richness to it. Behind that though, there isn't much that I could find. There is a touch of some chocolate malt sneaking around in the background and a bit of some earthy hops, but it is very muted. That which is there is nice, but this is not producing big time aromatics to me.

T: Taste is bit more robust than the nose. The flavors a bit more pronounced than the aroma. Once again coffee dominates. Very nice and subtle espresso goodness. Its not crazy in the coffee flavor department, just a good amount to convey the coffee flavor. There is a touch of lactose that seems to cut the bitterness from the coffee a bit and works nicely with the chocolate malt flavors. You have that light irish stout, earthy hoppiness that makes this seem a bit rustic and enjoyable in the aftertaste. Not bad at all.

M: This beer really is on the light side of medium in body. Turns me off a bit, but its not bad. Carbonation is well hidden in the look but has a nice medium lift to it. Brings in just a touch of crispness that keeps this a nicely refreshing stout. Nice light ABV isn't even noticeable. Aftertaste is a nice earthy hop flavor, not bitterness.

D: Yeah its light in body but it does make for a good drinking stout. I would like it with a bit more weight because I think the flavors could be that much better with a bit more going on. Still, was a fine beer that drank easy enough and was quite enjoyable. It does a very good job at avoiding being too sweet and think that is a very nice achievement in proving not all stouts have to be syrupy sweet or only fitting as a dessert beer. This can be consumed at anytime of day and with pretty much any meal. Will be happy to see this on the tap list any time I visit.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 07-12-2009 20:46:33

Served In: Pint Glass

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