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Review by joe1510 on 02/16/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 2 8 16 3 8 2010
12oz Bottle
$7.99 6-Pack
Steve's, Madison

The concept of this beer is interesting, a Mexican styled Vienna lager with fair trade coffee that's warm fermented and cold lagered. A two finger light beige head sits atop the amber body with caramel highlights. Tiny particles suspend throughout the body and the head eventually falls to a skimming with a thick collar of foam that leaves some nice patchy lacing down the glass.

The nose has a semi-sweet Munich malt character with a nice touch of earthiness. There's a drizzling of caramel and toffee laying down the base for this beer. The coffee comes in nicely and just barely outshines the maltiness. Mild bitterness and freshly ground gourmet coffee make this beer both interesting and unique.

The flavor brings exactly what the aroma suggested. That same sweet Munich malt graininess and earthiness lead the way in the malt department while caramel is drizzled and the toffee sprinkled in for good measure. The coffee rules this brew but the malt makes a strong stand. The coffee adds a touch of bitterness on the swallow and the malt brings a quick flash of sweetness. This is by far the most refreshing coffee beer I've ever had. This is more in the form of iced coffee as opposed to the thick rich coffee in so many other infused beers.

The carbonation is mellow and soft which allows the lighter body to work through rather slowly. The carbonation is right where it should be and the lighter body keeps this beer flowing without a problem.

The drinkability of this beer is outstanding! Drinking this beer on a warm summer day is hard to beat. I can and have easily put away one after the other.

The unique ideas of this beer really come together nicely. The softer coffee infused with this Vienna lager combine for a delicious beer. I won't hesitate in picking this beer up again; if you get the chance to try it it's definitely worth it.

Reviewed: 11/2/08

Price: $7.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 06/03/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 17 4 9 2009
Nice dark orangy casted brown rust, clear with some bubbles flowing within. Small frothy creamed light khaki colored capping of foam sits very well and for good duration. Lacing shelves itself to the glass with lots of small ink blobs.

Aroma is nutty sweet with buttery hints and a well noted crispyness of semi toasty grains and some spent coffee grounds.

Taste is super nice with a great subtle lasting tone of nutty butteryness, toasty cereal grains, and lots of fun and delicately woven notes of bittering chocolate and espresso beans that really make it a fantastic finisher. Everything here is put together very well and balanced in with a remarkable ease and comfort about it.

Feel is about medium with a nice grab of tone and crispened carbonation that helps create the toasty aspects in its character. The finish is long and complexingly awesome with its coffee, chocolate, and nutty notions.

A very nice surprise and treat. Can and will drink lots of this stuff. Yum!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by bakes on 12/08/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
66 2 7 14 4 6 2008
Thanks to TT for the bottle!

Copper colored liquid with a head that rapidly disappears. Toasty aroma with faint hints of coffee, not a lot going on but nothing off.

Starts out with a toasty, slightly estery maltiness and vague coffee - not at all up front. Bitterness akin to an ESB. Actually, tastes a lot like an ESB poured into a cup with a swallow of coffee left. Finishes with a bitter toasted coffee sort of flavor. OK mouthfeel.

Interesting take - usually coffee finds its way into stouts, I give them credit for trying it in an amber.


Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Surly Duff on 11/10/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
22 2 2 2 3 2 2008
Pours a slightly hazy deep copper with a slightly off-white head. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves a nice bit of lacing on the walls of the glass. Lots of little bubbles constantly rise from the bottom of the glass and make their way to the top.

Smells of stale coffee grounds that have been sitting in the filter of the coffee pot for a day or two. Almost a sewage stink. WTF?

Decent malt body up front with a decent bit of sweetness. The malt is quickly overtaken by a coffee. Like the aroma, the coffee tastes stale and funky. Tastes like a sweaty sock smells. What the hell? Down the drain this goes.

Served In: Snifter

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