22 oz bomber which was made possible by IBUnit63. This beer has been a want since I knew it was coming out. Got looking bottle with a label that reminds me more of a good scotch than a bomber of beer. Served up in my Free the Hops tulip.
A: Pours a seemingly thick and viscous abysmal black in color. Sure enough, no light getting through this brew, just a glossy black body. The pour got me a finger of dark mocha colored head. The color of the head is actually quite striking. A little bit of lace tries to rest on the glass but a clear film that sits on the glass and keeps the lace sliding back into the glass. Good looking brew.
S: Smell is a bit suprising. Lately when I hear coffee stout, I am expecting a huge, coffee dominated aroma and flavor, but I am getting much more malt than expected. There is a good amount of heavily roasted malt coming through. The malt is almost burnt but the roast is coming through easily and nicely. Chocolate aroma is coming through but its not exactly sweet. Its more of bittersweet or semisweet chocolate. Coffee comes in next with a nice dark roast aroma but its not dominant at all. Just a nice compliment to the stout. There is a slight dark fruit aroma in here. Can't tell if its berries or cherries. Still very nice all around.
T: The flavor is a lot like the aroma in the sense that it is very malt forward and the coffee takes a bit of back seat. The malt is much more subtle here, not as heavily roasted as it appears in the nose. Its just a nice, well rounded roast. Chocolate is nice a slightly bitter with just a touch of sweetness. The coffee combines with its dark, black coffee flavor that mixes well with the chocolate to create a nice mocha flavor. I want to say it is cherries in here. Dark, black cherries that have a sweetness and a light touch of sour (ever so light) and it mixes nicely with the light alcohol flavor. Nice.
M: The look gave me a somewhat different expectation from this beer. This is a full bodied brew but its not as viscous or chewy as I was expecting from that pour. It has a nice weight to it, but it still has a bit of thinness to it for the style that makes it an easy drink on the palate. ABV is light with a slight heat on the throat and in the tummy. Aftertaste is a nice mocha with a slight bitterness that makes you want another sip. Its not exactly what I look for in the style but for some reason it works incredibly well here.
D: The feel really sells this beer as a nicely drinkable beer. It has a nice weight to it but it doesn't make this any less drinkable. Sure this isn't as coffee dominant as I was expecting, but sometimes thats a good thing. You have extremes where brews get really crazy with the coffee and it tastes like straight up iced coffee (Brooklyn Intensified Coffee). Then you get a great balance like the Espresso Yeti. This one falls on the light side of the spetrum of those two beers. Its just a nice stout with a little added coffee. It works and is enjoyable. Dig it and look forward to having another.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-19-2009 05:02:44
acquired via trade with Lum. this may move to the top of my coffee stout list. smooth, creamy, roasty. not thin at all. not too meaty. bit of a faint piney hop character (i think).
if this were available locally i would drink it regularly. very impressive offering.
This coffee stout was yet another knocked form my "wants" list in a recent trade with Kegatron, cheers Heath! Long Trails Coffee Stout chugs from the bottle like some of the heaviest stouts out there; I'm slightly surprised by this considering the abv is only 8%. The body is as black as black could be so don't even think about seeing any light shining through this bad boy. The head is so dark brown that it has that purplish tinge to it found in only the most potent of potables. The head eventually falls to a thick cap and creamy collar that leaves random swathes of lacing.
The nose is incredibly roasty, so roasty in fact that the coffee takes a back seat to the nearly charred malts. The coffee is there and also roasty but the maltiness takes center stage which is a bit of a let down. Baker's chocolate and a touch of dark berries work their way up slowly on the backend. The roastiness does take on a charred aroma at times that doesn't quite tickle my fancy.
The flavor seems to mimic the aroma with a little less of the charred qualities. The dark berries actually play a solid role in the flavor profile and remind me most of slightly underripe blueberry. The coffee adds I nice roastiness on the backend while a slight clean booziness coats the palate and dries it out slightly. Bittersweet chocolate makes an appearance mid-palate. The coffee and roast come together in a nice balance while the other aspects pop here and there.
The body is nice. It doesn't have the viscosity that I would have guessed from the look but the body is still moderately heavy. The roasty coffee leaves behind a slightly bitter edge that coats the tongue after each drink and dries out the mouth.
For a beer that has such robust roasty notes this one goes down fairly easy. It's a sipper without a doubt but easy to drink over time.
This beer really tightened up as it warmed and hit its stride as it neared room temperature. The flavors really mingle well when the beer warms up. I'd like to drink a couple more of these over time as it's an overall enjoyable stout even though the coffee isn't huge like other coffee brews. Thanks for the treat Heath!
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