Poured into my English pint glass. If you don't hold it up to the light it is easy to call this beer brown. Had half-inch of off-white foam. Little retention or lacing.
Big coffee on the nose. Not mocha, latte or any of that other crap, just raw coffee. Smelling it reminds me of some stand-up by Dennis Leary about getting just a coffee at a "coffee" store. Put a smile on my face. I tried but I don't get anything else.
The flavor, once again, is full of coffee. There are some slight hints of malt and chocolate. But this is just a huge coffee bomb.
Light carbonation but a full feel in the mouth. I don't know if there is caffeine but I felt wide awake after drinking it. Maybe just the scent did it to me.
I am not a fan of coffee, at all. So this bias is probably playing a part on my overall rating. The beer is smooth and easy to drink, if you like coffee. The big aroma and taste of coffee is just too much for me. I would rate this much higher if I liked coffee and/or it wasn't so over the top.
"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers." - Cliff Clavin, of Cheers