All Night Ale - Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant
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Ratings: 2 | Reviews: 2
3.53/5 rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4
Reviewed on-tap at Nodding Head, this EDMA pours a matted deep brown with some thin woody highlights. The thin, bubbly off-white head recedes quickly to nothingness and doesn't seem to stick to the glass at all.
Slightly roasted malt and a nutty character are present in the nose. Some coffee but not as pronounced as I would have liked judging from the description. Some dim vanilla and sweet caramel malt aromas linger as well. Mild but very nice. The highlight of this selection.
A hint of espresso is present initially but it quickly deflates; somewhat disappointing for a brew claiming to be brewed with espresso and being named accordingly. A light roastiness lingers throughout. Very mild and I suppose true to the style. Some semi-sweet milk chocolate arises in the finish. Solid but not terribly impressive.
Thin and a bit watery in texture with lower carbonation. Kind of dead on the palate. I understand the characteristic mouthfeel of the style isn't generally very full but this is just a bit lacking regardless. Expectations of big coffee were, I suppose, a bit unrealistic for the style. Wishful thinking set me up for a fall this time, but a solid brew nonetheless.
Serving type: on-tap
12-24-2007 19:18:58 | More by letsgopens
4.13/5 rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
You can smell the coffee in Nodding Head's All Night Ale as it sits before you. The glass sits before you, almost black in color, with a frothy head of tan atop. It's distinclty coffee-like, and a touch caramelish.
In the flavor the coffee is not as strong as the aroma might suggest, and some more of the mild's malt characteristics come through with some caramel and a touch of chocolate. It's made with espresso from Cafe Loftus (136 S. 15th St. - right around the corner), but it doesn't come across so much as espresso as just rich, nutty coffee. There is a touch of acidity noteable as you progress through the glass, but that's part of the coffee experience, and it's almost expected here.
It's creamy smooth in the mouth with a medium-light body and moderate carbonation. It's a really nice, soft and well-balanced beer, particularly given that it's coffee-infused, and I found it both highly enjoyable and drinkable. And the fact that it's a mild only lends to that. If anything, what might keep me from having more than a couple of imperial pints of this would be the caffeine. Well worth trying.
Serving type: on-tap
09-16-2007 12:34:44 | More by NeroFiddled
All Night Ale from Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant
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