Double Coffee Stout - Bullfrog Brewery
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Ratings: 49 | Reviews: 44 | Display Reviews Only:
3.85/5 rDev -8.8%
Enjoyed on-tap at the brewpub. Dark brown with a little head. Above average mouthfeel, with carbonation right there. Roasted barley aroma and taste and very strong coffee. Average mouthfeel, good for what it is and it is tasty,even for a non-coffee drinker like me.
11-15-2009 05:22:34 | More by Sammy
4.68/5 rDev +10.9%
On tap at Bullfrog in January 2009 and on tap many more times via the home kegerator--this beer is so good my wife and I spontaneously decided to buy a keg of it whilst we wait for our Nugget Nectar keg.
A: Pours a deep black with a massive mocha head with plenty of lacing and legs as the beer trails down the glass.
S: Bold, roasted coffee--probably the coffee stout nearest to pure coffee beans that I have encountered. Lots of roasted malt and hints of deep, dark chocolate also come through, but the coffee really shines.
T: Very similar to the smell, with the coffee completely dominating, with a bit of extra chocolate coming through as my palate gets used to the coffee.
M: Absolutely beautiful. A medium-to-heavy body with an absolutely lush mouthfeel--almost reminds me somewhat of a milk stout with the creaminess that it has. No alcohol presence detected.
D: Superb. With FBS, I feel that one bottle is usually enough. This is a beer I've had again and again, night after night. My concern is not that I'll get sick of it, but that I won't be able to grab another keg of it ASAP once this one runs out.
02-10-2010 02:39:10 | More by Thorpe429
4.72/5 rDev +11.8%
Might well have been one of the best coffee stouts I have ever had hands down.
The pour was the darkest of dark, thickest of thick, and just absolutly mid numbing black in color. A huge head of tan then rose up over the top of the glass to a height of nearly three inches before it finally settled down, coating the glass and leaving about two inches of foam on top throughout the session. Aroma is sharp, rich espresso. Not bitter at all, rich and sweet with creme like notes present just below the surface. Touches of vanilla and caramel, chocolate, sweet sugar and roasted malts all coming together perfectly. Such a huge, rich and sweet flavor. It was coffee overload. Warming brought out a steady stream of cocoa and sugar before getting slapped back to earth with a huge splash of espresso.
Overall seriously this is a standard to which other coffee stouts need to bow down to. Simply damn amazing.
02-07-2010 20:26:46 | More by mikesgroove
3.83/5 rDev -9.2%
My aunt loves beers like these so when we took the trip out to the brewery she ordered a glass. She let me sample some of hers, just so I could get a taste. The beer was dark black in color with a thin tan colored head on top. The nose was full of chocolate and coffee. The taste was mostly the same thing too. The mouthfeel of the beer was smooth and not too carbonated. Overall it had a ton of flavor to it, sure to please most fans of this style.
07-26-2011 02:32:40 | More by Knapp85
3.15/5 rDev -25.4%
Provided by Masterski and shared by Nanoslug. Thanks, guys.
The black body is topped by a dense frothy head that slowly settles to a small cap. Big up-front coffee aroma, this smells like damp, spent coffee grounds. Some creaminess and chocolate are present, but it's dominated by coffee. Coffee comes through strongly again on the palate. Very roasty and a bit metallic, it has a touch of sweetness initially but finishes on a dry note. Strong bitter coffee grounds flavor. Medium-light body, the coffee character is semi-astringent and the mid-palate somewhat metallic, but it's a decent beer.
05-25-2010 17:40:30 | More by largadeer
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
Huge thanks to Thorpe429 for filling a few small "growlers" from a keg he purchased. This one was bottled February 17th, and held up quite well. Served in a pint glass.
A - Pours with two-plus fingers of light mocha & caramel foam that dissipates to a thing cap and leaves big splotches of lacing. Dark brown body, with a glint of ruby at the bottom of the glass. Pretty solid for a lower ABV stout. There's a touch of soapiness that emerges when warm, but it's very much in the periphery.
S - Smells like fresh brewed coffee with cream & sugar. Some roasted malt and semisweet chocolate as well as some fruits and nuts. It's getting harder and harder for me to differentiate coffee-forward beers using my limited descriptive vocabulary for coffee. This one is pretty good compared to the many I've tried.
T - The taste is also quite chocolate and hazelnut heavy - this isn't a palate-raping coffee like some I've had. The bitterness is well attenuated, and while it persists into the aftertaste it is quite mild. Probably one of the best balanced coffee brews I've had. No alcohol discernible, even at a hefty 7.3% (for an American Stout anyway).
M - Very creamy, with a slightly smokey and sticky finish - just like good diner coffee. The body is a bit thin for 7.3%, but it's nothing egregious. Carbonation is lower than I expected considering the voluminous head, but it's more than adequate.
D - One of the most drinkable coffee beers I've had. The bitterness is under control, the booze is imperceptible, and it tastes delicious. I can see why Michael bought a whole keg. Highly recommended.
03-15-2010 23:07:54 | More by MasterSki
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
On tap @ the Bullfrog on 1/30/10. Served in a pint glass.
Pours a straight up black in the glass, with a finger of rich reddish and burnt mocha colored head. This stays nice and creamy, just drenching the sides of the glass with thick frothy lacing. Espresso is VERY sharp and pungent smelling in the aroma, with an underlying layer of additional roast and some thick notes of chocolate and caramel malts. There is a good bit of a green earthy feel to this, which not only appears to be coming from the hops that are present but also even a bit from the coffee itself.
The coffee presence in the taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, being quite biting in the mouth and leaving a ton of roast and acrid dryness across the tongue. Sweetness is very rich and chewy with plenty of chocolate malts being present. A tingle of spicy hops and a green citric feel run through the middle of the profile, while coffee lays in hard on the finish, giving this a satisfying and pungent ending of roast, smoke, and bitterness. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a big prickly creaminess to it that falls in line perfectly with not only the sharpness of the coffee, hops, and roast, but also the chewy thickness of those sweeter malts. This is just so smooth and creamy in the mouth and I would never guessed in a million years that this is over 7% alcohol. You don't feel it at all.
Well, what can I say, I'm a sucker for Coffee Stouts and this was yet another example that far exceeded by expectations. I was pleased to find that the espresso character remained robust in both the aroma and taste, there was a ton of balancing thick sweetness to this, and most all all, this just had an absurd amount of smoothness and drinkibility to it for a bigger Stout. The Susquehanna Stout will be missed but not that much! I'm looking forward to several more pints and growlers of this down the line.
01-31-2010 19:59:42 | More by Kegatron
4.43/5 rDev +5%
On tap at Thorpe's place. This was a very good beer.
Beer is black with a tan head, opaque and some lacing is left behind (he was having some issues with pressure but this beer looks like a good stout).
Beer's aroma is strong coffee but not really roasty if that makes sense. There is a chocolate-ness to it that detracts from the just the overwhelming roast character to the whole thing. It's like one of those coffee drinks my wife buys but I refuse to drink. Smells sweet and roasty, nice.
Beer is medium bodied and really drinkable, this is a very good beer. Good call on the keg of it. Beer is sweet up front and gives way to a nice chocolate mild vanilla and some coffee at the end. The coffee is a star in this beer but don't be mistaken, the bitterness is not overwhelming. It is quite well "balanced", the finish is great, wet, not dry, I think this fact helps a lot. I'd definitely have this again, one of the best American stouts I've ever had.
01-21-2011 18:00:21 | More by drabmuh
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this growler with ffejherb and I. Poured chilled into a shaker pint.
A - A deep turbid brown, not quite opaque with a translucent appearance around the edges. The cap is thick tan which makes a beautiful cascade from the vigorous pour and retains well leaving lace clinging to the glass. The bead is very fine.
S - A heavy roasted bean aroma rich, like fresh brewed coffee -moderately sweet coffee bean and earthy almost "refried" beany odor as ffej said. The malt is hidden under the aroma of coffee.
M - The mouthfeel is sweet, creamy and oily with a moderate carbonation and bitteress. Lots of roasted textures from all the coffee
T - The flavor is rich, like an espresso with depth of flavor. The taste has sweet vegetal and earthy taste. Coffee which has mild acidity and slight cocoa notes with mild dark currant taste and light vanilla bean.The bean notes are sweet like having a cappucino with the sweet malt accenting the coffee. This is a tasty stout with mild sweetness in the finish, but hardly any alcohol in the flavor
D - The taste is full and it is very drinkable, lots of coffee, almost hard to tell you are drinking beer at some points. This beer does not seem like a 7% abv at all.
Edit -second growler sample 2/16/10
Poured chilled from the growler into a tulip - thanks tenderbranson69
A -Ebony w/ thick rocky tan cap - big swatches of lace adhere and the beer has a dark brown color at the base of the glass
S - The aroma has lots of Coffee -it is evident in the nose as it is poured - earthy roasty lots of bean notes w/ chocolate and mild floral character - mild nutty accents underly the roasted slightly sweet odors
M - the body is medium full w/ a mild astringent feel w/ moderately cream texture only slightly oily w/ a hint of spice and alcohol in the mix w/ medium carbonation
T - The flavor has load of bitter espresso bean and it almost overpowers the stout taste, but yet it adds a sweetness and nuttine w/ mild almond-like taste. There is subtle bitter cocoa and caramel w/ mild graham cracker in tinges. The taste has a very light molasses note in the finish w/ subtle astringent bitterness from the bean, the flavor almost has a dry licorice accent in the finish
D - A tasty coffee forward stout, it is drenched in epresso and really seems like an advertisement for fonseca coffee to me - you want to pretend you are drinkin' alcohol infused coffee be my guest ...it is more coffee than stout if you enjoy that sort of thing ;P
10-30-2009 11:20:23 | More by Slatetank
4/5 rDev -5.2%
From 01/22/11 notes. Hand bottled by Thorpe429 from his kegerator so he could bring it to the tasting; thanks Mike.
a - Pours a jet black color with an inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.
s - Smells of pure coffee grinds, cream, roasted malts, and toasted malts.
t - Taste likes coffee grinds, roasted malts, cream, toasted malts.
m - Medium body and low carbonation.
d - A really nice coffee stout. We opened this as well as a Black Damnation Mocha Bomb to try them both next to each other and they were very very similiar. Would have again.
01-28-2011 20:40:34 | More by mdfb79
4.47/5 rDev +5.9%
On tap at Capone's...
Appears an opaque black with fluffy tan head that slowly fades into a floating head. Scattered bits of lacing are left all around the glass.
Smell is of obvious coffee, cocoa, cream, ripe fruit, and toasted grain.
Taste is of the aromas with a touch of herbal hops that compliments the roast and creamy, sugary cappucino blend nicely.
Mouthfeel is chewy, rich, warming, slightly sweet, and balanced in the finish. Wonderful beer!
04-30-2010 15:05:47 | More by weeare138
4.22/5 rDev 0%
On-tap during the unexpected snowstorm on March 6.
A: The coffee stout is black, contrasting against the much lighter tan-hued head.
S: The nose is punctuated with lots, and I mean lots, of sweet coffee and lactose aromas. Chocolate malts linger but the coffee is the driving force.
T: The coffee presence remains strong, roasted java that benefits from the chocolate malts and a sweet lactic au lait presence. Bitterness is an afterthought, no over-roasted beans in this beer. A very rich stout, especially the coffee-and-cream interaction. The regular stout aspect (as opposed to imperial) is a big plus.
M: Creamy smooth, the sweetness of the stout really caught me off guard. Both ksak and I enjoyed a glass.
D: This beer is getting the same rating as my most recent stout. Funny how two different brewers can bring ou thte best in the coffee, without relying on an overblown imperial stout.
03-11-2011 13:41:56 | More by akorsak
3.78/5 rDev -10.4%
Poured from a growler into a pint glass. The beer appears a cloudy very dark brown color with a finger of tanned fluffy brown head that retains fairly well and laces all about the glass. Aroma has an abundant amount of freshly brewed strong coffee that pretty much dominates the nose leaving barley any room for the trace amount of hops and dark malt character to come through the backend. Taste is equally dominated by the flavor of coffee. Slightly bitter upfront from a mixture of coffee and dark malt with a tiny bit of hops as well. Slight dark malty sweetness comes through the body with a bit of a chocolate grainy flavor before the onset of a bitter black coffee finish. Medium feel with a mild level of carbonation. Lingering aftertaste of the fresh coffee character blended with a bit of a yeasty note left in the mouth that seems a bit "green." As the beer warms, a bit of the alcohol warmth comes into play. The amount of coffee character that this beer displays equally bold in both the aroma and flavor is impressive. However, the coffee character is so bold that it pretty much overtakes many of beer characteristics that I look for in a stout. It is hard to distinguish this actully as a beer and not a chilled version of a watered down espresso with carbonation and a bit of alcohol. This would really be one enjoyable post dinner beverage.
06-01-2010 01:22:24 | More by stakem
District of Columbia
4.53/5 rDev +7.3%
On tap at Mike's place. Thanks man!
Bullfrog Double Coffee Stout has a perfect appearance. The beer is jet black, completely opaque. An inch of thick, beige head lingers for several minutes and leaves ample lacing all over the glass.
The aroma brings a massive shot of fresh coffee. Other scents become an afterthought next to this dominating espresso fragrance. Very enticing.
The flavor is no surprise, as the beer is very coffee forward. Absolutely delicious. The beer is very well balanced and is dangerously easy to drink. Roast emerges more so in the flavor than in the nose. Alcohol content is masked extremely well.
The feel is creamy and this stout goes down effortlessly. I really enjoyed this brew and would relish the opportunity to have it again.
03-20-2011 18:51:53 | More by Huhzubendah
3.75/5 rDev -11.1%
On tap at Capone's the other day.
The beer pours a very dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, albeit kind of one dimensionable. I get coffee, coffee and coffee, and really not much else. The beer is fairly dry and roasty on the palate, with more of the expected coffee, but coupled with some nice dark chocolate as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but is just a bit thin. Drinkability is OK, as the alcohol is not very noticeable.
I thought this a pretty good beer, but really nothing earth shattering. Not sure this is something I would order again.
04-21-2010 21:58:16 | More by John_M
4.47/5 rDev +5.9%
12 oz beergunned bottle, courtesy of Thorpe429 at DLD.
Pours an opaque dark brownish black, a hint of red in the edges, thick and creamy tan head forms, slowly settles down to a very thick layer and ring around the glass, lots of chunky lace sticks, looks nice.
Smell is intense, insane amount of espresso roast, tons of coffee, some chocolate wafers, really smells like chocolate covered espresso beans, some caramel sweetness, a bit of brown sugar, some dark fruitiness, but dominating coffee.
Taste is amazing, big chocolate wafer, cocoa, more chocolate covered espresso beans, a bit of brown sugar and caramel through the middle, cream near the finish, crazy espresso roastiness and bitterness, this stuff is big, like a big espresso.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit oily, creamy, low carbonation. Slightly one dimensional but I don't think a beer could taste more like coffee, this is great stuff. Thanks Mike!!
05-01-2010 20:05:30 | More by Viggo
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
Bottle thanks to Thorpe... Dark brown body with tons of carbonation. A great medium mocha head, good retention and lacing... The aroma is great, coffee that is so fresh you get hints of grass, coffee beans, roast and hint of pepper... The freshness on the nose doesn't come through as much, seems like its a bit older. The pepper notes are gone, mostly left with the coffee. The coffee is a touch sweet, could use a bit more roast.
03-20-2011 03:13:34 | More by jrallen34
3.13/5 rDev -25.8%
A - Black beer with a nice looking mocha head that bubbled up consistently on the pour. Really nice looking.
S - Some strong coffee notes and roasted malts, but I get a lot of gross green pepper in there which cancelled out all the good stuff.
T - Good coffee, but get way too much of the peppers again which kind of kills it for me. It's not bad, but I really don't like hte pepper or green notes.
M - Smooth, full bodied, nice carbonation.
O - Taste just doesn't really do it for me, neither does the smell. Average.
03-20-2011 03:10:01 | More by AgentZero
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
a: shaker pint, a thick, deep mocha colored head fills the glass and it takes a couple attempts to fill, the beer itself is a deep ebony in color - essentially black, nice retention and lace
s: rich layered nose of freshly roasted coffee, charred barley, and baking chocolate, like a straight up bag of beans, just great
m: carbonation in the light to moderate range, smooth, full bodied
t: opens up with a punch of pungent medium-roast coffee on a body of dark chocolate and roasted barley, chocolate covered coffee beans, starts smooth with some char coming in towards the middle, the coffee is obviously the highlight here - and it's fresh, vivid, and delicious
d: no problem with this one, even as a late morning drinker, on par with any of the coffee stouts out there
sampled this and the Edgar IPA at the brewpub, and obviously went with the stout - it was 11 am, after all
09-02-2010 01:55:33 | More by blackie
4.47/5 rDev +5.9%
Special Thanks to Masterski for providing this treat. I am told the bottle I was given was drawn from a keg at (or brought to) Dark Lord Day. I am excited to have this as I am stranded in a hotel room in Chicago watching the Celtics.
(I will review this as draft, based on what I am told)
Pours with a light tan creamy head that shows nice retention. It settles, but remains as a firm cap of foam. I see this is listed as an American Stout (not a double) but it certainly looks more like a double. No light getting through, even at the edges.
Espresso with some dankness and reminds me that it does look like espresso.
Wow, this is really good. Quite a treat. Drinks like a beautiful cup of espresso. Dark coffee flavor. Certainly dark roasted, but not burnt. Just the perfect amount of sweetness. What's funny is that it almost tastes like an espresso that you've been dunking Italian cookies in. Some other nice depth of flavors while you can not even detect the abv. Certainly some baking chocolate notes as well. Whatever coffee they used, I like it. Works very well.
Very smooth and creamy mouth feel. Fairly bold body for a standard American Stout (vs. a double) I think the body and carbonation are spot on.
This is a very nice surprise and quite a treat. Quite glad that I've had the opportunity
05-14-2010 01:34:04 | More by Reagan1984
4.65/5 rDev +10.2%
Via growler into shaker pint on 10/30/09. Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing!
A - Poured a luscious dark coffee brown color with a thick, frothy tan head that retained exceptionally well and yielded fine lacing.
S - Quite an aromatic nose and definitely quite coffee-forward with a hint of chocolate and roasted malts.
T - Roasted coffee beans really come to life here, creating a bold coffee-heavy flavor. Malt takes on more of a sweet character, then segues into an earthy hop bite.
M - This has got to be the best mouthfeel I've ever experienced from a growler pour. so rich, thick and creamy, almost like a nitro pour. The texture of this beer is just velvety smooth. Exquisite!
D - If this wasn't a beer, I'd drink it every morning at work. But since this is a beer, I could still theoretically drink it at work every morning. And you know I'd have more than one. Of course, then I wouldn't have a job anymore.
11-02-2009 20:52:17 | More by ffejherb
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
A-Deep black with a medium tan head that reduced to a thin cap and left nice, ringing lace.
S-Rich deep roasted malt and fresh ground dark roast coffee. Not an aromatic blast but it is quite nice.
T-Mmmm...the flavour pops more than the aroma with deep, rich, roasted malts blending with dark roasted coffee. Nice earthy hop bitterness mingles with the coffee bitterness. Drying, astringent finish.
M-Medium bodied fairly robust with nice lingering coffee and hop bitterness.
D-Big and bold with plenty of flavour this is a hard one not to like if you are a coffee stout lover like me! Reportedly this will become the new year round stout at Bullfrog replacing the venerable Susquehanna Stout.
10-18-2009 15:08:54 | More by Deuane
3.78/5 rDev -10.4%
Thanks to Thorpe429 for hooking us up with a couple of bottles of this. Unlabeled 12oz bottle into my Darkness snifter.
A - Pours black, a fingers-worth of mocha-colored head. After the initial pour, the head reduces to a thick ring around the glass with large bubbles all around and a thin film on top. Some slight spotty lacing along the sides of the glass as well.
S - Lots of coffee and roast, some dark chocolate, some milk chocolate sweetness in there as well, oak,
T - Coffee, dark chocolate, roast. All very good up front but the finish has some astringent oak or something that makes me cringe a bit. Not a bitterness or dark chocolate finish, just astringent and off-putting. After letting the beer warm a bit, it's not nearly as bad and I'm able to enjoy this one a little more.
M - Medium, good carbonation, rich and creamy, dry finish.
D - A solid coffee stout, but not up top amongst the others I've had. I'm glad I was able to try it and would definitely have it again, if offered the chance. Good, not great.
02-12-2011 03:27:54 | More by Sean9689
Double Coffee Stout from Bullfrog Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.