Double Coffee Stout - Bullfrog Brewery
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4.05/5 rDev -4%
Poured to my glass a rich brown/black color with a healthy and frothy tan head. Nose of subtle roasted coffee beans and cocoa powder. Taste is of milk chocolate/cocoa powder and hints of cold coffee. The coffee is an undertone, but still very complimentary. The body is just viscous enough, but I would prefer it a bit thicker. A creamy mouthfeel and very easy to drink.
05-16-2010 16:12:43 | More by d0ggnate
3.73/5 rDev -11.6%
Growler thanks to Nanoslug.
Pours very dark brown with a tan head that fades to a ring.
Aroma is freshly brewed coffee, roast, and chocolate.
Flavor is subtle but good. Coffee, roast, and milk chocolate.
Medium-bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall a nice beer but not quite as good as I hoped it would be.
05-15-2010 23:41:29 | More by nickd717
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
4.47/5 rDev +5.9%
Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!
12oz bottle, hand filled from a keg so reviewed as a growler. sampled may 1/2010.
pours clear deep dark brown, not quite black or opaque, with a big dense dark tan head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves lots of spotty lace as it falls.
aroma is great. tons of coffee. rich medium roast coffee, with a bit of espresso thrown in too. like putting your nose into a bag of coffee beans. dark and milk chocolate. hint of alcohol. multi-grain bread and biscuit. light cracker. anise. earthy and woody.
taste is great. a pot of espresso and dark roast coffee. dark and milk chocolate. earthy and woody. slightly herbal. dark toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. bit of cracker. light alcohol. hint of caramel and toffee, but very little sweetness. this one is clearly all about coffee. medium-low bitterness level. just a hint of lactic sourness.
mouthfeel is great. nice big body. medium-light carbonation level that works very well. almost no astringency from the roast and coffee, which is especially good.
drinkability is great. good balance, hiding pretty much all of its alcohol. loads of coffee without getting astringent or overbearing. this is a tasty stout and a damn fine coffee beer.
05-01-2010 20:09:49 | More by grub
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
4.47/5 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
3.95/5 rDev -6.4%
A - Pours the usual stout black color. Has a nice toffee colored head.
S - This is how a coffee stout should smell. Dominant coffee grind aroma, dark roasted malt, that's pretty much it.
T - Dominant coffee grind flavor, bitter chocolate, and deep roasted malt. The bitter chocolate flavor lingers for a long time.
M - This is where this beer falls short. With such a bold coffee aroma and flavor, I would expect more in the body; too thin in my opinion.
D - Good.
It's one dimesnional, but good. Would I have a second one or buy a growler of it? No.
04-30-2010 04:37:36 | More by jzeilinger
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
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
I have had this several time now and I'm finally getting around to reviewing it. I love coffee stouts and this is one of my absolute favorites.
A-Black as a cup of coffee. One finger or less of head with spotty lacing.
S-You can pick up the malts a bit if you try but the aroma is all about the coffee here.
T- Phenomenal, like drinking coffee with cream in my beer. A little on the sweet side but that balances things out. The roasted and caramel malts hold things together nicely. Some hints of vanilla and to a lesser extent chocolate come through but great coffee flavor.
M-Smooth and nicely carbonated with a medium body. I have to wonder what this would be like on nitro.
D-I cannot stop myself from getting this each time i set foot in Bullfrog. If only the alcohol content were lower so I could drink even more of it, but I guess I will just have to suck it up.
04-19-2010 08:00:10 | More by CaptinRedBeard
4.45/5 rDev +5.5%
Like the others, thanks goes out to Mike for this bottle he sent me as an extra!
A: Very nice black pour with some light coming through at the bottom. An excellent head that is about an inch thick and great mocha colored lacing remains as I sip
S: Rich coffee notes followed by some sweet mocha chocolate and then more roasted character.
T: Much like it smells. It starts out with a very nice mocha flavor then transitions a bit more towards the roasted end of the spectrum
M: Wow, this is very smooth. No harsh quality, chalkiness or heat. Good body, and rich and creamy
D: I think i have a new coffee stout that I will have to put into my usualy rotation
04-05-2010 16:17:54 | More by mikey711
3.93/5 rDev -6.9%
Huge thanks to Alex for sharing this Brew.
Huge thanks to Thorpe429 to sending the growlers to Alex in the first place.
A - Pours a very dark brown, like coffee sans cream, with a decent head that recedes into a clingy ring.
S - It smells just like it tastes; like coffee and a bear claw.
T - As stated in the olfactory segment of this review, this tastes like coffee and donuts. To be specific, it is evocative of a cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee with one cream and two sugars. And a glazed cruller or bear claw. There are several other minor dynamics to this brew, but I shan't elaborate any further.
M - Nice viscosity, it has a slick velvety feel and is fairly well-carbonated.
D - This is certain to be a great breakfast beer. It would pair well with a frittata, or strudel.
03-16-2010 17:44:50 | More by ktrillionaire
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
4.58/5 rDev +8.5%
Wow, Mike I really cannot thank you enough for the chance to try this. Filled from your kegerator, wow! Review from notes.
Black brew into my tulip with a nice dark tan foam. Yes, carbonation. Growler held up wonderfully in transit so far... one finger of tight foam cascading nearly nitro-esque. Uniform spotty lace, just spectacular looking.
Taking the first sniffy sniff yields some intensely aromatic coffee. It's like smelling a bag of fresh grounds. Just intense, pure and pungent. Medium bitter edge with a slight chocolate sweetness note pushing through. The java is just dominating all the way through though.
The taste is just as great as the aroma prefaced. I really like what they've done here, a masterful blend between bitter roast and sweet creamy-ish qualities. Not nearly as acrid as planet bean, but I like this one a lot more. A little cola mid-palate, but the coffee quickly covers it up. Some residual sugar, but this is mainly a coffee showcase. Wow this is great.
Medium bodied, creamy texture and just enough carbonation to lift the intensity of the coffee flavors. A very pleasant beer to drink and I would not hesitate at all to trade for this again in the future. The 1L growler was thoroughly savored and I feel very lucky to have tried it. Haven't had too many Bullfrog beers, but this one was a winner for sure. I hope they make it again.
02-26-2010 00:40:40 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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
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
4.53/5 rDev +7.3%
Pours a very dark brown, with 2 fingers of very creamy, aromatic head. Leaves a fair amount of lacing. Smells of dark roasted malts and coffee although not overpowering. Has very good coffee and roasted malt flavor.. No burnt flavor whatsoever. Mouthfeel was very smooth. Drinkability was outstanding.
12-30-2009 05:15:28 | More by agriffrod
4.28/5 rDev +1.4%
Received this beer from the ever generous, ever handsome BeerTruth (gag). On his beer tour Pennsylvania '09 he snagged me a growler. Drank from a generic pint glass while opening presents on Christmas Eve with the family (PS - they get pissed when you're "consistently on your phone typing").
Appearance- Pours a super dark brownish black with a fairly creamy light tan head. No cap really remains with a thick collar and not much lacing.
Smell- Loads of deep French roasted coffee and ultra charred malts. Dark chocolate and fudge batter just ooze out. A touch of vanilla shows as does a lightly sweet Coca Cola like smell. Fairly simple nose but it's full of coffee and I love it.
Taste- Boner. Loads of rich deep dark coffee that's bold and intense. Finally a beer that has enough coffee too satisfy! A dark malty char makes up a majority of the beer without much of that burnt bitterness. Very light chocolate aspect as it's a sort of coco nib like rawness. And honestly, that's about it. The alcohol is covered very well and the finish is just full of more beautiful coffee.
Mouthfeel- Medium feel with a soft smooth carbonation that could use a bit of heft.
Drinkability- Amazing coffee intensity with a super drinkable approachability that I'm just loving the shit out of. This growler will be no problem to finish and I know I'm gonna wish I had more. Thank much Adam, super tasty brew!
12-29-2009 15:36:03 | More by younger35
4.43/5 rDev +5%
Another offering from Bullfrog happily received from the tap at 6 & Save in New Kensington, PA.
Poured into a tulip a thick black with a brown highlight at the bottom & a finger of tan head. Some thick lacing.
Smell is wonderful: coffee, but more like brewed coffee with a nutty & sweet aroma, like someone added a bit of hazelnut cream. Unlike most coffee stouts I've had, this smells like an actual cup of coffee vs. roasted beans. Lovin' it!
Taste is different, but not at all in a bad way: dark fruit skins up front, then some coffee flavor, then turns sweet & creamy, all the while wrapped in a mild fruity acidity. A little tannic or oily, like it you were to skim the top of the coffee from a French press & really get the "bean juice". Tastes very different from the smell, but I like them both.
Mouthfeel is moderately full, the sweetness & acidity stick to the mouth a bit. I liked this a lot, but my mouth & tastebuds had a good work-out by the end. One or two would be very satisfying.
11-29-2009 17:27:47 | More by OneDropSoup
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
4.65/5 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
4.25/5 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
4.75/5 rDev +12.6%
I entered this review last week but it was lost during the recent server crash. Trying to recreate as best I can. On tap at AuRants.
I thought this beer was exceptional. Nose was not super robust but had some nice coffee and chocolate going on. Flavor was full of bold but not burned coffee. Just exceptional, smooth, flavorful coffee. Mouthfeel was super creamy and drinkabilty was outstanding. I could drink this beer all night and wake up the next day wanting more. It was that good.
10-30-2009 00:56:26 | More by number1bum
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
Double Coffee Stout from Bullfrog Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.