Café Royale - AleWerks Brewing Company
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District of Columbia
4.75/5 rDev +10.7%
Bottle dated 8.11.14, so ~2 weeks old. Poured into IRS snifter.
Darkest brown without being black with a miniscule but staying head, which is strikingly close to the label's color.
Yum, tons of coffee, but somehow not too much. Then a bit of chocolate, and a whiff of bourbon. This doesn't feel like a mashup of powerful flavors, "classy" comes to mind.
Tastes like it smells. I won't bore, I can't think of how this could be better. Makes me think of an odd cocktail (which a cafe royale is) that just tastes perfect.
Nice sizzle of alcohol and the lactose. It's not milkshake thick, but neither are flavors, it feels well thought out.
Really a beer to get excited about, if you see it. I think this is an absolute homerun for the boys out of Williamsburg. Last time I got this bottle, I liked it so much I "cellared" one for about 14 months. It was still very good when I opened it, but lost some of the vibrancy and balance that make this beer, and I didn't think the mellowed flavors were an improvement, nor worth the wait. I may still stock up, but it won't be for the long hall.
08-28-2014 04:06:14 | More by Prince_Casual
2.73/5 rDev -36.4%
Bottle from totoropanda a while back. Cheers!
From a bomber into a snifter
Stout with coffee and aged in bourbon barrels
APPEARANCE: Dark brown pour yields a 1+ finger, slightly looser, foamy, dark tan head with decent retention. Head fades to a half wisp. Black body with minimal carbonation evident. A ring remains leaving some decent lacing down the glass. Darker body, but looser and foamy head.
SMELL: Nice bourbon, with oak, coconut, vanilla and some caramel notes. Milk chocolate and sweet cream with light aromas of coffee there as well. A touch of roasted malt under it all as well. Pretty nice barrel with plenty of nuances.
TASTE: Bourbon barrel, oak and light tartness up front. Some milk chocolate through the middle into a bolder and slightly tart finish of oak, vanilla, coconut, milk chocolate, and a definite tart cherry sourness as well. A touch of biter coffee notes under the slightly tart barrel flavors. Definite sourness to this. Intentional or not, it's not really what was expected. Too bad, as I can taste some good potential here.
PALATE: Thinner body with slightly higher carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down okay and finishes a touch sticky. Lighter for the style. Definitely needs to be thicker and heavier.
OVERALL: It's not bad at this point, and the tartness might even be seen as somewhat pleasant, but I can't imagine this was intentional. Definitely something starting to take over here, which is unfortunate, as I'd heard good things about this beer. Something I'd like to try again sometime, but not this particular batch.
06-23-2014 19:20:31 | More by Jeffo
Café Royale from AleWerks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.