Café Royale - AleWerks Brewing Company
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Reviews by DefenCorps:
4.1/5 rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I grabbed a bottle of this at State Line the other day. This came with high recommendations.
Black with dark brown highlights and a reddish tinge, there's a dense, dark brown head that recedes to a thin disk. There's some lace too. The nose is pretty intensely coffee forward. Rich, mildly fruity, there's also some ~50% cocoa chocolate. The bourbon is also quite noticeable, present as a little heat and some vanilla. The base stout isn't particularly roasty and has a little of a creamy, caramel sweetness that brings to mind the FiftyFifty Eclipse stouts. In short - excellent.
The similarity to the Eclipse continues on the palate. Initially a little sweet, more vanilla, honey and brown sugar than the caramel that the Eclipse. The similarity ends here, as the coffee dominates, rich, fruity, and quite espresso-like. Chocolate and cocoa are present as well, working quite well with the vanilla and bourbon. Not really tannic, this beer finishes a little sweet with vanilla and caramel. Unfortunately, this is just a little bit watery on the finish, but the flavors are quite excellent. Medium-light in body with moderate-low carbonation, this beer is quite excellent. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
11-16-2010 04:37:23 | More by DefenCorps
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2.73/5 rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-23-2014 19:20:31 | More by Jeffo
Café Royale from AleWerks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 468 ratings.