Café Royale - AleWerks Brewing Company
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
4.03/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured into a snifter on 5/20/11
Many thanks to boatshoes for sharing this one.
Inky brown with an ephemeral head comprised of medium-sized bubbles. Loose retention. Some splotchy lace sticks to the glass.
Strong coffee in the nose. Roasted coffee, coffee beans and hints of espresso. Lots of roast. Earthy. Really dry. Perhaps not quite as coffee-forward to taste but there's a good dose, regardless. Roasted coffee with some chocolate worked in. Barrel aspects are mild, seemingly blended in and not the focal point. It's certainly not hot. Smooth, full feel. Very low carbonation. Velvety and perpetually sippable. Finishes with coffee and barrel undertones.
Overall impression: incredibly easy to drink. Right on.
Serving type: bottle
06-20-2011 03:15:58 | More by Ryan011235
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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.