Café Royale - AleWerks Brewing Company
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Reviews by dougofthefuture:
4.43/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to yourefragile for sending this bottle. I was in the mood for something sweet tonight, so here we go.
A. Very black, one finger tan head that is quite nice before it dissipates. Almost no legs after a moment or two. All fitting for the style.
S. Right away there is a nice roasty aspect that comes through. I am not sure it is from the coffee or the malts, but it is complemented with a sugary sweetness that must be from that lactose. The coffee smell is there as well, but more subtle. A bit of bourbon too, but again, subtle. Nothing is hiding, but they are all very well balanced.
T&M. Wow, this hits the spot. Wanting something sweet, this does not disappoint. There is plenty of initial sticky vanilla sweetness that carries along the coffee and roasty aspects, balancing everything out. The bourbon finish gives a long lingering smoothness that is just the icing on the top. It is possible that on a different day, this would seem too rich to me, but today it seems to deliver an excess of flavor without being overloading.
D. I shared some of this, but I could have enjoyed the whole bottle. Impressive considering the sweetness. I think it really helps that everything else is so subtle, including the ABV. Just a really nice beer here. This is a big beer that doesn't shun balance.
Serving type: bottle
12-15-2010 02:47:20 | More by dougofthefuture
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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 467 ratings.