Irish Coffee Stout - Lift Bridge Brewery
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Reviews by mwilbur:
4.44/5 rDev +9.1%
Poured from 22 oz bottle into snifter.
A: Pours an extremely dark black-brown with a hint of dark tan head.
S: Dark chocolate (truffle-like), coffee, boozy whiskey (the smell is much more powerful than the ABV would suggest), vanilla, and a hint of cream.
T: Dark chocolate (almost seems like it is mixed with milk chocolate given how light and creamy it is...likely courtesy of being blended with a milk stout), medium-dark roast coffee, vanilla, and a hint of sweet tobacco and cream. Excellent balance.
M: Sweet and creamy feel. Medium body...lighter than would be expected given everything else above. Silky smooth and long-lasting chocolate finish. Mild alcohol burn.
D: Wow! This was a very pleasant surprise...my hat is off to Lift Bridge. A tremendous brew...hitting all the right aroma and taste notes and deftly balanced. A decently complex and yet easily approachable beer. Seek it out!
08-12-2013 03:53:50 | More by mwilbur
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4.35/5 rDev +6.9%
Poured from 750 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice glass.
Appearance: Pours a deep oily black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of tan head that slowly fades into a thin tan layer. Moderate amount of lacing on the glass.
Smell: Dark roasted malts with a big coffee aroma and some chocolate. Sweet milk chocolate with a good amount of molasses. Whiskey smell is pretty subtle as is the oak and vanilla. A bit odd for a barrel aged beer. Light hints of dark fruits. Mostly coffee and milk chocolate here.
Taste: Like the smell leads, a coffee forward stout with light barrel elements. Dark roasted malts giving big notes of coffee, chocolate, and milk. Lots of molasses and some light hints of dark fruit. The whiskey, oak, and vanilla is noticeable but kind of hidden behind the malts. A little bit of hops towards the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, syrupy, and pretty smooth. Finishes dry.
Overall: Overall a pretty nice stout even though the barrel aging didn't do much for it. Has a nice sweet milk character while staying balanced and drying.
03-18-2012 06:10:59 | More by MattyG85
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
Split a bottle with a friend, though I wouldn't have minded having it all to myself. So it's a decent strong milk stout by itself, but the coffee and whisky add delicously mild complements to the smooth, roasty stout. Most coffee stout don't show so much restraint, often taking over the beer. Likewise with the whisky barrel character, I didn't even taste it until the beer started to warm up. Once obvious, I was tasting a smooth, spicy vanilla. Not on the thick side for the strength, though a great sipper. Glad I got to try this beer.
08-19-2012 23:17:49 | More by tempest
3.53/5 rDev -13.3%
Shared by caSSino during BRoss242’s send-off party before he moves! Will miss you man! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured pitch black with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, coffee, smoke, and roasted malt. The flavor was of sweet malt, coffee, caramel, smoke, and dark chocolate. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. This was a really interesting brew if I am honest. All of the right aspects for the style were there, but they were just a little subdued as far as intensity. I feel if they were to have rushed my palate with no mercy I would have enjoyed this one more as it was fairly well balanced for the most part. Well done, but just wish it brought a little more of its A-game.
09-04-2012 11:31:08 | More by thagr81us
4.03/5 rDev -1%
A very dark stout with moderate viscosity. Two fingers of tan head forms and has excellant retention. The head settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left behind during consumption.
Rather timid aroma compared to what is supposedly going on by the label discription. I pick up a mild milk stout aroma with coffee compliments.
Nice milk stout flavor. Semi-sweet malt and lactose foundation. The next flavor contributor is the coffee followed by hints of chocolate and earthy hops. Whiskey notes in the finish gives the faintests of hints that any of this beer was barrel-aged. Very heavily blended.
Very enjoyable stout body. Damn near perfect carbonation. I cannot find a fault. Could it be a bigger body? Sure but we are talking about a 8% ABV beer here.
A really enjoyable beer that I wished showed more barrel charactor. Maybe the next release will tweak the blending a little more to my tastes.
04-14-2012 14:37:35 | More by morimech
4.5/5 rDev +10.6%
Lift Bridge - Irish Coffee Stout Release
Matty D and I rolled on the scene..Good old Brad was there to give us a couple wooden tokens.
We drank out of festive green solo cups - 12 oz.
Appereance..Darkish brownish with a creamy big fat head on this mofo.
Smell..Alot of Coffee, and lil sweet toffee.
Taste..Tiny bit of alcohol..roasted coffee, light sweetness..lending to a very light reminder of Irish whisky.
Mouthfeel..WOW and I went straight to line and bought bottles. Very drinkable..I really liked the creamy mouthfeel with very moderate carbonation. Glad I got a couple to drink now and try down the line.
Overall - Liftbridge killed this one. Drink it and you will know why..missed it and regret it later!
03-14-2012 01:34:26 | More by LIQUORBARREL
4.08/5 rDev +0.2%
Thanks to LIQUORBARREL for this bottle. Poured in to snifter.
A - Dark as night with half a finger of medium brown head that reduced to a thin layer.
S - Sweet whiskey, coffee, roast, dark caramel and molasses.
T - Sweet whiskey, toasted oak and molasses flavours up front with dark roasted coffee, roasted malts. A touch of vanilla and chocolate in the background. The barrel flavours don't overpower the base beer and the integration between the two is excellent.
M - Medium to full body. Creamy and thick. Light carbonation.
12-28-2012 14:38:58 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.7/5 rDev -9.1%
Poured from 750ml to brandy snifter:
The body of a black coffee, topped with a finger of frothy brown head - great lacing and airy beading.
Mmm... milk chocolate, mocha coffee, chocolate syrup... I'm really not getting much from the barrel on the nose though. A bit of booze, far and away.
Bitter coffee, soft chocolate, bits of vanilla wood, chalky malts. There actually is a subtle whiskey character on the tail end of the finish. Cocoa, fresh cream. Doesn't need so much of the milk stout, or more time in the barrel. Still tasty, just not quite what I was anticipating.
Give this one a go if you're on the fence, just don't expect a beast of a beer.
08-08-2012 01:04:32 | More by yamar68
Irish Coffee Stout from Lift Bridge Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.