Irish Coffee Stout - Lift Bridge Brewery

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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 35
Gots: 42 | FT: 3
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Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Ungertaker on 03-10-2012

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Ratings: 157 | Reviews: 43
Photo of JJSquid
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a unique and exceptional beer. I rated it high for a reason. Just the right mix of sweet cream and liquor with a nice jolt of coffee. It really does taste like Irish Coffee in a beer form. Yum.

Photo of SweJon
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite brew that Lift Bridge has made. Really tasty - rich coffee flavor and a few other delicious notes in there. I don't think it was aged too long, because it doesn't have much of that barrel-taste - don't get me wrong it is still absolutely delicious! Try it.

Photo of biglobo8971
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into tulip. This beer was bought at the brewery the day of the official release.
A - pours a deep dark black with mohagany lacing that lasts the whole drink. Nice 3/4 inch head upon pouring, a slim head lasted the whole glass.
S - smell the coffe at first, then your hit with toffee. A very interesting smell that changed the whole taste. Once it warmed up, the smell is absolutely one of the more impressive that I have had in a long time.
T - small hint of alcohol, nice roast from the coffee, definite taste of toffey/burnt sugar. Small hint of the whiskey, very well balanced.
M - very easy to drink, especially for a milk stout. Found myself almost salivating after each drink.
O - one of the best MN beers that I have had. Very well put together and easy to drink and enjoy. Definitely glad I went to the release for this one.

Photo of brock146
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark, deep, brown with a chocolate hued head.

S: Cappuccino/Mocha. Roasted malts and sweetness. I was expecting more of a robust coffee aroma but it is pretty mild. There is an earthy, alcohol presence as well.

T: Once again dominant mocha or cappuccino flavor. Sweetness from the lactose gives way to an oaky bitterness (or vise versa). Coffee, milk, sugar, roasted grain, and oak flavors.

M: Full bodied and sticky. Low carbonation as expected.

O: I was told by a good friend to track down a bottle of this and I must say that I was skeptical. However, this beer is excellent. I am happy that I grabbed it off of the shelf. I wasn't expecting it to be as so good!

Photo of LIQUORBARREL
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of ShanePB
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle
Poured into a Lift Bridge snifter

First off, both of these are courtesy of Ungertaker in the recent Secret Bunny 2012 BIF. I saw this one and could not wait to crack into it.

A: Pours a deep dark brown looking completely black sitting in the glass. Atop is a foamy, bubbly and creamy looking brown head. Nice sticky lacing is left behind on the walls, along with a great retention cap.

S: Big rich coffee bean notes, cream, coffee liqueur, cocoa beans, dark chocolate and whiskey. There's a nice barrel/wood element too that comes in towards the end. Extremely well round in the aroma and decadent at that.

T: Essentially just like the nose with roasted whole coffee beans being most dominant. A smooth cream flavor along with chocolate notes come in mid-palate. The back end is rounded out really nicely with whiskey notes and wood. This is one seriously delicious beer and quite unlike a majority of other barrel aged stouts.

M: Wonderfully creamy, smooth and full-bodied. It wasn't too sticky on the palate but had low enough carbonation (though enough overall) to give it a great feel.

I loved this beer, it was everything I want in an stout: coffee, chocolate, cream and whiskey. Really it took the classic Irish Coffee drink and turned it into its beer form. My first impression from Lift Bridge has been one to remember.

Photo of mwilbur
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of jera1350
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid black with a creamy brown head that leaves some nice lacing.

Irish coffee stout indeed. The nose is full of fresh coffee beans and whiskey with some creamy lactose behind. Kind of a Baileys and Kahlua thing going on.

Lots of roasted coffee beans up front and throughout. Toasty malt with some bitterness from the coffee. The whiskey is light and comes in at the end with the feeling of warm alcohol. Pretty darn complex.

The carbonation is mostly soft and right for the style. The body is more of a medium feel. Very dry on the palate in the finish.

This is another nice beer from Lift Bridge. They are doing some great things over there. With every sip I take from this, the flavor seems to get better and more complex. I will have to grab some more of this one.

Photo of Justin_Neff
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bomber into Surly mug.

A: Motor oil black body, looks mildly thin, with a silky khaki colored head. Runs down the glass with little lacing but settles into a nice latte-like cover.

S: Black, strong coffee. Chocolate and loads of sweet vanilla. A little hazelnut, caramel and butterscotch. A little whiskey, but its faint. The smell is awesome.

T: Wow, this is good. The whiskey is there, but only as a compliment, not the predominant taste. The coffee shines front and center, and is complimented with a great balance of chocolate, caramel, and vanilla.

M: Medium body. Could be use a bit more body. Slightly over carbonated, but I'm nit picking. Wet. Creamy.

O: When I think of dessert beer, this is what I want. The whiskey compliments the vanilla and chocolate perfectly. What an awesome surprise. I think I'm going to pick up a couple more bottles before I leave Minneapolis.

Photo of Frumious_Bandersnatch
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap in 10 oz. snifter.

Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mothman
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a 1/2 finger of tan head. Color is a deep black.

Aroma: Lots of coffee and a little bit of roast. Caramel and vanilla. Chocolate. A little bit of barrels coming through here, reminding me of peruvian morning. The milk stout brings a creamy lactose flavor to the nose.

Taste: Coffee roast. Very fresh coffee. A little bite from the alcohol. Definitely taste the whiskey. Chocolate and cocoa. Vanilla. Oak and the creamy lactose comes through. Kind of reminds me of Big Eddy meets barrels.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and warming. Full bodied with a fine amount of carbonation. Ends very dry.

Overall, this was an excellent brew. Glad we got another local brewery that can pump out a nice barrel aged beer. Don't under estimate these guys. This is a great -bal aged coffee stout. Not kbs level, but its worth a try.

Photo of WankelEngine
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a wine glass
Thanks goes out to my brother who grabbed me this bottle while in Minneapolis.

A: Pours a very deep, espresso brown/black. There is a dark tan head that fades fairly quickly to little more than nothing. Lacing is very light and spotty.

S: A potent aroma. Brewed coffee leaps out of the glass, followed by milk chocolate. There balance between bitter coffee and sweet chocolate is superb. A good smoky oak flavor, vanilla, and the slightest touch of sweet bourbon are also present. As it warms I also notice light touches of black cherry pie and fig.

T: Great coffee flavor right out of the gate; it's like a cold french press. The coffee flavor balances the aromatics and bitterness well. Mocha and vanilla. Some smoke and oak round out the sip and lead to a lingering finish of smokey milk chocolate. Very smooth flavor overall.

M: Medium-thin mouthfeel. Low carbonation but enhances the silky, milk stout feel.

O: The coffee flavor is superb! I wouldn't say it's a better beer overall than Peruvian Morning or KBS, but I think the coffee component might be the best I've tasted (except for last year's BCBCS). Too bad there is next to no bourbon present. A little more bourbon barrel character would have made this one even better. Still a great coffee/milk stout.

Photo of Ungertaker
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet at the brewery on the day of the release.

A- A slightly translucent crimson/black with a 1/8" deep khaki head that leaves a sticky lacing.

S- Licorice, molasses, coffee, vanilla and faint notes of bourbon.

T- coffee hits right away and is followed by a sweet vanilla and raisin. The finish has a light coffee and whiskey flavor.

M- the higher than normal carbonation level and the medium mouthfeel combine perfectly.

O- This is a gem if you let it warm to cellar temp. Each sip got better as it warmed. The blend (65% milk stout, 35% barrel aged imperial, then infused with cold pressed coffee) is different from almost anything I have had, but in a very good way.

Photo of hardy008
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black with a dark tan 1/2 finger head, which fades quickly, and leaves spotty lacing. The aroma has dark roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, vanilla, lactose, and some whiskey.

Tastes sweet with lactose, cocoa, vanilla, coffee, dark roasted malt, and subtle whiskey. It is nice to have a whiskey barrel aged beer where the whiskey is subtle. There is absolutely no alcohol burn to this beer at all, and I can still taste some whiskey. Well done. there is a light amount of bitterness from the coffee and roasted malt, but the bitterness takes a back seat to the sweetness, which it should in a Milk Stout.

Medium to full bodied with modest carbonation. Smooth, easy to drink, creamy, and silky. This reminds me in many ways of a good Irish Coffee. i would gladly buy this again.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing this from memory, tasting party a few weeks ago.

750ml bottle. No bottle date information, but I believe this is a fresh '12 bottle. Picked it up through France44. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: This one pours out a deep, dark brown color. It's not quite black as there are some notes of color poking through. I have a nice lighter tan head that stuck around for a little while. It left some nice lacing bits also.

S: On the nose I get lots of mild coffee and milk chocolate. You do get some of that barrel as well with the vanilla and woody hints. It's not overpowering though.

T: This is really smooth. I think the milk stout helps with that. Up front you get the coffee, but it's not overly bitter by any means. You also get some chocolate bitterness too. It's really delicious flavor. The creamy body helps to smooth this beer out, and I really liked the subtle hints of vanilla and caramel from the aging. The finish is long and full of coffee, chocolate and vanilla.

M: It's a big medium or a light full in my mind. Very easy drinking and the low ABV makes me wish I had another right now!

Photo of zeledonia
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This year's vintage, tasted 15 May 2014.

Pours black, deep brown at the edges. One finger of medium tan, creamy foamy head. Good retention, excellent lacing. Quite nice.

Smell is coffee and sweet stout. The coffee aromas are quite pleasant, rich and roasty but not sharp. The sweetness comes through milky and also rich, making for a creamy chewy meal of a smell.

Taste is all those things, and maybe, if I dig, the faintest hint of whiskey. But really, it doesn't need whiskey - there's plenty of other stuff going on in here. The milky sweetness is prominent, so much so that I don't get the potency of the stout. I also don't get all that much of the coffee. But those additives (the barrel, the coffee) add depth and nuanced flavors that build the beer up, even if they don't shine through in their individual glory. Yummy stuff.

Feel is excellent. I would hope so, given that it's a big high-ABV milk stout. Rich, with that lactose slickness that makes it feel so nice. Carbonation is low, just high enough to provide what it needs to.

This is a tasty beer. It's not as out-there as the description would suggest, mainly because all those elements come through in subtle ways, rather than whacking you with each one in turn. I like it.

Photo of McRyan
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Smell- Is everything you expect you get the coffee right away. You can smell the barrel a little bit. I like that it's not a burnt coffee smell.

Taste- You can really pick up the coffee and enjoy that right away as that fades you pick up the whiskey and the barrel. Almost get a mint taste as well very refreshing. It's nice to have a more mellow BA beer every once and awhile.

Overall- The only real knock here is the mouthfeel. It just feels thin, I wonder if that is intended and just how BA milk stouts come out. Used to the mouth feel of RIS, this one is considerably thinner I wonder if they will try different barrels next year.

Bottom line pick one up, great after dinner beer.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Irish Coffee Stout pours a black color with a nice small tan head. Strong coffee aromas are present. Strong coffee flavors come through, but it finishes dry and crisp. Good roasted malty flavors as well. Nice and balanced, very drinkable. Overall a very nice drinkable coffee stout.

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lift Bridge Irish Coffee Stout. Stout brewed with coffee. Brewed and bottled by Lift Bridge Brewing Company, Stillwater, Minnesota. "Irish Tales add to the flavor. They're practically ingredients." Oh, wait, more. "Inspired by the delightful combination of whiskey, sugar, and coffee, however, you don't have to be Irish and it doesn't have to be morning to enjoy this labor of love. Our Imperial Stout was aged in whiskey barrels, then blended with a big milk stout, and finally infused with locally roasted cold-pressed coffee. It's a complex beer meant to be shared with friends over an Irish toast." Maybe I'll get another to share with friends, this one I'm taking on solo, cause that's what I do. Also, this is 8% Alc./vol, and the bottle is 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz., 750 ml.

Full ebony appearance, lovely toasted tan head, looks fantastic, the best looking stout among they three I've had today.

Aroma: subtle wisps of whiskey at first, flavors of vanilla, toast, anise, bourbon. Then cocoa and cream.

Tasting it: Dry, lightly bitter, with the whiskey coming in quick and in full force. Blending an imperial stout, with a milk stout, great idea, actually. Sweetness comes in and dries out in a snap. Cream stout is in front now, roasted malt rises up, a thickness, a brilliantly dry, bitter end.

Balance is key, here. None of these essential ingredients dominate. It's overpoweringly coffee, or incredibly whiskey. But it's smooth, smooth and tasty. In the end, a subtle sweetness and mellow whiskey in on top. Very satisfying, very delicious. Another unique and impressive creation from Lift Bridge.

Photo of Scotchboy
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An absolutely fantastic bottle sent from laymansbeerfan, split with my brother. My portion was poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a dark black with dense brown showing along the edges...a good amount of khaki head forms, leaving minimal lacing throughout the alcohol feet.

S: Sweeter bourbon notes, without being boozy...almost a sugary sweetness. Malts are underneath the barrel notes, with some hints of dark roastiness, with a light mocha blend of milk chocolate and coffee.

T: Bourbon, faint astringent roastiness of coffee beans, sugary sweetness of coffee on the back end. Toffee? Earthy coffee beans comes out more at room temperature.

MF: Cream, medium full mouthfeel. A slight bitterness, maybe from the alcohol? Lightly bitter finish.

O: Its a good beer, though I wish the chocolate, coffee, and vanilla notes from the bourbon would come through more.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours dark brown. A smaller, brown head forms after the pour. It bubbles away and leaves thin sheets of lacing.

S-Clear coffee aromatics with a rather mellow whiskey barrel aroma. The beer also gives off sweet, milk chocolatey notes. Some vanilla.

T-Yeah, that tastes a lot like a well made Irish Coffee. Diluted whiskey, constant coffee, oak, roast and sweet milk chocolate. Vanilla and some burnt caramel. Finishes with coffee.

M-Heavier bodied but not quite "thick". Moderate carbonation. Flavors don't linger for very long.

O-I enjoyed this one a lot. The name matches the flavor very well. The whiskey isn't overpowering and I enjoyed that aspect, too. A cool beer.

Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown color with a finger of very nice brown head. The head fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Sweet coffee with lots of dark fruit. MIld caramel and chocolate notes with some alcohol heat.

Taste: Lots of coffee, but this one is pretty smooth. Roasty malt with dark fruit and some cocoa notes. The finish is sweet and roasty with a mild burn from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: On the thicker side of medium with very smooth carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is a very nice coffee stout. I enjoyed the sweetness that accompanied the coffee roast. I'd have another.

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Irish Coffee Stout from Lift Bridge Brewery
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