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Irish Coffee Stout - Lift Bridge Brewery

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Irish Coffee StoutIrish Coffee Stout

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very good

44 Reviews
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Reviews: 44
Hads: 163
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 18.41%
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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Reviews: 44 | Hads: 163
Photo of yamar68
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of GabrielM
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jon for this extra! Poured into a Surley snifter.

A - dark, thick body with an espresso-colored head on top that looks very inviting.

S - small amounts of oak, coffee and bourbon, and maybe a touch of vanilla. All good scents, but each are somewhat minimal.

T - all the flavors the nose indicated, but subdued. Not much heat, which is good, and the bourbon is showing up more and more as it warms.

M - very creamy and pleasant with nice carbonation.

O - this is a good beer, but I was a bit let down with the subtlety of the coffee and bourbon flavors. Very glad to have tried it though, as I'm always looking to expand my palate.

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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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

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Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened at our little Perennial tasting...not sure who to thank.

A - Pours black, tan head, spotty lace, thin collar and cap.

S - Dark chocolate, oak, light booze, toasted malts, coffee beans. Really nice mix of notes here, all very enjoyable and nothing really overpowered the other.

T - Pretty much spot-on to the nose with a bit less dark chocolate and some bigger oak and whiskey presence, which is nice. Drinks like an Irish Coffee. Alcohol is pretty light, even for 8%. Finish is dark chocolate and cream.

M - Medium, good carbonation, rich and smooth, creamy finish.

O - An enjoyable milk stout that I would look for again. Really complex and enjoyable with a light booze presence. If you like this style, seek this one out and enjoy.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of coffee beans, brewed coffee, lactose, and some slight wood and whiskey aromas. Taste is very much the same with a medium roasty coffee bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good coffee forward beer but the small portion of the blend that is barrel aged really doesn’t come through very strong.

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Photo of morimech
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of SweJon
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this based on Commander which, despite some bad press, is a wonderful beer. Could the second barrel-aged beer be just as good? Could we finally have a good barrel-aging program from a Twin Cities brewery? Man, I hope so. Let's go see.

Peel & popped, this one is lively for a bigger stout, thick tawny mane pouring into a pair of snifters. Smell is on the wispy side, what does come through is coffee (fairly strongly as it warms) & a shot of whole milk. Could be 2%. Have to bring my nose in for a tune-up.

Irish Coffee Stout leads, bends, & ends with the coffee - it should be called a Coffee Coffee Coffee. Bellicose coffee right up front, mixes in with a definite side of lactose (not the breast kind). Plenty of sweetness from the malts, & touch of cocoa, mixed in with the milkiness, along with a roasted note in the middle that's oddly distinct from the coffee nuke. There might be a note of vanilla, or whiskey, or something right in the middle, but if I didn't know this was barrel aged, not entirely sure I'd pick it out. Very...mild? Timid might be better. Coffee re-enters on the finish & destroys all other flavors. Everywhere.

If I was judging this with a ruler for barrel aging, it would flunk. As is, it's a coffee stout with a touch of nice character. If you're going to try to make a splash with big-price-point bombers, they need to be great. This is not, it's pretty good.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

St. Patties Day.. Why not. No freshness dating on the bottle. There's a grape plant on the top of the foil though... weird I thought this was a beer.

A= Pours a deep black color with a nice big ol' creamy tannish brown head on it that holds awesome retention and excellent lacing. A fine looking stout indeed. The head is practically immovable.

S= The smell is very much your basic stout smells with a coffee undertone. I thought this was barrel aged? I'm not getting much whiskey or barrel from it at all. The coffee smells nice however and the stouty chocolatyness is always a plus.

T= The barrel again seems to be a little lost. The coffee comes through a bit more assertive in the flavor and the stout undertones are a great compliment. I will say that if you search for it you may find a bit of a whiskey flavor and a woody aftertaste to it. It takes a little digging however. Not much of the vanilla or boozy tones I get from most barrel aged beers. Maybe a little more time in the barrel would have helped. The stout is definitally a sweeter stout but the bitter coffee notes cut right through that baby making it very tolerable to a guy who may not like sweet stouts as much like myself.

M= I was expecting something a bit thicker but maybe the sexy head just threw me off a little. It holds its weight however and isn't too thin. I just had high hopes with the head.

O= A great coffee stout indeed and if you look for it the barrel flavors come through a little. Upon reading the label it says the Imperial stout portion was aged in barrels then blended with a sweet stout which would make sense for the light barrel tones in it. A fine beer and another interesting experiment from the guys at LiftBridge. I'll likely be buying more.

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Photo of mothman
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Blackboardbrewing
2.98/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had every special release of lift bridge to date and many cellaring. Let me say this beer is not worth the hype nor the price!

Appearance: thick black amid creamy (the best part about this brew).

Aroma: Faint hints of coffee and a bit of whiskey otherwise lacking in every other sense.

Taste: malty, sweet, a bit over carbonated and just something I cannot justify for the $12 price tag. Not much here others than a over carbonated hybrid stout that is confused what it actually wants to be!

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, champagne like for a stout...at only 8% this beer has some issues.

Overall: Progressively downhill since the commander. Maybe the last I purchase at the over priced point.

Mind you I was charged $15 to just get in to buy my allotment wtf!?

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Photo of jera1350
4.42/5  rDev +10%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

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Photo of biglobo8971
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of Ungertaker
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Irish Coffee Stout from Lift Bridge Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.