Irish Coffee Stout - Lift Bridge Brewery

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 162
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 18.41%
Wants: 36
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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Photo of mwilbur
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
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 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!

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Photo of brock146
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

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Photo of mdfb79
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From 07/12/13 notes. Bottled shared by nmann08; thanks Nate. 22 oz. bottle.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color, almost black, with one finger of fluffy light tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident. Looks as expected.

s - Smells of coffee, sweet chocolate, roasted malts, cocoa powder, vanilla, cream, light bakers chocolate, light caramel malts, and light whiskey. Didn't realize this was whiskey aged at first but as it warms up there is a tiny bit there. Nice nose.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, coffee, light vanilla, toasted malts, and light caramel malts. No whiskey and lighter in most aspects from the nose; just a lot of roasted malts. Still nice, but a step down.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, the body is very smooth and creamy. Great mouthfeel and easy to drink; best part of the beer.

o - Overall a solid BA sweet stout, though the whiskey is not very strong. Second or third one I've had and I've noticed that in all of them...maybe whiskey barrels just don't add much to sweet stouts. Nice nose and great mouthfeel, worth checking out but not if you're looking for a lot of whiskey.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of hardy008
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown black with a thin skin of light brown foam and solid lacing. Coffee, cream and chocolate malt on the nose, also smells quite sugary. It definitely has a distinct Irish coffee scent. Taste isn't as sweet as the nose suggests. Light chocolate and coffee flavors with a bit of sugar, just a hint of whiskey, clearly the flavor does suggest Irish Coffee. Medium body but not smooth enough on the palate. Overall..okay. Definitely not a sugar bomb, a decent attempt at something a little different.

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Photo of MCain04
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

extra from trade with StPaulSuds, thanks bro. this years release in a 22oz bottle poured into a FFF Teku.

a: dark brown pour with a 1 finger tan head, moderate retention and lacing with a rimming around the glass.

s: mainly coffees and malts, not much bourbon at all.

t: coffee is present but a little stale. roasts malts are present. no bourbon on the taste, but barrel character does come in late. no heat on the brew.

m: low carbonation, medium body. not thick like I'm accustomed to with an imperial stout. dry finish.

o: this be talks a big game with the description on the bottle. unfortunately, doesn't really deliver. it is good as a coffee stout, but you don't get much barrel or any bourbon favors. hope is didn't cost too much - would drink it again but not for more than $0.25/oz.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of lurpy1
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle grabbed by the wife from Heritage Liquors at Beer Geek Christmas. Excited to have it! But, ouch, you paid $14 for this? What is it with overpriced bombers? Would LB dare put this in 12 oz bottles and ask $7 per? Where was I? Oh, yes, Irish Coffee Stout review.

Nice dark pour with a frothy head. Smell is booze and coffee. A little faint though.

Taste brings some problems. There's an unpleasant tartness. In fact, for the remainder of the review, I'm going to assume the tartness was either an unlucky bottle or my own ignorant palate, because with the tart, I contemplated handing over my half of the bottle to my wife, in other words, a polite drain pour. Anyway, tartness aside, all is not necessarily forgiven. Whiskey (bourbon?) is promised, coffee is promised, but both are ever so barely present, and come behind common roasty notes. Having read the label, I get it, LB is going for cute and subtle, I don't think they intended to make a brawling, barreled coffee stout, just something reminiscent of whiskey and coffee in beer. OK. But what they ultimately create is a very tame beer that doesn't taste terribly different than most porters.Leaves me wanting more panache. Much more.

Mouthfeel is thick and satisfying.

Well, final verdict. If Lift Bridge is going for a barreled coffee stout, this isn't even in the league of Peruvian Morning. BCBS Coffee? We're not going there. As a subtle twist on a regular stout, it's OK (see tartness disclaimer). But at $14, OK is not OK. I would be willing to give this beer a second try in 2013 (already doing that with Commander), but the high price means it's very unlikely I'll try this beer again.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of gatornation
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap @ Busters

A- pours a thick black color with tan fluffy head with nice lacing on glass
S-coffee ,milk chocolate .light bourbon and wood,roasted malts
T-tasty smooth with chocolate,coffee notes , bourbon and oak compliment this wth light roasted malts
M- creamy texture with nice addition of bourbon and wood very smooth
O- tasty stout not to harsh

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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

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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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Irish Coffee Stout from Lift Bridge Brewery
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