Blue Bridge Coffee Stout - Coronado Brewing Company
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4.05/5 rDev +11.3%
On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.
Pours an opaque black with some crimson around the edges and a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, and some slight cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same but there is a slight sourness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a better smell than taste in my opinion. However, the slight sourness I am getting in the taste is unexpected.
06-24-2012 06:43:01 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.59/5 rDev -1.4%
Poured into an 8 oz. glass nearly jet black except for a some ruby highlights when held up,a thinner beige head atop.Dry earthiness and french roast coffee in the nose,very dry.Dry and earthy on the palate,maybe to dry,tated almost dirty with no sweetness to counter-balance dry earthiness and roast.I like a dryer earthy stout but this may have been a little over the top in the category for me.
10-26-2013 23:44:43 | More by oberon
3.83/5 rDev +5.2%
650ml bottle, 5.4% ABV. Man, the coffee-infused beers are coming out hard and fast as of late.
This beer pours a solid, abyssal black, with ever the slightest of basal bronze highlights, and three imposing fingers of puffy, densely foamy mocha head, which leaves some nicely consistent, loose chain cog pattern lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly abates.
It smells of somewhat bitter, dry roasted coffee beans, baker's chocolate, lightly toasted bready malt, rather dry salted caramel, and some earthy, mildly herbal hops. The taste is quite similar, but more rounded - bolder medium sweet cocoa, fuller, softer coffee grounds, a still struggling grainy caramel malt, some clammy black licorice notes, a touch of charcoal, and very faint hints of a earthy hop bitterness.
The carbonation is pretty average, and good at it, the body medium-light in weight, with a rather dry edginess, which is cold coffee all the way, and makes smoothness a hard sell here. It finishes just a tad off-dry, the plaintive wails of the caramel/toffee malt gaining a now surprising tenor, as the bitter coffee and chalky cocoa sit back and light a cigar by the fire.
A moderately dry Yankee stout, for those caffeine freaks out there - you can certainly taste the guest ingredient in this one. I have to give credit, however, for as strong as the coffee initially seems, there's enough else going on to keep the rest of us non-users and non-early risers happy.
01-24-2013 23:20:24 | More by biboergosum
3.2/5 rDev -12.1%
On tap @ the CBC on 3/17/10. Served in a pint glass. I don't remember the exact ABV on this but I believe that it was in the 5-6% range.
Pours a straight black in the glass (although some ruby does shine through along the bottom) with a 1/2 finger of creamy light mocha head. Thin but very frothy retention on this, which leaves a ton of sticky lacing behind. The aroma is very roasty and bitter, with some sweeter tones and hop activty in the back, but this is mostly very dark feeling in the nose.
The taste is bitter dark roast coffee, with a firm dose of hops mixed in. Chocolate and caramel sweetness hang along the back, along with a touch of earthy citrus. Overall though, this is very burnt and bitter in the mouth. It would have been nice to have, you know, a bit more actual coffee flavor present. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a big prickly feel that fills the mouth up but there is also a bit more of a thicker feel underneath. Mostly though, this stays sharp in the mouth.
I like a good Coffee Stout like the next guy but this just leaned WAY too heavy to the dark side of things. Just not enough actual flavor (beyond charred roast) coming through, and this could have also used some more balancing sweetness. There were a lot of interesting looking beers on tap here during our visit and this one left me disappointed.
03-25-2010 12:34:46 | More by Kegatron
3.51/5 rDev -3.6%
Pours a tan colored small fizzy head, fades at a med pace with no lacing, leaves something to be desired, very dark molasses brown color.
Nose brings a lot of coffee, just like pure coffee extract almost, a bit of a roasty toasty coffee, little earthy, quite nutty with a bit of a peanut butter note, a bit of a roasty malt and hint of char, hint of an acrid black malt note, mild chewy malt as well.
Taste brings more coffee syrup, a bitter tannic coffee, with sweet syrupy flavors and a little chewy creamy oat feel, mild fluffy nougat but not much. Lots of nutty flavors again, peanut butter, bit of a roasty malt and hint acrid black malt, mild char, and just a touch of a chocolatey fudgey note. Finish is sticky and syrupy, little acrid coffee roast, bit of an earthy hop bitterness late, more fudgey notes as well.
Mouth is med bod but chewy and a bit creamy, lighter carb through all that.
Overall mixed, coffee seems almost like coffee syrup or extract but has a roasty tannic note as well like hot brewed and condensed, the fudgey chewy and creamy oat aspect is nice, but the sticky syrupy isn't, some nice flashes and some not so nice.
03-16-2014 17:03:04 | More by jlindros
3.1/5 rDev -14.8%
Dark brown with a nice foamy dark beige head in the glass. Adequate carbonation in the mouth. Rather light weight. Some coffee aroma.
Lots of blackened taste but not much actual malt flavor. A little buttery. Overall this has kind of a "too long in the refrigerator" taste. I'm still not convinced that coffee is the best flavor for beers that are already full of charred tastes. Rather sharp and bordering on acidic. I don't find this either a very good coffee flavor or a stout flavor. But it's quite clean and crisp, and those who like a more bitter Stout may find this to their taste.
It's 5.4% in the bottled version. Bought the 22 oz bottle at Ibis Market in Mission Hills, SD.
12-30-2012 04:55:59 | More by mactrail
3.44/5 rDev -5.5%
Small tight-bubbled head. Leaves some ring and spotty lace. The liquid is dark brown but a bit of light comes through on the bottom of the glass.
Strong, harsh coffee ground aroma. Very bitter. I'm not a fan of coffee and I think this too much.
The flavor has the coffee dialed down. It's still strong and dominant but not overwhelming. The body is on the thin side and the carbonation on the high side. Overall, a bit of a one-dimensional beer--coffee without sugar or cream.
03-30-2014 21:34:03 | More by smcolw
3.63/5 rDev -0.3%
22 oz. bomber,
A: Pours black with a creamy light tan head. good retention, leaves some thick lace.
S: Coffee all the way, good smell, but one-dimensional.
T: Lots of dark malt, dark chocolate and of course coffee, some sweet caramel on the finish, with a hint of charcoal.
M: Lighter than I expected, frothy creamy carbonation, biting at times, mild coffee aftertaste.
O: A drinkable coffee stout, good flavours, nothing wowing, but a solid well-made effort.
12-30-2012 04:36:07 | More by Halcyondays
Blue Bridge Coffee Stout from Coronado Brewing Company
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