The Kenyan [v.2] - Ruhstaller
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Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
3.83/5 rDev +2.4%
650ml brown bottle wrapped with hessian, purchased from Whole Foods in Los Altos, CA. Shared with my good beer-drinking buddy Rich.
Pours a deep reddish-hazed amber. In fact, despite the haze it seems to have a clarity of its own. Head forms a frothy, pocked mass at the start, but settles down to a ring of foam with some islands of film. Lace is minimal. Body looks pretty decent and it holds relatively fine carbonation. Looks good.
Nose is rich with coffee. In an IPA, I'd usually expect the fruity characters to come through, but here, while there's still certainly fruit characters, the chocolate tones of the coffee come through strongly as well, giving a non-sequitur of mudcake and iced coffee to go with it. It's still exceptionally fragrant, with fresh-bean cherry and berry tones coming through. Really lovely stuff, and extremely powerful.
Taste is quite similar in some ways. And in some ways this is a little bit of a disappointment. The coffee provides all of the structure throughout the beer, leaving very little for the malts to do, and perhaps overwhelming any chance the hops had to provide bitterness—and it's a bitterness that I feel is needed. On the back, this flattens out quite quickly, leaving a flat caramel sweetness laced with the reminiscences of coffee grounds. It's still quite pleasant, but it's certainly less exciting than the nose.
Feel is smooth and a little lacking in carbonation: it works, but again I could see it working better.
Overall, though. I'm pretty happy with it. The coffee is a bold character, and it's used with purpose here. I would love it to have a little more complexity beyond the coffee, but it's a really quite pleasant beer nonetheless. If nothing else, this beer will prompt me to seek out some more from this brewery.
08-30-2013 22:14:49 | More by lacqueredmouse
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3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
Had on tap at Capitol Beer and Taproom in Sacramento, CA
Appearance - Served up in a 16oz pint glass. A hazy, amber orange color served to me with a sandstone colored finger width head. Good retention. Fair lacing with good stick.
Smell - Strong coffee aroma overshadows much of the other characteristics. Traces of caramel and earth appear as the beer warms.
Taste - Follows the nose; tons of fresh, cold coffee character upfront and throughout. Hints of caramel and citrus hit near the finish, but the coffee flavor is the clear frontrunner here.
Mouthfeel - Medium in body with fair to lively carbonation. Goes down easy enough before a semi-dry finish.
Overall - If you love coffee, you'll love this beer. From what I gather, this is a collaboration with Ruhstaller and Old Soul Co., with the former's 1881 red ale infused with the latter's Kenya Lenana coffee beans. The result is a remarkably authentic coffee flavored brew: it truly comes across as drinking an iced coffee.
06-16-2013 23:53:11 | More by TheSixthRing
3.63/5 rDev -2.9%
Looks amazing. A finger and half of head on a hazy, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is lots of roasted coffee beans and a touch of grain behind it. Lots of coffee.
The taste is okay. Not bad, a little coffee with some maltiness. The coffee adds the bitter.
The texture is great though. Super soft with low to moderate carbonation. Impressive.
Not a beer to pass up.
06-22-2013 04:53:49 | More by Fatehunter
2.48/5 rDev -33.7%
Poured 22 oz bottle into tasting glass
Slightly cloudy body with a large off-white head (this was a gusher). Body is murky amber almost trending to brown.
Smell is strong coffee without much else on the nose. A slight bit of grassy/piney hop notes in the background.
Fairly malty taste with limited hop presence which is all drowned out by the coffee. 3 drinks in and all I got was the taste of burnt Folgers that sat around the office too long.
Not very balanced, and not a beer to seek out even if you enjoy coffee ales. The coffee flavor is out of balance as well as being very astringent and bitter/burnt.
09-23-2013 15:20:31 | More by PHBoiler
The Kenyan [v.2] from Ruhstaller
84 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.