Coffee Brown - Saint Archer Brewing Co.

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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 6
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Archer Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 01-20-2014

Made in collaboration with award winning Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, the beer gets its back bone by using Maris Otter as the base with a triad of chocolate and crystal malts, which impart a smooth and rich malt character. We infused that with a special Kenyan Makwa coffee using a cold extraction method.
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Ratings: 92 | Reviews: 19
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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark ruby brown with a tan, finger width head. Fair retention gives way to a broken, somewhat barren surface. Miniscule spots of lacing with poor stick.

Smell - Aroma is very nearly that of cold, iced coffee to go along with light hints of caramel and chocolate.

Taste - Follows the nose. Iced coffee, caramel and chocolatey characters dominate upfront and throughout. A vague, berry-like acidic bite creeps into the finish and lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with fair amounts of carbonation. Smooth, slightly silky texture.

Overall - Solid coffee beer. Nothing truly amazing, but I might be tempted to buy it again from time to time.

Photo of HalfFull
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter glass. Pours a clear deep brown with some mahogany highlights and a half inch cap of foam. Retention is poor however, settling out to stillness in seconds.

Smelll is profound of roast coffee and was noted immediately upon cracking the bottle. Bit one sided and perhaps overdone I would say, depending on your coffee tolerance in a beer that is. For me it's a bit much however, with some light chocolate and caramalized fruit deep in the back.

Taste is slick and slightly oily, though in part surely due to a lack of carbonation. Touch of fruit lingers for a while then closes with a flash of dried fresh roasted coffee. Feel is a bit thin and watery, leaving a bit to be desired. And yet again a lack of carbonation seems to be the issue. Perhaps intentional in that regard. Too much like coffee for this non coffee drinking fan of coffee to a degree..

Photo of spark3148857
4/5  rDev -0.2%

22oz bottle into a Founders snifter:

Pours a deep, dark brown. Looks darker than many porters I've had. Frothy khaki brown head dissipates pretty quickly, typical for a coffee beer. Aroma is pretty coffee forward. Lots of berries and fruitiness from the coffee which is not unexpected for a Bird Rock cold brew (hint: excellent coffee selection here). Taste follows nose pretty closely. Roasted malts interplay with the coffee quite well. A nice snappy bitterness and acidity from the coffee really takes on the palate. Again lots of fruitiness from the coffee. Mouthfeel is medium to slightly light. A good coffee brown ale/porter that I would buy again.

Photo of Geoffq
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a nice ale in between a brown ale and a coffee stout

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a decent brown ale...yeah yeah yeah. But the aroma...the aroma! Wow. Like the first time Raul went out with his baby mama and she spruced herself up like a christmas day ham - all around excellence. Beautiful cocoa, malt and coffee aromas follow along into the taste. Mouthfeel is quite thin, but as a whole, this thang is pretty sexi.

Smells amazing, tastes pretty good, and feels simply aite. Not über status, but pretty good.

Photo of hopsputin
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a: its a deep, dark murky brown color. had a fizzy 2 finger dark tan head that immediately fades to no head. looks like a soda

s: smell is immediately coffee forward. super fresh coffee beans. dark chocolate powder, smooth vanilla, a hint berries, super roasted malt. more coffee forward, less caramel malt

t: as in the aroma, its coffee forward. freshly roasted coffee beans with a little bitterness. however, what i like in here is that there is more caramel malt in the flavor than the aroma. a bit of caramelized brown sugar and milk chocolate. better than the aroma indicated

m: its a medium mouthfeel. the mouthfeel is mellow, with minimal amounts of carbonation

o: if you're looking for the typical brown ale this isn't exactly down that river. this is coffee dominated - but is balanced out for a smooth finish with the caramel sweetness. definitely dominated by coffee. very enjoyable though

Photo of Nugganooch
3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle into my FW Snifter glass
Notes taken on 10/19/2014

A: Cold pressed coffee. Brownish black with some light bubble action and virtually no head. Interesting. Only a modest swirl across the surface.

S: The nose greets with a nice coffee house roast blend. Actually, smells like Ryan Brothers to me. There is some chocolate malt detected along with a distinct earthiness. Kind of as to be expected here with some fresh roast at the forefront.

T: Its like a cold pressed dark roast java and not all that great to be honest. Dark chocolate meets with some toasted bread points and dark fruit action midway. Finishes more bitter like bakers chocolate with a slight metallic tinge. Earthy with lots of roast character. Takes on more of a Coffee Porter angle.

M: Medium bodied but a little watered down and kind of flattish. Not much carb going on. Nice bitterness to dry out and lift in the finish

D: This was just okay for me. Nothing special other than some nice coffee notes. I would take Pizza Port's Board Meeting over this any day.

Photo of KMachHops
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Appearance: No head like others described.
Smell: Pure coffee.
Taste: Ice Americano with chocolate notes.
Mouthful: High carbonation.
Overall: Not sure if this really should fall in the brown ale category. It's more of a porter. Good substitution for morning coffee on the weekends.

Photo of BeerIsntBad
3.29/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dominated by coffee, overly so in my opinion.

Photo of notchucknorris
4/5  rDev -0.2%

A: Pours a dark brown color with a thin light brown head that dissipates fairly quickly. Doesn't show much lace, but still looks solid.

S: This coffee is just stupid good. This smells absolutely incredible. Deep, roasty and rich with a touch of dark chocolate, toasted marshmallow and a hint of blackberry.

T: Pretty much all coffee, but in this case that's not such a bad thing. Tons of freshly ground coffee, roasted malt, rich dark chocolate and some toasted bread. Maybe just a hint of fudge in there as well. A great coffee beer. I've been waiting for Saint Archer to give me a beer that really impressed me and I think they just gave it to me.

Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


32oz growler poured into a snifter.

Very dark brown with an inch of khaki foam that leaves thick sheets in its wake. The aroma is coffee, coffee, and more coffee. Toasted cashew blends with blackberry, earthiness, and plum. The base beer presents complimenting chocolate and a touch of caramel. The aroma is a coffee lover's dream. The flavor is chocolate, toasted bread, and delicious fucking cold brewed coffee. Nutty earth and dark fruit abound. Coffee lingers on the palate for ages. The mouthfeel is creamy, silky, and smooth. If you like coffee, you'll love this. You could fault it for being more of a cold brewed coffee than a beer, but I can't argue with the result. Delicious.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki dark head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, cocoa, freshly roasted coffee bean, and brewed coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with roasted malt, cocoa, brewed coffee, and coffee bean flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with fantastic brewed coffee and coffee bean characteristics that make this one super tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coffee plus brown one for me! From a 22 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

This is a dark brown colored beer with ruby brown hues and topped with an inch of soapy head with fair retention. The star of this brown ale is the coffee, and it shows in its aroma. Roasted coffee beans all the way, plus the brown ale aspect of toffee crisp. This combination picks up definition with the taste. With the caramel and toffee aspects plus the great coffee, this brown ale drinks like a sweet coffee drink. It's a medium bodied beer with a proper level of carbonation bubbles (not too peppy and not too light), which helps make Saint Archer's Coffee Brown Ale a delicious concoction.

Photo of busternuggz
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a everted tulip.

Nice dark chestnut brown color, fairly opaque. 1/2" khaki head that fades to a ring. Some spotty lacing.

Fruity, roasty coffee beans on the nose, tangy dark chocolate. A little toffee. Nice.

Coffee leads on the taste as well, roasty and sharp, followed by some bitter chocolate and a little butterscotch. Ends with some dark fruit and tobacco. Malty tastes but it is overall pretty dry. Ends with some bitterness. Complex, layered.

On the light side of medium bodied, a bit high in carbonation. Ends clean and dry.

The malt profile and coffee interact well and I like the complexity. Could use some more maltiness and body though.

Photo of Grittysloth
4.71/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer was superb. If you are looking to try something new I highly recommend this.

Photo of Wowcoolman
3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Not sure when this was bottled. Under-carbonated, thin, and a little soapy in taste. Some acetone in the finish. Meh

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $3.99
Purchased: Dec. 11, 2014
Consumed: Dec. 14, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark mahogany brown, almost pitch black color with a finger of tan rocky head that dissipated pretty quickly. Minimal wet lacing on the sides of the glass. Minimal retention. (Sight - 3.38)

Smelled rich, roasty coffee malts. Also strong black coffee, dark chocolate, bitter coffee beans, roasted nuts, roasted toffee and some smoky wood. If I didn’t know any better, this was just a cold coffee. (Smell - 4.50)

Tasted what I would think coffee would taste like. Got roasty coffee beans, dark chocolate, bitter crayon, roasted nuts, smoky fire and dark cocoa nibs. (Taste - 4.00)

Full body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Long, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.88)

A pretty good beer for the style. Not as good as Modern Times’ coffee beer, but still worth a try. Great for the winter. (Overall - 3.88)

4.03 | 90 | A-

Photo of BenwayPHD
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a dark brown with a two finger mocha head. Smell is very distinctly coffee. Roasted coffee, tobacco, mocha, vanilla, sweet cream. The flavor follows the nose very closely. It's good. Roasty, bitter, sweet. Perfectly balanced. Nice creamy mouthfeel with a fair amount of carbonation.

Photo of Furlinator
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours opaque dark brown. The 1/2 inch tan head fades to a cap on top and leaves faint spotty lace.

The smell is dominated by dark roast coffee grounds and a faint nuttiness.

The taste is of sweetened fresh brewed coffee, roasted malt and a faint citrus finish.

The texture is medium bodied with high carbonation.

Strong coffee aroma and flavor with a nicely balanced finish. Tastes and smells like a big coffee stout but, is much easier to drink.

Coffee Brown from Saint Archer Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.