Heine Brothers Coffee Stout - Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
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3.28/5 rDev -12.5%
A: Pours an opaque black with a thick, pillowy tan head that laces deep into the glass.
S: Aromas of roasted grain, coffee, cream, and dark chocolate are most prevalent on the nose. This is definitely a coffee bomb.
T: Notes of coffee, dark chocolate, heavy cream, roasted grain, vanilla bean, oatmeal, and minerals wash across the palate. The finish is oddly short and flat with coffee and chocolate flavors.
M: Surprisingly light in body and a bit oily. I found this ale to be a bit thin and watery in the mouth.
O: This is a drinkable coffee stout, but could use further refinement. In the end, it looks nice, but comes off as a bit one-dimensional.
02-09-2012 15:33:21 | More by mrfrancis
3.98/5 rDev +6.1%
Served in a St. Bernardus chalice at Local Option.
Going from one coffee stout down the street to another here. It pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of dark tan foam. The nose comprises coffee, milk chocolate, and roasted malts. Unlike before the coffee is still the primary scent, but it compliments and draws out the others. Just like a leader ought. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some light vanilla bean and some light molasses in the background. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda thin feel. Overall, a very nice coffee stout, one that doesn't overdo it on the coffee and whose somewhat thin feel is really the only thing holding it back.
01-15-2012 22:14:06 | More by TMoney2591
4.43/5 rDev +18.1%
P: 750 ml bottle in to a tasting glass
A: SRM is dark brown/black. Opaque. Head is dark tan, 1 in., dissipates to line the rim. Medium carbonation. Light lacing.
S: Heavy chocolate and coffee notes, some carmelized notes.
T: COFFEE!!! Coffee blends with deep roasted chocolate malt. Aftertaste is roasty and coffee.
M: Semi syrupy, medium carbonation, yet very palateable.
O: Fantastic. This is one of my favorite coffee beers. I always seems like coffee beers leave me wanting more coffee, but not this one. Not overly complicated, just a deep roasted stout with huge coffee notes.
11-10-2011 13:26:31 | More by tsauce2
2.03/5 rDev -45.9%
Poured into a snifter.
3.0 A: First pour yielded about half head. Fortunately the head fell quickly and the second pour filled my glass. Black color. Fizzy soda-pop head, which falls quickly and leaves no lacing behind.
3.5 S: Exceedingly dry with surprisingly low amounts of coffee. The roastiness and oatmeal comes through well along with chocolate. I like it. I would have given a higher score if it wasn't slightly acrid.
1.5 T: Oh boy, I see where the acrid part of the nose comes from. Exceedingly acrid day old stale coffee taste dominates giving a this beer a puckering aspect. This flavor is so strong that anything outside of general roastiness cannot be perceived.
2.0 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Despite constant swirling, I couldn't get the carbonation down to a reasonable level. Not particularly creamy and certainly not smooth.
1.5 D: I don't know why I gave this brewery another chance after being disappointed time and again by their products. Unfortunately, I bought two other BBC brews when I bought this. Hopefully they will be better. Avoid this at all costs.
10-10-2011 22:11:40 | More by DavoleBomb
2.45/5 rDev -34.7%
Bottle poured into a tulip
A: Pours a gratifying black with a reasonably thick texture and a surprisingly large amount of tan head. A really surprising amount. The amount of bubbles in this one look more like something from Belgium than Louisville.
S: Aroma is strong with coffee, but almost stronger with chocolate, very nice. Hints of alcohol and even a little licorice linger in the end.
T/M: Tastes highly carbonated, unnaturally so. Stouts shouldn't really have this many bubbles in them. Coffee is apparent at the start, but the chocolate aroma just doesn't hang around for the flavor. Some roasted malts follow, but the body is super thin, considering how thick it looked.
This is really an all around disappointing beer that looked like it was going to be great. The coffee is decent, but the thin mouthfeel and watery flavor are a deal breaker. And what the hell is with all the bubbles? I've already got gas.
10-02-2011 23:27:36 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
3.13/5 rDev -16.5%
Was gonna send this out as an extra, but it leaked on the walk to fedex. Stuck it in the fridge, and shockingly, weeks later, it still has a good seal. Nice!
Pots a deep, thick, super inky brown with 3 fingers of brown foam.
Smells burnt and roasty - a whiff of coffee and loads of bready malts. A bit of chocolate sweetness arrives as it warms.
Taste is decent. All malt and bitter coffee. not much sweetness, and the coffee flavor is harsh.
Mouthfeel is disappointing, especially for an oatmeal stout. Thin, dry and overcarbed, which is surrising since it looks rather viscous.
Luckily, this dude wasn't a flat drainpour, but all in allit wasnt great. Probably not gonna re-visit it.
09-23-2011 00:59:25 | More by readbaron
2.63/5 rDev -29.9%
Drank this beer with gwuilliums at Camp Lawrence for 15th anniversary celebration.
A: Very dark brown. Good head formation and nice retention.
S: Some roast malts, but no coffee at all.
T: Weak. Barely bitter and no coffee at all. Very disappointing.
M: Drank like a dry stout, not an oatmeal stout. Where is the creamy mouthfeel?
O: I would not think of buying another one of these.
06-09-2011 16:58:50 | More by Spica66
3.98/5 rDev +6.1%
Served overly-chilly, and pretty well pitch black in the BBC pint glass, with no foam or lace.
Nose is chocolate, with some coffee grounds in the background. Appealing.
Nice and smooth oatmeal stout, with heavy chocolate tones alongside the coffee flavors, and a definite nutty hint as well. Integration among flavors well done.
A superb drink, and seemingly (from the other scores) much better on draft than bottled.
New review from 3 years later:
Enjoyed on tap at BBC St. Matthews, before the Slint "Breadcrumb Trail" film premiere in town.
Pint poured a deep black. Limited tan head, with little discernible lacing on the glass.
Smells like cold coffee, pure and simple. Which is certainly not a bad thing! It must be noted, too, that this was served at a proper temperature (almost room temp). Perfect!
Tastes like smooth, sweet coffee. Little hint of burnt or even roasty malts. Absolutely delicious and delightful. For coffee lovers, this is a real treat.
05-18-2011 03:09:44 | More by secondtooth
2.75/5 rDev -26.7%
My friend gave me this bottle around May, so this bottle has aged a little.
A- An opaque motor oil black with just the faintest ruby highlights towards the bottom of the glass when exposed to light. A small brown head composed of fine bubbles disappears into a slightly splotchy blanket across the surface of the glass. Slight lacing is apparent as a defining circle outlines the glass wall.
S- Burnt roasted malts that are reminiscent of roasted coffee and dark bitter chocolate. Beneath the large roasty smell are hints of nuts and a bready character. The finish of the smells melds together with the chocolate undertones, but more complex character derived from a slight bitterness from hops and a lasting alcohol noticeability.
T- The taste does not parallel the smell in strength. The roasty complexion that was expected was very subdued with hints of coffee and chocolate that miss any real complex character. There is a bready and nutty character towards the beer and it almost rivals the intensity of the roasted and chocolate malt. Towards the end the bitterness provides more complexity than the malt with a slight alcohol taste, but leaves the feeling that all the tastes are a bit watered down.
M- Medium bodied mouthfeel that lacks a chewy or silky feeling that should be accompanied with oats. Slightly watery and lacking any real carbonation.
D- Surprised at this beer as I have heard good things about the brewery. This could be a result of an older (maybe slightly oxidized) bottle rather than a bad product. At this point not very drinkable. I'll chalk this one up to an isolated incident for now and hopefully will be able to try this one again later.
02-16-2011 03:45:56 | More by Lolli1315
3.4/5 rDev -9.3%
A- Creamy head, very low retention. Moderate lacing. Low carbonation. Inky darkness with very little in terms of other hues to offer.
S- Roasted grain, minor burnt character, something plasticy to the roast. Generic almost. Some bitter coffee character, but faint.
T- Opens sweet, chocolatey. Very milk chocolately in fact. Surprisingly good. Middle is the roasted grain. Finish is moderately clean after having a burst of bitter coffee. Not much else in terms of coffee flavor. Deeply disappointing in terms of coffee, deeply impressive in terms of milk chocolate flavors. It actually tastes a bit like chocolate milk. Some lactose sugars coming out interestingly enough.
M- Nice and creamy. Smooth nature. Thin, low lingering potential. Crisp on the opening that gives off enough carbonation, regardless of how hidden it is on the appearance.
D- Overall, decent. The first time I had this I was amazed by it. It truly blew me away at DLD. This however is a disappointment to my memory. Perhaps if I didn't put it up on a pedestal I'd enjoy it more.
02-07-2011 02:56:43 | More by Khazadum
4.03/5 rDev +7.5%
A- Pours a deep brown almost black color with a thin mocha colored head. Not much lace left behind.
S- The nose is mostly roasted malt and a faint coffee scent. Overall the nose is fairly weak.
T- Ok, now we're talking...the nose might have been a bit disappointing but the flavors certainly aren't. Nice full roasted flavor with some bitterness from the coffee beans and dark chocolate. The oats lend a bit of malt sweetness and body. The coffee is much more pronounced in the flavor and it finishes with a touch of alcohol warmth.
M- Medium bodied with a smooth feel.
D- Very drinkable brew that could really benefit from a stronger nose.
02-06-2011 17:32:46 | More by projectflam86
3.6/5 rDev -4%
We got a random shipment of Bluegrass in Chicago, and my wife picked this up because she digs coffee stouts. Served in a pint glass.
A - A fairly aggressive pour yields two fingers of light mocha foam that settles to a solid cap and leaves a few fingers of lace. The body is a near-black that's consistent throughout the glass. With a bit more lace this would be a picture-perfect oatmeal stout.
S - Very dark roast coffee, that also contributes some earthy aromas. The backbone is heavy in vanilla and baker's chocolate.
T - The taste is more bitter and slightly astringent. More of a mix of slightly stale coffee grounds, earthiness, and charred malts. The light smoke flavor is evocative of a old-school diner.
M - Carbonation is zesty and perhaps verging on harsh, but it's not totally out-of-place for a lower ABV stout. Body is more gritty than I expected from a beer with oatmeal. Finish is sticky and slightly smoky as well.
D - This went down easy enough. The coffee flavor isn't palate-destroying, but the flavor could use a touch more balancing sweetness. The feel is pretty middling, but otherwise it's a decent, fairly enjoyable coffee stout.
11-19-2010 04:05:43 | More by MasterSki
3.93/5 rDev +4.8%
750 ml bottle. Pitch black color. An frothy head disappears a bit too quickly. A few spots of lace.
Nice aroma of fresh brewed, strong coffee. Coffee boarders on an espresso roast in the nose. Roasty malt as well. Just a hint of a sweet note.
Roasted malt, dark roast coffee with a bitter edge. A note of dark chocolate. Minimal fruity notes.
Body seems a bit thin. If this has oatmeal, it lacks that smooth, slick feel. Alcohol is well hidden. Not outstanding, but still nice.
10-23-2010 17:08:35 | More by Bierguy5
2.28/5 rDev -39.2%
Pours a nice watery black, with a solid 2 finger head. Some lacing fairly good presentation.
Coffee jumps out at you from the get go. Sweet but somewhat thin burnt malt to follow.
The flavor is that of a stout with coffee. Nothing is really jumping out here. It's not overly bitter, it's not overly sweet. Coffee, burnt malt, a touch of dark fruit,
This beer is like water. It's not strong on the alcohol or body. It's way too thin for a stout imo,
Then there's the price. 9 bucks for a 25.4 oz which works out to about 4.25 for a 12 oz serving. Or a touch over 25 bucks for a 6 pack.
The Family Reserve I felt was too thin and too light in body, but it had some depth and complexity to it. This is just a middle if not below average stout with a nice coffee aroma and not much else to speak of. Nearly a drain pour as this isn't the kind of beer you want to get people together to share so you're stuck with way the heck more beer than you'd ever want. (It's a bit too good to throw out, I mean BBC may make some below average beers, but it's still beer and beer is tasty).
If you like coffee stouts, give it a try. If you've from Louisville and you have a special place for the Heine Brother's coffee you should seek it out. Being from Lexington and rarely going up to Louisville all I can say is this was a disappointment. I wanted to discover that the bourbon barrel aging covered up a much stronger coffee flavor. I could really dig a strong coffee flavor in a nice non imperial stout.
09-27-2010 08:36:48 | More by bobhits
3.9/5 rDev +4%
Thanks again to Megan for bringing this one the other night. You almost have me craving these coffee beers at this point. This one was packaged in a capped 750, with gold foil wrapped on the cap. Very impressive look. As for the beer, it poured a nice dark brown color, with some cappuchino colored foam on top. Big aromas of freshly brewed coffee, roasted malt and dark chocolate. Somewhat full bodied and sweet, creamy and rich. Coffee is the dominant flavor here, but chocolate is still present. Overall, a very nice example of the style.
08-30-2010 02:33:12 | More by emmasdad
Heine Brothers Coffee Stout from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
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