French Press - Two Brothers Brewing Company
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Reviews by barnzy78:
3.56/5 rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
22oz bottle, I am curious to know if this is the same recipe as something I had a few years back called Coffee Dumaine DuPage. This one pours copper, with a thinner off-white head, but good retention as a thick layer of foam remains atop the ale for a good amount of time. For aroma I was hoping for I nice waft of coffee, but there's not much there. There is some toasted grain, toffee, caramel, and earthy grass, much like the regular Domaine DuPage.
The coffee is more present in the flavor profile that includes earthy hops, toasted grain, caramel, and toffee. Sweeter than bitter finish with a creamy, medium mouth feel. Overall, I like it more than I remember liking the other coffee DDP I had, as this one seems much more refined, but I feel the coffee could have been a little more noticeable, especially with the aroma.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2013 12:33:20 | More by barnzy78
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2.91/5 rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Thanks, Todd. Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a teku glass. Handed to me in August, and perhaps 6-7 months old at this point.
Pours a unique color - copper dominated, with a bit of bronze. Pours a modest bone white head at the top of the glass that dissipates rapidly over the course of 15 minutes, almost like cola. Contains a good deal of bubbles - some which stick to the bottom of the glass - but nothing too notable overall as it goes nearly flat within 30 minutes. This should have been consumed fresh, it seems.
Very light when it comes to aroma, however - not much I can make with this, other than faded grains and coffee notes. Faded, old coffee comes to mind, with flavors that predominantly of caramel-soaked grain, slightly burnt toffee, orange peel, pine. Not too much substance to follow or astringency from any of the above factors other than from the grains themselves, which provide a slight biscuit-like, crackery feel. Super underwhelming for what this is supposed to be.
Talk about a flavor that barely squeezes out anything notable in light of the aroma. I've no clue what this was supposed to be, or where it was trying to go, whether according to style or as its own experiment. Notes of caramel, light coffee, orange peel, faded pine, and biscuits follow, with minimal bitterness or sweetness. It definitely goes down very easily, but there's a minimal upkeep of the initial flavors in the aftertaste, and, to make matters worse, the growing copper coinage flavor at the finish grows far more unpleasant. Slightly syrupy, but with a gelatinous feel rather than a bready one. Lacks the rustic, yeasty, or fruity flavors that tend to make up the (usually generically mass produced) "bières de garde" in France.
While it's nothing extremely memorable, this paired quite well with my meal, which consisted of wine-braised chicken, onions, rice, and caramelized green beans. This works in a refreshing manner but not necessarily whatever it was trying to be. I personally haven't been too happy with this brewery's experimental releases, but I've heard their year-round offerings are definitely worth checking out. Until then.
Serving type: bottle
12-05-2013 19:40:37 | More by magictacosinus
3.64/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
French Press is just what the label says: a modest addition of coffee to the base of Domaine DuPage, yielding a modestly pleasant coffee infusion into a malt-forward (toasted bread and caramel) beer. The coffee could (should?) be amplified in both the aroma and flavor, but moreso in the scent, and this would improve the beer from a tasting and expectation perspective. If the recipe were modified a bit, this would be a pleasant, short-run, perennial seasonal: I think a limited production of six-packs would not be on the shelves for long.
Pours a 1.5cm head of slightly off-white bubbles, medium in size, creating a fairly fluffy, soft appearance. Retention is about average, lasting around one minute, fading to a thin cap of lacing atop the body of the beer, thicker around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is good, but not exceptional, a lacy flower petal-like projection, short in height, clings to the sides of the glass like a ring, broken apart with each sip into a mix of lines and dots. Body is a dark orange-red color, with light bringing out slightly toasted orange hues. Carbonation is visible in the transparent beer, low in number and modest in activity.
Aroma is fairly light, of mild bread-like and caramel scents with the faint hints of freeze-dried coffee in the back (one definitely has to search for it).
Flavor is of freeze-dried coffee grounds added to the bready, slightly caramel and dried leaf-like base of the Domaine DuPage beer; the result is a pleasant malt-forward ale with coffee undertones, generally quite nice though nothing exceptional. Front of palate is of deep, toasted bread, bread crusts, and caramel with a light splash of freeze-dried coffee flavor and very faint dry leaf tannins. Mid-palate is of robust caramel and toasted bread flavors (from Maillard reactions) combined with a mid-level infusion of coffee, some dry leaf tannins, and a slight hop bitterness. Back of palate picks up dry leaf tannins, toasted bread, bread crusts, and caramel (all from Maillard reactions) with mild dried coffee grounds flavors and equally mild hop bitterness. Aftertaste is of pleasantly mild hop bitterness, added to the acridity contributed by the inclusion of some coffee, along with more mild accents of lightly toasted bread, caramel, and coffee flavor.
Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium to medium-low intensity, which quickly results in a gently foamy, soft mouthfeel that still manages to flow quite well. Closes dry, with medium stickiness clinging to the palate and lips. This residual heaviness seems to fit the beer quite well.
Serving type: bottle
10-11-2013 16:10:02 | More by falloutsnow
3.26/5 rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.
Pours a clear orange with a foamy beige 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 malt, caramel, and slight coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with slight coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but pretty boring in my opinion.
Serving type: bottle
10-01-2013 04:09:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
French Press from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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