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Irish Coffee Stout | Lift Bridge Brewery

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Irish Coffee StoutIrish Coffee Stout

Brewed by:
Lift Bridge Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 179
Photo of Blackboardbrewing
2.98/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had every special release of lift bridge to date and many cellaring. Let me say this beer is not worth the hype nor the price!

Appearance: thick black amid creamy (the best part about this brew).

Aroma: Faint hints of coffee and a bit of whiskey otherwise lacking in every other sense.

Taste: malty, sweet, a bit over carbonated and just something I cannot justify for the $12 price tag. Not much here others than a over carbonated hybrid stout that is confused what it actually wants to be!

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, champagne like for a stout...at only 8% this beer has some issues.

Overall: Progressively downhill since the commander. Maybe the last I purchase at the over priced point.

Mind you I was charged $15 to just get in to buy my allotment wtf!?

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Photo of jbaker67
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

The bottle I had was infected. There was hints of vinegar in nose. Poured thin and was highly carbed. Mouthfeel was thin. Not a lot of whiskey or coffee in the taste and the finish was tart.

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Photo of lurpy1
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle grabbed by the wife from Heritage Liquors at Beer Geek Christmas. Excited to have it! But, ouch, you paid $14 for this? What is it with overpriced bombers? Would LB dare put this in 12 oz bottles and ask $7 per? Where was I? Oh, yes, Irish Coffee Stout review.

Nice dark pour with a frothy head. Smell is booze and coffee. A little faint though.

Taste brings some problems. There's an unpleasant tartness. In fact, for the remainder of the review, I'm going to assume the tartness was either an unlucky bottle or my own ignorant palate, because with the tart, I contemplated handing over my half of the bottle to my wife, in other words, a polite drain pour. Anyway, tartness aside, all is not necessarily forgiven. Whiskey (bourbon?) is promised, coffee is promised, but both are ever so barely present, and come behind common roasty notes. Having read the label, I get it, LB is going for cute and subtle, I don't think they intended to make a brawling, barreled coffee stout, just something reminiscent of whiskey and coffee in beer. OK. But what they ultimately create is a very tame beer that doesn't taste terribly different than most porters.Leaves me wanting more panache. Much more.

Mouthfeel is thick and satisfying.

Well, final verdict. If Lift Bridge is going for a barreled coffee stout, this isn't even in the league of Peruvian Morning. BCBS Coffee? We're not going there. As a subtle twist on a regular stout, it's OK (see tartness disclaimer). But at $14, OK is not OK. I would be willing to give this beer a second try in 2013 (already doing that with Commander), but the high price means it's very unlikely I'll try this beer again.

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Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this based on Commander which, despite some bad press, is a wonderful beer. Could the second barrel-aged beer be just as good? Could we finally have a good barrel-aging program from a Twin Cities brewery? Man, I hope so. Let's go see.

Peel & popped, this one is lively for a bigger stout, thick tawny mane pouring into a pair of snifters. Smell is on the wispy side, what does come through is coffee (fairly strongly as it warms) & a shot of whole milk. Could be 2%. Have to bring my nose in for a tune-up.

Irish Coffee Stout leads, bends, & ends with the coffee - it should be called a Coffee Coffee Coffee. Bellicose coffee right up front, mixes in with a definite side of lactose (not the breast kind). Plenty of sweetness from the malts, & touch of cocoa, mixed in with the milkiness, along with a roasted note in the middle that's oddly distinct from the coffee nuke. There might be a note of vanilla, or whiskey, or something right in the middle, but if I didn't know this was barrel aged, not entirely sure I'd pick it out. Very...mild? Timid might be better. Coffee re-enters on the finish & destroys all other flavors. Everywhere.

If I was judging this with a ruler for barrel aging, it would flunk. As is, it's a coffee stout with a touch of nice character. If you're going to try to make a splash with big-price-point bombers, they need to be great. This is not, it's pretty good.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by caSSino during BRoss242’s send-off party before he moves! Will miss you man! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured pitch black with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, coffee, smoke, and roasted malt. The flavor was of sweet malt, coffee, caramel, smoke, and dark chocolate. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. This was a really interesting brew if I am honest. All of the right aspects for the style were there, but they were just a little subdued as far as intensity. I feel if they were to have rushed my palate with no mercy I would have enjoyed this one more as it was fairly well balanced for the most part. Well done, but just wish it brought a little more of its A-game.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 22oz. bomber into a Founders snifter.

Pours a frothy, 1.5 finger coffee colored head with good retention. Beer looks relatively thin for the style and pitch black. Lacing is thick and layered with good stick. A great looking beer.

Nose bares hints of lactose, coffee, roasted malt, liquorice, and milk chocolate. The slightest hint of tartness too. Moderately aromatic.

Opens slightly tart coffee beans, lactose, vanilla, chocolate and roasted malt. Some cocoa powder, dark chocolate and smoke and roast in the middle mixed with a mellow molasses sweetness. Fudge and mocha at the finish with a slightly ashy, roasty aftertaste. Solid.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick and oily in the mouth and goes down sweet and rather rich. Finishes messy with a long, lingering aftertaste. Nice.

Nice complexity and body here but I prefer my milk stouts... and especially those infused with coffee, to be a bit more robust. Still, this is very drinkable and an above average beer overall for the style.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A fairly aggressive pour yields almost no head. It is pleasingly opaque black however a slight oily appearance that I like in a stout.

Scent is a very mild whiskey. Sweet lactose sugar. Light on the coffee. Appealing but fairly mild on all notes.

Tastes most of lactose sugars then very mild whiskey notes. Light chocolate and roast. Coffee flavor is not prodominant. High hopes for this but a bit of a let down.

Low carb. Thinner mouthfeel but it is creamy from the lactose.

A bit of a dissapointment though a moderately enjoyable beer. Lactose sweetness takes unusual prominence in this beer.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smell is of whiskey, cinnamon, vanilla, and chocolate milk. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, cream, slight alcoholic heat, with lactose sweetness on the finish. A little thin on the mouthfeel. Overall, a good stout, but not a very good barrel-aged stout.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

St. Patties Day.. Why not. No freshness dating on the bottle. There's a grape plant on the top of the foil though... weird I thought this was a beer.

A= Pours a deep black color with a nice big ol' creamy tannish brown head on it that holds awesome retention and excellent lacing. A fine looking stout indeed. The head is practically immovable.

S= The smell is very much your basic stout smells with a coffee undertone. I thought this was barrel aged? I'm not getting much whiskey or barrel from it at all. The coffee smells nice however and the stouty chocolatyness is always a plus.

T= The barrel again seems to be a little lost. The coffee comes through a bit more assertive in the flavor and the stout undertones are a great compliment. I will say that if you search for it you may find a bit of a whiskey flavor and a woody aftertaste to it. It takes a little digging however. Not much of the vanilla or boozy tones I get from most barrel aged beers. Maybe a little more time in the barrel would have helped. The stout is definitally a sweeter stout but the bitter coffee notes cut right through that baby making it very tolerable to a guy who may not like sweet stouts as much like myself.

M= I was expecting something a bit thicker but maybe the sexy head just threw me off a little. It holds its weight however and isn't too thin. I just had high hopes with the head.

O= A great coffee stout indeed and if you look for it the barrel flavors come through a little. Upon reading the label it says the Imperial stout portion was aged in barrels then blended with a sweet stout which would make sense for the light barrel tones in it. A fine beer and another interesting experiment from the guys at LiftBridge. I'll likely be buying more.

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Photo of yamar68
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml to brandy snifter:

The body of a black coffee, topped with a finger of frothy brown head - great lacing and airy beading.

Mmm... milk chocolate, mocha coffee, chocolate syrup... I'm really not getting much from the barrel on the nose though. A bit of booze, far and away.

Bitter coffee, soft chocolate, bits of vanilla wood, chalky malts. There actually is a subtle whiskey character on the tail end of the finish. Cocoa, fresh cream. Doesn't need so much of the milk stout, or more time in the barrel. Still tasty, just not quite what I was anticipating.

Give this one a go if you're on the fence, just don't expect a beast of a beer.

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Photo of GabrielM
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jon for this extra! Poured into a Surley snifter.

A - dark, thick body with an espresso-colored head on top that looks very inviting.

S - small amounts of oak, coffee and bourbon, and maybe a touch of vanilla. All good scents, but each are somewhat minimal.

T - all the flavors the nose indicated, but subdued. Not much heat, which is good, and the bourbon is showing up more and more as it warms.

M - very creamy and pleasant with nice carbonation.

O - this is a good beer, but I was a bit let down with the subtlety of the coffee and bourbon flavors. Very glad to have tried it though, as I'm always looking to expand my palate.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From 07/12/13 notes. Bottled shared by nmann08; thanks Nate. 22 oz. bottle.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color, almost black, with one finger of fluffy light tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident. Looks as expected.

s - Smells of coffee, sweet chocolate, roasted malts, cocoa powder, vanilla, cream, light bakers chocolate, light caramel malts, and light whiskey. Didn't realize this was whiskey aged at first but as it warms up there is a tiny bit there. Nice nose.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, coffee, light vanilla, toasted malts, and light caramel malts. No whiskey and lighter in most aspects from the nose; just a lot of roasted malts. Still nice, but a step down.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, the body is very smooth and creamy. Great mouthfeel and easy to drink; best part of the beer.

o - Overall a solid BA sweet stout, though the whiskey is not very strong. Second or third one I've had and I've noticed that in all of them...maybe whiskey barrels just don't add much to sweet stouts. Nice nose and great mouthfeel, worth checking out but not if you're looking for a lot of whiskey.

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Photo of gatornation
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap @ Busters

A- pours a thick black color with tan fluffy head with nice lacing on glass
S-coffee ,milk chocolate .light bourbon and wood,roasted malts
T-tasty smooth with chocolate,coffee notes , bourbon and oak compliment this wth light roasted malts
M- creamy texture with nice addition of bourbon and wood very smooth
O- tasty stout not to harsh

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Photo of JackieTH
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown black with a thin skin of light brown foam and solid lacing. Coffee, cream and chocolate malt on the nose, also smells quite sugary. It definitely has a distinct Irish coffee scent. Taste isn't as sweet as the nose suggests. Light chocolate and coffee flavors with a bit of sugar, just a hint of whiskey, clearly the flavor does suggest Irish Coffee. Medium body but not smooth enough on the palate. Overall..okay. Definitely not a sugar bomb, a decent attempt at something a little different.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of coffee beans, brewed coffee, lactose, and some slight wood and whiskey aromas. Taste is very much the same with a medium roasty coffee bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good coffee forward beer but the small portion of the blend that is barrel aged really doesn’t come through very strong.

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Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened at our little Perennial tasting...not sure who to thank.

A - Pours black, tan head, spotty lace, thin collar and cap.

S - Dark chocolate, oak, light booze, toasted malts, coffee beans. Really nice mix of notes here, all very enjoyable and nothing really overpowered the other.

T - Pretty much spot-on to the nose with a bit less dark chocolate and some bigger oak and whiskey presence, which is nice. Drinks like an Irish Coffee. Alcohol is pretty light, even for 8%. Finish is dark chocolate and cream.

M - Medium, good carbonation, rich and smooth, creamy finish.

O - An enjoyable milk stout that I would look for again. Really complex and enjoyable with a light booze presence. If you like this style, seek this one out and enjoy.

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Photo of morimech
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A very dark stout with moderate viscosity. Two fingers of tan head forms and has excellant retention. The head settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left behind during consumption.

Rather timid aroma compared to what is supposedly going on by the label discription. I pick up a mild milk stout aroma with coffee compliments.

Nice milk stout flavor. Semi-sweet malt and lactose foundation. The next flavor contributor is the coffee followed by hints of chocolate and earthy hops. Whiskey notes in the finish gives the faintests of hints that any of this beer was barrel-aged. Very heavily blended.

Very enjoyable stout body. Damn near perfect carbonation. I cannot find a fault. Could it be a bigger body? Sure but we are talking about a 8% ABV beer here.

A really enjoyable beer that I wished showed more barrel charactor. Maybe the next release will tweak the blending a little more to my tastes.

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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown color with a finger of very nice brown head. The head fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Sweet coffee with lots of dark fruit. MIld caramel and chocolate notes with some alcohol heat.

Taste: Lots of coffee, but this one is pretty smooth. Roasty malt with dark fruit and some cocoa notes. The finish is sweet and roasty with a mild burn from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: On the thicker side of medium with very smooth carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is a very nice coffee stout. I enjoyed the sweetness that accompanied the coffee roast. I'd have another.

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Photo of d5001986
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into Duvel tulip.

A: Pitch black with medium mocha colored head.

S: Sweet roasted malt, coffee, and molasses. Not much here really.

T: Burnt coffee stands out above all. There's a good roasted taste with vanilla, coconut, and a slight fruitiness. There's an almost perfect amount of underlying sweetness and booziness.

M: Medium bodied, low carbonation. Has a soft and creamy feel.

O: Very smooth and drinkable. A definite recommendation for coffee stout lovers.

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Photo of MCain04
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

extra from trade with StPaulSuds, thanks bro. this years release in a 22oz bottle poured into a FFF Teku.

a: dark brown pour with a 1 finger tan head, moderate retention and lacing with a rimming around the glass.

s: mainly coffees and malts, not much bourbon at all.

t: coffee is present but a little stale. roasts malts are present. no bourbon on the taste, but barrel character does come in late. no heat on the brew.

m: low carbonation, medium body. not thick like I'm accustomed to with an imperial stout. dry finish.

o: this be talks a big game with the description on the bottle. unfortunately, doesn't really deliver. it is good as a coffee stout, but you don't get much barrel or any bourbon favors. hope is didn't cost too much - would drink it again but not for more than $0.25/oz.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Pours black with a thin coffee-colored head which fades to the rim and leaves spotty lace. Aroma roasted coffee, malt and dark chocolate. Flavor follows the nose. Smooth and creamy finish.

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Photo of mhilliard
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Purchased in 22 oz. bottle. Wears it's stouty blackness with pride, no light through allowed...smile. 1/4 to 1/2 inch tan head if poured aggressively down the middle, that disappears with a fine lacing you see at every sip you take

Smell: rich coffee tones, hints of molasses, burnt notes,

Taste: rich coffee notes, hints of whiskey, taste follows nose, rich full taste of coffee and lactose, but finishes with with stern bitterness and complexitiy

Mouth feel: good medium mouth feel, bit thin but rewarding for slow drinkers

Overall: very good beer, I'd buy again many times. Serious enough to stand up to a variety of rich foods with it's tapering, bitter finish. a great beer to enjoy slowly over conversation.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours dark brown. A smaller, brown head forms after the pour. It bubbles away and leaves thin sheets of lacing.

S-Clear coffee aromatics with a rather mellow whiskey barrel aroma. The beer also gives off sweet, milk chocolatey notes. Some vanilla.

T-Yeah, that tastes a lot like a well made Irish Coffee. Diluted whiskey, constant coffee, oak, roast and sweet milk chocolate. Vanilla and some burnt caramel. Finishes with coffee.

M-Heavier bodied but not quite "thick". Moderate carbonation. Flavors don't linger for very long.

O-I enjoyed this one a lot. The name matches the flavor very well. The whiskey isn't overpowering and I enjoyed that aspect, too. A cool beer.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An absolutely fantastic bottle sent from laymansbeerfan, split with my brother. My portion was poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a dark black with dense brown showing along the edges...a good amount of khaki head forms, leaving minimal lacing throughout the alcohol feet.

S: Sweeter bourbon notes, without being boozy...almost a sugary sweetness. Malts are underneath the barrel notes, with some hints of dark roastiness, with a light mocha blend of milk chocolate and coffee.

T: Bourbon, faint astringent roastiness of coffee beans, sugary sweetness of coffee on the back end. Toffee? Earthy coffee beans comes out more at room temperature.

MF: Cream, medium full mouthfeel. A slight bitterness, maybe from the alcohol? Lightly bitter finish.

O: Its a good beer, though I wish the chocolate, coffee, and vanilla notes from the bourbon would come through more.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to LIQUORBARREL for this bottle. Poured in to snifter.

A - Dark as night with half a finger of medium brown head that reduced to a thin layer.

S - Sweet whiskey, coffee, roast, dark caramel and molasses.

T - Sweet whiskey, toasted oak and molasses flavours up front with dark roasted coffee, roasted malts. A touch of vanilla and chocolate in the background. The barrel flavours don't overpower the base beer and the integration between the two is excellent.

M - Medium to full body. Creamy and thick. Light carbonation.

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