3 Best Friends | Sudwerk Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.7/5
53 Ratings
3 Best Friends3 Best Friends
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sudwerk Brewing Company
California, United States
sudwerkbrew.com

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
3 Best Friends incorporates Madagascar vanilla, cacao nibs, and Honduran coffee. It's the black sheep of the bunch-in a delicious, well-lagered fashion.

Added by RangnaR on 03-19-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,508
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
53
pDev:
13.24%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
19
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of crob3888
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of n2185
4.26/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lemmy187
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Suds
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a deep brown colored brew, from a 22 ounce bottle. The head is tan and slim, and the complexion is dark but clear. The aroma is nutty...some roasted coffee and nut aromas, and a little vanilla underneath. The taste has a malt underpinning, with lots of coffee, chocolate, and nutty flavors. Balanced, but very flavorful. Full in body and very enjoyable.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sudwerk's Three Best Friends, Coffee Vanilla Lager, brewed with Honduran coffee beans, cacao nibs, and Madagascar vanilla bean. 7% ABV.

A: Just over two fingers of off-white cream colored head. Very dark brown, nearly black, with a slightly-reddish brown inner glow. Honey-colored in the dimple. Nice lacing, and decent sheeting.

S: Aroma is a good balance of light/medium roast coffee and cocoa, with a touch of vanilla sweetness.

T/MF: I was expecting this to taste basically like a porter, but it's lighter still. It has a nice, light roastiness, that doesn't overpower. Some dark chocolate flavor, and bit of dry dark caramel. And, I do get a bit of vanilla bean around the edges, similar to the difference between a vanilla ice cream and vanilla bean ice cream. A bit of green coffee flavor in there, as well.

I feel like this would be more quaffable, but still has the flavors of a porter.

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Photo of IRONRakkasan
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BWood
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

L: merky red amber with small head.

S: coffee and vanilla/chocolate.

T: tastes like it smells. The coffee and vanilla are present but you can also taste the base lager.

F: as a stout drinker I would like it heavier.

O: meh .

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Photo of zeff80
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of scratch69
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leroybrown10
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a lightish brown with some amber highlights. 1+ finger head is a creamy tan color. Dissipates semi-slow down to a thin layer of foam which sticks around a fair bit longer. No lacing.

Aroma is sweetened coffee. Vanilla and chocolate underneath. Caramel.

Like the aroma, sweetened coffee on the tongue. Milk chocolate. Caramel and molasses, both light and sweet. Vanilla hanging around, very subtle. Expected more vanilla.

Moderate mouth feel with medium carbonation. A bit creamy. Sweetness lingers.

An unusual beer as you don't see many lagers with these type of flavors. Flavors are subtle but well blended. Would like a bit stronger vanilla flavor.

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Photo of Stewinator
4.63/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Marvicsin
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Docrock
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Christolo71
2.59/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of CJNAPS
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar, but when held up to a light it is clear and very dark red in color. It poured with a quarter high light beige head that died down, leaving thick lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of coffee beans are present in the nose along with notes of cocoa nibs.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of coffee beans and cocoa nibs along with notes of vanilla.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite flavorful without being a full-bodied stout.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of smithj4
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a clear, dark copper. Nearly brown. Actually probably is brown. It smells immediately of coffee. Java, caramel and lager yeast. Flavor is very coffee stressed. I also get some brown sugar or caramel, vanilla and yeast. It works better than I would have anticipated. It's surprising how much coffee they jammed in here. Lighter bodied. It clearly hits the mark it I'm not sold on the overall flavor. Couldn't see myself enjoying a whole bottle of this. The first sip is the best.

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Photo of sendbeer
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pete_Simpson
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sheenisgod
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rumi
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of largadeer
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mudboneINla
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3 Best Friends from Sudwerk Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 53 ratings
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