3 Best Friends | Sudwerk Brewing Company

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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:
#30,437
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
53
pDev:
13.24%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
19
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 10
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Photo of mdaschaf
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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

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

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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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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 BabaBeer
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 MattSlem
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color – Dark copper/deep amber
Aroma – Coffee, toffee, cacao nibs, vanilla, caramel
Taste & Mouthfeel – follows aroma. Lager comes through backend. Med/light med body, drying finish.
Overall – Interesting blend of flavors that works quite well

I'd buy this a few times. Very impressed with the new offerings from Sudwerk.

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Photo of Pete_Simpson
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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 Docrock
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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

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

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

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