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Terrapin Midnight Project Depth Charge Espresso Milk StoutTerrapin Midnight Project Depth Charge Espresso Milk Stout

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Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Georgiabeer on 09-11-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.53/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Excited to try this long time want. Really enjoy Left Hand's milk stout and I hear good things about Terrapin, so this one is right up my alley. Not sure what to expect from a 7% milk stout with two and a half years on it. We'll see I guess. Thanks again Stakem for hooking me up with this one!

From a bomber into a snifter
Brew Two 2009
Collaboration with Left Hand Brewing

APPEARANCE: A dark brown pour yields a one finger, medium looking, dark tan head with good retention. Black body and medium carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a ring and good wisp on top. A splotchy wisp remains to the end and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Decent nose still. Roasted coffee and espresso come out first, then some sweet cream, vanilla, milk chocolate and caramel notes. A slight roasted touch shows through as well. Nose is quite nice, though it’s really mild at this point. Perhaps it was more impressive in its younger years.

TASTE: Doesn’t quite have it any more. This has definitely faded quite a bit at this point. Flavor is very lacking up front, with perhaps a light hint of roasted malts and caramel sweetness, but not much at all. Flavor comes out more after the swallow, with caramel and vanilla cream sweetness mostly, though some light roasted notes and stale coffee are there as well. Not all that impressive really, and very, very mild. Unimpressive aftertaste of light, stale coffee, a hint of bitter chocolate and some sweet, creamy milk sugar notes linger on the palate. It’s not off-putting or anything, but it’s got to be a faint shadow of its former self at this point. Very little coffee or espresso, which were still present in the nose somewhat, and simply too mild and unimpressive overall. Too bad we can’t all taste it fresh any more.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Slightly lighter on the palate, but creamy enough still. Goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Could use a touch more weight, but it’s fine otherwise.

OVERALL: What a disappointment. If I'm honest though, I kind of expected this. Medium ABV milk stouts aren't the best candidates for aging. Mild aromas, less than mild flavors, and any hint of coffee was somewhat stale. I could certainly drink it just fine, but it just wasn’t anything worth even thinking about. That said, it would be nice if Terrapin and Left Hand got together for a second round of this one. Though I was never able to taste it fresh, I certainly taste remnants of its former glory; this was probably a great beer when just brewed. Right now, unfortunately, it is a faded and relatively boring beer. Really glad to have had the chance to try this long time want, but at this point, it’s not at all worth hunting down. If you’ve got a bottle, do something with it, as it’s well past its prime. Thanks again for the trade Stakem. Appreciate the chance to try this one.

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Photo of vande
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 - Brew Two

A - beautiful dark pour, somewhat similar to a guiness; with a half inch thick fluffy head...that quickly vanishes

S -coffee - and quick. It is there, 2 years later!! Coco, sweet sugars, but coffee. Can not wait to taste this blend!!

T- Expresso immediately hits the taste buds....makes wanna actually try an iced coffee [something I thought I'd never say]... nibs of coco, hints of sweet candied sugars. Very pleasant.

M - A little lighter than a Medium bodied beer - if that makes sense....not as creamy as I thought it'd be, but still very pallatable.

0 - Great beer! Great project! Two Great breweries!!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

200th review!

recently aquired this brew in a trade with mrandypandy, thanks andy!

2009 Vintage poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark black beer with a ring of tan colored head that is only found around the edges of the glass.

Smell: Truck loads of roasty freshly ground expresso beans. I can't believe how potent this coffee aroma is even after several years.

Taste: Lots of espresso coffee notes just like the nose. The coffee flavor is not bitter it has mellowed, but its still favorful. The beer also has a creamy milk chocolate and cocoa nib taste to it. When the beer was cold it had a mild note of sourness and oxidation to it, but it goes away completely as the beer warms and it also sweetens as it approaches room temperature. Its like an iced coffee plus beer. Simple yet delicious.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and oily mouthfeel on this beer.

Overall: This beer must have been an expresso coffee bomb when it was fresh. It still has a lot of coffee flavor for a beer that is over 2 years old. The seems to be just like a 50/50 blend of Moo Hoo and Wake'N'Bake with a bunch of expresso beans thrown into the beer for good measure. This beer ages well and shows impressive longevity & staying power. Let this one warm up to get the full effect.

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Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to cpinto06 for this big want. You the man!

Bottle poured into bruery tulip

Color: Dark brown with darker brown area's. Hardly any head came from a semi aggressive pour. Very little lacing.

Nose: Big time roasted malts and a coffee/espresso presence. Chocolate and mellow vanilla cream are . Very pleasant aromas.

Palate: Very smooth! drinkability is superb and the carbonation level is just perfect. The taste of espresso and chocolate coat the tongue, later followed the a milky cream texture from the vanilla.

Finish: Soft, short, not to complex, but very tasty and pleasant. One of my favorite milk stouts to date.

Rating: 94 out of 100

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Photo of Jazzcrop
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes of coffee, tree sap, milk chocolate, wood, roast, coffee beans, booze, hibiscus, licorice, grapes, grass and burnt meat. Definitely a good collaboration. Collaborate some other time! I'll be willing and ready!! Smells of smoke, coffee, lamb, yeast and chocolate.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle, Fall 2009 release. HUGE thanks to Ryan for completely surprising me with a bottle of this! A brew I thought I’d never get a chance to try! Served lightly chilled in a New Belgium snifter.

Pours dark brown to black with an active one finger brown head that recedes to a ring and wispy island, leaving just temporary spots of lacing behind.

Aroma is espresso and coffee, milk chocolate, chocolate milk, roasted malts, underlying notes of raisins and dark fruit, toast, nuts, and caramel. Very good strength becoming excellent as it warms. The coffee is holding up superbly and I gotta say that Terrapin’s coffee beer aroma is second to none.

Flavor is a nice wave of coffee and espresso, smooth milk chocolate, some lactic sweetness, roasted malts, raisins, figs, dates and other dark fruits, toasted bread, a little caramel and toffee, moderate to good sweetness, little to no bitterness or alcohol. Very tasty!

Mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium bodied, a little creamy, lowish carbonation, fairly soft.

OK, so this is pretty freaking fantastic particularly since it is a coffee milk stout that is over 1.5 years old. It has held up very well and if it is this good now...I could only imagine what it must have been like when fresh, but my head may explode with dreams of deliciousness if I did.

Easily the best Sweet/Milk Stout I've ever had and the only one that could be better would be a fresh sample of this so I'm gonna leave a bit of headroom in the score in case Terrapin and Left Hand ever decide to have mercy on us and brew this again.

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Photo of Bennettrox
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours black as night with a bubbly tan head. Looks like a robust stout.

S - Two years later and this still smells strong of espresso and coffee. Very surprised it's held up this long and so well. Very sweet milk chocolate also comes through.

T - Wow, it's like a holy union of milk chocolate, espresso, and roasted malts. It all plays together absolutely perfectly.

M - Full body for a milk stout and the carbonation is right on the money. This goes down very easily.

O - Hot damn, I would kill for a case of this. I am especially surprised on how well this has held up with age. With the relatively low abv I figured it wouldn't age as well and the espresso would be gone, boy was I wrong. LOVE this beer, can only imagine what it was like fresh.

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Photo of JayQue
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A really nice, smooth milk stout. Pours a dense black color with no light getting through. Medium size dark tan head with good retention and increasingly thick lacing.

Smell is coffee and cream and malts. Pleasant, fairly strong.

Taste is outstanding. Bready and roasted malts, big coffee and cream flavor. Could drink this all day.

Mouthfeel is rich, super smooth and creamy. Combined with the flavor, this makes for a great milk stout.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Depth Charge has a body that is the darkest of browns and and light brown head that fades fairly quickly, but does leave some lacing.

This one smells like coffee for sure. Chocolate also. That's about it.

I'm surprised how full-flavored this beer is considering it only has two real components to it: coffee and chocolate. The coffee is definitely the stronger of the two, and it is pretty well done, avoiding the acrid, bitter, flavors that coffee beers possess so often. The chocolate doesn't come after the coffee, but more during. As the beer warms, there is a little bit of lactose in the background, which was the only thing that suggesting this was a milk stout. What you get, overall, is an easy-drinking coffee beer that is fairly well done.

Smooth, but a little bit light.

Easy drinking and worth a shot if you like coffee beers.

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Photo of levifunk
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes.

a - A very dark head hides the black pour.

s - nose is very large. smokey tobacco, chocolate, and caramel.

t - its a lighter taste than I was expecting from the nose...which is good since the nose was crazy caramel and chocolate. very nice flavor and a solid milk stout.

m - medium body, higher carbonation.

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Photo of jsanford
3.42/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I forgot I had this in the back of my fridge. Poured into a Terrapin Pint Glass.

A - Inky black with a 1-inch mocha-colored head that dissipates quickly to a slight haze.
S - Dark roasted malt with a heaping helping of coffee grounds. Terrapin's coffee blend is very unique, this smells just like W-n-B.
T - Bitter chocolate, dark roasted coffee, dark malts, and, unfortunately, a definite oxidized, copper-penny flavor. I really wish I had opened this sooner.
M - Medium-heavy body with low carbonation.
D - No real problem finishing the bomber, the off flavor wasn't enough to ruin it for me. Still, I wish I had this fresh, they need to brew it again!

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Photo of Jayli
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this from stonequarrywest via SS '10 so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Consumed 12/25
poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a jet black with a 2 finger of foamy brown head to it. Head recedes to a film that holds throughout. Wisps of lacing are left on the glass

S: Nose is nice roast and charred notes, bitter dark chocolate and a heaping dose of roast coffee.

T: Taste starts with the bitter chocolate notes blended with the roastiness. Hint of char come through. Finish has a nice creamy blend of chocolate and a fresh cup of coffee. The coffee really takes over and holds. Like having your morning cup. Slight masked alcohol notes.

M: Medium body, higher carbonation, creamy but prickly on the tongue.

D: Goes down very easily, quite tasty, somewhat filling, nice kick, and nice representation of style. I would have this one again in a heart beat!

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 1/1/2010. Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of coffee grounds mostly, some rich roasted malt too. Flavor is balanced between the roasted malt and espresso notes. Very rich and hearty for a 6.5% brew. Super smooth palate. Overall, a solid milk stout.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks to PDXHops for this one! Served from bottle into Stone nonic. Poured black with a very slight hint of brown with a half finger very light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, chocolate syrup, coffee, slight caramel, and cream. The flavor was of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee beans, and cream. It had a medium feel on the palate (almost creamy) with mild carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. I was really stoked to get my hands on this one, much less to try it. Had a nice mouthfeel going on here. This was coupled with a great aroma and good flavor. I was really surprised at how complex this was in both aspects as well. This was a damn good beer and is a must try for anyone who has the opportunity. I just wish either of the two breweries would find it in themselves to brew this one again...

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Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another that's been hiding in the bunker. Brew Two 2009, thanks to vicanncam.

A: Pours a dark rich creamy 1 finger head that fades at a medium pace with a bit of lacing, over very dark black colored beer, but thins a bit on the edge and lets a bit of dark reddish maroon colored light through.

Nose is rich, lots of roasted malts, chocolate malts, bakers chocolate, espresso beans, fresh ground coffee, bit of caramel and vanilla, fresh dark chocolate, a bit of creamy chocolate milk, some malty aromas, and just a hint of earthy hops.

Taste starts a little bitter and slightly chalky, more of the malts, plenty of roasted and choc malts, some light dark chocolate, creamy, more coffee, again fresh espresso and roasted coffee beans, light caramel, a bit of a dry malty taste, and a slight coca-cola like taste as well. A bit of bitterness, not much, just a hint of hops, slightly spicy and earthy hops. A slight bit of acidity and even a little bready, which dries a bit as it finishes, leaving more malts, chocolate, lots of espresso, and a slight creamy texture.

Mouth is medium to heavier bodied, creamy, with lower but decent carbonation, a bit more carbonation would have helped.

Drinkability is pretty good, nice smooth and creamy, no real alcohol presence, a decent dry finish with some sweetness, almost seems to get a little too dry for a milk sweet stout, and a very slight bit of a sticky finish.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Dark and oily with a modest tan head that retains quite well and leaves some scattered lacing.

Nose is kind of like those chocolate covered espresso beans they sell at coffee shops, rather intense with the coffee, but pleasant. The java flavor was much too powerful for my taste when the beer was released, and it's still pretty potent a year later. The overall taste is much more well-rounded now, as the dark chocolate and coffee are more balanced (the tradeoff is that now the sprucy bite of hops in the fresh version has faded). Not as thick as expected, but the lingering lactose and slickness make for a satisfying feel.

Overall impression: Recommended for fans of coffee beers, if any is still to be found.

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Photo of crosamich
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

To be honest i was a too busy talking & talking about beer to comment the appearance. Nose was deep roasty goodness. I would agree that mouthfeel was maybe a bit thin but i think it worked quite well for this one as a milk stout should be. The lighter body paired well with the dark, roasted coffee notes without the acidity/bitterness that some coffee beers have. May have been a bit of a halo effect From the previous beer but I look forward to the reprisal of this beer should it ever happen.

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Photo of klikger
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber pour served in a Duvel tulip

A - Dark black with some red highlights, little head or lacing

S - Espresso with some smoke, dry and aromatic

T - Coffee, dark chocolate --> lots of lactose --> smooth milk and rich, robust malts --> finish is slightly sweet, but also espresso bean bitter.

M - Medium to heavy, good carbonation

D - Good drinkability, not great

This is a good milk stout and well worth trying. Economically, this falls into the same camp as Moloko Plus - good stuff, but there's more bang for your buck elsewhere.

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Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas are quite robust coffee mixed with cocoa. Slight fruity with some vanillas/caramels. Some smoke/earth notes at the end.
The tastes are a lot fruitier than it smells, with a bunch of subtle berriness. Immediately following these are the caramels, chocolates and vanilla sweet notes (as well as a slightly creamy milk note), and still deeper in the brew are semisweet chocolate and coffee grounds. Very well blended. Finishes somewhat bitter from either hops or malt; but I am guessing malt. Goes down smooth and creamy, with a very little bit of a hop and cocoa powder aftertaste.
Overall this brew is extremely drinkable and well brewed. Nicely done once again Terrapin.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.57/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Picked up at Rick's in Alexandria.

Pours near black with a thin light mocha head without much staying power. Nose is straight coffee and not much else, maybe a bit of roast. Taste is coffee and roast. Didn't really enjoy thee feel as the coffee and milk sugar did not create a body as nice as the concept suggests. Pretty good but not something I would return to.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to djrn2 for sharing this bottle, which I had about given up on searching for.

The beer pours an inky black color with a tan head. The aroma is strong on the coffee and chocolate. I also get a little bit of cayenne pepper in the aroma. The flavor is chocolate, coffee, milk, cream and roasted malt. A delicious beer. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of csmiley
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Depth Charge pours near black in color with little to no light getting through around the edges. The dark tan head rises to just under a finger in depth. Retention is average and leaves spotty lacing. It's not bad but nothing really jumps out and grabs your attention with this brew.

S - Nice coffee notes dominate the front end. Espresso no doubt about that. Chocolate rears it's head midway. Seems mostly like dark chocolate. Very roasty and smokey on the tail end with coffee coming back in to the mix too. Aroma is surprisingly good.

T - Balance of coffee and other flavors really work well in Depth Charge. Of course, coffee seems to just take over the flavor profile at first. Ahh, there is the milk that I read in the name of the beer. Lactose presence adds a distinct latte flavor. Chocolate pop up midway and keeps it pretty sweet. Smokey on the end. Pretty impressed here as well.

M - Medium bodied with a light carbonation level. Finish starts out sweet and ends very dry. Another category where this one comes across as a little better than average and that's about it.

D - Drinkability is good. It sticks around in the glass for a while but not long enough ding this category in any way. Downing a bomber of this would be pretty simple to do. Would I have it again? Yes if it were available. Slight improvements in appearance and mouthfeel could bring Depth Charge into an excellent rating very easily. Another good brew from a good brewery down in Georgia.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass is evenly split between a solid black with no highlights body and dark tan level foam. Excellent lacing.

Terrific deep enticing coffee aroma. Will I sleep tonight?

Enormous rich coffee taste and somewhere in the mix is some milk for that coffee. Earthy hop balance both above and below. Well hidden alcohol.

Rich creamy mouthfeel throughout. Bigness does not impair drinkability.

A terrific stout which lives in several categories. Do it again.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Huge thanks to stakem who surprised me with a bottle of this at the Splinter Blue release.

4.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy/frothy hybrid medium brown head with average retention and touches of spotty lacing.

4.5 S: Espresso and roasted barley are most powerful in this. However, it isn't overly roasty as there is a great balancing sweetness. Lots of sweet chocolate and the lactose is quite evident. This is like a mocha coffee with cream. Everything is in great proportion. Good complexity and every aroma is complementary to the overall product.

4.0 T: The flavor is really good, but it needs some more strength. Part of the problem comes from the mouthfeel being too light. Aside from intensity, taste mirrors the nose. Good balance between espresso, roasted barley, sweet chocolate, and lactose. Some toffee in there too.

3.0 M: Light body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be a hell of a lot creamier for what they were going for. Goes down very easy. The body on this is simply way too light, especially for a beer with lactose. I was looking for something thick and rich and I didn't get that. I definitely prefer all stouts to have a heavier medium to heavy body and especially beers of this nature. There's nothing across the board defective about the mouthfeel, it just isn't what I prefer.

3.0 D: Awesome nose, great flavor profile, but the mouthfeel sucks. This could have been one hell of a beer. Instead, it's just a good one.

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Photo of obireidkenobi
4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I took these notes with my first bottle a while back. I'm late to the party on this one.

I didn't know what to expect with this beer, other than Left Hand/ Terrapin's great brewing styles potentially culminating into something amazing. Especially when I learned how the beer was being planned out.

Appearance - Black, with coffee/crema like head.

Aroma - Coffee. Some chocolate. Straight forward.

Taste - Love a first taste. This beer is creamy/ milky. Slightly sweet with coffee keeping it all together. Some tastes its like espresso shots. Some tastes like drip style coffee.

Mouthfeel - Again, creamy, and silky. Not heavy at all.

Drinkablility - Very drinkable. Since this review is a little behind. I can honestly say I have continued to go back for more every time a keg or bottle appeared.

Depth Charge, you will be missed.

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