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Terrapin Midnight Project Depth Charge Espresso Milk Stout | Terrapin Beer Company

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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 | website

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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Reviews: 161 | Ratings: 199
Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an inky dark color with auburn highlights and a pancake batter head that leaves a range of dots and curtains

Smell: Smells like a latte, with plenty of coffee and lactose

Taste: Milk chocolate, up front, with a developing lactose sour character that arrives by mid-palate, along with the coffee; after the swallow, the latte flavors re-emerge and the finish is actually rather sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Really a rather nice milk stout, with a hint toward the Imperial side, though not quite

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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 oberon
3.41/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had ultra high expectations for this beer,it kinda let me down a little.Poured a near opaque black except for just a slight red tinge when held up to the glass,a one finger creamy mocha colored head atop.The fine ground espresso roast coffee dominates the nose wich is a lasting theme with this beer,a hint of mocha comes thru as well but it cant stand up to the coffee roast.It tastes like the espresso roast Seattle's Best I had this morning,now I know they want the coffee flavors to be a main focal point of the beer,but seriously there isnt much else to it.There is a slight sweet chocolate note but the big roast is to much.Most like it, I found it to be overhyped.

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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 Kegatron
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black, with several foamy fingers of dark and burnt looking mocha colored head. Retains with a sturdy ½ finger of froth, leaving a rich cascade up on the sides of that glass that settles into some heavy spotty lacing. The aroma is quite crunchy feeling with coffee and roasted malts. Astringency is fairly strong here, mixing in with the chocolate malts and lactic character to impart a deeply burnt tang, which is bordering on a bit souring at times. I'm pleased to find that much more of that chocolate sweetness emerges as this warms, helping cut back on the sharpness of this.

The coffee is much better integrated into the taste, adding flavor to the profile, but with a little less of the sharp bite being added to that sweet mix of roasted chocolate, caramel malts, and creamy milkiness. A moderate hop presence adds a spicy and drying zip to this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a silky creaminess up front that then gets much sharper towards the back of the swallow. Nice evenness between the two feels and this does drink rather smoothly for its size.

All in all, this was another worthy collaboration between Terrapin and Left Hand. That rich mix of roasted espresso and lactic character did seem to go a bit overboard at times (much more so in aroma than the taste) but it luckily didn't overly impact my experience with it. I think that this would be a good one to split with a buddy. While enjoyable, I was about ready to move on after about half a bottle.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's time once again for another grand, fun collaboration romp from Left Hand and Terrapin. And just when I was jonesing for a fresh, new coffee stout, Depth Charge was ready to fit the bill.

22 ounce bomber - $7.49 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a viscous-looking, black body layered with a creamy, light khaki-colored head.

Smell: Nicely aromatic, delightfully pure nose of espresso-roasted coffee beers. It's not, God be praised, one of those coffee beer that presents a coffee aroma smelling of truckstop coffee. Rich notes of chilled roasty espresso, bittersweet chocolate morsels melted down in a double-boiler, fresh vanilla bean, and a solid pour of half-n-half. Quite like a chocolate-covered espresso bean.

Taste: Sweet, roasty, creamy, lactose-esque, chilled goodness with, I enthusiastically assume, some soul-soothing alcohol contained within. I feel like I've stepped into a Starbucks and ordered the Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino Blended Crème... or is it the Java Chip Frappuccino, who can say for sure. As with the nose, it's very much a chocolate-covered espresso bean experience. I'm seriously tempted to just keep typing up "Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans" to fully satisfy the 250 character minimum.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Luscious, velvety mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Recommended! If you can find yourself a bottle, by all means do yourself a favor and give it a go!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ok, so I had heard this might make an appearance and I was already looking around for it. Once I found it I just could not get enough. Poured from a bottle into my glass on several occasions.
The pour was what I would have thought, deep and very dark in color with almost no light shining through here at all. Really very big looking. Nice tan head on top settled down nicely and coated the glass well. Aroma is all coffee, this is really all it was at first. Sweet brewed coffee and brown sugar with light hints of molasses. Very nicely done here, reminded me right off the bat of Valdez the first time I ran across it. I was anxious to dive in so I took the first sip and that was all she wrote. Huge coffee flavor, just so sweet and ridiculously smooth. Like the best cup of coffee I have ever had. Blended perfectly with a rich brown sugar and vanilla note, it was like nothing I had before. Not as heavy as some others, but it did not need to be because I would have kept drinking this one all day long.
Overall I cannot wait to be able to get more of this one near me again. One of the best coffee offerings I have ever run across, and I have managed to find most of them in my days. This is a must find and I am hopeful there will be lots of it to find around!

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Photo of mothman
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into darkness snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head. Color is pretty much black. Head fades down to a ring. Not to much lace.

Aroma: Cocoa with rich espresso. Roasted malts with a creamy nose to it. The aroma is nice, but it is fairly straight forward.

Taste: Creamy with lactose flavors. Milk chocolate and cocoa powder. Rich espresso flavors. A decent amount of roasted malts. As it warms I get some vanilla sweetness. Again, fairly straightforward, but good.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and creamy with some bitterness. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with roasted malts and coffee flavors in the aftertaste.

Overall, it is a very good beer and at 7% it is pretty drinkable. I am definitely enjoying this one. Very creamy and lactose like, however.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this bottle with me - poured chilled into a standard pint glass.

A -A deep brown, almost black w/ a deep opacity and thick light tan cap of 2 fingers which makes spotty lace, the bead is fine

S - A rich nose - roasted yet sweet with mild caramel and vanilla bean tinges as the nutty bean scent of espresso expresses itself w/ a potency and brings mild cocoa-like aromas

M - Mild creamy texture w/ subtle roasted malt and spiced feel w/ moderately low carbonation and moderately full feel w/ semi-sweet finish

T - The Stout has flavor of a shot of espresso nestled in a full on milk stout w/ flavors of creamy caramel malt and roasted barley w/ smoothness and slightly beany taste w/ bitter tinge in the middle. The taste has a cocoa note w/ nutty biscuit ans slight butterscotch aspect w/ mild espresso bitterness and mild sweetness in the creamy finish

D - The collaboration is worthy, but one to share in the 220z for me, very good example of the style with a great flavor of espresso - the combination is very well done and this has high drinkability ...I could just keep drinking it

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Photo of billab914
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. Pours a deep black with a modest amount of head. Laced nicely down the glass as I drank it. Very strong smell of roasted coffee. Taste is dominated by the coffee flavor but the sweet lactose comes through as well and helps balance out the coffee bitterness. I'm not a coffee drinker but this is a delicious coffee beer, the coffee flavor is very strong but not so overpowering I can't finish the bottle myself. I would put this right up there with some of the best coffee beers I have tried and wish this was something I could buy more of.

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

Review from notes taken 1/22/10.

Pours black in color with a darkly tanned head. Aroma is a strong blend of coffee and chocolate with some lactose sweetness as well. Very nice retension and a ton of lace along the glassware. Taste is coffee, chocolate and lactose. It literally is making me think about what black coffee would taste like if you added chocolate syrup instead of creamer and then used artifical sweetner in it as well. It's a weird thought/description but the flavors actually work together in this beer. Light feel and light carbonation. Mild lingering bitterness of burnt grain is left in the mouth. Smell is just like freshly brewed espresso in the front with chcocolate and lactose filling out the rest of the nose. Really drinkable, would be easy to toss a few of these back.

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

Thanks to rudylaw for bring this one to the CE release. Same glass as the rest - weird conic pint glass.

A - A half-finger of tan foam that dissipates pretty quickly and leaves some spotty lacing. Again, mostly black with a hint of brown at the fringes of the glass.

S - Woah - tons of espresso, cream, dark malts, molasses. Excellent stuff - the only thing that would make this better would be some barrel-aging.

T - Taste is even more intense dark roast and espresso flavor, with much less sweetness. Aftertaste is also pretty bitter, but not quite as intense as the Valdez surprisingly. It's a little mono-dimensional, but still quite nice.

M - Higher carbonation, and a little bit gritty. The medium viscosity is appropriate for the ABV. It's hard to tell what the residual feel is like after so many stouts, but it's actually feeling a little dry and a touch sticky.

D - I think I'd have a tough time killing 22oz, as the espresso flavor is very intense. Still it's quite good and probably my favorite Terrapin release so far.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass. This beer is part of the collaborative beer efforts between several breweries, this particular beer is made by Terrapin and Left Hand.

Beer is dark, black, with a brown head that falls away quickly, not leaving lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low (from what I can tell).

Smells like coffee beans. Strong roast flavors in the aroma. Also some sweetness.

This tastes like coffee. Beer has moderate mouthfeel, very sweet, its a decent beer. Really tastes like a coffee drink. Can't taste any alcohol, overall its a pretty agreeable beer. Drinkability high (if you like coffee). Mouthfeel a little thin.

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Photo of WesWes
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome! It has a wonderful roasted malt and coffee scent that compliments the semi-sweet chocolate malt and lactose sugar aroma. The taste is amazing. It has a kick ass coffee flavor that enhances a very nice malt bill that includes roasted and black malts. It has a light sweetness, mainly from the chocolate malts and lactose. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good beer. It has a mild sweetness along with a killer coffee component.

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Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a bottle at Tap and Table in Emmaus, PA. Appeared pitch black with a light brown head. Man, the name "depth charge" is appropriate. This beer is packed with espresso. You can vaguely tell this beer is a milk stout by the body, but this is mostly a vehicle for the coffee flavor. It's delicious, but it's hard to taste anything but the espresso.

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

Appearance: clear dark brown in color with a 1" head that slowly falls. Spotty lacing develops.

Smell: espresso and malt sweetness is very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: big dark roasted coffee flavors are most noticeable with some malt sweetness, milkiness, and some soft alcohol tones make up a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth at the start. Smooth, creamy, and silky at the finish.

Drinkability: this beer was extremely drinkable especially if you enjoy coffee flavored beers. Give this a try if you see it.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Here we go...my Falke Bier chalice is christened in America with a collaboration beer. On to the beer:

It is as dark as black itself. The head is only mediocre, somewhat fizzy, and it doesn't leave any lacing. The coffee is aroma is pleasant. A little lactose is underneath that coffee. It's like creamer in my coffee.

I like the flavor. It is sweet, and there's the coffee. Mmmm, mmmm! Whole roasted coffee beans, and sweet creamer. That's good enough, right?

There's too much carbonation in this brew initially. It's fizzy to the point where it distracts some of the flavor away. A little better as it warms, though it's still stabbing the palate. Despite that, no problem putting away the entire bomber.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into some Duvel glasses, split with oglmcdgl.

A- Well it's a milk/sweet stout so i'm guessing it's going to be dark brown to black in color(pours some beer) yep, I was right a very deep dark brown that might as well be called black. A dark brown creamy coffee head on the top that fades into oblivion leaving the faintest of lacing.

S- Expecting a onslaught of Jittery Joes coffee I was surprised by the tameness of the espresso beans. They are there and come up more with warming, but they subdued by all the residual sugar giving off the sweetness. Big deep dark malt giving off more sweetness plus roastiness and perhaps some vanilla. This pretty much smells like a very tame stout. Some cream joins the vanilla over time.

T- Perhaps, the best put together milk stout that i've had this year. (I don't have many, the style does not thrill me). What I am liking is that the milk/sweet characteristics of this style are taming the Jittery Joes coffee that I find to be a bit to burnt in Terrapin's Wake N Bake. Thus, the coffee is there but is not king, thank god. In fact It's at a perfect level. Other than that i'm getting malt's, chocolate, vanilla, cream and some grain in the distance.

M- Sipping on this, I felt the body was just a a bit thin, sometimes watery if you will. Than I remembered this is a milk/sweet so it's not supposed to be huge. As it warmed up, I also warmed up to it. The body's fine, kind of like drinking milk. The alcohol while low does not show up in taste or mouth. Well below medium bodied, though not light with low carb making for a smooth ride.

D- Ya, I could of killed the bottle, but I wanted to share the love. This may have got old after 12oz or so, but it's still great stuff. With a name like Depth Charge, there is not that much depth and it is not insane, more like a well put together beer that nails the style IMHO.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to cashew70 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Gold Foil

Pours a very nice thick black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, lots of coffee, nice touch of vanilla. The taste is very nice, malty, with some deep chocolate/coffee notes, caramel, and some nice sweetness/vanilla. Medium body. Very drinkable, this one really surprised me, very tasty, highly recommended.

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

Appearance: Ontap into a snifter, motor oil black with a dark khaki head.

Smell: Pleasing aroma, chocolate malt, coffee, hint of malt sweetness.

Taste: Rich and oh so smooth. Vanilla, milk chocolate, coffee, and some light alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, very smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Glad I got to try this one, as it is quite good. If you're in the mood for a big beautiful dark beer, well here you have it.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sick and entering in some paper reviews.. got this from GeezLynn a while back.. Thanks Geoff, this was shared with the Boise Peeps.

Dark tan head holds for a while.. expected black brew...

"quality coffee shop" aromas jump from the glass.. lesser milk chocolate, yet still plenty present.

nice lactose sweetness helps bind the chocolate to the abundant coffee... reminds me of milk chocolate covered espresso beans. Medium body with a lite/medium body.... good smooth mouthfeel.

very nice .... not expecting anything less... just don't expect more than rocking coffee flavors and enough milk chocolate to balance... a quality brew, but I got bored quickly.

Thanks again Geoff.. I am glad I got a chance to try this before the coffee disintegrated.


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2.9/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle, poured into a snifter.

This beer seemed like a promising idea/collaboration but I was let down by an unbalanced clash of artificial flavors and booze run amok. The flavor is best described as stale coffee grounds with a generous portion of cream, light sugar and a long boozy, warming finish. Maybe if I were more inclined to enjoy milk stouts heavy on lactose or coffee dominated stouts I wouldn't rate this near as harshly, however the lack of balance and cloying artificial nature of the flavors in this beer wouldn't change my overall negative perception of it.

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4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Midnight Project #2, a series of beers brewed with Left Hand Brewing in Colorado. #1 was brewed at Left Hand, this one was brewed at Terrapin with Jittery Joes's coffee. Preview bottle shared with some other BA's. I'm a fan of Milk/Sweet Stouts and I generally like coffee infused stouts as well as long as everything is balanced. I've felt that the last couple of years the Wake and Bake has been a bit too harsh and over coffeed. This beer has plenty of intense coffee character, but the sweetness of the lactose works well to balance the coffee and there is less bitterness to the beans here. I feel I get the intense coffee experience without having to age the beer for 6 months to mellow it enough to be good. Pours black with a thin headbut a nice dark almost crema looking head. Smells of strong, fresh espresso, some nice roastiness, and some vanilla. Overall, the smell is balanced with a touch of creaminess. Tastes rich, nutty, and roasty at first and creamy and slightly sweet throughout, but I like how restrained the sweetness is. The coffee comes through loud and clear, but married well to the cream and roastiness. Almost tannic in the finish. The mouthfeel could be a bit creamier- it finishes with a slight harshness that I wish was tamed. This will perhaps mellow with time. Opens up a little with time, otherwise, a little tight in the mouth. Quite nice, I look forward to more of these collaborations.

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4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at UJ's on the Manatawny today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get an intense aroma of espresso, dark chocolate and vanilla. This beer smells as if someone ground up a bag of high quality espresso beans and dumped them in my glass. If you love the smell and taste of coffee, you will be one happy camper with a glass of this stuff. Flavors replicate the nose pretty much perfectly in this moderately sweet, excellent beer. Also, there's a nice lacto, milk stout mouth feel to this beer, which I really like. Drinkability is flat out exceptional in this beer, with the alcohol completely un-noticeable.

This is just a lovely beer that I wish I could find a bit closer to home. Excellent stuff.

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