Cup Of Joe | Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by GilGarp on 10-07-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on cask at the brewery today. They took their imperial stout and added decaf fair trade organic coffee from the Bean Cycle, which is a local Fort Collins coffee roaster.

It is nearly black in color with big bubbles of brown head.

The aroma has sweetness but surprisingly not that much coffee.

Taste is where the coffee kicks in but it's still faily mild. There's an underlying sweetness to it that reminds me of cherries and port wine. The sweet character balances well with the slight bitterness from the hops and coffee.

Mouthfeel is very good, smooth, and easy on the carbonation. I think the cask certainly helps in this area.

Drinkability is actually very good for a beer of this strength.

Overall I think it's better than their espresso version which was a beer only a coffee lover could really enjoy. At first I was concerned that they had used decaf but the subtle coffee flavor is actually more enjoyable.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at Odells from their hand pump cask. Pours a pretty viscous jet black color with some bigger soap bubbles on the head that surprisingly lasted for some time. Did eventually even out and with a swirl or two a very soft off tan head hid to the edge of the glass.

The nose is mostly beer with a subtle coffee aroma. To start there is a nice roasted barley aroma that isn't obnoxiously bitter or astringent. A lighter chocolate and more of kettle caramel aroma comes out on the back end. The beer was room temp so some lighter esters came out. There also was a slight lactic quality that almost had a oatmeal appeal but missed the spiciness. A touch of floral on the backend but really subtle.

The taste had a bit more coffee but still limited for a coffee stout. The roast backs off compared to the nose but still a very nice roast characteristic with out the astringency. Some minor caramel and kettle notes as well. The milky/lactic quality come out more which makes me think oatmeal. The yeast comes out more as well with more distinct cherry and woody esters.

The body is closer to moderate than full. As noted, really love the roast as the astringency is minimal. Carbonation is next to nothing as should be with a hand pumped beer. Overall a good base style but really lacking that coffee note.

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Cup Of Joe from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 2 ratings