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Cosmic Ristretto | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Live long and drink Cosmic Ristretto. This highly revered brew will go down in history as one of the first graduates of our Genius Lab program into our front line. Marvel at its rich black appearance with bruleed edges and mocha-colored beer foam. Breathe in its coffee aroma and sweet malts, and savor its smooth, espresso, chocolate flavor. Don’t fight its gravitational pull. This bold, complex, java-centric Baltic Porter with Espresso is irresistible. Houston, we have a problem, my glass is empty.

Added by Ngntjp on 02-12-2016

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Ratings: 196 |  Reviews: 55
Reviews by shigg85:
Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of teromous
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle says "Best By 10 AUG 16"

Appearance: Black body with a few beads of reddish brown where light makes it through. The head is thick and creamy with a light brown color. Good head retention with moderate lacing.

Aroma: It has a nice woody aroma with a good strong note of coffee and a bit of what smells like ancho chile peppers. It is a very inviting and intriguing aroma that I find outstanding.

Taste: The beer leads with a very distinct coffee bean flavor. Not bitterness at all. It almost has that fruity taste that you can get out of coffee which is very nice. It delivers a slightly spicy character with a faint earthy character. The malt presence is absent behind the strong flavor of coffee. The bottle says that the beer is made with Belgian Candy Sugar but it looks like the largest contribution it has to the beer is the ABV because I don't get any sweetness or character from it. I would be hard pressed to blindly identify this as a Baltic Porter because the coffee really covers up any other flavors in the beer. No alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel: It has very low bitterness. The body is full but not thick and the finish is dry.

Overall: It's a good coffee beer. If you are looking for something that has a good coffee flavor then you will find it here and it really shows that this is what they set out to do with this beer. It doesn't waffle between flavors or muddy its character; it is clearly just a coffee beer. As a coffee beer I would say it is outstanding. As a Baltic Porter I have no idea how this beer would fare because I can't really get to the heart of it. If you are looking for a nice coffee beer I would say that you should pick this one up. Even if you have a favorite coffee beer it is worth trying this out because, like the variety in coffee roasts and beans, this beer has its own unique flavor.

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Photo of tylerstravis
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I came into this not expecting a lot, but was blown away. The coffee in this is not for the burnt starbucks lover, but people that like good espresso... with a bit of sugar. Creamy feel and amazing taste. I hope this comes back yearly.

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Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Came in a goblet a deep dark cola color with creamy beige head atop that settles into a frothy mass.Dark Italian roasted coffee stands out most in the nose along with a bit of char.Coffee and bitter chocolate really hit home on the palate along with that char and some dark fruit in the finish.I love a good Baltic porter and this delivers a great feel and great flavors.Well done.

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Photo of Tiernan
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer poured black in color with a tiny tan head.
Intense coffee aroma, then a little chocolate.
Coffee taste first, kind of a dark roast. Cocoa and bittersweet chocolate later.
Lighter bodied than I had anticipated,

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours opaque dark brown to black under a moderately persistent 1” cream to light tan foam stand.

S: Big espresso aromas with some roast malt.

T: Roasty with a trace of prune. Malt roast flavors lead the attack with espresso roast becoming more prominent from mid palate to the finish. The Baltic porter flavors are clean and moderate with a trace of sweetness to provide balance and support for the espresso.
F: Very creamy, smooth, full body, medium low carbonation.

O: A very delightful drink that suggests a lightly carbonated espresso lightly sweetened by malt.

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Photo of moundbz
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Engine 15 (JAX).
Very dark reddish-brown body that is topped by a decent head.

Nice aroma that says "coffee!" but has notes of dark bread and hints of dark chocolate.

Flavor: sweet up front and nicely balanced (bitter-sweet) overall. Faint dark fruits, chocolate and fine, black coffee.

The body is smooth, medium-full,and well carbonated.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DCHritz
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasting notes from May 25th, 2016. Had on-tap at Alley Katz in Citrus Heights, CA

Appearance - Served into a pint with a khaki, quarter finger width head, the brew is deep, dark cola brown with a thin, broken layer of suds across the top. Lacing is fair, with broken webbing making up the bulk of it.

Smell - Coffee roast, with underlying notes of caramel and chocolate.

Taste - Follows the nose. Coffee roast and lesser chocolate, while hints of caramel and cream come into play. Faint earthiness and moderate grassy bitterness start to cut through as the beer warms. Finishes with a fair balance of roasted character and sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with light, tingly carbonation. Silky, almost creamy texture. Uniquely refreshing with a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Great Baltic. full flavored, but light enough to be enjoyed on even the hottest of days. One to keep an eye out for in the future.

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Photo of Roguer
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Very nice mocha head, good size and retention, and lots of lacing.

Aroma is slightly metallic, bringing notes of soured fruit and grapes to go with the expected burnt coffee and cacao notes. A little bit of vanilla and cream; robust and roasty. Nothing on the nose you can't get from other stouts, nor quite as polished.

First impression as the brew hits the palate is quite positive: notes of coffee and cacao. The excitement quickly fades, however, as first third - and the middle - quickly give way to a muddled mix of stout flavors. Roasted barley, tobacco, sour dark fruit, char. Nutty, roasty, slightly ashy finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth: fairly thick, especially for a Baltic porter, but drinkable and smooth as expected for the style. Fairly long finish, carrying a touch of alcohol heat.

Really, there's very little coffee in this; if someone told me this was a standard porter, I wouldn't know it's supposed to be espresso-infused. That's not to say it's bad; it's just nothing special for me.

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Photo of riotontheroad
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I want more coffee, less sweetness and a little crisp mouthfeel for the lager edge. This came off like a dull imperial stout, which is still a tasty brew, but the bar is high for this style.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is roasted malt, burnt wood, coffee and milk.
The taste is coffee bitter, milk and chocolate. Nice blend.
The texture is super smooth and creamy.

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of russpowell
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BBD 6 Jul 16

Pours an a crimson hued mahogany with a thumb+ of rocky tan head. Head tightens up as it warms, sheets of lacing & the head more or less falls apart over time

S: Coffee, not much, but plenty of coffee, turns towards mocha once warm

T: Espresso, a little coffee grind, dryness & Baker's chocolate & a little dryness up front. Some woody hops & charred grain mix with coffee as this warm, starts turning slightly astringent as well, some caramel sneaks in as well. Finishes with coffee/espresso, vanilla, a little dryness, plus a kiss of vanilla

MF: Medium body fairly firm carbonation up front, smooths out a bit once warm

Green Flash done good with this one, well worth a pick up, not perfect, but enjoyable

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Photo of hophugger
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep dark color with excellent head and decent lacing. Aroma is big with chocolate and coffee. Taste is nice with heavy espresso and an awesome creaminess that takes this beer to the next level..

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Photo of zonker17
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 finger head on pour that fades rapidly, some lacing. Deep dark brown. Weaker than expected nose with coffee and some malt. Very dry, almost like drinking a cup of black coffee with some malt presence. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Probably to style, but wishing it had a touch of sweetness to balance the big coffee.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into an English pint glass. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a thin white to off white foamy thin head. Semi-thin foamy lacing glosses around the sides of the glass nicely. The smell had a rich dark espresso to milky chocolate/semi-sweet cocoa bean but also somewhat burnt coffee bean. Decent roast. The taste tried to follow through on the wanted flavor. Mainly had that roasty to burnt flavor rolling on into the aftertaste. Slight dry/roasty/burnt finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with the burnt/roasty/espresso sort of feel hitting my tongue decently. Hmmm...there’s a part of me that wants to say "excessively," hmmm...not bad. Overall, for a Baltic Porter, pretty good for the most part, leans a bit more towards the roasty sort of almost burnt coffee bean-esque thing.

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Photo of richj1970
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sanha926
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Baltic porter. Colour is quite light, head is tan, nice espresso flavour. Almost no alcohol taste.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Newest WOW brew from Green Flash I have tried. This fine porter pours from the bomber into
the snifter a deep dark mahogany with a decent head of light tan foam that subsides to a thick
ring, thin pool, and subtle lacing. Nose of espresso, char, fudge, and deeply roasted malts.
Flavors follow the nose with espresso on the front and sides, fudge notes hit nicely on the middle
to back of the taste, and mingle with deeply roasted malts and medium to heavy char on the back
finishing with a bitter malt flavor and a touch of herbal hops. Nice mouth feel, creamy on the front
and fading into mild carbonation. Overall this is an excellent porter in the "Baltic" style.



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Photo of kbuzz
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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