Coffee Minotaur
Orpheus Brewing

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #1,043
ABV:
8%
Score:
90
Ranked #17,929
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 12.13%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
14
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Orpheus Brewing
 
Georgia, United States
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Wants
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Gots
  4
SCORE
90
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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 14 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of ThickNStout
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 17.99. No apparent bottling date but this was just released last month. Served in an Orpheus snifter.

Pours a deep, opaque orange hued chestnut with a quarter finger of manilla head. The froth eventually fades, leaving neither retention nor lace.

Aromas of decadent coffee, soft sweet whiskey, vaguely soured grains and caramel. There is a whisper of sour but that coffee smells great.

There is a strong earthy sour note right up front, followed by flavors of coffee, bitter fruit skins, tart seeded berries, whiskey, musty bread and some vanilla tinged oak. The coffee and whiskey barrel are balanced well with the subtle earthy, funky sour.

Medium body with restrained carbonation. Earthy, sour finish with notes of coffee, tart fruit and smooth, sweet whiskey soaked oak.

Great job here by Orpheus. The coffee cuts the whiskey barrel beautifully. Coffee Minotaur is a treat worth checking out.

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Photo of Bloodbuzz99
2.9/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A very successful marriage of a coffee beer and a sour... but one I'd never reach for again. Something disconcerting about a beer that tastes like coffee but isn't dark. Just weird overall. Coffee + Sour is not an enjoyable flavor combo. Maybe worth trying once.. I guess (?)

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $13.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, slightly murky, dark amber body. A few bubbles from the pour but no appreciable head formation.

Smell: Primarily, a rather delectable aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans with some subtler hints of funk, barrel, and soiled fruit underneath.

Taste: A little chocolate and crisp roast from the local coffee bean infusion. Toasty malts, bone dry caramel. Soured, softly tart fruitiness, a bit of citrus. Very, very light sweetness present. Small hint of vanilla as the barrel edges forward a bit. Still plenty of coffee drifting through the flavor as you reach the drying, lightly roasty, lightly fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Low carbonation.

Overall: Very nice coffee character at this point, making this a fairly pleasant sour.

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Photo of brewfunk
4.93/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at 2nd anniversary

L: clear dark brown, very little head or appearance of carbonation

S: I've never had a coffee beer that's ever even come close to the aroma of this. It's like having your face in a bag of beans. A little bit of the barrel comes out, but this really is all about the coffee.

T: Starts with that same pure coffee character. The whiskey barrel adds a nice smoothness, and it ends with sour. It somehow works beautifully.

F: Medium bodied, very easy drinking for a coffee beer on a hot day, but the barrel slickness keeps if from seeming thin.

O: Who knew you could still do something so unique with coffee beer? This was not only something totally unexpected, but something I want to drink all the time. I hope they bottle this soon!

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Coffee Minotaur from Orpheus Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 14 ratings