Achromatic - Coffee Maple
WeldWerks Brewing Co.

Achromatic - Coffee MapleAchromatic - Coffee Maple
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #140
ABV:
10.2%
Score:
96
Ranked #713
Avg:
4.44 | pDev: 5.41%
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
122
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Achromatic - Coffee MapleAchromatic - Coffee Maple
Notes: Chewy and creamy with tons of chocolate malt, huge additions of maple syrup, and enough coffee to balance, Coffee Maple Achromatic is our quintessential breakfast beer. We boil for more than 6 hours to achieve the unbelievably rich, chewy, thick mouthfeel of the base beer. We take the decadence to the next level with multiple maple syrup additions throughout the process, which are a perfect complement to the huge addition of barrel-aged Peruvian coffee from our friends at Zoe's Cafe, which was aged for several weeks in a spent Medianoche bourbon barrel before roasting.
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Photo of mkh012
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 3 months ago.

Pours almost pitch black with a thin tan head.

The nose is chocolate, maple, savory roast, and faint metal.

The taste is chocolate, maple, coffee, roast, and subtle bitterness. Hints of cherry. Very nice. It's fairly sweet but never excessively. The flavors are nicely melded and deftly presented, almost like CBS.

The mouthfeel is big. It starts full and almost melts on the palate into chocolate/maple/etc.

Overall, awesome. The 19 oz. format is a lot for one person, but it never becomes taxing.

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Photo of VoodooBear
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 19.2 oz can with the canning date printed on the bottom. Served in a Rastal Craft Master Grand.

Appearance: The thick, tan colored two fingers head stays around for a while and leaves behind a foam ring that stays until the end a lot of patchy lacing. It's a deep, rich black color with some very dark reddish brown showing up on the edges.

Smell: It's a strong and sweet aroma of milk chocolate and pancakes covered in maple syrup. There are some darker notes of roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee but they take more of a back seat on the nose.

Taste: The taste is extremely well balanced and never gets too sweet or too bitter. The maple syrup hits first, that's followed up by some fresh coffee bean and chocolate notes. It ends with a slightly bitter aftertaste of roasted malt and black coffee.

Mouthfeel: It's smooth and creamy but not that robust. It's more medium bodied, a bit watery even, and the carbonation is low.

Overall: A very well made beer that strikes an almost perfect balance of flavors on the palate, smells great and looks good too.

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Photo of beergoot
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark mahogany body, looks black in some light; relatively thin yet lasting tan head; frothy and bubbly; small blobs and fingers of foam cling to the inside of the glass. Intense aroma blend of dark roast coffee, caramel and toffee, charred grain; roasted nuts. The taste mirrors the aroma, perhaps a bit less intense, yet also highlighting some bitter and milk chocolate and whiskey notes; maple syrup notes are low-key but do contribute to the overall sweetness. Heavy body; smooth and viscous; soft warmth throughout; nice residual sugar heft coats the palate; semi-sweet, semi-dry.

The Peruvian coffee really accentuates this beer, with the maple syrup element keeping somewhat in the background. The interesting twist is that it is the coffee bean that are barrel-aged ("...the huge addition of barrel-aged Peruvian coffee from our friends at Zoe's Cafe, which was aged for several weeks in a spent Medianoche bourbon barrel before roasting..."). Well, this sample was canned 04/08/19, and so the coffee really shines since it is so relatively fresh in the mix. A must try...

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Photo of Sabtos
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This features smoky charred coffee, as well as maple that's mature and not sugary, with a good dark chocolatey roast through a big body lightened by some effervescence. The moderate roast keeps it tethered to earth and it's overall deliciously savory with a semi-dry finish.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a very dark black color, with a small head, and no lacing.

This smells like earthy and not too sweet, dark elegant roast, and nutty/fruity coffee.

This works really well, as it's got a lot of maple and coffee, but it's nowhere too sweet. Maple based beers can often get quite sweet and taxing. The coffee adds a nice bitterness, as well as light fruitiness, and maybe some light nuttiness. There's a nice and pleasant distinct roast character as well.

This is medium bodied, rich and creamy, with a great level of drinkability.

This is a top shelf, top tier pastry stout.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle, served in a tulip glass. Pours a dark black body, one and half finger thick bubbly mocha head, good retention, medium collar, no lacing. Smell is chocolate fudge, mildly roasty coffee, a fair bit of maple syrup and pancake, light earthy coffee grounds. Flavour is a nice smoooooooth balance of chocolate chip pancakes, maple syrup, espresso, a bit of milk chocolate and cocoa, touch of earth. Sweet intrinsically but balanced by the coffee and darker chocolate flavours. Really, really nice flavour profile. Mouthfeel is medium fuller bodied, creamy, substantial and slightly chewy. Good body, good carbonation and nice maple chocolate chip pancake finish. Very enjoyable and tasty adjunct pastry stout, and this is executed just as well as the usual suspects are.

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Photo of bgold86
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best non barrel aged I've ever had, maple so well integrated along with the coffee, great mouthfeel, overall exceptional brew, cannot wait to enjoy again. Great work guys!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

MrKennedy was in the states and sent me a crowler of this beautiful liquid. The pour was very black, there was a bit of brown head on top. The smell of the beer was about as sexy as a beer can get. The maple and coffee were awesome on this. The taste was much like the nose. The feel of the beer was pretty thick but smooth. Overall I'm damn impressed, really glad I got to try this one!

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown pour, frothy and thick caramel colored head, very viscous on the glass.

S - Chocolate and maple dominate the nose, some cream, and caramel.

T - Maple, toasted toffee, cream, and caramel.

M - creamy and full bodied.

O - This is a very flavorful beer worth checking out.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan head. Black color.

Coffee and maple but lots of roast. Chocolate. Wish the maple came through more. Nothing like morning wood.

Medium to full bodied. A bit letdown.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz. crowler. Inky black body. Nice khaki head. Nose has maple and coffee, as advertised. Kinda sweet smelling. Roasty. Very nice. Tastes of maple sweetness and coffee as well. Also really nice. Chocolate. Sweet maple and a coffee bitterness. Medium heavy and pretty sweet, but it's good enough to be drinkable. Excellent.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

well, this should completely silence the folks who reckon juicy bits was a one hit wonder, a lucky accident or something, spaghetti at the or whatever, this is epic, better than juicy bits to me, and really a demonstration of brewing mastery. a base stout that i have to imagine is excellent, although this is spiked liberally with maple syrup and good coffee, and the union is sublime. more maple than coffee, a nice starchy thick base too, oatmealy, robust on the roast, already coffee-like before the coffee, and just sweet enough on the maple, not fermented down to invisible, really hearty and amazing. maple and coffee together is a smart set up, i think it allows the maple to stay sweet as a balancing agent for bitter coffee, although its neither astringent or acidic here at all, obviously somewhat tempered already by the big stout. more residual maple than most beers like this have, and i love that aspect. its perfect really, all we need is a snowy morning and another crowler! high milk chocolate flavor here, rich roast, subtle caramel and toffee, smooth and viscous, silky, near perfection. i dont want to hear anything more about weldwerks being a one trick pony...

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Phenomenal stout. Thick, black body with dense cocoa head. Tons of coffee and maple flavors that balance out with a thick, creamy mouth feel... Could drink this all day!

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Normally I'd rate this much lower because the coffee really overpowers the maple and I can't stand when coffee gets in the way of better flavors (for my tastes). However, the coffee character is amazing and nearly perfect. Probably top 10 or close to it on my list of "best use of coffee in beer," just wish the maple was on par.

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Photo of raynmoon
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Pitch black in the glass. Not much in terms of alcohol legs. Nice brown foam sticking around the edges.

aroma: all coffee. Smells like a cup of cold brewed coffee. Or rather, smells like opening a bag of extremely fresh unground beans. Some chocolate backs it up, but not much else. No maple.

taste: Maple comes through on the flavor, but it is faint. It is mostly coffee and chocolate. Like a mocha.

mouthfeel: Nice, not too viscous or too chewy, appropriate for the style.

overall: A really nice beer. People will really like this though.

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Achromatic - Coffee Maple from WeldWerks Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 122 ratings