Heine Brothers Coffee Stout | Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's

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Heine Brothers Coffee StoutHeine Brothers Coffee Stout

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Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Kentucky, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An oatmeal stout brewed with English roasted barley and caramunich malt to impart a roasty and slightly sweet malt flavor. The addition of flaked oats lends creaminess and body. The Heine Brothers' specially roasted, organic, Mexican coffee is added in two doses; a ration is stirred into the hot unfermented beer to extract coffee flavor, then freshly brewed coffee is also added after fermentation is complete, to impart fresh coffee flavor and aroma.

25 IBU

Added by Brent on 02-21-2007

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque black with a thick, pillowy tan head that laces deep into the glass.

S: Aromas of roasted grain, coffee, cream, and dark chocolate are most prevalent on the nose. This is definitely a coffee bomb.

T: Notes of coffee, dark chocolate, heavy cream, roasted grain, vanilla bean, oatmeal, and minerals wash across the palate. The finish is oddly short and flat with coffee and chocolate flavors.

M: Surprisingly light in body and a bit oily. I found this ale to be a bit thin and watery in the mouth.

O: This is a drinkable coffee stout, but could use further refinement. In the end, it looks nice, but comes off as a bit one-dimensional.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a St. Bernardus chalice at Local Option.

Going from one coffee stout down the street to another here. It pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of dark tan foam. The nose comprises coffee, milk chocolate, and roasted malts. Unlike before the coffee is still the primary scent, but it compliments and draws out the others. Just like a leader ought. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some light vanilla bean and some light molasses in the background. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda thin feel. Overall, a very nice coffee stout, one that doesn't overdo it on the coffee and whose somewhat thin feel is really the only thing holding it back.

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Photo of tsauce2
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P: 750 ml bottle in to a tasting glass

A: SRM is dark brown/black. Opaque. Head is dark tan, 1 in., dissipates to line the rim. Medium carbonation. Light lacing.

S: Heavy chocolate and coffee notes, some carmelized notes.

T: COFFEE!!! Coffee blends with deep roasted chocolate malt. Aftertaste is roasty and coffee.

M: Semi syrupy, medium carbonation, yet very palateable.

O: Fantastic. This is one of my favorite coffee beers. I always seems like coffee beers leave me wanting more coffee, but not this one. Not overly complicated, just a deep roasted stout with huge coffee notes.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.12/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: First pour yielded about half head. Fortunately the head fell quickly and the second pour filled my glass. Black color. Fizzy soda-pop head, which falls quickly and leaves no lacing behind.

3.5 S: Exceedingly dry with surprisingly low amounts of coffee. The roastiness and oatmeal comes through well along with chocolate. I like it. I would have given a higher score if it wasn't slightly acrid.

1.5 T: Oh boy, I see where the acrid part of the nose comes from. Exceedingly acrid day old stale coffee taste dominates giving a this beer a puckering aspect. This flavor is so strong that anything outside of general roastiness cannot be perceived.

2.0 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Despite constant swirling, I couldn't get the carbonation down to a reasonable level. Not particularly creamy and certainly not smooth.

1.5 D: I don't know why I gave this brewery another chance after being disappointed time and again by their products. Unfortunately, I bought two other BBC brews when I bought this. Hopefully they will be better. Avoid this at all costs.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.52/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a gratifying black with a reasonably thick texture and a surprisingly large amount of tan head. A really surprising amount. The amount of bubbles in this one look more like something from Belgium than Louisville.

S: Aroma is strong with coffee, but almost stronger with chocolate, very nice. Hints of alcohol and even a little licorice linger in the end.

T/M: Tastes highly carbonated, unnaturally so. Stouts shouldn't really have this many bubbles in them. Coffee is apparent at the start, but the chocolate aroma just doesn't hang around for the flavor. Some roasted malts follow, but the body is super thin, considering how thick it looked.

This is really an all around disappointing beer that looked like it was going to be great. The coffee is decent, but the thin mouthfeel and watery flavor are a deal breaker. And what the hell is with all the bubbles? I've already got gas.


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Photo of readbaron
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Was gonna send this out as an extra, but it leaked on the walk to fedex. Stuck it in the fridge, and shockingly, weeks later, it still has a good seal. Nice!

Pots a deep, thick, super inky brown with 3 fingers of brown foam.

Smells burnt and roasty - a whiff of coffee and loads of bready malts. A bit of chocolate sweetness arrives as it warms.

Taste is decent. All malt and bitter coffee. not much sweetness, and the coffee flavor is harsh.

Mouthfeel is disappointing, especially for an oatmeal stout. Thin, dry and overcarbed, which is surrising since it looks rather viscous.

Luckily, this dude wasn't a flat drainpour, but all in allit wasnt great. Probably not gonna re-visit it.

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Photo of Spica66
2.66/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Drank this beer with gwuilliums at Camp Lawrence for 15th anniversary celebration.

A: Very dark brown. Good head formation and nice retention.

S: Some roast malts, but no coffee at all.

T: Weak. Barely bitter and no coffee at all. Very disappointing.

M: Drank like a dry stout, not an oatmeal stout. Where is the creamy mouthfeel?

O: I would not think of buying another one of these.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served overly-chilly, and pretty well pitch black in the BBC pint glass, with no foam or lace.

Nose is chocolate, with some coffee grounds in the background. Appealing.

Nice and smooth oatmeal stout, with heavy chocolate tones alongside the coffee flavors, and a definite nutty hint as well. Integration among flavors well done.

A superb drink, and seemingly (from the other scores) much better on draft than bottled.

New review from 3 years later:
Enjoyed on tap at BBC St. Matthews, before the Slint "Breadcrumb Trail" film premiere in town.

Pint poured a deep black. Limited tan head, with little discernible lacing on the glass.

Smells like cold coffee, pure and simple. Which is certainly not a bad thing! It must be noted, too, that this was served at a proper temperature (almost room temp). Perfect!

Tastes like smooth, sweet coffee. Little hint of burnt or even roasty malts. Absolutely delicious and delightful. For coffee lovers, this is a real treat.

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Photo of Lolli1315
2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My friend gave me this bottle around May, so this bottle has aged a little.

A- An opaque motor oil black with just the faintest ruby highlights towards the bottom of the glass when exposed to light. A small brown head composed of fine bubbles disappears into a slightly splotchy blanket across the surface of the glass. Slight lacing is apparent as a defining circle outlines the glass wall.

S- Burnt roasted malts that are reminiscent of roasted coffee and dark bitter chocolate. Beneath the large roasty smell are hints of nuts and a bready character. The finish of the smells melds together with the chocolate undertones, but more complex character derived from a slight bitterness from hops and a lasting alcohol noticeability.

T- The taste does not parallel the smell in strength. The roasty complexion that was expected was very subdued with hints of coffee and chocolate that miss any real complex character. There is a bready and nutty character towards the beer and it almost rivals the intensity of the roasted and chocolate malt. Towards the end the bitterness provides more complexity than the malt with a slight alcohol taste, but leaves the feeling that all the tastes are a bit watered down.

M- Medium bodied mouthfeel that lacks a chewy or silky feeling that should be accompanied with oats. Slightly watery and lacking any real carbonation.

D- Surprised at this beer as I have heard good things about the brewery. This could be a result of an older (maybe slightly oxidized) bottle rather than a bad product. At this point not very drinkable. I'll chalk this one up to an isolated incident for now and hopefully will be able to try this one again later.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Creamy head, very low retention. Moderate lacing. Low carbonation. Inky darkness with very little in terms of other hues to offer.

S- Roasted grain, minor burnt character, something plasticy to the roast. Generic almost. Some bitter coffee character, but faint.

T- Opens sweet, chocolatey. Very milk chocolately in fact. Surprisingly good. Middle is the roasted grain. Finish is moderately clean after having a burst of bitter coffee. Not much else in terms of coffee flavor. Deeply disappointing in terms of coffee, deeply impressive in terms of milk chocolate flavors. It actually tastes a bit like chocolate milk. Some lactose sugars coming out interestingly enough.

M- Nice and creamy. Smooth nature. Thin, low lingering potential. Crisp on the opening that gives off enough carbonation, regardless of how hidden it is on the appearance.

D- Overall, decent. The first time I had this I was amazed by it. It truly blew me away at DLD. This however is a disappointment to my memory. Perhaps if I didn't put it up on a pedestal I'd enjoy it more.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown almost black color with a thin mocha colored head. Not much lace left behind.

S- The nose is mostly roasted malt and a faint coffee scent. Overall the nose is fairly weak.

T- Ok, now we're talking...the nose might have been a bit disappointing but the flavors certainly aren't. Nice full roasted flavor with some bitterness from the coffee beans and dark chocolate. The oats lend a bit of malt sweetness and body. The coffee is much more pronounced in the flavor and it finishes with a touch of alcohol warmth.

M- Medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D- Very drinkable brew that could really benefit from a stronger nose.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We got a random shipment of Bluegrass in Chicago, and my wife picked this up because she digs coffee stouts. Served in a pint glass.

A - A fairly aggressive pour yields two fingers of light mocha foam that settles to a solid cap and leaves a few fingers of lace. The body is a near-black that's consistent throughout the glass. With a bit more lace this would be a picture-perfect oatmeal stout.

S - Very dark roast coffee, that also contributes some earthy aromas. The backbone is heavy in vanilla and baker's chocolate.

T - The taste is more bitter and slightly astringent. More of a mix of slightly stale coffee grounds, earthiness, and charred malts. The light smoke flavor is evocative of a old-school diner.

M - Carbonation is zesty and perhaps verging on harsh, but it's not totally out-of-place for a lower ABV stout. Body is more gritty than I expected from a beer with oatmeal. Finish is sticky and slightly smoky as well.

D - This went down easy enough. The coffee flavor isn't palate-destroying, but the flavor could use a touch more balancing sweetness. The feel is pretty middling, but otherwise it's a decent, fairly enjoyable coffee stout.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Pitch black color. An frothy head disappears a bit too quickly. A few spots of lace.

Nice aroma of fresh brewed, strong coffee. Coffee boarders on an espresso roast in the nose. Roasty malt as well. Just a hint of a sweet note.

Roasted malt, dark roast coffee with a bitter edge. A note of dark chocolate. Minimal fruity notes.

Body seems a bit thin. If this has oatmeal, it lacks that smooth, slick feel. Alcohol is well hidden. Not outstanding, but still nice.

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Photo of bobhits
2.4/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice watery black, with a solid 2 finger head. Some lacing fairly good presentation.

Coffee jumps out at you from the get go. Sweet but somewhat thin burnt malt to follow.

The flavor is that of a stout with coffee. Nothing is really jumping out here. It's not overly bitter, it's not overly sweet. Coffee, burnt malt, a touch of dark fruit,

This beer is like water. It's not strong on the alcohol or body. It's way too thin for a stout imo,

Then there's the price. 9 bucks for a 25.4 oz which works out to about 4.25 for a 12 oz serving. Or a touch over 25 bucks for a 6 pack.
The Family Reserve I felt was too thin and too light in body, but it had some depth and complexity to it. This is just a middle if not below average stout with a nice coffee aroma and not much else to speak of. Nearly a drain pour as this isn't the kind of beer you want to get people together to share so you're stuck with way the heck more beer than you'd ever want. (It's a bit too good to throw out, I mean BBC may make some below average beers, but it's still beer and beer is tasty).

If you like coffee stouts, give it a try. If you've from Louisville and you have a special place for the Heine Brother's coffee you should seek it out. Being from Lexington and rarely going up to Louisville all I can say is this was a disappointment. I wanted to discover that the bourbon barrel aging covered up a much stronger coffee flavor. I could really dig a strong coffee flavor in a nice non imperial stout.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to Megan for bringing this one the other night. You almost have me craving these coffee beers at this point. This one was packaged in a capped 750, with gold foil wrapped on the cap. Very impressive look. As for the beer, it poured a nice dark brown color, with some cappuchino colored foam on top. Big aromas of freshly brewed coffee, roasted malt and dark chocolate. Somewhat full bodied and sweet, creamy and rich. Coffee is the dominant flavor here, but chocolate is still present. Overall, a very nice example of the style.

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Photo of RickS95
4.63/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's really the perfect looking beer. It's midnight dark, with a thick head of brown bubbles.

Smells remarkable. There's a hint of flowers, but it's all coffee. I'm not a coffee drinker, but I love it in beer. This is what I want a beer to smell like.

Tastes great. You gets hints of coffee, but it's not overpowering, with just enough toffee to offset and balance the coffee.

Very creamy in the mouth. Like I said, I'm not a coffee drinker, but this is what I envision a mocha coffee drink to feel like. There's some substance with the coffee, but a little sweetness to counter the only slightly bitter taste.

This is so easy to drink. It smells and tastes great. It feels good in your mouth and goes down easy. It's somewhat above average in ABV, but almost the perfect beer.

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Photo of maximum12
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to BEERchitect for shipping this north in a wintertime trade. After an afternoon of drinking Cigar City growlers with friends, time for one last beer before beddy-time.

Pours dark. Smell is strong on the coffee & light on the chocolate.

Heine Brothers taste follows the nose to a T. The coffee is hard & fast up front, but with a bitter, over-roasted edge to it. Hops fly open at the end & add another layer of bitterness without adding much in the way of flavor. The smoothness I'd expect from an oatmeal stout is present, but beaten down by the bitterness. Chocolate is noplace to be found, perhaps I imagined it.

Decent enough brew. The coffee, roast, & hops are begging for balancing sweetness, but in vain. Nothing makes it stand out from the pack.

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Photo of Pabs311
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours very dark, almost black with a very nice thick mocha colored head that settles slowly to eventually leave some lacing along the glass.

S- Very faint at first, but once the beer warms up some there is some good fresh brewed coffee there with some maltiness and bittersweet chocolate backing it up.

T- the taste is very similar to the nose. the flavors can be picked up alot earlier than the aroma, but as the beer warms they become more pronounced. there is that upfront strong fresh brewed coffee and then a backing of some bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts.

M/D- Beer is medium bodied with some carbonation. very drinkable. i wish that there was much stronger of a nose and flavor to this beer, but otherwise a good beer. recomended

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Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Ding - thanks!

Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of robust roasted coffee, solid roasted malts, and unsweetened chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells however the coffee isn't as well fleshed out. Strong roasted malt flavors kick things off and are quickly joined by heavily roasted coffee flavors with hints of char. Midway through the sip unsweetened chocolate flavors enter into things and carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was a good coffee stout however the flavors weren't quite as smooth as I'd hoped given the smell. Still, worth a shot.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is mainly of quality coffee with a firm hint of unsweetened chocolate. It pours a deep, opaque coffee sable with a decent tan head. Mainly mocha flavor, like fine coffee and unsweet chocolate, has a hint of licorice. Texture is smooth, fizzy and slightly grainy.

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Photo of lightindarkness
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep nearly black color with dark brown edges. A full burnt tan head rises on top, but settles a bit thin, leaving a swirly galaxy of froth on top and a nice collar. Little lace. In thinking coffee, it actually looks really really good.

Smells like a coffee stout, but a little Christmasy too. Roasted malts, mild light coffee, marshmallow, and burnt wood, cedar, and spice.

Taste has some round roasted malt, full and dry, with a mildly bitter coffee filling in through it. Coffee is strong, but not too much so. Some chocolate. Other flavors accompany that are typical of such a beer, including a slight vegetable taste and a distant woodiness. Leaves a resounding floral background in the coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is interesting. Very oily, thick, and smooth, almost creamy. It's perhaps even thicker than I'd really like.

Drinkability is hindered by body, but not too badly. Drinks smooth and easy, but a little full. Taste is nice, as is smell, but neither stand out to me as being outstanding beyond some of the other well done examples of the style. I like this beer, especially as a coffee beer, but I don't know that I'll find myself craving it like some others. I do like that it's rather palatable without overdone alcohol.

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Photo of JoePat
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass
Dark brown if not black pour with a tan head that disipates farly quickley leaving a little lacing on the glass.
Huge smell of coffee, bitter chocolate, and sweet malts. Great aroma and really inviting.
Taste of coffee, chocolate, and malt same as smell but something else like a sweet cigar. After taste leaves the bitter coffee flavor blanketed by the sweetness of the malt.
Mouth feel is thin pretty characteristic of BBC's beers which makes this a really drinkable session stout with a lot of flavor. Would be great to see this in 12ozs and distributed to Bowling Green.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved this bottle from auroracrisis this morning. Thanks Ben for some great Kentucky brews! 750 ml bottle with a gold-foil-covered neck.

Pours a dark brown into a tulip glass. It looks black, but when held into the light, the outsides are clearly amber-brown. Nice brown head with decent retention. Leaves a little bit of lacing here and there.

The nose is strong on the coffee notes at first, which is a good sign. I also get a very pronounced tobacco character, that I totally was not expecting. I also get underlying tones of smooth oatmeal and sweet malts. A nice roasted character as well.

There is a chocolatey taste that I didn't pick up in the nose, but this is very bitter from coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. It's really good, actually. I get everything from the nose, but no tobacco, it's almost like a dry tobacco smell turned into a milk chocolate taste...interesting. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, if not watered down. Decent carbonation level, nothing too high or low. Drinkability is good, this is a good session stout.

Overall, I'm pretty impressed with my first Bluegrass brew. It's tasty and easy drinking, and I don't think I would really change anything about it too drastically. Good stuff. Thanks Ben!

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Photo of beveritt
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a foil wrapped wine bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is very simple, no picture, just the name of the beer. Picked this up at the Louisville brewpub.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of medium tan head. This settles slowly, still maintaining a thin, yet complete coating of foam. Nice lacing coverage. The beer itself is dark brown and opaque, with just hints of light coming through the edges. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Creamy oatmeal smoothness with hints of a lactose sweetness. Mild coffee aroma.

Taste: Creamy flavors upfront, lactose and oatmeal. Middle of medium roastiness and a mild coffee bitterness. Dry acrid finish.

Mouthfeel: Average to slightly lower than average carbonation level. Body is decent. Not watery, but not mouth-coating.

Drinkability: I like this one. Nothing over the top or spectacular, but this is another solid offering from BBC. This could be an everyday, go to beer.

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3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - starts with a dark, opaque pour into the glass. A slightly watery finger of mocha. Light lacing as it melts down to a creamy cover. Halfway through, the lace and head have disappeared.

Aroma - roasty malt, undercut a little by the snappy, spicy coffee beans. They are intense, almost pepper-like.

Taste - lots of roasty malt, a touch of char. The coffee is a bit too much on the swallow at first, coming across with that pepperiness. The swallow shows a much better profile of the beans as a good roasted coffee flavor slowly emerges. The finish is tasty with the coffee still lingering and the roast malt helping out. Some good dark chocolate notes come out with warming, very nice.

Mouthfeel - medium body, but feels a bit thin for the style. Average carbonation.

Drinkability - a drinkable coffee brew; the early pepper detracts a little, but overall I like it.

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