Off The Cuff | Two Brothers Brewing Company

Off The CuffOff The Cuff
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Off The CuffOff The Cuff

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TMoney2591 on 02-26-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 14
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Photo of mjc3151
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber purchased from Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora, IL.

What stuck out to me was the spicy notes and the coffee flavor. I really did not taste much cocoa flavor, even though Two Bros. calls it a "spicy cocoa" beer. It definitely had the spicy notes though. Overall it wasn't much to my liking, as I was hoping for more of a cocoa taste (I LOVE Southern Tier's Choklat). But it isn't bad and I recommend people try it, since there aren't many beers out there that have the spicy characteristics, so you may enjoy it.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a HUGE, dense head; impressive persistence. Bright, tart aromas of floral hops and coffee-like malt. Black. Starts bright with notes of coffee; acidic. Low hop bitterness is pushed aside by toasted malt, fruity peppercorn comes through. Chocolate comes out in the finish.

Overall, not a bad stout. Spicy? Peppery, for sure. GREAT, silky mouthfeel, though!

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Photo of nmann08
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours jet black with a wispy and bubbly off white head.

The smell is mostly coffee, bitter dark chocolate, green peppers and roast. The green peppers gives a vegetal indication that doesn't necessarily fit. The flavor is cocoa, green peppers, dry chocolate powder. Overall, this is good, but the ingredients aren't complementing each other, but rather fighting for attention.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Described as a spicy cocoa stout. Right on. It pours an excessively dark black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises sweet cocoa (really goddamn sweet, we're talking perfume-y, for gods' sakes), light roasted malts, a hint of coffee, and a pinch of brown sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, with a very mild hint of some sort of meek pepper peeking in from the deep background. The body is a straight medium (in the process of bulking up for next week's big meet), with a light moderate carbonation and a nigh-chewy feel. Overall, a solid chocolate-ful stout, though "spicy" is almost completely absent. A bit of a disappointment for those, like me, who seek a bit of a mole-like stout, but still tasty enough for what it actually is.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None, arrived in late spring 2013
Glass: Tulip

Off the Cuff is a stout of minor interest due to the addition of some slightly spicy, roasted pepper-like additions to the beer. The base is of cocoa, mild roasted barley, and some caramelized sugar sweetness, added onto by pepper-like elements. Above mediocre, but not excellent, this was a pleasant stout for a fairly chilly late spring evening, one I'd check out again if it were released in a year or so.

Pours a 2cm tall head of light brown to dark tan-colored foam, made up of small bubbles, quite dense-looking in appearance. Retention is about average, the head lasting slighty over one minute. Residual lacing is quite good, a mix of spiderweb-like motifs and large, irregularly-shaped blotches and dots, cling to the insides of the glass. Body is a very dark brown to black color, with light bringing out dark amber-brown hues. Carbonation is not visible through the opaque body.

Aroma is of roasted peppers with a hint of light smoke, burnt bread, and milk chocolate. Generally, a light stout aroma that reminds me more of baked pizza crust with peppers than of a black beer. Not unappetizing, but also not exactly what I think of when hearing the words "pepper stout."

Overall flavor is of roasted, slightly smoky, low-heat peppers tempered by sweet-smooth pale and roasted malt mixture that accentuates coffee-with-cream and milk chocolate flavors. Front of palate picks up cocoa powder, light roastiness from small amounts of chocolate malt, a subtle caramel sweetness, and light roasted pepper flavors. Mid-palate of roasted, slightly smoky peppers with a mild level of spice, mixed with a lightly roasted, semi-sweet and slightly caramel-influenced malt base that's not so heavy on blackened malts that the peppers are unable to show through. Back of palate is of dark caramel malt, roasted peppers, chocolate malt with a touch of cocoa, and mild ethanol. Aftertaste is mostly of cocoa and slighty spicy roasted peppers, but includes light coffee-with-cream and caramel notes.

Beer is medium-bodied, with medium-low levels of carbonation. The result is a lightly foamy, mostly smooth beer that moves across the palate slowly, but steadily. Closes dry, with substantial levels of stickiness lingering across the palate and lips.

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3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Copyright 2013 printed on the label. Grabbed one of the last remaining bottles of this from the local beer store. I'm expecting it to have mellowed a bit during it's time in the bottle.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark chocolate brown with three big fingers of fluffy creamy mocha head. Some nice spotty lacing left on the glass. Well carbonated, I'd say, even after a year in the bottle. Looks very nice.

S - The smell is kind of subdued, but nice - mild dark coffee / barley roast, cream, lactose, milk chocolate, & maybe just the slightest bit of vegetal chiles, but there is no noticeable heat present on the nose.

T - Taste follows the nose - chocolate, cocoa, coffee, barley roast, mild lactose / creaminess, but again no real noticeable chiles, heat, or spice is noticeable for me. I'm guessing the time spent in the bottle has just mellowed the spice, and I'm not disappointed. Very mild warmth is noticeable in there on end, but the cocoa is dominant.

M - The feel is creamy, smooth, and medium bodied. Good solid carbonation. Coffee bean / chocolate roastiness leftover on the palate.

Overall, a lovely stout from Two Brothers, even if it isn't the first thing I'd think of when I hear the words "spicy cocoa stout". Still going strong even a year later, but I don't recommended holding down bottles of this much longer.

Two Brothers Off The Cuff ---4/5.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into Two Brothers tulip glass. Appearance is dark and opaque with cocoa colored head which dissipates quickly and leaves decent lacing. The nose is intensely roasts with heavy cocoa character and some ancho chili adding a savory component at the end. The taste is chocolatey up front followed by a bit of a metallic taste which I presume is from the influence of the peppers. There is a mild heat at the very back that builds ever so gradually. Mouthfeel is moderate to heavy with medium carbonation. Overall, this isn't the best chocolate/pepper beer that I've tasted as it lacks that marriage between the two components. It is however a tasty product nonetheless and worth a try.

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Off The Cuff from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 53.4% out of 100 with 58 ratings
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