Off The Cuff | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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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)

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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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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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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +27%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.78/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into my trusty pint glass. Poured color of cocoa. Thick 2 1/2 finger head. The taste of cocoa and a hint of a pepper taste with it as well. The pepper was a great addition to this stout. Could have had a more peppery taste if it truly wanted to. Overall very satisfied with this beer. The beer went down smooth and overall a great stout to enjoy during the day.

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of midnitesun11
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stumbled acrossed this guy at a local liquor store and thought I'd give it a try!

Pours thick and black with a light brown milk chocolate two finger head. Leaves a decent lace trail.

Smells of chocolate and coffee.

Taste of milk chocolate maltiness and a toffee/ coffee hint to it. Has a slight spiciness to it, nothing what I thought but still really good!

This beer coats the mouth evenly with a nice sweet dessert like feel. Drinks really smooth and has hardly any bitterness to it.

Overall this was a pretty good stout. Wish it had more intense, stand out flavors like I thought. Definitely worth a try!

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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 SerialHiker
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dense black with a nice layer of mocha colored head…really straight forward looking stout…head does thin a bit after a few minutes…(3.75/5)

Smell: Very similar aroma to their Northwinds Imperial Stout…milk chocolate, roasted malts, sweetness (raisin, fig), creaminess and toffee…no surprise, this is very malt driven with subtle hops presence and a touch of alcohol heat…there’s also a warming spiciness to it…it’s nice, but I feel like it could be more and is too reminiscent of Northwinds for me (which is one of my favorite brews right now)…roasted coffee bitterness comes out more as it warms…(3.8/5)

Taste: Roasted malts galore…there is a noticeable smokiness in the initial flavor bringing a more “Imperial” taste…while the beer is on the palate, there is really only a rich, roasted malt taste that dominates leaving most of the flavor to come in the after taste…milk chocolate, some slight coffee bitterness (very mild) and creaminess all hit the palate after I swallow…a good amount of warming spices also come out bringing that expected spiciness that really adds a bit of kick to the robustness brought by all those roasted malts…solid…(4.25/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, it feels light for the color and style…carbonation is light to medium fluffs up bringing roasted malt and warming spices to the palate…wet, rich and mildly smooth, this brew hits the palate and works well through the after taste…overall though, it feels a bit light…(3.75/5)

Overall: This is a solid brew, full of flavor and vigor and life…it seems like Two Brothers may have added a few ingredients to their already successful Northwinds Imperial Stout and re-released it as a Off the Cuff …this new formula comes closer to a more robust RIS, though the mouthfeel is still a bit watery to be considered exemplary…as it stands, this is a solid brew with great flavor and an easy drinkability that makes it perfect for sitting on the couch with a good book or say that new episode of Parks and Rec…easy to recommend, pick one of these up at your nearest craft beer store and enjoy! (4/5)

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3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a 25oz snifter, pours opaque black with a thin, tan head. Aromas are rich, dark chocolate, wow chocolate! Maybe a hint of peppery heat in the background but it's faint. Tastes are sweet, dark chocolate, nice amount of spiciness in the form of heat. The heat & chocolate meld & linger a bit, nice balance. Feel is creamy & smooth, medium body. Overall, it's a little one-note with little complexity, but it is well crafted.

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4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass
Dark, inky pour, with a big, thick head of chocolate milk foam.
Aroma-Roasty, with subtle chili spice
Taste-Roasted malts,coffee, cocoa, and a subtle warming spiciness. Nicely balanced with great flavor. A "tingly" spiciness that is not overdone. An excellent match for tacos or BBQ ribs.

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Off The Cuff from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 58 ratings
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