If there’s anything that can fade and jeopardize a beer’s fate faster than anything, it’s coffee. That’s right. Coffee is, dare I say, even more ephemeral than hops. Some of the best and worst beers I’ve had were completely made or broken by this seemingly finicky ingredient. I sit here nonplussed and wildly confused. I’m sampling a 4pk of Madtree Porter that uses coffee from 4 different roasters in Ohio. Oh, and it has lactose in it (another temple-throbbing rant), further decreasing its shelf life. This 4pk is not even a month old, and is an immediately regrettable purchase How many peoples’ experiences have been ruined by one stale or poorly sourced coffee? How many beers that started off great have been undeservingly shit on because of their flavor falling off? I understand some people simply don’t like coffee flavor, but the majority that do are in a real hit-or-miss situation when it comes to purchasing coffee ales. The greatest coffee ales are shells of themselves before most people get to try them. Sincerely, a young man who is clearly bitter about buying an unsatisfactory $11 4pk of regionally roasted coffee porters.