- My Rating: [C+], I gave it a (2.8 of 5) on Ratebeer.com
Kaffee Coffee Blonde – Steel & Oak Brewing Company, 5.1% ABV – 17 IBU, 650ml., (New Westminster, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)
on the front-right label:
“Locally roasted coffee, sourced from small holder farmers in Ethiopia’s Guji Sidama region, provides a rich yet delicate floral aroma with notes of brown sugar, grapefruit and caramel. A German malt base provides a crisp finish and a subtle biscuit flavour which plays with the wondrous coca and roasted flavours that the coffee provides.”
- Style: (flavoured – Coffee) Blonde Ale
- Taste: Grainy biscuity nutty coffee dull basic barley malt
- Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
- How much: $7.50 CAD – 650ml., August 2017
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no
Visual: (Guji Sidama region coffee bean edition) Pours clear golden yellow with a 3cm dissipating head, ringed retention, loose mix of slow and and fast streams.
Nose: cacao-y nutty light roast coffee beans, background farty barley malt (lvl-7)-pungency
Attack: crisp bite, light frothy CO2, light coffee malty impression
Mid-palate: (lvl-3-sweetness), cocoa caramel nutty coffee, basic-thin liquid barley malt
Finish: hints of brown sugar, lingering biscuity grainy barley malt
Summary: The coffee flavour provides a good burst of flavour from the start to the mids but after that the barley malt base is just too basic and dull to carry it. The result is a beer that is decent at the start but falls flat by the end. A bit above average, but I’d still have a Rogue Cold Brew IPA [B+] if I wanted a non-stout coffee beer.