Cosmic Ristretto

California
United States
Cosmic Ristretto Green Flash Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Live long and drink Cosmic Ristretto. This highly revered brew will go down in history as one of the first graduates of our Genius Lab program into our front line. Marvel at its rich black appearance with bruleed edges and mocha-colored beer foam. Breathe in its coffee aroma and sweet malts, and savor its smooth, espresso, chocolate flavor. Don’t fight its gravitational pull. This bold, complex, java-centric Baltic Porter with Espresso is irresistible. Houston, we have a problem, my glass is empty.

Profile

ABV: 
8.2%
IBUs: 
45
Hops: 
Northern Brewer
Malts: 
Chocolate Wheat, Weyermann DH Carafa III
Judges Review 
Tracy Hensley's picture
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

From a foot away, strong expressive and unique espresso and cacao nib aromas explode from this clear, ruby-brown beer with a persistent tan head.. As the beer warms, it evinces chocolate bar, dark graham cracker, roasted hazelnut pieces in a praline chocolate cake, low alcohol, nutrient rich dirt, and brown earthy mushroom aromas. At first, strong roasted charred wood and espresso bean flavors evolve into a dark mocha espresso with charred pieces of fire-roasted, blackened pork bitterness and an aftertaste of pleasing fireplace smoke and clean alcohol warmth. A medium-plus body, high carbonation, mocha creaminess cut by roasted bitterness, and pleasing, medium-high, throat-warming alcohol make this an interesting, flavorful and complex beer. Overall, this is an intense, overly-charred and bitter coffee porter.