Midnight Espresso

Midnight Espresso by Motorowrks Brewing
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
92
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Using coffee beans hand-roasted at Motorworks Brewing, a darker roast on Sumatra beans imparts toasted flavors, while a slightly lighter roast on Sulawesi beans provides fruity undertones. With strong chocolate and coffee notes in its aroma and taste, derived from dark caramel and chocolate malts, a slightly sweet finish rounds out this medium-bodied porter.

2016 Best of Craft Beer Awards - Silver Medal.

Profile

ABV: 
6.5%
IBUs: 
28
Judges Review 
Sean Coughlin's picture
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer is being evaluated as a Spice/Herb/Vegetable (BJCP category 30A) porter featuring coffee. The aroma is all malt featuring nuttiness and brownie batter chocolate notes. This beer presents a very inviting aroma overall, reminiscent of Ferrero Rocher candy. The aroma is unfortunately lacking coffee, although some of the nuttiness may be contributed from a medium roast bean. The beer is obsidian with a medium sized creamy dark khaki head that persists. The beer is easy to drink - malt forward with enough bitterness to keep things in check. The flavor follows the aroma with toasty, nutty, and chocolate notes that lead into a slightly sweet finish. Coffee is lacking and a bigger, bolder roast profile would be a welcome addition. Thankfully, there is no green bell pepper flavor that you find in many coffee beers. The mouthfeel is a gem: creamy, medium-light body, and medium-low carbonation. This is a truly wonderful porter that has hints of cocoa powder throughout and is never harsh, astringent, or unbalanced. The coffee treatment is incredibly subtle but helps add some depth in the way of nuttiness. A darker coffee roast profile and/or higher concentration of coffee might make for a better coffee beer.  

Brewery Introduction

Bradenton’s first craft brewery, was co-founded by Frank and Denise Tschida. As soon as they laid their eyes on the Bradenton property, they knew they had found something special. Built in 1923 as an automobile dealership – complete with a concrete ramp that was used to move cars from the ground... Read More

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