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90 Rating: C.O.B. by Free Will Brewing Co.

December, 2017
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
35 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

C.O.B. is an Imperial Brown Ale with coffee, judged as BJCP Category 30A (Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer). Mild roast coffee, toffee, and toasted malt are the predominant aromas of this beer. The toffee and toasted characteristics are distinct and a nice reminder of this not-too-common style.  A low earthy hop aroma is in the background.  This beer pours a clear, chestnut color with moderate white head.  The flavor contains similar toasted malt and toffee overtones along with coffee. It is moderately bitter and dry throughout the entire sip. This example is highly carbonated and medium bodied, putting it on the crisper end of the spectrum. Overall, going with a lighter-seeming roast coffee was a good move, proving that stouts aren't the only beers that pair well with coffee.


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