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Judge's Review: 88 Rating Spot Coffee Stout by Flying Bison Brewing Co.

April, 2018
Judges Rating: 
18 / 24
6 / 6
36 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Spot Coffee Stout by Flying Bison Brewing Co. was judged as BJCP category 30A Spice, Herb, Vegetable Beer

Coffee and roasted malts initially dominate the aroma but are eventually accompanied by a creamy impression. Rich coffee with cream is anticipated. Dark brown color with great clarity and a creamy tan head. The flavor follows with creamy coffee and some roasted malt. The coffee flavor is very well played and reminiscent of an iced coffee. Milk chocolate midway through is joined by just a hint of earthy tones that may be from oats, hops or a combination. Low level bitterness, which seems to come more from the roast than hops. The finish is malty sweet, not cloying and again aided by the roast to help balance things out. The chocolate remains long in the aftertaste. Full bodied with lower levels of carbonation and a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. A little slickness coats the mouth as the alcohol warms. Overall, a nice creamy coffee stout that is heavy on the cream.