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Little Red Roostarr

March, 2016
Judges Rating: 
18 / 24
6 / 6
36 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

If you like a fresh pot of coffee, this beer was made for you. It pours pitch black with a big tan head that clings to the glass. The aroma is of bold, freshly-roasted coffee beans. Unfortunately, however, there isn’t much beer behind it. Maybe some burnt toast, but its all about the coffee in the nose. Fortunately, the flavor takes on a much fuller profile. The coffee surely is still there, but its not as dominating as it is in the aroma. It’s more of a coffee-and-cream take vs. bold, black coffee, and it features complementary notes of milk chocolate, deep caramel, raisins and a faint earthiness from the hops. Despite all the coffee, the bitterness is moderately low without any astringency. The body is pretty light for the style, but it helps keep it easy-drinking and takes on an Irish Coffee element. This beer was definitely made for coffee drinkers, especially in the aroma, but even for those that aren’t like me, once you get past the overabundance in the nose, it’s a very well-blended beer that is quite enjoyable.