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Coffee Brown – Saint Archer

starcher_coffee_bttl6% ABV
Purchased at Taylor’s Market ($4.99/22 oz. bottle) and poured into pint glasses.

Brewed by San Diego upstarts Saint Archer, Coffee Brown pours a black coffee color with a mid-sized, sawdust-colored head.  The nose is more sweet than roasty, not unlike coffee candy, with aromas of coffee, amaretto, milk chocolate and toffee.  Coffee Brown gets sweet on the first swallow as well, with a flavor that feels a little too artificial, and although it finishes with a nice coffee and cream richness, the aftertaste is a little thick and syrupy.  There is some nuttiness from the brown ale base, but I would have preferred more bitterness, and a coffee flavor that was slightly more authentic.  We have really enjoyed some of the hoppier offerings from Saint Archer, but this one just misses.

   2.5 Toasts

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   3 Toasts

 

Hazelnut Brown Nectar (Rogue Ales)

6.2% ABV, 33 IBUs
Purchased at Davis Bottle Shoppe ($6.99/22 oz. bottle) and poured into pint glasses.

His Notes:

This popular beer from Rogue pours walnut brown with a thin, desert sand-colored head, and gives off the subtle and smoky smell of ripe nuts, tobacco smoke, and dried leaves.  With the deep and rich flavor of brown nuts, cigar ash, and a soothing dollop of honey, Hazelnut Brown Nectar is a great fall beer that could also be a great winter beer.  Hazelnut extract has been added to the brew, but it doesn’t taste gimmicky or fake, and doesn’t overwhelm your palette like Sierra Nevada’s similar autumnal offering Tumbler (it should pair well with hearty meat dishes and stews).  It finishes beautifully, with the smoke and leaf flavors rounding out into a smoky and smooth retreat.

  4.5 Toasts

Her Notes:

    4.5 Toasts


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