Nothing tastes better than a home brew: a beer that time, effort and thought went into creating with ones own hands.
Loblolly seems to have rounded out nicely in the keg. The coffee has really begun to compliment this beer, lending its best attributes. There is a mixture of coffee, roast, and chocolate on the nose and palate. The mash temperature and oats give a great sense of body and silky mouthfeel to a beer that is less than five percent alcohol. The bitterness is mellow allowing the roast, chocolate and coffee to leave traces long after the last sip…Just realized I didn’t review this the last time I made it. I thought I could off easy. Here goes:
Look: Dark brown to black. One-quarter glass of mocha foam covers. Great retention with the top frothing as it pulls back. Lacing is sporadic, sticky. Looks like a stout should in the glass.
Aroma: Earthy tones of coffee compliment roast and chocolate. The coffee is deep, hearty: the star but doesn’t clobber the sense.
Taste: follows the nose. Coffee, roast and chocolate create a generous trio. The finish carries the coffee and chocolate with a slight caramel sweet undertone.
Mouthfeel: Big body, aroma and flavor on such a small ABV beer. Good carbonation. Chewy.
Overall: I don’t make beers a second time, often, for myself, unless the wife likes them. This beer knocks it out of the park. I need to brew this on a regular basis.
This is not a difficult beer to brew but since I am not a coffee drinker I never have coffee on hand, let alone premium coffee. That aside this beer is going to be on tap at least twice a year. Enjoy
Fun fact: Lake Superior State University in Michigan offers a unicorn hunting license.