Koffikoffi by ClubGonzo, Stout, 7.4% ABV, 60 IBU.
Many of my favourite beers are coffee infused stouts, so let’s try ClubGonzo’s take on this demanding beer style.
It pours a black body with a small, frothy, medium brown head that quickly collapses into a film with some bubbles floating on top. However, when swirling the beer a thin layer is easily formed. I’m a sucker for black beers, so I won’t let a short-lived head ruin the appearance score. And the head leaves plenty of lacing on my glass, and that’s something I really appreciate.
The aroma is strong and dark roasted with massive coffee notes. ClubGonzo isn’t exactly going for subtle coffee hints here! There are some fruity hints in the back, but this one is definitely totally dominated by coffee. I’m a coffee addict, so I find the one-dimensionality pleasant and clean.
The flavours confirm my suspicions, here are lots, lots, lots & lots of coffee. There’s not room for much else than coffee, and even though I find it very tasty, I don’t think it would have hurt to go a little easier on the espresso. The taste is light to moderate sweet, but it’s hard to quantify the sweetness due to the prominent dryness that sets in mid-palate. I’m not sure what’s causing the dry feeling, is it just the coffee, or are there chalky yeast in my glass? The long, dry, dark roasted coffee finish has a good amount of bitterness. The carbonation of this medium bodied beer is moderate to soft.
Conclusion: a nice coffee stout, although a bit less coffee and dryness might have made it even better.
Aroma: 7/10 Appearance: 4/5 Taste: 7/10 Palate: 3/5 Overall: 13/20 Ratebeer score: 3.4/5.0