ClubGonzo’s Demonstrational (Coffee) Stout

Demonstrational (Coffee) Stout by ClubGonzo, Stout, 5.8% ABV, 47 IBU.

I love coffee stouts and I love… eh… demonstrations, so let’s see what ClubGonzo’s got for me this time.

Served in a standard pub glass. I’m crazy.

The beer pours a black body with a decent-sized, medium brown, frothy head that collapses very fast. Not much foam is left on my glass. It looks a bit dull.

ClubGonzo’s Demonstrational (Coffee) Stout, batch no 31, contract brew no 6

Moderate aroma of dry, cold filter coffee and green coffee beans. By the way, I’ve never smelled green coffee beans. Or seen one in real life. But I imagine that they would smell a bit like this, a vegetal, plant-like touch. In addition there are of course roasted notes.

The green vegetal notes are very present in the flavour as well, it’s much stronger than the roasted coffee notes. This is actually a bit strange, I wonder if it’s supposed to be like this? It’s a bit unpleasant, highly unusual and not exactly tasty.

The mouthfeel, however, is very pleasant, the beer has a good body with a slick texture and a moderate carbonation.

Conclusion: not a very convincing demonstration. It doesn’t taste much of coffee, and the vegetal off-flavours are pretty disturbing. Still, if I don’t breathe through my nose it’s enjoyable, due to the lovely mouthfeel.

Aroma:      5/10
Appearance: 3/5
Taste:      5/10
Palate:     4/5
Overall:    9/20
Ratebeer score: 2.6/5.0

ClubGonzo’s Koffikoffi

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.

ClubGonzo's Koffikoffi, Batch no. 14. Coffee coffee coffee indeed.

ClubGonzo’s Koffikoffi, Batch no. 14. Coffee coffee indeed.

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