There’s a small, independent coffee place by my job that I’ve started to go to. Their espresso is really good and it’s a nice pick-me-up in the afternoon. I also like coffee beers for just that reason.
Style: American Double/Imperial Stout
Trivia: According to beerstreetjournal.com, “It started in Chicago, and now California has their shot at a taste. The Bruery Icky Thump, a collaboration with Chicago’s Mikerphone Brewing debuts in the Sunshine State. ‘A massive imperial stout’ pretty much sums up this release, which was initially brewed with California-based Portola Coffee Chicago. Incidentally, for the Cali release, The Bruery used Chicago coffee, from Tugboat Coffee. Our version of Icky is a silky, creamy, coffee bomb of a beer… – The Bruery. The Bruery Icky Thump is available in 16-ounce cans and draft starting March 20th.”
Random: It’s been really cold lately. I can’t predict this weather, sometimes it’s 60 degrees and sometimes it 10 degrees.
This beer poured with a half a finger of light brown head that dissipated quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown, almost black with no visible carbonation. The nose was intense. There was a lot of baker’s chocolate, smoke and then espresso notes. There was some booze too. The taste was intense with more notes of baker’s chocolate and dark chocolate. There was some vanilla and then espresso and smoke as well. The booze was noticeable, but not overwhelming. It had a lengthy finish with coffee. I thought this beer was outstanding and would definitely have it again.
Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0