Total Score: 7/10
On to yet another coffee beer – this time (well actually last one was too) an intriguing proposition with a “creamy coffee & chocolate amber ale” as the label points out: “All coffee beers are dark, right? Not this one.” with that I was sold – whilst I indeed love coffee I generally have it Flat White (aka pretty much a Latte) and oooh this has maltodextrin and lactose added to give it some ‘creaminess’ yes! Open. Bottle. Now.
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Cloudy with suspended yeast particles amber body with a hint of brown, though that could be the yeast causing that, and rich cream coloured dense packed head which drops from 1 to half a centimetre. I do have a soft spot for yeast particles – I would sprinkle them on ice cream if I could (joking!) [not really!]. 9/10.
S: Aroma is odd and hard to place with a central floral note, possibly from hops, bizarrely for a coffee beer this doesn’t have an overarching coffee note – instead it’s a background scent. Other noted aromas are dusty/musty yeast and a slight caramel malt. The yeast and floral characters stand out quite well here. 7/10.
T: Hmmm, it unexpectedly begins with a Flat White and 2 sugars flavour: Mission accomplished Red Duck. Then it tapers off towards the end with a cereal barley flake after taste. Finish is light tobacco hops with a dry touch. It works as advertised… sort of… not really… no wait it does… I’m not sure what I’m drinking anymore, is this beer? Yes it is, score it now! 7/10.
M: Medium bodied (all that yeast hey?) with a light, dense carbonation. 8/10.
D: This really is one of the most peculiar beers I’ve had this year – a) for the fact that it is a pale coloured beer with coffee flavours, and b) because of course that was never going to work but Red Duck went ahead with it anyway – bravo! I appreciate this pioneering experience even if the result is less than the sum of the parts, or something along those lines. Hey and the burps are delicious single origin coffee, bonus! This is one beer I would love to see improved because it has potential to one day knock my socks off – keep it up Red Duck. 6/10.
Food match: I feel like duck now, thanks Red Duck!