To Øl Mochaccino Messiah

Total Score: 8.45/10 Coffee1HopFlower1Caramel1Nonicpint1

Flat-White Jesus! Where have you been all my life?! The latest mad creation from those creative chaps (and chapettes!) at Danish brewer To Øl: Mochaccino Messiah. Wait, Danish, that gives me an idea [note to self: Danish-flavoured beer. Not the people, the pastry smart-ass]. To Øl claim inspiration for wanting to substitute “the morning mochaccino coffee with a beer. You get the nicely roasted chocolate malts, some creamy lactose for the milk and a shot of nutty espresso coffee in your mug.” Woo-hoo! To Øl’s own Founders Breakfast Stout! Only it’s a Brown Ale brewed with barley, oats, lactose, hops, and coffee. Sounds like a tasty treat. IMO I think every brewer should do a Breakfast Stout – then I can stop writing about other beers and just have a blog about Breakfast Stouts – I would call it “Doc’s Joe Blog”*.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: NIIIICE! Rich clear seal brown body with a 1 centimetre beige head that leaves a nice encrusted lace on the sides of the glass. That is some protein action in that head right there! All aboard the good ship SS Tasty. 9/10.

S: Wow, coffee bean and cold drip Ethiopian Yirgachefe coffee combine with some rather spiffy and bold hop characters – I just looked at the hop bill: Amarillo and Columbus – those are no slouch hops and it shows here. This aroma actually reminds me of Stone Mocha IPA, only more coffee-centric, and we all know how well that went over with me [TL;DR pretty fucking good!]. Piney-gooey-green-resiny hops hit the nose with aplomb. Shit son! 10/10.

T: Flat-White Jesus just loses it a bit here – there’s a bit of chaos, it’s got the above noted coffee bean and cold drip Ethiopian Yirgachefe providing a nice nutty/roasted centre, with a bit of sweetness coming from a caramel malt base, but then the hops come in a bit too hot and the finish is a mid-to-searing bitterness. The balance starts out great but ends up a touch out of whack, which sucks because it’s hella tasty otherwise. 8/10.

M: Medium, not close to Founders Body™ but nonetheless it’s got enough texture. Carbonation is flat and dense. 8/10.

D: No replacement for FBS (if I can ever get it again!) but still it’s more like Stone Mocha IPA anyway, and Stone has the upper hand over this. 8/10.

Food match: Wakey-wakey eggs and bakey with this brew.

*As long as people promise not to say it several times quickly I’ll be in the clear.

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Nomad Freshie Moka Coffee Gose

Total Score: 7.6/10 Coffee1Nut1Earth1Tulipglass1

Yo, yo, yo… wassup my main G’s? Been a while, yes – I took some time out after review #900 to rest my liv-actually I was just about to lie, I’ve still been drinking beer, just needed a break from writing reviews, you think this stuff just comes natural to me? Well, anyway, here’s another Nomad Gose, this one caught my eye because – coffee in my Gose? That sounds intriguing. I bit into Nomad’s pitch hook, line, sinker. As the label states “In Napoli they add a pinch of salt to their morning espresso”… never knew that, I might have to give it a go sometime. So I’m a sucker for coffee, I love it, and when two things I love come together… well that’s why I love coffee beers so much – it’s the best of both worlds (sometimes!).

Poured from a 330ml can into a Duvel tulip.

A: Easily the darkest Gose I’ve encountered – with a deep black/brown body and a splotchy mocha-coloured blanket on top. The head bubbles look reasonably dense, so the mouthfeel should be decent, cool as brah. 8/10.

S: Roast cold drip coffee mingles with coffee bean, and a nutty/earthy note, hint of salt as well. Some beers don’t even smell like beer to me anymore, and this is one of them – the coffee notes dominate the olfactory senses and we end up with an aroma that could only be described as “coffee soda”… that’s what it reminds me of: Those Asian cans of coffee – Mr. Brown I think it’s called. 7/10.

T: Cold drip coffee front/back/all over with a granular earthy/nutty character, a touch of malt sweetness (like the teaspoon of coconut blossom sugar I add to my morning coffee) with, yep you guessed it – sea salt. The sea salt gives this brew a palate drying effect which works well. Finish finds that fine line between bitter and sweet (and salty). Surprisingly delightful brew this! 8/10.

M: Mid to light – a touch watery – with a very dense (and unfortunately flat) carbonation. Here’s the weakest link of this brew: Lack of body and carbonation, it’s not a game-killer though. 6/10.

D: I liked this. It was slightly sweet, slightly bitter, slightly salty, and coffee all over – if you’re adverse to those things then steer clear, if not this is a tasty brew that I can imagine having as a breakfast beer. As far as Goses go(ses) this is probably one of the best – though it’s the least to style – one that I’ve had. Hopefully Nomad will make more so I can get my coffee/beer fix heading in to summer (which is apparently now in Queensland dammit). 8/10.

Food match: Not sure why but this brew made me want a cannolo… I need help.

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