I brought home a six pack of this seasonal brew from Real Ale Brewing Company down in Blanco out of curiosity after reading its description, “brewed with organic barley and organic fair trade coffee from Katz Coffee Roasters.” Caffeine and alcohol, two vices in one potent potion, how could I not try it?
The dark beer has a rust red tint when held up to light and smells strongly of roasted coffee. The body is not as full as its nutty and caramely aroma would suggest, and feels a bit watered down. The finish is mostly smooth with a tinge of bitterness like tasting that last cup from the coffee pot.
I’m no beer connossieur but this was an interesting product to try at least once. For a fridge staple though, I’d much prefer Real Ale’s Fireman’s #4.