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Review of Mikkeller Koppi Tomahawk x Guji Natural Coffee IPA

Hello everyone.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Mikkeller Koppi Tomahawk x Guji Natural Coffee IPA produced by the Mikkeller Brewery located in Kobenhavn, Denmark.

I have just recently started to experiment with Mikkeller products and when I saw this one I just knew I had to give it a go.

Unfortunately,, doesn’t have any kind of commercial description regarding this brew.  Therefore, we are just gonna have to decipher for ourselves what this beer is all about. 

Let’s jump right in, shall we?

This brew comes in a 25.4 oz. bottle and it has an ABV of 6.9%.

It poured a cloudy, amber to real deep orange color with a huge, soapy, frothy, rocky, off white head.  The retention time was incredible.  It hung around forever.  After it finally did settle a bit it left some thick, clingy lacing on the sides of the tulip glass.  It looked rather nice I must say.  I almost didn’t want to drink it because it looked so good.  Almost.

The nose brought forth hints of piny and earthy hops.  Some sweet caramel malt along with light dollops of pineapple.  I also discovered a “leafy” smell too.  I didn’t really find much coffee though.  Maybe just a touch underneath the hops, but it was very difficult for me to call out.

Within the taste, the earthy and piny flavored hops were once again accounted for.  I was able to detect quite a bit more of the coffee in the flavor as well.  Mostly at the back end.  It also developed some very pleasing breadiness that I didn’t find in the aroma.  A touch of the caramel sweetness was observed again and more of the fruity citrus was exposed.  The bitterness was of medium strength and very well suited to this beer in my opinion.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Dry, smooth and only the tiniest bit sticky.  The carbonation was good and plenty of flavor was left behind on the palate for me to enjoy between sips.

Well.  I thought this was a pretty good beer for sure.  It’s also rather unique.  It has a real mish/mash of flavors and characteristics, but they all somehow come together nicely to create a very congruent and enjoyable taste.  The drinkability was acceptable and the ABV wasn’t so high as to not allow for full consumption of the entire 750 mL bottle.  If you guys are looking for a change from the norm in regards to your typical IPA, I’d say give the Mikkeller Koppi Tomahawk x Guji Natural Coffee IPA a try.  I think you may enjoy it.  I know I did.

Thanks for reading everyone.  Don’t be afraid to leave a comment if you wish.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.9 out of 5
Grade:  B+   


Review of Short’s Aorta Ale

Hello everyone.  Thanks for checking in on another craft beer review.  For today’s drinking pleasure I’m going to be sipping on the Aorta Ale brewed by the Short’s Brewing Company located in Elk Rapids, Michigan.

This will only be the second brew that I’ve ever tried from Short’s, so I have yet to fully appreciate what they can do yet.

From the website,, I found this bit of information regarding the Aorta Ale.

We are re-releasing Aorta Ale, one of our Imperial Series beers, for the first time since its original release in 2007. Aorta Ale is a double red ale that suggests an intensity of flavor simply by its brilliant deep red appearance. Though Aorta Ale contains only traditional brewing ingredients, subtle aromas of candy, brown sugar, and toasted malt are present. Sweet flavors reminiscent of raisins or figs are noticeable upfront, but give way to a roasted, cocoa like bitterness that becomes magnified by high alpha hops. In contrast to the initial sweetness, it’s a heightened bitterness that dominates the finish of this full bodied beauty. ABV 8.6%.

Ok, let’s drink it.

This brew comes in a 12 oz. bottle and it has an ABV of 8.6%.

The Aorta Ale poured a cloudy, deep amber to deep ruby red color with a few burnt orange highlights around the edges.  It had a very creamy, smooth and soft head that was off white/light tan and sized nicely.  The retention time was outstanding.  It hung around forever.  The lacing looked darn good too!!!  It really clung to the sides of the glass.

The nose smelled like candy with hints of sweet caramel malt.  It was rather hoppy as well as I continually got whiffs of pine and citrus.  Deeper in the bouquet I began to uncover light tones of rye bread.  Very nice and well balanced and I liked it.

The taste let loose with more of that sweet caramel malt.  I’ll tell ya, this brew had a much stronger hop profile and bitterness than any “Red” that I’ve ever tried.  Very piny and citrusy.  The spice, of which I’m guessing is from the rye bread, really gave this brew a nice kick at the back end.  Like the aroma, very well balanced, harmonized and enjoyable.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Dry, chewy and smooth with an excellent amount of carbonation.  Not too much nor too little.  Just about right.  Only the slightest touch of warmth was felt from the alcohol, but it became well integrated so as not to become distracting.  A lot of flavor was left behind on the palate for me to ponder between sips too.

The Short’s Brew Aorta Ale is really a nice beer.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It’s possibly the best “Red” that I’ve ever had.  I’m not normally a huge fan of the style anyway, but I loved the extra dose of hops that it had.  It really helped balanced that sturdy dose of sweetness.  Even at 8.6% ABV it was relatively easy to drink and I believe it could be had at anytime of the year.  I would have no problem keeping an additional bottle or two in my fridge at all times.  I’d also recommend that you guys give it a try if it’s available in your area.  I think you may like it.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  4.05 out of 5
Grade:  A-  


Posted by on June 22, 2012 in Country: USA, Short's


Review of Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel 4D Olde Ale

Hi guys.  How’s everyone doing?  Good I hope.  Well, for today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel 4D (Fourth Dementia) Olde Ale produced by the Kuhnhenn Brewing Company located in Warren, Michigan.

I don’t know a thing about this beer or this brewery, and I couldn’t find anything specific on the website,, about the brew, so I guess we are just going to have to try it and see how it tastes.

Again, a big thanks to Mr. Liquid Bread (Chris Phillips) for the beer.

Let’s drink.

The 4D comes in a 12 oz. bottle and it has a hefty ABV of 13.5%.

It poured a very dark brown to dark mahogany color.  A very slight and small light tan head.  What was there was smooth, but very thin.  It left a ring around the top, however no lacing was found.  Only heavy alcohol legs, which really hung onto the sides of the snifter.

The nose brought forth a heavy waft of Bourbon Whiskey along with a significant earthy/woody characteristic.  Deep, dark fruits of plum and black cherries.  Very mild tones of vanilla along with a sugary, syrupy smell.  The aroma was good, but it was very robust with the alcohol tones to say the least. 

The flavor presented a lot of booze.  Very strong and sturdy with savors of wood and molasses.  The dark fruits were noticed, but they seemed to be pushed to the side while the Bourbon dictated the overall taste.  Not as balanced as I thought it might or could be.  Maybe just my preference.

The mouthfeel was full bodied and thick.  Very sticky, dry and chewy.  Very low carbonation with a ton of alcohol warmth and burn.  As to be expected, a lot of flavor was left covering the palate after each sip.

Well, I thought this beer was pretty good, although it may still be a bit too young for my liking at this point.  It had a very aggressive amount of Bourbon.  That, in turn, made the drinkability factor was a touch low I thought.  I had to take small sips for the entire experience.  It could definitely be a “go-to” beer during the cooler weather of Fall and Winter, however during the warmer days of Spring and Summer it proved a tad difficult for me to handle.  I’d say that if you could hang onto a bottle for a year or two it may mellow, become way more bearable, and more balanced.  That’s not saying that the beer was bad by any means.  If you like brews that are heavy on the Bourbon and woody flavors, the Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel 4D Olde Ale would be an ideal beverage for you to try.  If you are able to find a bottle and sample it let me know what you thought.

Thanks for reading and commenting folks.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.7 out of 5
Grade:  B       

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Posted by on June 20, 2012 in Country: USA, Kuhnhenn

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