75 / 100
22oz brown bottle purchased from Whole Foods, Los Alto. It's a stout with coffee from Chromatic coffee in San Jose.
Pours a pleasant deep brown, with a bit of weight in the body. Head forms a pleasing film across the top of the glass, a firm beige colour that leaves very mild sheets of lace. Carbonation is fine, and static when tilted, but very vigorous and swift-moving when swirled. Looks pretty good.
Nose is nicely put together. The coffee is definitely noticeable, but the base beer has nice hooks into it as well, which connect with the coffee and make it seem coherent and integral to the rest of the beer. There's a sweetness to it that helps this as well, even though for the most part it's fairly bright and aromatic. Nice.
Taste is also pretty good. There's a strong malt structure to it, providing a little sweetness, but mostly a coherent, toasty, semi-savoury base to the beer. Above this is laced extra layers of sweet white coffee, condensed milk, light caramel, and a very faint hint towards the back of mild liquorice. Yeah, it's nicely done.
Feel is pretty soft. It's not a rich, full, heavy beer, but it has enough breadth to support the flavours.
Overall: I'm really pretty happy with this. I've never come across Camino Beer before, but this is solid enough to warrant further outings with them. I'm a fan.