750ml bottle, just capped, purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.
Pours a very light-bodied dark cola-brown colour, with a fizzling head of mocha foam that settles down to a bubbly ring around the edge of the glass. Some small-bubbled carbonation. Overall, it looks like slightly flat Coke.
Nose is heavy on the coffee, but it's a weak, filtered coffee grounds sort of aroma, and it has minimal sweetness or depth to back it up. There's a hint of something spicy in it as well, like the spike of chilli in some mild chilli chocolate. But really, it's pretty dull, and one-dimensional.
Taste is similar, but perhaps a little better. Here the coffe comes through much as expected with the aroma: a slightly rough overextracted, husky coffee character, but this is backed up with a mild nutty, grainy character, and a wavering sweetness on the back that gives a hint of musk. Body is still extremely thin, however, and leaves little room for the flavours to do very much.
I mean, at 5.7%, it's a pretty low-budget stout anyway, especially when trying to layer it with coffee as well. There are some things to be said for that, but overall, this feels like a half-hearted and pretty insipid effort.
47 / 100
From Trieste. How interesting, it's the only city in Italy I've set foot in. Let's see what their pilsener is like.
Pours a very clear bright yellow gold. Quite pale, with a fine mottled top of white foam. Minimal lacing and body, although the carbonation is pleasantly fine. Yeah, not bad. retention and body are slightly lacking, but otherwise it's pretty good, stylistically.
Nose is grainy, with some hints of sweet adjuncts and only a breeze of grassy, haylike hops. Notes of honey and something sweetly floral, but the sweet characters really don't work for me.
Taste is a little better, with a clean, if somewhat empty palate, with touches of pilsner grain and a hint of metallic bite on the back. Clean and drinkable enough, and with much more character than the generic Euro Pale, if still lacking.
Pretty easy to drink. Pretty forgettable, though, as well.