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Beer – #961 – Blackman’s Brewery – Espresso Martini Kölsch

A beer that I might travel to buy is the next beer from the GABS  Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular) selection  – the  Espresso Martini Kölsch by Blackman’s Brewery  

get the party started

Canned Craft beer that is 330ml big, with beer that is 4.6% ABV, This is 1.2 standard drinks of a beer in NZ.

Brewed by Blackman’s This one is in the style that is of a Kölsch and that was all done in Torquay, Australia

the one man party starter

Packed full of cold drip coffee from the team at Cartel Roasters in nearby Geelong, vanilla pods and roasted malt, this dark Kölsch will have you thinking you’ve ordered an Espresso Martini.

What better way to get the party started!

So, What could possibly go wrong?

I convinced myself I got a coffee aroma when I popped the pull on the can.

Aroma is cold coffee.

Taste is of cold coffee, but it isn’t strong cold coffee.

Another beer that looks great. The coffee though dominates, and this is  becomes somewhat a rather thin drink without enough from the traditional kolch elements to back it up.

Also not enough fluffiness from carbonation in this, and the coffee makes it an overly bitter drinking experience. Kolsch is, I think, supposed to be softer, fuller mouthfeel, low hoppy beers. This one is just fizzy cold drip coffee.

Disappointing really.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 6 of its things from the thing. I was really looking forward to this, and as I mentioned a beer I might have travelled for. Saved a fare there. This is a clash of tastes  that can’t work, the bitterness from the coffee is just way to much for the style it’s laid over.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? The local Liquorland
  • Am I enjoying it? No
  • Would I have another? No.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? No. It’s a clash of things that can’t work together. A Kolsch is supposed to be softer fluffier in the mouth, this isn’t any of that and is a cold drip coffee bitter drink without anything to support it.

Music for this:  Elton John ” and ” Captain Fantastic” on Vinyl, but on Spotify too

Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy is a 1975 album by Elton John. It is John’s ninth studio album. The one I have has all the sleeve notes and inserts and is red if held to the light, you don’t see them often.



Golden, top-fermented style native to Kln, Germany. The style has a very narrow profile and many beers that consider themselves to be kölschbiers are not. Generally they have a moderate bitterness, but fairly prominent hop flavour (typically Spalt, Tettnang or Hallertau). They have high effervescence, medium esters, but a rounded, stylish character derived from lagering.


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