Coffee Recommendation: Berres Bros. Highlander Grogg

After Dinner Coffee?

Those who know me know that I consider adding non-coffee flavors to coffee to be akin to inserting the word “fart” into random Bible verses.  It’s just disrespectful and juvenile.  This is the exception to the rule.  The no-flavored-coffee rule, not the no-putting-farts-in-Bible rule.

The coffee pours fairly light in color and is still quite translucent at normal strength.  It has a ring of green around the edge, similar to a *decaf* or **instant** coffee.  The aroma is an insane amount of caramel, hazelnut, and butterscotch with some good coffee nuttiness thrown in.

It has a thin texture and little acidity.  The first sip is of good medium-roast coffee.  The mid-taste takes on a sort of unripe bitterness – like a walnut before it’s ready to be harvested.  The back taste is more of the bitterness giving way to a mellow smoothness.  There is a sweetness starting here, like stale circus candy or over-sweetened pipe tobacco.  The aftertaste is nutty, butterscotch goodness.  Not unlike gold rum.

It isn’t my favorite coffee ever and it tends to upset my stomach if I drink too much.  I find that the added flavors don’t detract from the coffee much at all and they add a welcome hint of sweetness.  I’d recommend trying this coffee.  Out of the wide world of flavored coffees, this is about the only one I’ve found to be worth drinking.

Update:  Ooh!  I’ve discovered that the coffee turns peppery toward the bottom of the cup.  There seems to be just enough spice coffee here to add that hint of pique.  Kinda like a mellow cavendish tobacco sprinkled with latakia.  Tired of the pipe analogies yet? :-)

  1. #1 by Chadwick on August 27, 2009 - 9:46 AM

    Yeah, I do seem to recall this one shifting over the course of a cup. Though peppery wouldn’t have been my word for it.

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