The Real Definition of a Drinking Problem
A Review of Peak Espresso Amber by Peak Organic Brewing Co.
Posted on 5/3/2011 by Brew's Your Daddy
                   
Exquisite
Peak. Organic. Espresso. Amber. Ale. Those five words are enough to make me take a pause no matter what I'm doing. To say that I am a fan of this beer is an understatement. It would be like saying Goodfellas was an OK movie. Simply put, this beer is just awesome. But its so much more than that as well. People have varying definitions of what a drinking problem is. I can easily explain to you what a drinking problem is for me. When I buy these, they come in a 4 pack. If I look in my fridge and there's less than 4 in there, I have a drinking problem. After I drink one, I feel like I'm running low on my supply.

When you open a bottle of it up, you can't even get it to the glass before its slapping you in the face yelling ''Hey! Check me out! I have yummy espresso in me!''. Its actually hard to ignore. When its poured, it comes out a deep amber color, with just the perfect amount of head on it. Those coffee and roasted malt smells just keep exploding out of the glass. You can detect some brown sugar notes, as well as just a hint of hops. If you want to know the truth, it really resembles an iced coffee drink...but with booze in it. And I don't know about you, but that's not a bad thing in my book at all. If it is a bad thing in your book, you need a new, revised book dammit.

When you take the first sip, its just a rich, roasted coffee experience. Chocolate and malt notes peak through, but don't dominate. They aren't meant to. This is presented as an espresso amber, and that's exactly what it is. Its a really good experience. You get the flavors of a stout, but with the body of an ale. The carbonation is consistent with what an ale is supposed to have, and it carries those strong coffee aromas right to the back of your mouth and up your nose to seemingly multiply. It's slightly sticky in the mouth, but you get that with a lot of ambers. And the hops don't really even make a statement, due to the majority of the bitterness coming from the coffee flavor. It says that the ABV comes in at 7%, but don't worry, you cant taste it. As a matter of fact, I have a hard time even detecting it.

I could go on and on about this beer, but it may just be one that needs to be had, to be understood. Like I said earlier, its like an iced coffee beer treat. Its sweet. Its rich. Its just flat out awesome. I recommend this beer to everyone just because its one of my all time favorites. But if someone is looking for a way or time to enjoy it, try it after dinner either with, or as dessert. It may be a bit much for some of the novice drinkers because of its strong flavors. Then again they may enjoy it because of its close association in flavor to the iced coffee treats. And for the more advanced, its just a great representation of a new twist in the amber category. Just take my word for it. If you buy a 4 pack of it, you will be having the same drinking problem I do.

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