Beer Type: Stout ABV: 7.6% Tried from growler.
Their Description: “Our rich, decadent coffee stout. This one’s soft cocoa flavors open up to reveal a richly complex treat. We taste flavors of chocolate cake, “coffee candy”, milk chocolate, with heaps of vanilla. A pungent & distinct coffee stout for sure! A rich, sweet, and less roasty base beer contributes the ideal backdrop to this bold and vibrant treat for the coffee and beer lover alike!”
The Reality: Wonderful aroma of black coffee rises from the glass. The flavor is smooth rich black coffee, but not bitter. It has all the subtle flavors you get from a full-bodied high-end fresh roasted coffee, like hints of cocoa and vanilla. Sometime you forget you’re drinking beer. The coffee flavor does dominate the other traditional stout flavors, but in this case it’s worth it. It’s medium bodied as stouts go, and the aftertaste is mild and pleasant.
Final Verdict: Their statement that this is a “vibrant treat for the coffee and beer lover alike” is definitely true. If you were looking for a beer to replace your morning cup of coffee (and who isn’t), this would be my front-runner. Gives a new meaning to “breakfast beer”, and would impress even the snobbiest barista. If you don’t like strong coffee flavor in your stouts you may want to pass on this one, but I’d almost suggest you try it anyway, mainly because many “coffee stouts” have the taste of regular boring coffee, but this has the flavor of the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had. Sometimes the quality of the coffee can be the difference between whether you’re a “coffee drinker” or someone who thinks they don’t like coffee. Plus the smooth richness of this beer really can’t be beat, it was a true treat to drink. We here at Beer Snob Squad also wanted to see how many times we could use the word “coffee” in one review without it seeming too obvious, and the answer was 19.