Now is a great time to be a beer drinker. Craft beers have never been as popular as they are today and more and more breweries are experimenting with exciting new flavours and variations of existing favourites. As you can imagine, coffee beer is undoubtedly our favourite type and with St Patrick’s Day just around the corner, we thought now would be a great time to share our favourite coffee beers with you. The following have been tried and tasted by the whole team over numerous Coffee Beer Fridge Fridays, so believe us when we say that we know what we’re talking about!
Beavertown Spresso Imperial Coffee Stout
Made in collaboration with Caravan Coffee Roasters, ‘Spresso’ is only available for a limited time every year. Needless to say, whenever we see it on the shelves we stock up and at 9% ABV, it usually lasts us a little longer than most too. Brewed over 200 kg of roasted coffee beans, what makes Beavertown Spresso Imperial Coffee Stout even better is that it’s vegan-friendly, so it can be enjoyed by pretty much anyone with a mutual appreciation of beer and coffee.
Meantime Chocolate Porter
A fantastically flavourful blend of coffee, cocoa and beer, Meantime Chocolate Porter is basically a 6.5% alcoholic-iced mocha. Made using real chocolate, this malty dark beer’s sweet taste makes it perfect for those who are usually not so keen on porters, though there is definitely a hint of bitterness that will keep lovers of coffee and dark chocolate coming back for more. In October 2017, the Meantime Brewing Company released an Espresso Coffee Porter made with the help of Shoreditch’s Nude Coffee Roasters. Unfortunately, we’ve not been able to try it yet but we’re eager to get our hands on it!
BrewDog Jet Black Heart Oatmeal Milk Stout
The Meantime Chocolate Porter opened our eyes to a new world of possibilities and encouraged us to try more coffee beer with a chocolate twist (we have a number of mocha-lovers here at Honest Coffees). At 4.7% ABV, the BrewDog Jet Black Heart Oatmeal Milk Stout was not quite as strong as the beer we had tried previously, but its taste was less bitter and went down a lot quicker.
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Writer’s Choice: Beatnikz Republic Beat Café Coffee Stout
I only tried Beatnikz Republic Beat Café Coffee Stout the night before I wrote this piece and was so struck by the flavour that I just had to include it. At 6% ABV, Beat Café tastes a bit like drinking beer with a coffee chaser as both flavours were distinct but also very much in harmony with one another. Though I came across it on tap at the Bread & Roses in Plymouth, I have since found out that it’s also available in cans and have made sure it will make an appearance at our next Coffee Beer Fridge Friday.
Anchor Coffee Porter
Anchor Steam is one of our favourite American beers, so when we discovered Anchor Brewing had a 6.7% Coffee Porter out toward the end of 2017 we just had to try it. The result of a collaborative effort between the brewery and Four Barrel coffee roastery, the Anchor Coffee Porter had a smooth flavour that did not disappoint. There are definite hints of both the beer and the coffee we all enjoy so much, however, the marriage of the two brought something entirely new yet equally enjoyable to the table.
BrewDog Cocoa Psycho Russian Imperial Stout
BrewDog’s second appearance on our list, BrewDog Cocoa Psycho Russian Imperial Stout is made using ground coffee, cocoa nibs and dark malts. At 10% ABV, the Cocoa Psycho more than lives up to its name and is essentially an intensified version of the Jet Black Heart stout. Incredibly easy to drink considering its strength, the richness of this coffee beer borders on decadence. Don’t worry, those who drove into work got a taxi home after this one!