KARL: When it comes to beer, I really try not to get my hopes up. The beers that you really want to be or expect to be great rarely are, and more often than not it’s the ones that you have no preconceived notions about that end up being your new favorites or your standouts. (At least, that’s how it’s been for me, anyways.) However, I broke that personal rule when I heard about the City Provisions collaboration with Dark Horse where they were planning a sarsaparilla stout. Continue reading
“Opaque, black, coffee-like character. Bold, rich and creamy, hint of chocolate in finish.”
Hinterland Luna Coffee Stout
Stout, 5.6% ABV
Sayeth the Guys:
Ryan: The Luna Coffee Stout is the third beer I’ve had from this Green Bay based brewery and restaurant. They also have a Gastropub in Milwaukee and an affiliated inn and restaurant in Fish Creek, Wisconsin. All three of these beers came by way of “Frequent Commenter Ben,” who snagged them on a recent trip up north.
The Amber Ale, which I did not review here, was an interesting twist on what can be a rather mundane style. There was a certain roasty-ness and kick of caramel that set it apart. The second offering I sampled was the Winter Land, which I enjoyed while watching people trying to dig out from 20 inches of snow in Chicago. As a stand alone porter this beer was solid, but what really did it for me was the addition of juniper berries that gave it a nice aroma of freshly sanded wood. I actually sampled the Luna Coffee Stout the same day as the Winter Land but thought I would save it for another time. This is that time. Continue reading
Didn’t we just do a whole week of Shorts Brewing reviews a few months ago? You bet we did! Is that too much? That’s not for us to judge – all we know is that Karl was holed up in Traverse City, Michigan under about 31 inches of snow and he burrowed his way to the corner store for a pick-your-six survival pack. These are his Donner Party style dispatches from the Great White North, with less cannibalism and more beer drinking.
Deep aromatics of malt, sweet espresso and roasted cocoa. Flavor is robust with big malt character covered with cream and coffee. It’s everyone’s favorite coffee stout.
Shorts Cup A Joe
Coffee Creme Stout, 8% ABV
Sayeth the Guys:
Karl: First things first. The label above says “Cup Of Joe,” right? So why does the website call it “Cup A Joe?” I’m going to run with the “A” designation because, basically, it’s more fun to type. I also like the image of someone ordering this beer and being forced to manhandle Joe Short, who runs the Shorts Nation.
I was glad to be able to grab this beer while snowed under. Ryan has mentioned it more than a few times as one of his favorite coffee stouts, and if you’ve stumbled through the site you know he has a slightly higher-than-healthy appreciation for anything combining coffee and beer (and when you throw bourbon into the mix, look out). Continue reading
“”We at Schlafly Beer, Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Company and Culinaria, a Schnucks Market, are proud to share with you our latest collaborative effort: Oatmeal Stout brewed with raspberry puree and cold-toddy Colombia Monserrate Coffee.”
Schlafly Raspberry Coffee Stout – Culinaria
Stout, 7% ABV
Sayeth the Guys:
Karl: When Ryan floated the concept and potential of this beer past me, I got excited. When I found out that he stumbled onto some, I got eager. When I had the Raspberry Coffee Stout, I was…pretty okay with it. If that sounds like damning with faint praise, it’s not exactly like that, but let’s examine further.
Promise me something crazy like raspberry plus coffee, and I want huge followthrough. What I got from this beer is a well balanced, proportioned offering tempered with oatmeal-y goodness and general restraint. Continue reading
Sierra Nevada says:
“Creamy, malty, and full-bodied, the Sierra Nevada Stout is satisfyingly rich. Caramel and Black malts give the Stout its deep, dark color and pronounced roasted flavor.”
Sierra Nevada Stout
Stout, 5.8% ABV
Sayeth the Guys:
Ryan: There are so many varieties of stouts on the market these days it’s easy to lose an appreciation for one of my favorite winter standbys. Sure, I love a good Russian Imperial Stout or Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout but sometimes it’s OK to just sit down with a plain old, run of the mill stout. Although, there is nothing plain with Sierra Nevada’s stout. Even though this beer has been available in the beeriverse for a while I hesitated to pick it up. I knew Sierra Nevada did a great pale ale and I kind of figured that is all they did well. Well, I was wrong. This stout is hands down one of the best I have ever had. Continue reading
Before visiting Michigan’s Upper Peninsula recently I knew four things about it.
- It was easier to get there, from Chicago, by driving up through Wisconsin than through central Michigan.
- Locals are called “Yoopers.”
- The local cuisine is a pasty.
- My wife spent the first 29 years of her life in Michigan and has never been the U.P.
What I did not know is that, while they are few and far between, the region has some impressive microbreweries. The first brewpub we’re going to highlight in our “Drinking in da U.P.” series is the Marquette Harbor Brewery. Continue reading
If you missed it, you can find the first part of our look at Right Brain posted here.
Yesterday we ran through a couple choices from Traverse City’s Right Brain Brewery, and if you want more evidence of the wide range of beers they crank out you should check the brewery’s BeerAdvocate page for selections they’ve created. As I mentioned, if any of those look good, don’t get your heart too set on them – they occasionally revisit some recipes but otherwise it’s like one of their taglines say, “Beer today, Gone tomorrow.” Too true. Continue reading
New Glarus says:
Hearty and satisfying, our Coffee Stout is the ultimate full-bodied brew. Wisconsin water, roasted malts, and imported hops are the natural ingredients we use to brew this bier. Then cold pressed organic coffee from Just Coffee Co-op is infused into the brew.
New Glarus Coffee Stout
American Stout, 5.75% ABV
I sure do love me a good coffee stout. The rich coffee aroma and flavors mixing with a bit of chocolate. Nothing beats it. And this offering from New Glarus did not disappoint. Continue reading