Five Coffee Beers to Check Out

By Neat Pour Staff |

In honor of National Coffee Day, Catawba Brewing unveiled their collaboration with Dunkin Donuts, Dunkin Punkin Brown Ales. Unfortunately, the brew is only available at Catawba’s North Carolina brewery. The rest of us can celebrate the made-up holiday with a number of other coffee beers. Here are five favorites from our staff:

Ballast Point – Victory at Sea Imperial Porter

This is one BIG porter. The brew is infused with cold brewed coffee from Diego Caffe Calabria as well as vanilla and you can taste with of them clearly. Despite the bold flavors and a clear maltiness, Victory at Sea is smooth drinking. 10% ABV, 60 IBUs

Avery Brewing Company – Tweak

The name, Tweak, is officially an homage to South Park, but the insane 16%ABV and the addition of coffee probably factors in as well. Tweak is the signature cult beer of a cult brewery. The flavor is, er, robust. It’s huge, but it works. Four months of aging in bourbon barrels provides a sweetness to mellow out the overwhelming espresso flavors.16% ABV

Oskar Blues – Hotbox Coffee Porter

The stoners that bought you Dale’s Pale Ale offer Hotbox—and it definitely will get you buzzed. English and German roasted and caramel malt and lots of chocolate, caramel, and nuttiness. Cold extracted beans from Hotbox Roasters adds even more chocolate and the obvious espresso flavors. 6.4% ABV, 30 IBUs

Narrangansett – Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout

Most brewers try to market their suds based on flavor. Not ‘Gansett. These guys are based in Rhode Island, love Rhode Island, and think you should drink their beer because its more Rhode Island than your beer. This creation is a collaboration with Autocrat Coffee—of Rhode Island. Geography aside, it tastes pretty great. Boasting far more body than the fabled Old ‘gansett Lager, the Stout if all of toffee and toasted barley tones. 5.3%ABV, 30IBUs

Goose Island – Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout
Goose Island turned to third wave coffee OG’s, Intelligentsia, for help with this one and the result is damn smooth sip. Mind you, this limited release changes in taste year to year because different beans are sourced for each annual batch. Plus, it, too, is aged in old bourbon casks to add vanilla, sweetness, and a rounded out taste. In 2016, Flecha Roja from Costa Rica was the key ingredient. However, chocolate, nuttiness, and meticulous beer making are common threads in every release. 13.4%ABV, 60 IBU’s

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