since I'm an avid beer lover, I thought that I'd share my tastings and knowledge with you. every friday I'll highlight a new beer I've tasted, a particular brewery that catches my eye, the how to's of beer tasting and rating, beer and food pairings, proper glasswear, etc.
today, I want to tell you about a style of beer that I've had quite a few times lately that I really really love. coffee stout.
quite literally, it's a stout brewed with coffee or espresso. brewers will take pounds and pounds of coffee and pour it right into the beer while it's brewing. the final result is quite perfect. the aroma is roasted. the flavor is malty. and it's filled with mocha goodness. there's just something about the combination of roasted flavors in a stout and the rich taste of coffee that makes these beers so darn good. if you're like me, and you love a good cup of coffee or a nice rich stout, you'll really appreciate a good coffee stout.

here's a few I've tried and loved:
Hopworks Survival Seven Grain Stout - if you're local to Portland and haven't been to this gem of a brewery, go. now. all of their beers are quite incredible with their Survival Stout easily toping the charts. brewed with seven different grains, this coffee stout is finished with 15 lbs of Stumptown Coffee's Hairbender espresso. beer + Stumptown = bliss.
Bells Java Stout - from a brewery that produces five stouts a year, you'd expect nothing less than a fantastic coffee stout. it's creamy and chocolaty while being spicy and roasted at the same time. the flavor is perfect, lacking nothing. if you have a chance to get your hands on this Java Stout, it's superb. if not, pick up anything from Bells. it's sure to be a treat.

see you here next week for some good eats!

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Blogger Ragamala said...

although I'm too young to drink, I have to say that I love your blog!
it's so simple, but there's so much within it!

May 9, 2008 at 6:20 PM  
Blogger Aran said...

I have no clue about beer but I love learning about anything when it comes from people that are passionate about it. I lived in Denver for a while and beer was also a cultural thing there... you are making me miss the West! I am so excited that you started this food blog... it's going to be fun!

May 11, 2008 at 2:04 PM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

I have tried some great beers from this gourmet food places in brooklyn. there is one that is super bitter and delightful like Sour Dough Bread called Oude Gueze I believe. It is yummy.

May 12, 2008 at 6:57 AM  
Blogger alyson. said...

yes, I have had Oud Beersel Oude Geuze. there are a few different Oude Geuze beers, all rated very high. Geuze goes really well with Stilton cheese. next time you taste one, taste it with some Stilton! :)

May 12, 2008 at 7:07 AM  
Blogger Tartelette said...

I am not a big beer person but there is nothing like a cold one with some lime on a hot hot day!

May 12, 2008 at 10:10 PM  
Blogger Sophie said...

I'm so glad I discovered your blog. My hubby is just starting to try new beers (he's turning into a 'coffee and beer connoisseur' of sorts :D). I'll have to tell him about it. :)

June 5, 2008 at 1:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this feature. My husband and I are avid beer/wine lovers as well soon to be moving to Portland! This will be a great starting point for our tasting exploration.

February 27, 2009 at 3:55 PM  

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