Every March, the family and I head down to Florida to spend two glorious (read sometimes painful) weeks with the inlaws. One of the very first things that I do is hit up the ABC liquor and Total Wine. You see, faithful readers would know, the prices and selection in the States is far better than what I can get her at home. That’s why, every March, my Twitter and Untappd blow up with check ins.
This year, whilst strolling the aisles of Total Wine, the wife found a 4-pack of coffee stouts. I’m a fan. She knows that. So I bought them sight unseen. Only later did I find out that they were a) 4 different kinds of coffee and 2) made by Terrapin….famous for ass-kickingly hoppy beers (here, here and a bunch more I’ve had but not posted).
I decided that I needed to drink them all in relative short succession so I could actually differentiate the flavours. So, over three days, I drank 5 coffee stouts (tossed in a Sam Adams Nitro Coffee Stout for good measure). Here’s what I found:
I just randomly grabbed one from the fridge, not really knowing what to expect from any of them..other and coffee and stout. The tag said I should find a juicy finish and black pepper. It poured out black and developed a nice mocha head. It smelled like coffee stout….and pepper. I’m really not a huge fan of putting pepper in beer (like here) but sometimes it works (like here). On first taste, it was smooth and stout like. Then a hint of coffee. Then a punch of spice. Not fantastic. After I got used to the spice it was OK, but not a good start. Ken OK
The tag here said to expect pineapple, sugar and cinnamon. It poured out darker than the last and it smelled more coffee-er than it too. It tasted like a traditional coffee stout at first, but as it went down, it kinda left an iced mocha flavour behind. It must have been that cinnamon, but it was as delicious as a Tim Horton’s Iced Capp (Canadians, you get it!) Ken Like
So here’s how this day unfolded: It was a nice 10 degrees or so outside, the sun was shining and the lawn needed cutting. I grabbed the mower and trimmer and took care of the front yard. Then it got dark and considerably colder…..then it started snowing. In May! I was none too pleased about that. Beer will make me happier. The next one in line was Ethiopia. The tag said strawberry jam, melon and vanilla. Interesting mix for a coffee. The pour and smell was typical of the style, nothing special, but the taste was amazing. No bitter stoutiness, no bitter coffeeness, just smooth coffee flavoured beer. Ken Like
I thought that maybe this one would be the best of the bunch. I’ve had Kona coffee before and it was pretty damn good. So mix it up with (obviously) good stout and you have a winner. Not so much here. It barely had any coffee flavour to it, at least not as strong as the last one, and it was just kinda boring. Sad way to finish a great series of beers. Ken Meh