What's your favorite coffee-infused beer?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Todd, Sep 29, 2018.

  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,598) Aug 23, 1996 California

    Today—September 29, 2018—is National Coffee Day. And, as many of you know, coffee beers are a thing and can range from Pale Ales to Imperial Stouts and every style in-between. But what's your favorite coffee-infused beer and what do you look for when getting your double buzz on?

    And here are a couple of articles from our archives on the topic:

    Creativity Defines the Next Generation of Coffee Beers
    Long a favorite addition to Stouts and Porters, brewers across the country are pushing the boundaries when it comes to incorporating coffee into seasonal and limited releases.

    Coffee, Beer Chaser: Roasters Gain Ideas, Inspiration From Brewers
    Across the country, craft breweries have coffee specialists going far beyond mere coffee-beer collaborations. Taking notes from beer, coffee shops hope to increase conversation and connectivity between the parallel crafts, opening both to new customers and ideas.

  2. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi Meyvn (1,439) Dec 11, 2006 California

    Noble Ale Works Naughty Sauce - hands down. If they canned this beauty it would create world peace.
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  3. morimech

    morimech Poo-Bah (3,189) Nov 6, 2006 Minnesota

    Forager Brewing Sherpa's Survival Kit. Only available at the brewpub on-tap or in crowlers unfortunately.
  4. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,595) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    I've always been partial to Speedway Stout, great coffee hit, close though with KBS, and BC Coffee. BC Coffee IMO is the best beer I've had from GI.
  5. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (217) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I have gotten more into coffee over the years and in turn coffee beers. Some of my favorites thus far are Troegs Java Head Stout, Cold Press Coffee Pumking and the coffee IPA SN did, No Middle Ground, I enjoyed that more than I thought that I would; I will be exploring coffee beers more.
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  6. seakayak

    seakayak Disciple (350) May 20, 2007 Massachusetts

    Nobody has exceeded Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! Péché Mortel when it comes to that creamy, bitter, roasty espresso flavor with burnt vanilla chocolate malt stickiness. Mmmmmm, yeah.
  7. zid

    zid Champion (880) Feb 15, 2010 New York

    Personally, I wish the style list on BA reflected this. :wink:
    (but I get why somebody wouldn't want it to be so)
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  8. cjgiant

    cjgiant Poo-Bah (4,159) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia

    Just last year, I was re-introduced to Sump by Perennial, and decided I needed to be on the lookout for it more than in the past.

    Evolution's Rise Up RIS (different from a similarly named regular stout) is one that sticks out as a not-as-well-known coffee stout I grab when I see it.

    Some coffee pales have been done nicely, but none jump out as specifically needing a revisit/rebuy.
  9. Thankin_Hank

    Thankin_Hank Crusader (742) Nov 18, 2013 Texas

    Prairie Artisan Ales Bomb!
  10. zid

    zid Champion (880) Feb 15, 2010 New York

    Combining an upper and a downer and distributing it across the world probably wouldn't create world peace. :wink:
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  11. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,227) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado

    Big bad Baptist and its variants, son of Baptist, freemont coffee star, cinnamon coffee b bomb, crooked stave coffee Baltic porter, modern times black house and NOLA devils teeth all come to mind.
  12. AllOfTheCats

    AllOfTheCats Initiate (120) Mar 27, 2018 California

    Lagunitas High West-ified, AleSmith Speedway Stout (and all variants), Bottle Logic FOMO, Revolution Cafe Deth, Stone Mikhail, Avery Callipygian, Epic Big Bad Baptist, and Bent Paddle Double Shot Double Black.
  13. dvmin98

    dvmin98 Site Editor (2,655) Nov 1, 2010 North Carolina
    Premium Trader

    Naughty Sauce from Noble...amazeballs
  14. Thankin_Hank

    Thankin_Hank Crusader (742) Nov 18, 2013 Texas

    I also like Prairie Artisan Ales, Prison Rodeo, which is an American IPA style with coffee. They seem to create awesome beer with coffee.
    Also my beerknurd journey began with Porters. Kona Brewing has a seasonal I fell in love with some years back, Pipeline Porter, brewed with Kona Coffee. I still buy it when I find it. All the way from Hawaii.
  15. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,595) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    BBB is truly exceptional, I think I stumbled into one in my closet. Maybe for breakfast tomorrow.
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  16. Thankin_Hank

    Thankin_Hank Crusader (742) Nov 18, 2013 Texas

    Todd started it, blame it on Todd, but who could ever forget this bad boy that tasted like a triple espresso shot and beer. Now retired but I'm sitting on 4 bottles that I found and they are aging. If you ever had this one you'll never forget it.
    Almost forgot this one. Coffee and bourbon barrels. 16% ABV. Awesome sauce for craft beer lovers.
    Aging in the beer cellar.
    #16 Thankin_Hank, Sep 29, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2018
  17. zid

    zid Champion (880) Feb 15, 2010 New York

    Not sure if you mean the coffee beans or the beer with the "from Hawaii" comment, but the beer you're buying is brewed in the continental US.
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  18. beergoot

    beergoot Poo-Bah (4,031) Oct 11, 2010 Colorado
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    A recent one I thoroughly enjoyed was Lamplighter's "Cuppa"...
  19. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,428) Mar 12, 2009 New York

    BA Double Shot Double Black is probably my favorite I've tried, but plenty happy to have Founders Breakfast Stout as a regularly available favorite.
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  20. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,227) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado

    Tweak is good, but I wish they didnt age it in barrels.
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  21. Crawfish61

    Crawfish61 Initiate (93) Feb 1, 2013 Louisiana

    Parish Brewing’s Reve Stout. I think that is there best beer even better than Ghost in the Machine, so delicious.
  22. cmiller4642

    cmiller4642 Aspirant (265) Aug 17, 2013 West Virginia

    Founders Sumatra Mountain Brown
  23. Lahey

    Lahey Disciple (327) Nov 12, 2016 Michigan

    Sunday morning stout had a great coffee flavor this year, one of the better coffee stouts I've had.
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  24. Riff

    Riff Crusader (721) May 12, 2016 Virginia

    Top 3 are Blue Mountain Dark Hollow Coffee and Chocolate, Hardywood Christmas Morning, and FBS
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  25. nw2571

    nw2571 Initiate (31) Feb 26, 2017 Indiana

    No mention of CBS yet? It was an excellent beer, but probably didn't live up to the overhype. Still it was better than KBS for me. Breakfast Stout is a great consistently available beer.

    Bourbon County Coffee is my favorite hands down.
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  26. Beer_Line

    Beer_Line Disciple (303) May 29, 2015 California

    Redeye November best coffee beer imo
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  27. JakerLou

    JakerLou Savant (987) Jan 6, 2013 New Hampshire

    So many great coffee beers but BCBCS is one of my all time favorite beers.

    Although I have a Jack's Abby Coffee Framminghammer on deck...
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  28. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (2,039) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota

    A majority of my top rated beers are stouts or porters with coffee;
    • Founders CBS
    • Prairie Pirate Bomb
    • Surly BA Darkness
    • Oskar Blues BA Fidy
    • Lucky Bucket Wicked Joe
    • BCBS
    • Bell's Arabicadabra
    • Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! Péché Mortel
    Though I like coffee stouts/porters, I don't like the coffee to exhibit heavy bitterness, or be so strong that it hides other more preferable (to me) flavors. Two prime examples are CBS and Pirate Bomb, where they are meh when fresh, but with six months age the coffee fades enough to allow through the other flavors such as Maple (CBS) or Rum (Pirate).

    BA Fidy is the opposite - the coffee IS the prevailing flavor and along with the bourbon really smacks you in the face - in the best possible way - when fresh. But let a BA Fidy age six months, and the coffee fades, causing it to lose much of it's gusto.
    #28 bbtkd, Sep 29, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2018
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  29. Thankin_Hank

    Thankin_Hank Crusader (742) Nov 18, 2013 Texas

  30. woodchipper

    woodchipper Savant (974) Oct 25, 2005 Connecticut

    Founder's Oatmeal Breakfast Stout is one my favorite beers, not just in this category. I use cream but no sugar in my actual coffee and "the baby" seems to hit the bitterness and mouth feel just right for me. Many others I have tried are just too sweet.
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  31. chipawayboy

    chipawayboy Devotee (441) Oct 26, 2007 Massachusetts

    The original Redhook stout w/Starbucks Coffee blew my mind in the 90s. Founders Breakfast Stout is my all time favorite - I’ve brewed/cloned it, drank it, and cooked with it (pork shoulder w/ breakfast stout sauce is incredible). This past winter my mind was blown again by Shaun Hill’s Geneology Cheers BA. [​IMG]
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  32. Thankin_Hank

    Thankin_Hank Crusader (742) Nov 18, 2013 Texas

    I thought Tweak was Mephistopheles in Bourbon Barrels? They’re both so fine. Add Uncle Jacob’s Stout. Awesome brews.
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  33. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,360) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

  34. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (6,624) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    I could sit here, and was poetically about the many excellent imperial stout coffee offerings that are out there.

    However, a brew that really just has an excellent and wonderful use of coffee in an excellent package which I have NOT had in a long time (sadly so) is

    Surly - Coffee Bender

    Very memorable brew.
  35. rypkr

    rypkr Crusader (798) Nov 19, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Brew Gentlemen - Doublemex.
  36. spark3148857

    spark3148857 Crusader (702) Dec 4, 2010 California

    Cellarmaker Imperial Coffee and Cigarettes
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  37. GormBrewhouse

    GormBrewhouse Disciple (379) Jun 24, 2015 Vermont

    Brutus imperial stout from monocacy in Maryland. Just drips coffee and is well rounded.

    + 1 to pipeline Porter , also pillbox Porter a good poster with delicate coffee notes, great different brew compared to Brutus which is in your face coffee.
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  38. Ryan4120

    Ryan4120 Disciple (377) Dec 17, 2014 Virginia

    So many: Founders Sumatra Mountain Brown Ale, Firestone Walker Mocha Merlin, Stone Xocoveza, Founders Breakfast Stout, Flying Dog Gonzo Porter, Sierra Nevada Coffee Stout, Stone Mocha IPA, Depth Charged Double Bastard
  39. flaskman

    flaskman Devotee (451) Aug 3, 2015 New York

    Although there are many great examples I am still partial to KBS. I probably crack one once a month and I am always thoroughly impressed.
  40. morimech

    morimech Poo-Bah (3,189) Nov 6, 2006 Minnesota

    Maybe you do not like shit coffee (acidic and bitter(coffee advocates don't roast me please) )? I do not think some of those you listed actually contain coffee.
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