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What's your favorite coffee-infused beer?

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

  1. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (2,281) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Most of them are stated to have coffee, but the brewers of a couple of them heavily imply by mentioning coffee or espresso. Can be tough to say for sure though.
  2. sportscrazed2

    sportscrazed2 Disciple (334) Mar 29, 2010 Indiana

    Surly coffee Bender
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  3. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (3,154) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    Unfortunately, I'm on the road today and couldn't do a coffee beer tasting today.

    I did a side by side of Surly's Coffee Bender and Mother's Winter Grind and came up with pretty comparable results. Both those reviews were very similar to Modern Time's Black House when I visited that later. I'd love to do a blind taste test between the three. Each has a quality coffee note layered over a standard, well-made American stout.

    Best use of single origin coffee I've had was Tree House's Kenya Karimikui Double shot variant.

    Best robust coffee goes to Alesmith's Speedway for a regular imperial stout and Avery's Tweak for a barrel aged imperial stout. Both have rich, authentic coffee notes that don't come off as a second thought or a few batches run through the 12 pot coffee maker in the office and dumped into the brewing vats prior to bottling.

    I did have this in Japan and really, really enjoyed it. I thought it was a can of coffee after the first sip, but it has 5% ABV. I'll have to visit it again and see if it was the just the occasion I drank it that inspired such good experiences.


    Kirin's Prime Brew.

    Personally, I haven't found any light coffee beers I've enjoyed. Perhaps it's the mix of the lighter malts with coffee. Hoping I can try Carton's versions soon.
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  4. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,283) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado

    Tweak is mephistopheles with coffee, BA tweak is tweak in bourbon barrels. Meph never had coffee in it, that's all malts giving those flavors.
  5. mambossa

    mambossa Initiate (138) Jun 30, 2015 Ohio

  6. MJS08

    MJS08 Aspirant (283) Jul 29, 2014 Florida

    Cigar City Cubano Espresso, now in the cooler.
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  7. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead Poo-Bah (1,641) Sep 15, 2014 New York

    Wtf? Barely any mention of FBS? Call me old-fashioned, but Founders Breakfast Stout is still my number one favorite coffee beer. It's unbeatable.
    My second favorite is Founders Sumatra Brown, and then several others such as KBS, Oskar Blues HotBox Coffee Porter, and Stone Xocoveza and Bomb!

    Haha. "Roast."

    I would love to try that. Do you know if it's distributed outside of FL? Even if not, I'm probably moving to FL in a year or two, and I'll look for it then.
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  8. utopiajane

    utopiajane Poo-Bah (2,532) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    My regional ellicottville has a nice one called cosldspresso.
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  9. rudiecantfail

    rudiecantfail Zealot (545) Aug 9, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Founders Breakfast Stout is a reliable standby. Troegs Java Head Stout is another that I really like. I actually have on in the fridge right now getting ready for today's Eagles game.
  10. Glider

    Glider Aspirant (206) Nov 15, 2004 Massachusetts

    Berkshire Brewing Coffeehouse Porter has been around a long time and is always good.

    Founders Breakfast Stout is a classic.

    Trillium PM Dawn is excellent and released often enough to be fairly available.

    Stone Xocoveza and Prairie Bomb! I also liked.

    For a straight up single coffee stout, Two Roads Espressway is not bad either.
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  11. Coronaeus

    Coronaeus Champion (802) Apr 21, 2014 Ontario (Canada)

    The already mentioned DDC Peche Mortel is probably my gold standard. I prefer the regular to the BBA.

    Recently I thought Allagash Map 40 to have the most enticing coffee aromas I have ever smelled. Great tasting too. Also, Godspeed Nanatsu No Tazai which is a dark lager version of/homage to Peche Mortel brewed by the original Peche brewer at his newish brewery in Toronto. A great beer.
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  12. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Disciple (325) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    A day late, but Pizza Boy's Sunny Side Up. It's da bomb!
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  13. Ahonky

    Ahonky Initiate (143) Feb 13, 2018 New York

    Wolaver Alta Gracia used to be my favorite.

    I loved Sam Adams Nitro Coffee Stout. Haven't seen it in ages. I'm probably alone on this one, if I had to guess
  14. matthewp

    matthewp Initiate (171) Feb 27, 2015 Massachusetts

    Map 40 is a great beer. Its a solid coffee beer without anything else to take away from the coffee. At 7.5% ABV in a 12 oz bottle its a nice simple stout you can drink just for the heck of it. There are other beers that are bourbon barrel aged as well which overall I like better but they are more of a special occasion beer. They cost more, have a much higher ABV, and generally come in larger formats. Someone mentioned Son of a Baptist which is another great coffee stout. I need to have that again and compare it against my last Map 40. Again I prefer Big Bad Baptist to SOB overall but I'm more apt to have an SOB over BBB more regularly.

    Overall though if I just had to pick a "best coffee infused beer" I'd pick something like Map 40 since it highlights the coffee whereas the BA coffee beers its just one element of the taste.
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  15. ZebulonXZogg

    ZebulonXZogg Defender (691) May 5, 2015 Illinois

    Founders Breakfast Stout. Enough said.
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  16. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,266) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

    Both of mine are now defunct: Backcountry Breakfast Stout and the original (milder) version of Comrade's Koffee Kream.

    Great Notion's Double Stack does the trick if other adjuncts come into play.

    Of the more commonly available items, I really like Sump (and Barrel-Aged Sump) from Perennial. They occasionally have a weird scum on the top of them, but they are otherwise on point.
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  17. mkh012

    mkh012 Zealot (587) May 7, 2015 New Jersey

    Kane Morning Bell
    Perennial Sump
    Cigar City Cafe Con Leche
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  18. Giantspace

    Giantspace Defender (686) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Coffee bender

    FBS....first time I had it was through oatmeal and coffee beans in a giant Randall , so good

    Original large format hi west......

    Sunday morning stout

    Sierra Nevada coffee stout

    Narragansett autocratic coffee ,nice and creamy

    Du Ciel



    Bells abracadabra , not sure the name was one of my favorite beers I tried last year

    Coffee Jawn

    Lakewood temptress.....from a trade when I did that

    Fuel organic

    Victory at sea is nice, not had one in a few years.....always wanted to try the coffee only version

    Two roads expressway is very good

    Schlafly coffee porter is a nice low cost beer

    Pizza boy sunny side up

    Sixpoint cream.....still making this?

    Freewill COB

    As the weather turns cooler I love coffee beers and more pine earth forward IPA moving to barley wine and imperials as it gets winter cold.

    Most of these were beees I had long ago or was given a bottle or two.

    As a value beer shopper Narragansett is my best deal for the money. 6x16 is $8-10. I find good mix a six coffee beers as well. Since FBS is now year round I would hope it’s much less than the $70 a case it’s been.

    Happy the weather is a bit cooler.

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  19. RobNewton

    RobNewton Zealot (597) Dec 30, 2014 New York
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    As a non coffee drinker, this one is by far my favorite coffee beer.
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  20. Alefflicted

    Alefflicted Initiate (78) Dec 2, 2017 Minnesota

    I actually don't think I could honestly pick a favorite. Their are so many great ones out there.

    I do drink a lot of Founders Breakfast Stout though. Can't beat getting a world class beer for $8.99 a 4pk.
    #60 Alefflicted, Oct 1, 2018
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  21. Donovanj

    Donovanj Initiate (57) Mar 21, 2018 Georgia

    Terrapin Wake and Bake!
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  22. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (3,021) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    There's a ton of great coffee brews, but Big Bad Baptist and Espresso Oak-Aged Yeti are probably my 2 favorites..
  23. tillmac62

    tillmac62 Poo-Bah (1,501) Oct 2, 2013 South Carolina

    Peche Mortel then FBS.
  24. Ten_SeventySix_Brewhouse

    Ten_SeventySix_Brewhouse Initiate (135) Jul 20, 2016 Arizona

    Personally, I'm not a huge fan of coffee beers, although I am a huge fan of both coffee and beer separately. I guess I just can't get over the idea that I'm consuming caffeine and alcohol at the same time. It doesn't seem like there is an appropriate time of day to drink a coffee beer. Maybe with brunch?
    With that said, when I do like coffee beers, they tend to be the lighter ones. Probably because I'm not a huge fan of darkly roasted flavors in general. I don't drink a lot of dark beer, and I strongly prefer light roast coffee. Locally, Huss makes a beer called Koffee Kolsch, which tastes basically like a pale lager, but has an aroma dominated by roasted coffee. It's crisp, light, and refreshing, but smells like coffee. Interesting beer.

    I've had good luck with coffee in a homebrew, myself. It was a hoppy blonde ale that I "dry-beaned" with light roast Kenyan coffee. Everyone loved that beer. I think the citrus, floral, fruity, tea, etc. flavors that you can get from a light roasted East African coffee work really well with most hops. That way, you can avoid the dichotomy you get from a light beer dosed with darkly roasted coffee. It may not be what you think of when you hear "coffee beer," but I think it works. I'd like to see more brewers try this out.
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    DISKORD Aspirant (264) Feb 28, 2017 North Carolina

    Founders KBS
    Prairie BOMB!
    Stone Xocoveza
  26. DaverCS

    DaverCS Zealot (567) Dec 9, 2014 Arizona

    You do some amazing beer pictures man! Jealous every time!
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  27. Lazhal

    Lazhal Devotee (458) Mar 13, 2011 Michigan

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    DISKORD Aspirant (264) Feb 28, 2017 North Carolina

    Mephistopheles' doesn't have any coffee in it.
  29. Reemer686

    Reemer686 Initiate (130) Oct 13, 2014 Maryland

    Coffee beers can be so hit and miss. FBS is a consistent standout for sure. Sunday Morning Stout from Weyerbacher is also a favorite.
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    DISKORD Aspirant (264) Feb 28, 2017 North Carolina

    Tweak is Mephistopheles' + coffee + bourbon barrels.

    DISKORD Aspirant (264) Feb 28, 2017 North Carolina

    There's NO coffee in Darkness, Ten FIDY or BCBS.

    DISKORD Aspirant (264) Feb 28, 2017 North Carolina

    We've been through this already. You thought Black Note had coffee in it. And you don't seem to understand the difference between a beer brewed with COFFEE vs. beer with "espresso" or "coffee" notes.

    "Black Note is a malty harmony of dark, chocolate, espresso and dark fruits notes, aged in freshly retired oak bourbon barrels."

    If a beer contains coffee, it's always written on the front label.
  33. Vader444

    Vader444 Disciple (330) Aug 26, 2016 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    I love Founders Sumatra Mountain Brown. Problem is, I’m staring at the ceiling all night after just one. No such problem with any other coffee beer eg FBS or KBS. Makes me wonder what the damn caffeine content is?
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  34. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Champion (886) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania
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    Speedway was my first thought when I read the OP.

    Had Sump while at Pizzeria Paradiso in DC. T'was a very nice beer.

    Easily the best everyday drinker of coffee beers, IMO. Java Head is no slouch, either.
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  35. BeerMeInStl

    BeerMeInStl Aspirant (217) Jan 26, 2013 Missouri

    I'm a big fan of coffee beers. These are some of my favorites:

    Peche Mortel
    Sumatra Mountain Brown
    Stone Espresso IRS (wish they'd bring this one back)
    Wake 'n Bake
    4 Hands Zellige
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  36. Sabtos

    Sabtos Poo-Bah (5,685) Dec 15, 2015 Ohio

    Kane Sunday Brunch

    It's hard to top, but it does also have other things in it. Still, it has such a deep, complex yet totally delectable and easy to put down flavor profile for how big it is.

    On the lighter, more accessible side, Hoppin Frog Infusion A is also surprisingly drinkable and tasty. I also have trouble finding other "peanut butter" or buckeye flavored beers that beat it. While not over the top, it still brings a good punch of both coffee and peanut butter.

    Cigar City Caffe Americano is one of my all time faves, though. I wish I could get that one more often. It's exceptional, especially fresh.
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  37. JayWhitson

    JayWhitson Crusader (777) Feb 25, 2015 Montana
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    Weldwerks Coffee Maple Achromatic was one of the best I’ve ever had. No green pepper notes just the smell and taste of the perfect morning.
  38. tzieser

    tzieser Meyvn (1,017) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey

    People already mentioned Kane Morning Bell (and it's variants like Sunday Brunch, Mexican Brunch, etc.)

    For me, it's all of the "coffee" series by Carton Brewing:

    Carton Regular Coffee (imperial cream ale w/ coffee)

    Carton Cafe y Churro (regular coffee w/ cinnamon & vanilla)

    Carton Irish Coffee (regular coffee w/ nutmeg, mint leaves, aged on irish wood)

    Carton Kaffe und Kuchen (regular coffee w/ cherries & marzipan)

    Carton St. Kitts Coffee (regular coffee w/ coconut aged in rum barrels)

    [no pics of Carton Caffe Corretto (regular coffee w/ fennel, licorice & anise) sorry]

    Honorable mention: Koffee Kolsch by Huss Brewing
  39. ManBearPat

    ManBearPat Devotee (438) Dec 2, 2014 Colorado

    Of ones I’ve been lucky enough to try:
    BA Sump
    Onyx BDCS
    KBBS (incredibly overrated, but niiice)

    BBB (every bit as good as KBBS)
    Peche Mortal (absolute classic)
    Sante Fe Java Stout (solid, inexpensive)
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  40. SudsDoctor

    SudsDoctor Zealot (536) Nov 23, 2008 New York


    But seriously, while I'm not a coffee drinker, I love the smell of it and enjoy a good coffee infused beer. All of my favorites have been among the renowned ones mentioned previously, so I'll just throw out a couple others that haven't which I also liked: Carton/Barrier SS C.R.E.A.M. and Coney Island Freaktoberfest.
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