Brandy Barrel-Aged Coffee Porter (Tusk & Grain)

Saint Archer has released some stellar offerings in their Tusk & Grain imprint but it was not until their latest bottle released that we had the chance to try them out. The company has just released two variants of a Coffee Porter, a brew that comes in with a wallop. The Brandy barrel-aged version hovers around the 13% mark while the tequila and bourbon barrel-aged variant nearly reaches the 11% mark. This porter pours with a chocolate to dark brown coloration and a small amount of tannish head that is rapid to dissipate. This coffee porter is well-balanced in the sense that the sharpness of the coffee staves off the sweeter tendencies of the style. Continue reading “Brandy Barrel-Aged Coffee Porter (Tusk & Grain)”

Coffee Brown (Saint Archer)

Saint Archer’s Coffee Brown pours with a tremendous amount of tannish head that dissipates quickly, sitting on top of a dark brown coloration. The initial nose of this limited-run effort is dense with fragrances, running the gamut between citrus fruits, chocolate, dark roasts, and caramel. Adding considerable depth to the early stages of the beer are hints of blackberry jelly, toffee, and hardwoods; one will continue to receive new and exciting twists and turns to Coffee Brown as they continue to put in work with this one.

Coffee Brown (Saint Archer)

The typical brown ale style is hard to invigorate, with a number of efforts in that style being thin efforts that tread the middle ground of sweetness and malt-heaviness. Saint Archer has taken a good, hard look at brown ales and has created something with enough teeth to craft something that is eminently drinkable. The beer was previously only available on draft, making its way to 22 ounce bottles this year. The beer soars due to the presence of Makwa coffee, with provides much-needed bitterness and bite to the backdrop created through the inclusion of Chocolate, Crystal, and Maris Otter malts. The ABV (6.0%) is good for providing a small amount of burn to the effort without imbuing the beer with too much in the way of an alcohol snap; by pegging this brew at this content, Saint Archer is allowing more delicate flavors an ample opportunity to shine.

Check out our thoughts about Saint Archer’s Mosaic IPA and White Ale; for more information about the year-round and seasonal offerings that the brewery creates, give their website a spin. Further information about new product offerings and events can be located at their social media accounts; let us know what you think about Saint Archer’s Coffee Brown.

Rating: 8.8/10

Coffee Brown  /  6.0% ABV / Saint Archer Brewing Company / / /