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Mother’s Brewing Winter Grind

Mothers Winter GrindThis winter has been abominably long, so stouts are still in play. Here’s one from Mother’s, a coffee stout called Winter Grind.

Strong coffee and not much else in the aroma, as it should be. A little bite from the carbonation. The coffee flavor is a bit mellower than the aroma would have you expect, but it lingers. Oatmeal in the background. Bitterness more from coffee than hops.

Straightforward coffee stout. Not much else going on other than the coffee. I’m not saying that’s bad, but that’s what it is.

Grade: B

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Maumee Bay Total Eclipse

Maumee Bay Total Eclipse

Maumee Bay Total Eclipse

I’ve decided to go big for my first beer from Maumee Bay Brewing Company with their Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout.

Black as night with a creamy beige head. As it should, coffee dominates the aroma. Quite a bit of chocolate, as well. Whoa…one sip in and I am hooked. Texture as smooth as silk with just the right amount of coffee. It’s there, but the chocolate, oats, and even vanilla come through. Hops add a pungent, welcome bitterness at the end. The 9.1% ABV is both surprising and sneaky. Only noticable as a pleasing warmth.

Wow is this good!

Grade: A

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Full Pint Perc E Bust

Full Pint Perc E Bust

Full Pint Perc E Bust

Just look at the malt bill for Full Pint Perc E Bust Coffee Porter: Marris Otter, Munich, Melanoidin, Crystal, Caramel Wheat, Chocolate, Black. To go along with Guatemalan Coffee and a blend of Fuggle and Columbus hops.

The aroma delivers on the promise of coffee, as does the flavor. Coffee dominates, but there is a caramel sweetness behind it. Very complex thanks to the blend of malts. Ends dry and bitter, but more of a coffee bitterness than one from hops. Light and smooth body, if a bit watery.

Very nice coffee porter.

Grade: B

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Hoppin’ Frog Cafe Silk Porter

Hoppin' Frog Cafe Silk Porter

Hoppin’ Frog Cafe Silk Porter

I enjoyed Hoppin’ Frog’s Silk Porter quite a bit, even if I did find it a bit on the harsher and not silkier on the end of the porter spectrum, so I’m curious how the addition of more coffee will influence the flavor with Cafe Silk Porter.

From the first smell, the extra coffee is evident. In fact, that’s all I smell. Thankfully, there is enough going on in the flavor, including chocolate and toffee, to balance things out. The texture is quite smooth and creamy. Finishes dry and slightly bitter. I am surprised how much the other flavors come through considering how strong the coffee aroma is.

I actually like this better than the regular Silk Porter. The texture is smoother and the coffee flavor is wonderful.

Grade: A

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Hinterland Luna Coffee Stout

Hinterland Luna Coffee Stout

Hinterland Luna Coffee Stout

I am always curious when I have a beer from a new brewery. Not only will I like it, but when I visit their website, follow them on Facebook, things like that, will I like them? Going to start my journey with Green Bay, Wisconsin’s Hinterland with their Luna Coffee Stout.

Coffee and bitter chocolate escape as soon as the bottle is opened. Coffee is, indeed, the dominant flavor here. Plenty of bitter chocolate to go with it, as well. The hops kick in at the back end for a little more bitterness.

Not much else to say. Loads of coffee with enough other flavors going on to make it interesting. I’d do this again.

Grade: B

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Dogfish Head Chicory Stout

I have been in love with Chicory ever since my first (and so far only) visit to Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans. I even have some of the coffee in my cupboard right now. So when I found out that Dogfish Head Chicory Stout was a thing, I had to have it.

Smells of dark roasted coffee, chicory, and bitter chocolate. The first thing I notice isn’t the flavors, it’s actually how creamy this is. But the flavors do shine through. Do they ever! Roasted coffee and chocolate are the biggest along with the chicory. Some anise, too. And the bitterness is more familiar with the coffee and chocolate rather than the hops. It’s only 5% ABV, so one for breakfast probably won’t get you in trouble!

Mighty tasty, even if I would be OK with more chicory in it. Even though this is a yearly seasonal, this is the first I’ve been able to get it. Too bad!

Grade: A

Dogfish Head Chicory Stout
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Southern Tier Mokah

Southern Tier Mokah

Southern Tier makes some rather tasty dessert style beers like Pumking and Creme Brulee Stout. Mokah is another stand out. The aroma of chocolate, coffee, and booze will draw you in from the next room.

Supremely creamy, the slightly sweet chocolate takes over at first then leading to strong coffee and a boozy finish. It’s like letting a strong chocolate rum ball melt in your mouth. Loads of caramel. Toasted, but not charred. Hints of raisin, too. The hops provide a necessary kick at the end.

Another delightful, and huge, beer from Southern Tier. They’re quickly moving up my list of top breweries.

Grade: A

 

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Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast

Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast

The last time I walked into the beer store, both the guys told me they had a new beer perfect for me. I’m inclined to believe them. They lead me straight to Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast.

Since I love coffee and stouts, I was pretty excited about this one, even if it is my first try from this Danish brewery. Pours big, black, and has a huge dark tan head (be careful when you pour). Coffee dominates the nose, but you’ll notice more layers once you take a sip. Oatmeal stout. Huge flavor, just the right amount of bitter, very well balanced between the coffee and oatmeal. There’s even a dry, smokey, woody finish.

Weighing in at 7.5% ABV and a 25 oz bottle, this would be a fantastic way to start the day. Outstanding!

Grade: A

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Rogue Mocha Porter

Rogue’s Mocha Porter certainly has a lot of promise. I love porters, I love mocha, and while my experience with Rogue is limited, I have really enjoyed everything so far.

I feel like the name is a little misleading, though. I think it would be better classified as a mocha stout. It has more of the roasted and bitter flavors that I associate with a stout rather than a porter. And while the mocha flavors and creamy texture are there, it’s all in the finish.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying this, but I don’t feel like it lives up to the title. Honestly, I would like it a lot more if it had a different name that didn’t mention mocha or porter.

Grade : B

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Founders Breakfast Stout

Wow wow wow. A stunning beer, Founders Breakfast Stout. Pours black and thick. The second I opened it, I was bombarded by the smell of coffee. And not that cheap, free stuff at work. Real strong, bitter, delicious coffee. That’s exactly what it tasted like, with a finish of bittersweet chocolate and toasted oatmeal. It’s thick, creamy, and quite bitter. It reads more like a coffee with alcohol than it does a beer, but that’s fine by me. By the way, why aren’t there more coffee-with-alcohol drinks? And at 8.3% ABV, a few of these will put you where you want to be!

If you don’t like coffee, don’t even try it. Please save it for someone who will truly appreciate it. Delicious.

Grade: A+

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