5 Hard To Find Coffee Stouts


Many years ago, brewers ditched the sweet malts, and instead opted for unroasted barley, throwing in a little coffee during the brewing process as well that turned a porter into the bitter sweet stout we love today. Some coffee stouts are seasonal, hard-to-find batches that you won’t find on the shelf at your local five and dime. Here’s a list of 5 delicious Seasonal Coffee Stouts you should treat yourself to, if you can get a hold of them. Its the breakfast of champions.

Samuel Adams Black and Brew Coffee Stout Beer

Samuel Adams Black and Brew

Well known for their lighter, friendlier Boston Lager, Samuel Adams also brews a nice full-bodied seasonal Coffee stout mixed with deep roasted Sumatran Coffee beans—1.5 pounds of them per barrel to be exact. Along with the coffee roast, a special blend of Sam Adams Special B and roasted barley pale malts and East Kent Goldings hops are added in to the Black and Brew late in the brewing process. The result is a very dark, chocolately, robust English Stout with hints of fruit where it counts. The Black and Brew Coffee Stout is only available during the short winter months in the winter classics variety 12-pack, only two of which are the coffee stout bottles.

Dogfish Head Chicory Stout Beer

Dogfish Head Chicory Stout

Unlike other breweries, whose coffee stouts usually come along well after a successful run of another lager or porter, the Chicory Stout was one of the first beers brewed at the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery back in 1995. At 5.2% ABV, the Chicory Stout receives its full-bodied flavoring from organic Mexican coffee, roasted chicory, St. John’s Wort, and Licorice root. It is crafted from Cascade and fuggle hops along with pale, roasted, and oatmeal grains, leaving it with a darker, more bitter finish that pairs well with sweeter foods. Although the Chicory Stout is brewed in small batches year-round, the seasonal bottles are only available each year in the months of November and December, if you can find it.

Schlafly Coffee Stout Beer

Schlafly Coffee Stout

This traditional dark stout is infused with premium French Roast coffee from independent St. Louis Coffee Roaster Kaldi’s Coffee, with a cold toddy extraction process that reduces the coffee’s acidic effects on the beer. The roasted barley and coffee bitterness are also well balanced by the stout’s natural sweetness. Available from November through March each year in select venues.

Founders Brewery Breakfast Stout Beer

Founders Brewery Breakfast Stout

As the name suggests, the Breakfast Stout Beer (8.3% ABV) by Founders Brewery would feel more at home at your breakfast table than at the bar. Brewed with flaked oats, bitter chocolates, and Sumatra and Kona Coffee, the Breakfast Stout delivers a strong aroma of fresh brewed coffee upon opening, followed by a creamy, pleasantly bitter coffee taste with hints of sweet chocolate in the background. Available from October through February in small batches.

Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout Beer

Bourbon County Coffee Stout

Chicago’s Goose Island Brewery doesn’t have to travel far to find premium coffee for their Bourbon County Coffee Stout thanks to Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea, who sit right next door to the brewery. Each year a different coffee bean is used to brew the Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Coffee Stout, giving it a different flavor each season. Along with the premium roast coffee, a blend of Williamette hops and Munich, Chocolate, Caramel, Roast Barley, and Black malts give the strong 14.3% ABV stout a creamy, bitter coffee taste. The Bourbon County Coffee Stout sees a very limited release each season.


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