Thematically linked by the dark stuff I drink in the morning, these two dark pints I typically drink in the evening are both stouts, and both are brewed with coffee. I love both stout and coffee. I would be a salty talking sailor if these beer’s didn’t come through for me. I’ve been looking forward to giving each of them a go.
First up: Mikkeller’s Beer Geek Breakfast. A bold oatmeal stout weighing in at 7.5% abv, Beer Geek Breakfast was full-bodied with rich texture and flavor. Great roast and coffee wrapped around a fleshy oatmeal presence. The fact is, I’d drink this for breakfast, lunch and dinner, without discrimination.
Second: Bell’s Java Stout. A winter seasonal also hitting 7.5% abv, Java Stout showcases a more prominent coffee aroma and flavor. I could get a job at Starbucks, throw in some ice cubes, a touch of milk and a dollop of whipped cream, and the average yuppie would love it. Take that same yuppie to a taproom and I’m concerned that they’d turn up their nose at the “darkness” of it. A true shame these people are.
Sometimes you try a beer with a reputation and are a little let down. Fortunately for me, this wasn’t the case with these two brews. Both incorporating the coffee element, they distinguished themselves as two distinct beers. Of the two, Bell’s Java Stout had the more one dimensional coffee character. It was wonderful, and case in point, as I bring up Starbucks, that dark beer is great for all seasons. We ice our coffee, afterall. Beer Geek Breakfast proved deeper and more nuanced, though stopping well short of Russian Imperial status.
Great beers, both. Check ’em out.