Beer of the Moment: Oskar Blues Hotbox Coffee Porter
In our July issue, beer editor Ken Weaver wrote about The Latest Wave of Coffee Beers. We might also have called them the lightest wave of coffee beers, since the group included several coffee-infused blonde ales, cream ales, lagers and IPAs.
Of course, there were porters and stouts aplenty, too. The marriage between dark malts and coffee is a beautiful thing, and these more traditional coffee beers aren’t going away anytime soon. In fact, as Weaver noted, we’re likely to see even more as breweries begin to experiment with different origins, roast levels and methods of addition.
Oskar Blues Brewery is in a unique position to do plenty of this, given that the company launched Hotbox Roasters last year. The spin-off coffee brand offers a variety of fair-trade beans, which it sells online in aluminum Crowlers. It didn’t take long for the two companies to collaborate last year on Hotbox Coffee Porter, now available through November.
A quick sniff reveals the unmistakable aroma not of coffee, but of chocolate. It’s quite possible these sweet notes do come […]