5 Best Coffee Stouts of 2021
We love coffee. And we love beer. Coffee stouts combine the best of both these craft worlds for a pairing as perfect as milk and cookies or peanut butter and jelly. The rich, bold, notes of roasted beans match up magically with the dark, toasty components of a robust stout. Much like coffee can be nuanced through a pour-over, a French press, or a Chemex, stouts are often finessed by brewers through barrel-aging.
According to Michael J. Lewis' Stout, the first use of the word dates back to 1677. Originally meant to describe the beer as strong rather than dark, stout has today come to stand for a style synonymous with beers brewed with roasted barley or malt, giving them that characteristic inky black color. Meanwhile, coffee's addition to beer is much more modern. While the exact history is a bit murky, brewers began experimenting with beans and beer in the 1990s. Today, countless breweries across the country brew their own variations, making coffee stouts as ubiquitous as...well your morning cup of Joe.
And as the craft coffee industry itself has grown, so have the variety of beans featured by breweries in their coffee stouts. Often local roasters are highlighted, everything from Stumptown Guatemala Candalaria beans to Olympia Coffee Company's Guatemala El Socorra Mara beans. The possibilities are endless and have us more excited than a double shot of espresso at three in the afternoon. Here's the buzz on Untappd's 5 Highest Coffee Stouts of 2021
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