Oatmeal Sout with Coffee
A collaborative effort between CBC and our friends at Red Barn Coffee Roasters in Upton, MA,
Red Barn Espresso Stout is a very rich, full-bodied oatmeal stout infused with a custom-roasted blend of organic coffee beans. Coffee roaster (and CBC buddy) Justin Hawkins spent many hours getting us good and wired, er, training our palates, and together we created a blend of Fair Trade Certified Organic beans from the western slopes of Costa Rica and eastern Cordilleras of Colombia, plus a hefty percentage of Ethiopian Moka Harar. Ethiopia is the reputed birth place of coffee, the only place on earth where the coffee plant originally grew. This blend of beans was then hand-roasted to create a brew to complement the roast/caramel/oatmeal character in our stout.
Subtle espresso aromas greet the nose, while a tight crema-like head sits atop this opaque glass of pure darkness. On the palate, very soft caramel-sweetened coffee notes with hints of dark chocolate, wine, and florals mingle with roasted barley and aromatic malts.
The super-smooth mouthfeel is thanks to contributions from flaked oats and barley, which lead to a finish nicely balanced between perfect acidity
and lingering roasted notes from coffee and barley.
CBC is proud to work with Red Barn in supporting organically- and sustainably –grown and harvested ingredients for this very special beer.
Check out their website at http://www.redbarncoffee.com/
OG:1.064 FG:1.018 ABV:6.1% Caffeine Content: You betcha!
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on tap at the Cambridge Brewing Company brewpub on Saturday 02.27.2010. The menu stated that this was made with espresso beans from Red Barn Coffee in Massachusetts.
Poured a very dark, roasted black with a modest tan head and a bit of lacing as it went down. The aroma was of roasted malt and coffee, with slight hints of dark cocoa coming through. Taste was similar, with the roasted malts dominating. The coffee presence was definitely felt, but nothing completely overpowering like a few other coffee beers I’ve had. Mouthfeel was medium and slightly creamy. Good drinkability.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 03-03-2010
AGAquino (663) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color, almost no head. Strong coffee aroma. Thick viscosity, tears, but no lace. Coffee malt and chocolate flavors. Quite balanced.
Lubiere (10787) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A deep dark stout with a thin brown head. A deep dark espresso coffee aroma with notes of milk, chocolate, metallic notes, In mouth, a powdery chocolate with burned bitterness, coffee acidity, metallic notes, medium bodied. On tap at brewpub, April 4, 2010.
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