Style: Coffee Stout
ABV: 5.2 IBU: 30
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Chouuteau Joe
What the brewers say
“Dear Auguste Chouteau, founding father of The STL, we toast to you today with a blend of two Saint Louis beverages: coffee from Kaldi’s and beer from UCBC. If you were here to raise a glass with us, you’d find a ‘namesake brew’ of a cold-steeped, savory coffee and a rich, creamy stout ale.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Strong coffee roast on the aroma, with some nuttiness and a little vanilla, with some sweet malt on the back. It’s big on freshly roasted coffee with a robust burned flavor, smokiness, cigarettes/ash, and light chocolate. Light smoky phenolics, and no hops to speak of.”
Flavor: “Roasty and earthy, with some burnt roast that carries throughout the taste. Coffee and chocolate up front, with coffee astringency in the middle of the sip. A lighter coffee would bring more coffee flavor without the roast and coffee astringency. Some slight sweetness hits as well, but not as dominant as the roast. Light milk chocolate and caramel. The body is thin, and there are some moderately strong vegetal notes and medium hops bitterness. The coffee and chocolate linger after the finish.”
Overall: “The beer is a touch thin and light compared to the nose, and the flavor wasn’t as smoky and ashy as the aroma led on. This is more like a watered-down French roast coffee than a beer with coffee, and the coffee came across as a bit over-roasted. Still, the beer was enjoyable and is for the French-roast lover.”
The best new craft beers available in a beer store near you. Sponsored content.
Two pillars of brew- ing history come together to release a beer that represents the origin and the evolution of brewing. Braupakt is deliciously drinkable, showcasing both Weihenstephan’s brewing prowess through their signature yeast and Sierra Nevada’s proclivity for big hops flavor. The initial impression on the palate is of a bouquet of aromas, including subtle touches of banana plus refreshing grapefruit from the American Chinook hops.
A flavorful craft beer that’s uniquely easy to drink? It’s true. Introducing Firestone Lager. While Firestone Lager may not be your father’s lager, it is just as drinkable—which is ultimately the point. In the words of Brewmaster Matt Brynildson, “Firestone Lager is all about enjoying a good, clean beer.”
New Belgium The Hemperor HPA®
Our brewers are always on the lookout for different hops varieties and the complexities and flavors new strains can bring. That’s where hemp comes into the picture. Without getting too nerdy, we found a unique way to recreate hemp terpene flavors in a beer, which complement the inclu- sion of hop flavors and hemp hearts (seeds) in a brand new, delicious way not to mention this beer is extremely dank! The flavors and aromas are so unique that it’s a style unto itself, hence HPA®.
Tröegs Nimble Giant
We had no idea that a little experiment with Mosaic hops would set us on a year-long path to a new double IPA. But seven small-batch Scratch beers later, we found the Giant. Nimble Giant—brewed with Mosaic, Azacca, and Simcoe—gracefully boasts grapefruit rind, pineapple, and honeysuckle notes with a hint of earthy forest floor.