In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


Hi-Wire Brewing Strongman Coffee Stout

Aroma: “Roasted coffee aroma and an earthy floral note that really shine through. Behind that sits dark chocolate.”

Flavor: “The beer starts and finishes a little thin—fresh coffee leads, with some burned roastiness and creamy sweetness (as if they added a couple cubes of sugar). Subtle molasses and cocoa notes follow, along with some tobacco for balance. It’s big on flavor and easy to drink, delivering on all the things you hope from a stout.”

Overall: “The coffee had a roasty quality similar to fresh espresso—gotta like a cup of coffee! It has pronounced sweetness in the middle that lingers, and the balance between that and the roasted coffee is great. It’s a fantastic stout that really showcases coffee, and the lovely milk sweetness and coffee provide a great beer.”