There is no more natural pairing in the world than beer and the coffee bean. The deep roasted flavors of dark beers like stout, Schwarzbier (black lager), porter, doppelbock and others lend themselves perfectly to the beautiful, black, bitterness of coffee.
The craft beer renaissance has seen an explosion this favorite beer adjunct. There is hardly a brewery that doesn't have at least one coffee beer either in their regular lineup or featured as a favorite seasonal.
Here are some of the... favorite coffee beers out there. For more information about coffee, check out this coffee and tea site.
01 of 08
Schlafly collaborated with local St. Louis coffee roaster Kaldi on this beer. Free trade, cold toddy brewed espresso is blended with the brewery's popular Oatmeal Stout. The result is a beer that has been described (by my wife) as "chocolate covered espresso beans in liquid form."
02 of 08
Bell's Java Stout
Brewed with Sumatran coffee, this straightforward coffee stout is very satisfying.
Pair Java Stout with spicy foods like Indian, Ethiopian or Szechuan. Java Stout goes well with desserts such as chocolate noir cake, espresso milk chocolate or cheesecake with raspberries, and cheeses such as Mascarpone, Stilton, feta, Parmesan and Roquefort.
03 of 08
London brewer Meantime took the gold at the 2006 World Beer Cup for their Coffee Beer. It is made with Fairtrade coffee from the local Union Coffee Roasters.
04 of 08
Big, dark and enough coffee for the most hardcore of java fans. I'm not sure why it's called cappuccino as there's no milk or lactose sweetener involved in the brewing but at 9.2%, after drinking one it doesn't really seem all that important!Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter
This Alaska coffee porter is another collaboration with a local roaster. The brewers at Midnight Sun Brewing were so impressed with Michael Allen's Arctic Rhino Coffee Blend that they even named the beer after it.
Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter combines two quintessential Pacific Northwest favorites: coffee and ale. The result is wonderfully romantic and robust--a duel-fueled porter that melds charismatic dark malt with freshly roasted coffee beans.
06 of 08
This seasonal from Brooklyn Brewery is another example of good beer combined with good coffee.
Brooklyn Intensified Coffee Porter starts as a big, chocolatey ale, aged for months in Kentucky bourbon barrels. This single origin coffee from El Salvador is roasted to perfection. Brace yourself for complex notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, berries, and dried fruit.
07 of 08
Flying Fish Brewing worked with roaster Crescent Moon to come up with a special five bean blend for this robust dark porter. According to the brewery, the beer has notes of coffee (naturally!), toffee, licorice (from the Mount Ranier hops) and spice. The beer finishes with a subtle black cherry/berry character from rare Ethiopian Sidamo beans. Oh yeah, it also packs a royal kick at 8% alcohol.Sounds like tasty stuff!
Originally produced to celebrate their 10th anniversary, this has now become a... late-winter seasonal.
08 of 08
Victory at Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter
With added vanilla, this coffee porter takes on a softer side with notes of chocolate ice cream.
Victory at Sea Imperial Porter is a bold, smooth brew with just the right amount of sweetness. This robust porter is infused with whole vanilla beans and San Diego’s own Caffe Calabria coffee beans. The subtle roasted notes and minimal acidity of the cold brewed coffee, balances perfectly with the sweet caramel undertones of the malt, creating a winning combination.
What's your favorite coffee beer? Whether it's listed here or not, tell us about your favorite coffee infused beer.