Clare Valley Brewing and Sublime Coffee are no strangers to each other, working through two previous collaborations that took the form of a Coffee Porter and Coffee Schwarz. Here, for a third year in a row, Sublime Coffee supplied the coffee, this time for an Iced Latte Stout. The 6.1 percent ABV beer welcomed a generous helping of Blend 52 roast coffee added in the kettle, whirlpool and the fermenter. More than a drop of lactose was also added to leave a touch of residual sweetness and creaminess.
Cracking the can instantly sends awakening caffeinated vibes, with a huge hit of espresso. Characteristics of the coffee also find their way into the head and appearance, with a dark brown froth floating atop the jet black stout. Rich, decadent coffee again hits on the palate, progressing to a slight coffee-derived bitterness at the back of the palate, alongside a touch of creamy milk and chocolate.
But, seriously, it is all about the coffee – your daily shot of coffee, with a dash of milk and one sugar (and a lick of booze).
- Iced Latte Stout