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Pipeworks Brewing Company // Brown and Stirred

Pipeworks Brewing Company // Brown and Stirred

Beejay Oslon and Garritt Lewis, founders of Pipework’s Brewing Co, met while working at West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago. There were both homebrewers who received their education at De Struise Brewery in Belgium. When they began discussing starting their own larger scale brewery, they decided […]

Anchor Brewing // Anchor Coffee Porter

Anchor Brewing // Anchor Coffee Porter

“Our historic, art deco building on San Francisco’s Potrero Hill was a coffee roastery before it was our brewery,” says Anchor Brewing Brewmaster, Scott Ungermann. “We’ve joked for years that it takes a lot of coffee to make beer. Now, in collaboration with local roaster […]

Firestone Walker Brewing Company // Mocha Merlin

Firestone Walker Brewing Company // Mocha Merlin

With an infusion of local roast coffee, a dash of cocoa nibs and touch of seasonal sorcery, Firestone Walker’s signature Velvet Merkin oatmeal stout has been transformed into Mocha Merlin for fall and winter enjoyment.

This beer is brewed with the Colombia La Granadilla blend from their neighbors at HoneyCo Coffee Roasters.*

Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping the Mocha Merlin, from Firestone Walker Brewing Company in Paso Robles, California. Feel free to pull up a chair.

THEDETAILS

style: Oatmeal Stout
abv: 5.5%
ibu: 23
color: Black
stemware: Nonic Pint Glass

CUPPINGNOTES

Mocha Merlin pours black into my pint glass, and is topped by a thick, frothy brown head that quickly dissipates but leaves decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is packed with generic roasted coffee scents, roasted malts, and loads of chocolate.

The flavor follows the nose into the glass with big flavors of dark roasted coffee, roasted malts, grain, toast, vanillla, and milk chocolate. But its body is light, its mouthfeel is thin, and it has medium carbonation—all characteristics I don’t typically like in a stout, and definitely don’t want to see in a coffee stout. Its thinness and lightness just don’t provide enough support for its big, bawdy flavor profile. I was hoping that since this beer is a variant on Firestone’s Velvet Merkin that its mouthfeel would be a bit fuller and, well, velvety.

Overall it’s a decent beer but, as is the case with so many coffee stouts, it could have been much better.

*content courtesy of Firestone Walker Brewing Company

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Revolution Brewing // Revved Up Coffee Brown Ale

Revolution Brewing // Revved Up Coffee Brown Ale

Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping the Revved Up Coffee Brown Ale, from Revolution Brewing in Chicago, Illinois. Feel free to pull up a chair. This brown ale is brewed in collaboration with Upland Brewing Co. in Bloomington, Indiana […]

Wiseacre Brewing // Gotta Get Up to Get Down

Wiseacre Brewing // Gotta Get Up to Get Down

Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping Gotta Get Up to Get Down, from Wiseacre Brewing in Memphis, Tennessee. Feel free to pull up a chair. The coffee Wiseacre employed for Gotta Get Up to Get Down was a natural […]