Tag: Dark Matter Coffee Company

Off Color Brewing // Coffee DinoSmores (2018)

Off Color Brewing // Coffee DinoSmores (2018)

Every year Off Color Brewing collaborates with a local specialty coffee roaster to create a coffee-infused variant of their popular DinoSmores Imperial Marshmallow Stout. In 2016 they teamed up with Metric Coffee, and last year they worked with Passion House Coffee Roasters; this year, Off […]

Dark Matter Coffee Company // El Salvador Finca Las Marias

Dark Matter Coffee Company // El Salvador Finca Las Marias

Dark Matter Coffee has been a longtime partner of Federico Pacas – one of the most internationally renown coffee producers in Central America. In fact, their relationship with Federico Pacas is the oldest farming partnership for Dark Matter Coffee. The Pacas family is known throughout […]

Half Acre Beer Company // Shrub Tundra Coffee Brown Ale

Half Acre Beer Company // Shrub Tundra Coffee Brown Ale

Shrub Tundra is an American Brown Ale, infused with coffee from Half Acre’s longtime collaborators, Dark Matter Coffee Company. The coffee was grown on the slopes of Finca San Jeronimo Miramar, in Atitlan, Guatemala.

Whenever these two giants of Chicago-based imbibery get together, magic happens, so I was very excited to see this bottle on the NEW RELEASES shelf of my local liquor store.

Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping Shrub Tundra Coffee Brown Ale, from Half Acre Beer Company in Chicago, Illinois. Feel free to pull up a chair.

THEDETAILS

style: American Brown Ale
abv: 6.3%
ibu: 28
color: Dark Brown
stemware: Tulip

CUPPINGNOTES

Pouring the beer into my tulip, Shrub Tundra is a really great looking beer. It has a dark brown color; mahogany around the edges in light. Ample light brown foam (nearly a three-finger height) with tightly packed bubbles, excellent retention and lacing.

The aroma is subdued but nicely balanced. Medium roast coffee on the nose, with earthy and floral notes. The coffee is not overpowering, though the malt possesses some strong characteristics with notes of chocolate and toasted biscuit.

The taste is quite similar, with the coffee pushing forward somewhat stronger than it did in the aroma. The malt and chocolate character still comes through, with a lingering bitterness on the aftertaste. A medium body, moderate carbonation, and smooth, creamy texture. Dry and aforementioned lingering bitterness of the finish.

Overall, this is a really nice brown ale that I would happily seek out again.

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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 […]

Local Option Bierwerker // Mourning Wood

Local Option Bierwerker // Mourning Wood

(EDITOR’S NOTE: I just want to start this article off by saying that I don’t know much of anything about this product other than what it tastes like. I reached out to Local Option on a few occassions via social media and email and never received answers […]