Off the Wall: Superstition Coffee Stout

Off the Wall: Superstition Coffee StoutName: Superstition Coffee Stout
Brewery: Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Gilbert, Arizona
Style: Stout
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.7%
First Brewed: 2013
Price: NA

Ricky’s Thoughts

Since we drove all this way, I figured we should write a beer review. Oh, and Jeremy and Petulia showed up. Say, “Hi!”

We have already tried this beer, but there is a reason we decided to review this one. Not only do I LOVE coffee stouts, they used a local coffee roaster for the beans they used in this beer. I wasn’t familiar with Superstition Coffee until I first had this beer, and now I can’t wait to try a cup of their coffee. The coffee they used was cold pressed for 48 hours, and in talking with the brewmaster about the process, he assured me the most flavor you could get from these coffee beans is by cold pressing for 48 hours.

Sheryl grabbed a growler of this beer a few weeks ago, right after they opened, and I have been dying to try this beer again. I must say, this looks better and tastes better straight from the tap. There should be a brewing company called Straight From The Tap Brewing Company. Maybe I should open a brewing company and call it that. On to the coffee stout. Cheers!

In the Glass: The head on this is ridiculous. I say that in the best possible way… I mean I just want to look at it all day long. I actually want to ask for a spoon so I can eat the foam. In the glass, the beer is pitch black and has a nice sticky lace.

Like I said, Sheryl grabbed a growler of this a few weeks ago. I am going to review this as if I have never tried it.

Nose: They use a local coffee roaster for this. Can you guess the name of the coffee roaster? It’s… Superstition Coffee! I wasn’t familiar with them before this beer, but now I want to try their coffee. I go to Starbucks pretty much every day, but I am sure the coffee at Superstition is better.

The beer smells like coffee! It has a nice dark burnt coffee aroma to it. This is WAY too cold, but the beer will get better as it heats up. I wish more people understood that. I also wish more bars would serve beer, especially based on the style, at a warmer temperature. I know that technology doesn’t really allow for that, but still. Let’s see what this beer tastes like. Cheers!

Flavor: Again, I am drinking this beer cold. But man, what a great coffee flavor. I would say this tastes more like coffee than it does beer. This beer also isn’t very carbonated and provides a much more enjoyable beer drinking experience. The finish and the aftertaste are great, but I will get there.

I like the finish and the aftertaste so much on this release; I want to skip to that. Here we go.

Mouthfeel: The beer isn’t very carbonated, but that’s OK. I don’t want it to be. I want this beer to have a nice thick chewy mouthfeel, and that really comes out as the beer heats up. Considering this is their first attempt, at least their first public attempt, at this beer, I am blown away. Bravo Arizona Wildness. Bravo!

Aftertaste: The aftertaste is great. I like to drink my coffee cold, and feel that gives me a better experience. At home I make ice cubes out of coffee so the coffee isn’t watered down. I wish, although it will never happen, Starbucks would make their ice cubes out of coffee. Bad Ass Coffee does that. I first had Bad Ass Coffee in Hawaii. I am pretty sure there was a location in Indianapolis, but it closed before I got into drinking coffee.

This was the first beer I had from Arizona Brewing Company, and is one of the best beers, one of the best coffee stouts, I have had in quite some time. If you like coffee, then you must try this beer. I am curious if Arizona Wilderness will ever toy with barrel aging their beers. This is one that I could see being tossed in a whiskey barrel for 10-12 months.

Superstition Coffee Stout – The bottle says: “NA”

Rating: 4.5/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

We are doing another “off the wall” beer review today! We are even doing it live at the brewery. We’re sitting at the newly opened Arizona Wilderness Brewery having a pint of their Superstition Coffee Stout. We have actually already had this beer once before. We’ve been busy since we got back from China, and we weren’t really able to come out here to visit the brewery and do a proper blog about it, but I did manage to stop by on my way home from work one day and grab a growler of it. So I already know it’s good!

The beer looks very dark in the glass. It’s basically black and pretty thick. You aren’t seeing anything through this glass. It smells… like coffee. It’s like sniffing a bag of espresso beans, honestly. This beer is VERY heavy on the coffee. I bet it tastes a lot like coffee, too.

First sip… yep. This reminds me a lot of dark chocolate espresso beans. And I love dark chocolate espresso beans. This beer is great for a coffee beer. If you like coffee, but don’t like beer, you should give this one a shot.

So there you have it. I love coffee, and I like this beer. I’ll definitely be drinking it more when I’m visiting Arizona Wilderness again. Might even have to pick up more growlers when I get the chance.

Rating: 4/5

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