Slightly sweet and full-bodied with hints of complex roasted malts and chocolate, Calfé delivers a kick to the corral. This pillowy, silky and aromatic Coffee Milk Stout is infused with java roasted locally by the team at Cincinnati’s Deeper Roots Coffee – a multidimensional brew that delivers on rich, smooth and delicious.
Reviews are done by Jim Matt, our Chief Science Officer, who is also a veteran FoBAB judge, GABF judge, and BJCP Master judge.
Malts: Maris Otter, Crystal Dark, Chocolate, Flaked Barley, Flaked Oats, Roasted Barley, Carafa III, Lactose
Hops: Bravo, Cascade
Calfé is our first canned stout! Walk us through this beer’s journey to our seasonal lineup.
Calfé has its roots in Bertha, a milk stout that we have brewed for a few years. Coffee beers have become popular, and the season is ripe for a beer like this.
What are the notable characteristics of this beer?
Full-bodied, lightly roasty, hints of chocolate, and (of course), coffee!
What are your go-to Coffee Milk Stouts?
Stone makes a good one, also Arabicadabra from Bells.
Very dark brown/black, opaque. Thick dark tan head with excellent retention.
Medium coffee, medium-low chocolate and roast notes, light hint of caramel. Very low hop aroma, low fruity esters.
Very malt forward with a supporting cast of coffee, chocolate, toffee and lightly roasty undertones. Low fruitiness, medium-low bitterness. Finishes slightly sweet without being cloying. Medium low bitterness, low hop flavor.
Medium-full body, medium low carbonation, creamy and smooth.
Like a beer version of a Vietnamese coffee…definitely a beer first with a light coffee addition to support and not overwhelm the beer. Quintessentially balanced!
What foods would pair well with Calfé?
The obvious would be a Tiramisu, the not-so-obvious, Vietnamese Pho or Filipino style beef stew (Kaldereta).
Ideal glassware for Calfé?
Tulip/snifter glass or Imperial Pint.