Beer Reviews

Calfé

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

rhinegeist brewery calfé coffee milk stout

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.

Appearance:
Very dark brown/black, opaque. Thick dark tan head with excellent retention.

Aroma:
Medium coffee, medium-low chocolate and roast notes, light hint of caramel. Very low hop aroma, low fruity esters.

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
Medium-full body, medium low carbonation, creamy and smooth.

rhinegeist brewery calfé coffee milk stout

Overall:
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.

rhinegeist brewery calfé coffee milk stout
rhinegeist brewery calfé coffee milk stout
rhinegeist brewery calfé coffee milk stout