Oskar Blues Brewery Hotbox Coffee Porter, a 6.5% ABV Coffee Porter
|Appearance||Opaque black with long-lasting dark tan head.|
|Aroma||Roasted malts, dark chocolate, blueberry.|
|Taste||Dark chocolate, coffee, blueberry.|
|Mouthfeel||Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation.|
|Overall||Would be perfect with some pancakes.|
Oskar Blues Brewery, based in Lyons, Colorado, was founded by Dick Dale Katechis in 1997. They are the largest brewery in the United States that does not use glass bottles.
Dale’s Pale Ale, released in November 2002, is credited with being the first canned craft beer in the United States. In 2012 they began using resealable aluminum containers for craft beer.
In 2012 they expanded their operations and opened a satellite brewery in Brevard, North Carolina, which has the capacity to brew up to 120,000 barrels. The east coast location is an easy 30 minute drive from downtown Asheville. In 2016, Oskar Blues will be opening an additional location in Austin, Texas.
In 2015, an offshoot of the Oskar Blues company called Hotbox Roasters began selling roasted coffee in 32-ounce crowlers. There are three different coffees available sourced from Bolivia (Bolivia Newton John), Kenya (Kenya Dig It) and Indonesia (Frank Sumatra).
Hotbox Coffee Porter is a collaboration with Hotbox Roasters. The beer features cold-extracted coffee from Burundian and Ethiopian beans, giving the base porter flavors and aromas of dark plums, chocolate and hints of blueberry.
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Check out… this video from Oskar Blues of the first ever canning run of Hotbox Coffee Porter!