Thimble Island Brewing Company in Branford has done something not many other breweries are able to do. Their Coffee Stout just might be one of the only “crushable” stouts in existence. Most of the time, a seasonal offering such as a coffee stout can be cumbersome, thick, and filling, but this isn’t the case for Thimble’s creation.
Made with coffee beans from Willoughby’s Coffee & Tea in Branford, this collaboration hits on all the flavor components we know and love about stouts, but leaves behind the big body. Having a hearty stout can be great, in fact, just recently in our review of Relic’s Black Dawn I mentioned how full and rich it was. But, when you want to put your feet up and throw back a few, Thimble Island’s Coffee Stout is a worthy option.
Massive aromatic notes of roasted coffee hits your senses right away. On the palate, there’s more coffee flavors and a slight hint of roasted barley. But as mentioned before, the highlight of this beer is its drinkability. You won’t be full after having a few of these which really expands the versatility for stouts in general. Usually just enjoyed as a winter warmer, Coffee Stout is something that I could see myself drinking year-round.
If you agree with me then you’re in luck! Thimble makes sure to keep this fan favorite on tap from winter to summer, so next time you’re debating about which flavorful seasonal selection to pick up for the weekend, look no further than Thimble Island’s Coffee Stout.
Run down to your local package store and pick up a six-pack, or hunt down a pint at Cure Restaurant in Unionville, Central Café in Plainville, or the Sitting Duck Tavern in Stratford.