Newport Storm has announced their newest 4-pack release: High Test coffee stout.
This stout has aromas of coffee and sweet chocolate. Locally roasted coffee adds hints of caramel and nougat, the company reports, while dark malts create depth with roasted flavors.
Newport Storm started off with four types of coffee and two different base beers. Locally roasted Guatemalan coffee passed the high test after narrowing down the coffee selection. Coffee called Cosecha from Huehuetenango, Guatemala, found its way to our brewery from a local coffee shop in Newport, RI.
“CJ Barone, owner of Empire Tea & Coffee, has always supported RI craft breweries and Newport Storm especially with the Newport Craft Beer Festival.” explains Brewmaster Derek Luke. “It was a no-brainer to collaborate with his local roaster, Kat, who was so passionate about helping us select the right coffee for our beer.”
The base of this beer was made with a combination of Black Patent, Chocolate Wheat and Roasted Barley malts, the company reports, which added sweet and toasted flavors. Magnum and Equinox hops were added to balance out this brew and create a smooth, sweet finish.
The coffee flavors of this beer are developed in the aging process where the whole batch was fermented and allowed to mature with “dry-beaned” coffee beans. This is similar to the dry-hopping process, when hops are added in during the fermentation process and not in the boil.
High Test is 8% ABV and will be available via the 4-pack starting the week of February 20. The suggested retail price is $9.99 per pack.