Next month, Oskar Blues Brewery’s coffee-infused porter is returning.
That beer is Hotbox Porter, a 6.5 percent ABV porter brewed with seven different malts as well as cold brewed Colombia, Honduras and Guatemala coffee sourced from Longmont, Colo.-based Hotbox Coffee Roasters. This is the fourth time the porter has been released, with previous incarnations having shipped in late 2015, September 2016 and August 2017.
“The malt bill highlights chocolate, fig, plum, espresso, burnt sugar, caramel, and marshmallow,” said Tim Matthews, head of brewing operations at Oskar Blues, in a post on the brewery’s website. “Overall, the beer is medium-bodied and just sweet enough, with the coffee and malt flavors designed to mesh together perfectly.”
Oscar Blues and Hotbox Coffee Roasters have collaborated twice before: Hotbox Coffee IPA, a 7.2 percent ABV IPA brewed with Simcoe hops and “an infusion of Hotbox Roasters cold brew extract made from Ethiopian beans”, and a draft-only coffee IPA collaboration in August 2016 named Whole Lotta Love IPA that came in at 7.8 percent ABV.
According to a post on Oskar Blue’s website, the newest incarnation of Hotbox Porter will be packaged in four-packs of 12-ounce cans that are scheduled to be released at the brewery’s taprooms in Austin, Brevard, Boulder and Longmont on Aug. 4 before being shipped across the brewery’s distribution network later that month.