A coffee-infused porter from Oskar Blues Brewery is back again this month.
The beer is Hotbox Porter, a 6.5 percent ABV porter brewed with seven different malts as well as cold brewed coffee sourced from Longmont, Colo.-based Hotbox Coffee Roasters that is made from both Brazilian and Mexican coffee beans. This is the third time the porter has been released, with previous incarnations having shipped in late 2015 and again in September 2016.
“Hotbox Porter is really balanced without holding back on flavor,” said Tim Matthews, head of brewing operations at Oskar Blues, in a press release. “The coffee doesn’t overwhelm the porter, so the coffee and beer flavors really share the stage. The reasonable ABV keeps it drinkable for warmer days, but the dried fruit flavors in the coffee and the robust malts are indulgent enough for cooler fall nights – think Thanksgiving and bon-fires. It’s a good transition beer.”
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 shipped across the brewery’s distribution network in mid-August.