Espresso beer lovers rejoice.
Stevens Point Brewery has announced it has released a new beer in its Whole Hog series, Espresso Stout. The 6.5 percent ABV beer incorporates caramel, dark chocolate and roasted barely malts and Palisade hops from the Pacific northwest. In addition, Milwaukee, Wis.-based Valentine Coffee Company supplied two different kinds of coffee beans for the brew: whole Sumatra beans and a special blend of espresso beans that is proprietary to Valentine’s.
“The Sumatra beans add a touch of fruitiness to the flavor, which distinguishes Whole Hog Espresso Stout from other coffee beers in the marketplace,” said Gabe Hopkins, Point brewmaster, in a press release. “When you taste Whole Hog Espresso Stout, you first encounter chocolate notes plus the fruity notes from the Sumatra coffee on the front end. On the back end you experience the delicate roasted coffee flavor and aromatics contributed by the espresso beans.”
Espresso Stout joins six other Whole Hog releases, a series that includes two year-round offerings as well as four seasonal releases. The brewery’s year-round products include Whole Hog Six-Hop IPA and Whole Hog Scotch Ale while the seasonal releases include Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale, Whole Hog Russian Imperial Stout and Whole Hog Barley Wine Ale.
The new year-round offering is available now in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles and on draft at the Stevens Point, Wis. brewery and will be distributed to its network of 16 states, mainly in the Midwest and on the east coast.