Whether your team won or lost yesterday no longer matters. Today is a new day and I've brought you good news. Starting tomorrow, you're able to get one of Logboat Brewing Company's most talked about stouts in 4-packs of cans. Previously only released in bombers (22 ounce bottles) Bennie uses Columbia, MO based coffee and chocolate companies to provide the coffee and cacao nibs that give this 9% ABV mocha stout some local love.
We reached out to Logboat's Head Brewer, Josh Rein, to find out more about this beer:
Bennie is the brain child of our very own Andrew Sharp. Together he and I developed the recipe, with the goal being a rich, velvety sweet stout, balanced by the coffee bitterness. We brew the beer with a big dose of coffee malt, black malt, and carafa to give the roasted backbone this beer needs. Lactose is added to help with perceived sweetness and give a full mouth feel. We add a custom blend of coffee, designed in collaboration with Fretboard Coffee here in town. Fair trade cacao nibs from Ghana and Madagascar are sourced, roasted, and winnowed by Columbia chocolate maker Patric Chocolate and added during conditioning. It's a wonderful option for dessert in the colder months, but would also pair well with slightly sweet dishes like tiramisu or perhaps even something with a bit of heat. Cheers!
Below you'll find our thoughts on this beer but if you'd rather take your word for it, look for it at local bottle shops and nicer grocery stores starting tomorrow.
|Vibrant, fresh, dark coffee pops out of the can as soon as it's opened. When poured, the coffee's roasted and bitter notes fill the air, mixing nicely with sweet chocolate that is imparted by the cacao nibs. As you place your nose to your glass, the richness of the mixed flavors are undeniable with the coffee clearly coming out on top.|
|When it's coming out of the can and as you tilt your glass, the beer is a deep, deep brown. As it sits in your glass however, it's an opaque black. The mocha colored head is loose, two fingers high and made up of both small and large bubbles. As it sits, the head recedes although it never falls under a quart inch and leaves sticky lacing.|
|This is a great example of how a beer's flavor can change throughout a single drink. When it first hits your tongue, you're greeted with the sweetness of the chocolate. As it moves further back, you experience the richness of both the chocolate and the coffee before the bitterness of the coffee reaches the back of your tongue. When swallowed, you get left with the chocolate again as well as a bit of alcohol flavor and alcohol warmth. The roasted notes linger and there's a bit of brown sugar sweetness that sticks to your tongue.|
|The carbonation is just below medium and the body is medium+. It's amazingly smooth and velvety on your tongue and is great for the style.|
This is not a new beer to Logboat's lineup but based on the fact that it was only released in bombers (and draught) in the past, odds are most of you haven't tried it. If you're like most out there that haven't, you're in for a treat. The rich flavors are surprisingly not overwhelming as the bitterness in the beer balances the sweetness quite well. Bennie is incredibly drinkable at 9% which is great to have it in 12 ounce cans, letting you quit while you're ahead. That's not to say you couldn't drink more than one or that you wouldn't want to, I'm just saying you have the option not to now which is nice.