There's no place like home and there's no beer quite like a stout. Finding my parent's house completely devoid of any kind of beer (save for 3 Coors Lights leftover from my brothers' 21st birthday - not drinkable), I ventured to the nearest grocery store and picked up a sixer of my hometown brewery's Coffeehouse Stout. Having brewed a batch like this myself, I was curious to see how it would go down. To make things even more interesting, this beer was made with coffee from Antigua, Guatemala, one of the places I'd been to on my recent travels and where I'd had a fair amount of the local coffee.
As it is, a stout is a pretty heavy beer. For some, it may just be too much to handle. This dark stout has so much coffee flavor, I think that someone who wasn't a big beer drinker, but liked coffee, could really get along with it. And as someone who likes coffee almost as much as they like beer, I see this six-pack going down pretty quick.
While the coffee flavor is somewhat overpowering, this beer is surprisingly sweet. It lacks the complexity and creamy texture of Guinness, but it might be a good place to start if you want to start exploring some brews on the darker end of the spectrum.
This and other Alewerks brews can be found in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington, DC.