Quick Draw: Smells Like Bean Spirit Batch #2

Mikerphone Brewing is all about “craft beer inspired by music,” with pun-ily named brews–I Want My IPA and Daft Funk to name a couple. Mikerphone is currently “gypsy-brewing”-they don’t have a permanent brewing facility of their own, so they use space at another- but plans to open a permanent facility in Elk Grove Village, right near O’Hare Airport. You can hear head brewer Mike Pallen talk a bit more about his plans on beer industry podcast The Insiders Round Table, Episode #29.

Today I’m enjoying a creative collaboration between Mikerphone and Addison, Illinois-based  Tugboat Coffee Roasters. This is an Imperial Breakfast Stout brewed with Vermont maple syrup and Tugboat’s Sumatra Mandheling Blend.

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Smells Like Bean Spirit Batch #2, 7% ABV (Mikerphone Brewing Company)

Appearance: Dark brown and opaque, this headless beer looked like syrup in the glass.

Aroma: Darkly roasted coffee beans (almost burnt), cherry, and slightly vegetal pepper aroma with a hint of cooked maple syrup

Mouthfeel: A thin mouthfeel with some boozy heat and intense umami

Flavor: Coffee-forward, musky, maple-y, and lots of vanilla, this beer was intensely flavored with a sweet middle and a dry, tannic finish. As the beer warmed, I began to taste peanuts on the end (go figure)!

A great winter warmer, this beer is a unique take on the coffee beer with the addition of rich maple syrup. I’d love to try this beer with a pancake breakfast – and maple syrup of course.


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