Anspach and Hobday brewery was aptly founded by Paul Anspach and Jack Hobday after a successful crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter. Based under a railway arch in Bermondsey the brewery has become somewhat well know for it’s excellent porters. Being a fan of darker beers and having already tried (and enjoyed) their classic porter I had to give the coffee porter a try.
The beer definitely lives up to it’s name. It has a strong coffee aroma which follows through with a bold coffee flavour, balanced nicely with a complex malt character. It has a real earthy core flavour with a lasting bitterness you would expect from a strong coffee. Certainly one for those that like big flavours, this would be a great beer to match with food, particularly chocolate
At 7.4% ABV it is not a beer for the weak hearted. Hopped with willamette and coming in at 22 IBUs The Coffee Porter is not a heavily hopped beer; I would say it’s all the better for it as it allows the malt character and the Taylor Street Coffee used in the brew to shine through and be front a centre in this warming beer.
If you are a porter and stout lover you will find a lot to like here. Keep your eyes peeled as Anspach and Hobday’s website lists the beer as a one-off special so grab a bottle if you see it out in the wild.