Siren Craft Brew in Berkshire has released four new beers in its Project Barista series that explores the flavours of coffee.
The first is Cold Brew, a 5% ABV schwarzbier, described as dry and light instead of sweet. The dark grains are cold-steeped overnight to develop coffee and chocolate notes with minimal burnt/bitter flavours.
A delicate hopping of Amarillo and Ekuanot hops brings some fruitiness to the lager, while Climpson & Sons Brazilian coffee shines through with fudge and caramel notes in abundance.
The 9.5% ABV Breakfast Shake is an imperial wheat stout with coffee and cacao, said to be a hybrid of dunkel weiss beer and an imperial stout.
A classic German wheat beer yeast is used to offer banana notes, while Siren uses 13 different speciality malts to drive rich coffee and chocolate flavours.
Cacao husks and cacao nibs layer up yet more chocolate notes. Climpson & Son’s Brasil espresso is a beautifully rounded coffee and adds a real nuttiness to the beer.
After the success of CapHeine beer in the inaugural Project Barista series last year, it is back without raspberries to let the hibiscus- and berry-led coffee shine.
It is kettle-soured to a pH of around 3.5 before the boil, with further acidity coming from the coffee post-fermentation. At 6.2% ABV, it is described as a beautifully layered sour beer bursting with berry and floral flavours.
Affogato is a 6% ABV “coffee and ice-cream ale”. The base beer here is pale, fermented to leave a touch of residual sugar, and then loaded up with lactose to offer ice-cream-like body and the perception of sweetness.
Vanilla goes in for the full ice-cream effect as well as cypress wood. The wood spirals lend an undertone of vanilla wafer that complements the beer but also gives complexity and a rounded character that balances the beer. It is recommended for drinking with biscotti.