While Black Mesa Brewing is just a couple weeks away from the release of its first bottled offering — Double ESB is expected in stores around Dec. 18 — marketing and sales director Brad Stumph this week tipped me off to their newest beer: a coffee stout made in collaboration with Oklahoma City’s Elemental Coffee Roasters.
Red Badger Stout is expected to be available in Oklahoma on Feb. 1.
The 8% ABV stout will be packaged in 750 ml Belgian bottles. The cap and neck will be dipped in wax, and the cap will be stamped with a replica of the geodetic benchmark found at the Black Mesa summit in northwestern Oklahoma. Stumph said he believes the beer’s presentation will be “second-to-none.”
I’ll let Stumph handle the rest of the beer description:
“We set out to brew a stout that both coffee and craft beer devotees could appreciate. The stout is brewed with de-bittered black malts to provide a fabric that does not compete with the complexity of the coffee beans,” Stumph said. “The roasters at Elemental Coffee are true craftsman and our goal was to highlight their skill. We believe we have created a coffee stout unlike any currently on the market. By muting the roasted barley notes of the stout, it allows the full spectrum of notes imparted by the coffee to shine through. This is the coffee drinker’s breakfast stout.”
Stumph said the bean used to condition the beer is the Red Badger. Fans of Elemental Coffee will recognize it as their Vaquero roast. You can read about that particular roast by clicking here.