What was once a niche oddity which appeared to live out its lifespan then disappear, appears to be back with a vengeance. I am talking about the golden stout, a light-hued ale offering the roast and fortified mouthfeel of a dark beer through incorporation of oats, lactose and coffee beans. This party trick of a style rose to popularity in the early 2010s, captivating beer fans before fading into obscurity. That fall from fashion was a shame, because many golden stouts were quite good and had even more java character than traditional stouts brewed with coffee. Without all those heavy-roasted malts competing for taste buds’ attention, one could pick up more of the nuances of the coffee varietal and its inherent characteristics. Fortunately, craft brewers seem to be coming back around to this style, including Oceanside-based Belching Beaver Brewery, which recently released a golden stout called Caramel Mocha Latte. In addition to being successful as a “light dark beer”, this new release takes the golden stout to a new level by building off its most key ingredient to mimic a full-on coffee drink. A blend of cacao and milk sugar provide the sweetness found in the beer’s namesake barista delight. That “caramel” element marries nicely with a custom blend from Carlsbad’s Steady State Coffee. And while many golden stouts of yore tended to be on the boozier side, Caramel Mocha Latte is just 6% alcohol-by-volume, making it the kind of treat – dare I say, pick-me-up – that’s fit for more than just a nightcap.
Introducing Caramel Mocha Latte, a unique beer that takes you on a journey of flavors. Brewed with the finest coffee from Steady State and enriched with Ghana cacao nibs, this beer is a tribute to the artistry of barista-crafted drinks. Its rich caramel notes intertwine with the robustness of mocha, creating a symphony of taste that dances on your palate. Every sip is a testament to the fusion of traditional brewing techniques and the innovative spirit of coffee-shop culture. Experience the Caramel Mocha Latte, where every pour is a celebration of flavor. Cheers to the new taste of tradition!”Thomas Peters, Head of Production & Quality Manager, Belching Beaver Brewery