The dry Irish stout from Seaside’s recently opened Other Brother Beer Co. is like sipping a cafe Americano brewed with French roast coffee beans.

Sips 11.07.19

Inky in color with the robust, burnished rasp of scorched coffee, the beer – they call it “Junkyard” – is surprisingly slight, both in body and in alcohol. It weighs in at less than 4 percent. “It deceives you a bit,” says Other Brother brewmaster Kevin Brown, who used caramel and chocolate malts to achieve a roasted flavor, but dialed back everything else. “It’s light and drinkable.”

Indeed, it’s a stout that could pass for a session beer. Yet there’s a lot more to it than a slender profile and belt of coffee. A sensation of cola – caramel without the sweetness – fills in above the strong roast, lending a refreshing note that suits the easy drinking nature of the beer. And there’s a smooth chocolate flavor balanced by a trace of something like chicory, which gives depth and hints at bitterness. But there is none of that resinous hoppy bite.

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Brown explains that he wanted something distinct from the IPA – something intricate and enjoyable. The finish is clean, leaving you ready for another sip. So yeah, it’s spot on.

OTHER BROTHER BEER CO., 877 Broadway Ave., Seaside.

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