Aces & Ates, Big Boss Brewing, Raleigh
About $5 for a 12 oz. bottle
We thought the coffee/beer thing had waned, but several breweries have trotted out new batches this winter, including some for the first time.
They range from the decent (Thunderstruck Coffee Porter from Ashevilles Highland Brewing) to fun and funky (Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin).
Our favorite: Aces & Ates, a smooth and slightly sweet stout with a delicate malt backbone, artfully blended with coffee from Raleighs Larrys Beans. A nicely balanced beer thats full-flavored with no sharp edges. Its pricey and its sold in single 12-ounce bottles. Well worth trying one. Peter St. Onge