Last week I wrote an article about local beers that you should enjoy as replacements for some of the most popular releases from Founders Brewing. The obvious takeaway from the article was to support your local breweries instead of unrepentant racists, and this was clearly well-received, the article is already one of my most-read pieces of the year. The other message is that there is an amazing amount of awesome beer being brewed in this area, you can find multiple top-notch releases of nearly any style without too much effort. I know a certain segment of beer talking heads bemoans the ubiquitousness of NEIPAs in the region, but the majority of breweries make a range of interesting styles. My choice for a coffee stout was a beer I’ve enjoyed in the past but never formally reviewed, Sunday Paper from Exhibit A Brewing in Framingham. Sunday Paper is an imperial stout brewed with local roasted malt and coffee from Barrington Coffee Roasting Company, it is available on a rotating basis on draft and in 16 oz. cans.
Exhibit A Sunday Paper pours nearly black with a small tan head. The aroma is full, lots of rich roasted malts and coffee. The flavor is also very malt forward, notes of mocha, toffee, and molasses along with just a touch of boozy sweetness. The coffee nicely complements the malt flavors without overwhelming them. Some subtle hops round out the flavor, earthy and herbal. Sunday Paper is full-bodied and dangerously drinkable for a beer with 9.9% ABV. The finish is rich with some lingering malt and coffee flavors. This is an excellent coffee imperial stout, tons of flavor, incredibly smooth and well balanced. I will be drinking plenty of these this winter! Hoppy Boston score: 4.75/5.
Previous Exhibit A Reviews:
Exhibit A Belle, Exhibit A Pink Boots Were Made For Brewing, Exhibit A We’re Going To Need You To Come In On Saturday Scotch Ale, Exhibit A Demo Tape Eleven Side B, Exhibit A Danko, Exhibit A The Cat’s Meow and Demo Tape 5