For as long as anyone can remember (and whether you like it or not), Starbucks' pumpkin spice latte has been the unquestioned ruler of autumnal beverages. Now, however, Dunkin' Donuts wants to create a drink that gives the latte a run for its money. But how do you catch people's eye with a coffee-flavored drink when there are already so many out there?
Easy! Put alcohol in it.
Dunkin' is partnering up with the Massachusetts-based, employee-owned Harpoon Brewery to create a new limited edition beer called Dunkin' Coffee Porter. At 6% APB, the drink, described as a "roasty beer with a heavy dose of Dunkin's Espresso Blend Coffee" will be sold in the 25 states where Harpoon Brewery distributes its wares.
A coffee-flavored beer might sound a little out there, but this isn't the first time Dunkin' has dipped its straw into the drinking game. Last year, around this time, the donut company partnered with Catawba Brewing to produce, Dunkin' Punkin Brown Ale, an extremely limited product that you could only get in North Carolina.
One review of the beer from Boston.com read:
Harpoon adds some of Dunkin's Espresso Blend Coffee into the beer, so there's a nice chocolate-y aroma coming off a big, creamy head. This tastes like the good and the bad of Dunkin' coffee: It's hard to miss the coffee, but instead of roasty and sweet it's a little acidic, and the aftertaste is pretty bitter for a porter. It's not a bad beer, but would probably be better with two creams and a sugar.
My usual order at Dunkin' is a medium iced regular — three creams, three sugars. Maybe this is just my own personal preference, but this beer could have used a little bit of cream or sugar, or at least a sweeter, creamier bouquet. The beer pours dark like most other porters, but has an overwhelmingly roasty flavor compared to most, and is uncomfortably close to actual Dunkin' coffee in taste. The finish left a bitter, acidic aftertaste in my mouth. Not my favorite.
On Twitter, coffee/beer fans were skeptical, but excited:
America may run on Dunkin', but now it seems Dunkin' will be helping America pass out after a long, hard day. Happy Fall, everyone!