Stupid Stout is part of Coronado Brewing Company's “crown series,” a designation that either relegates all of its undesignated brews to be the downtrodden members of a beer peasant class or is an open declaration of allegiance to the British monarchy. Either seems a peculiar inclusion on label art, but who am I to judge? I mean, other than in the ensuing article in which I brazenly judge their beer, of course. Obviously, I’m supposed to judge there.
The Stupid Stout is completely opaque and is adorned with a beady, dark-tan head. Its aroma has bits of cocoa, chicory and licorice, but is pretty mild overall. The flavor is considerably less subtle though, delivering a massive wallop of coffee-roasted malts and sweet dark chocolate. It has an inkling of hops in the finish, but just enough of a minty note to add a little freshness to the equation and keep it from feeling too heavy. The roasty finish masks its 10-percent ABV very well, but it starts to taste more of licorice and overcooked coffee to me as it accumulates.
This stout has many characteristics that make it a viable winter warmer: the strong essence of coffee, a little booziness and a full-bodied, velvety texture. If you enjoy your daily cuppa and don’t mind a dusting of black licorice, you’ll probably dig this. The finish wasn’t tuned to my personal tastes, but there’s no denying the Stupid Stout is a hefty and potent brew that will pair nicely with San Diego’s chillier months.