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- As if 2020 couldn’t get any weirder, Dunkin’ has released a collection of donut-themed beers in collaboration with Boston-based Harpoon Brewery.
- The collection includes last year’s coffee porter, as well as a new pumpkin spice latte ale, Boston kreme stout, and jelly donut IPA.
- On Monday afternoon, I tried all four beers and found there was a clear hierarchy within the collection.
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If you thought 2020 couldn’t get any weirder, Dunkin’ has set out to prove you wrong by launching a collection of donut-infused beers.
At the end of August, the donut chain announced it would renew its collaboration with Boston-based Harpoon Brewery, which helped Dunkin’ launch a coffee porter last year. After the success of the coffee porter, Dunkin’ and Harpoon jumped the shark hand-in-hand and launched a full-on fall collection of donut-themed beer.
The collection includes last year’s coffee porter as well as the new pumpkin spiced latte ale, Boston kreme stout, and jelly donut IPA.
Who’s afraid of donut-infused beer? I am, but 2020 is all about conquering your fears and taking a leap — even if that leap is on waterskis over a live shark into a case of really strange beer. But I embrace the unknown. The darkness does not scare me — I am the darkness. Plus, Harpoon sent me a case to try.
So on Monday, when the clock struck five, I grabbed my camera and a couple of tiny mason jars and headed to my deck to drown my sorrows in donut beer.
Business financial make money capital trading The four flavors from left to right are: pumpkin spice latte ale, coffee porter, jelly donut IPA, and Boston kreme stout.
Business financial make money capital trading First, I tried the orangest of the bunch: the Harpoon Dunkin’ Pumpkin, which is brewed with pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, and coffee. Dunkin’ describes it as “easy drinking.”
Business financial make money capital trading I didn’t disagree. It tastes exactly how you’d expect, kind of festive, a bit pumpkiny, and actually not bad at all. It’s pretty sweet for an ale. But when you drink it, try not to think of potpourri.
Business financial make money capital trading Next, I tried the classic coffee porter, which supposedly “combines malty notes of chocolate, caramel, and toffee,” according to Dunkin’.
Business financial make money capital trading It’s a dry, rich porter that has a cheesy, pecorino-like nose — that’d be the malt. But it doesn’t really taste like coffee.
Business financial make money capital trading The first of the donut beers is the Boston kreme stout, which is brewed with cacao nibs and actual Dunkin’ donuts.
Business financial make money capital trading Finally, it was onto the jelly donut IPA’s, which is brewed with donuts and raspberry purée.
Business financial make money capital trading How much I drank of each beer accurately reflects how I felt about it. Sorry, jelly donut stans.
Business financial make money capital trading The pumpkin spice latte ale was by far the best beer, with a nice, balanced flavor that only slightly veered into potpourri.
Business financial make money capital trading The coffee porter was rich and interesting without being overpowering. However, it wasn’t especially compelling considering how little coffee flavor came through.
Business financial make money capital trading The Boston kreme was drinkable. If I were stuck on a desert island with nothing but a case of Boston kreme stout, it would be better than just seawater.