You wouldn't believe how happy I was to get my hands on this beer. Shortly after Christmas one of my friends posted a picture of the Tiny Rebel Stay Puft beer selection they had treated themselves too, and immediately got abuse from me for not telling me it existed in advance. I ran on to the Tiny Rebel website to find they had sold out, but thankfully they have now restocked. The pack includes this Imperial Irish Coffee Marshmallow Porter, an eggnog version, a chocolate mint version, and rather bizarrely a glazed ham version. The Irish Coffee is the first I've opened and I am going to try and space them out a bit.
The reason for my need to get these beers is that the original Stay Puft is very much in my list of greatest beers and having also enjoyed the imperial, chocolate, Oreo, and caramel versions I was pretty sure I'd like these. We shall see I guess. Tiny Rebel are a Welsh brewery based in Newport, and they like trying new things, sometimes they work, sometimes they don't, but now that they've stumbled on something a bit special in Stay Puft they are well and truly milking it, and you know what? I don't mind in the slightest, you really can't have too much of a good thing. But is Irish Coffee a version of Stay Puft that works?
First things first, its only a 330 can and that's disappointing, however it's a 9% beer so drinking too much would hurt eventually, so maybe you can have too much of a good thing after all. The can is great, as all Stay Puft cans are. It features the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man wearing an imperial storm trooper helmet waving around an Irish coffee. It's fun and it gets to the point. The beer pours jet black with a gorgeous brown head, these beers always look amazing, I'm sorry they just do.
The scent is interesting, there's marshmallow, roasted coffee beans, chocolate, and oddly some mint. It's a nice strong smell which will lure any dark beer drinker in. The taste isn't quite what I expected though. There's the usual Stay Puft marshmallow undertone, and been 9% you can taste that it's a strong beer, but the Irish coffee doesn't come through overly strongly. Given the previous drinks in the range I've tried this one doesn't really have the same inspired taste. Don't get me wrong it's a very good beer, but it tastes a bit too much like the standard Stay Puft Imperial porter to really stand out on its own the way some of the other offshoots do. I'm going to give Stay Puft Irish Coffee Marshmallow Porter from Tiny Rebel 8 out of 10. It's a very good beer, but given its pedigree I expected a great one.