The beer: Oak Cliff Coffee Ale

The brewery: Deep Ellum Brewing Co. in Dallas

Style: American brown ale. Based on the English brown ale, it's sometimes tweaked with the addition of ingredients like nuts, coffee, cocoa, vanilla or spices.

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The pitch: Deep Ellum Brewing Co. gives brown ale an extra jolt of flavor by infusing it with cold brew coffee made with Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters' "Carmen" beans. The result is a wonderful meld of flavors: sweet chocolate, caramel and cream laced with rich coffee. The coffee is a brilliant addition; it doesn't overwhelm the ale, but lends balance and complexity. This is a sneaky brew too; the hefty 7.5 percent alcohol content is well hidden. This easy-drinking, medium-bodied ale is one delicious drink that both dark beer geeks and latte lovers will enjoy.

Fun facts: Deep Ellum Brewing Co. uses Panamanian beans from Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters to make cold brew coffee that it adds to the already fermented brown ale.

Serve it, pair it: The beer would go well with chocolate, tiramisu, a rich triple-cream cheese and coffee-rubbed meats.

Get some: About $9.99 to $10.29 for a six-pack of 12-ounce cans at: Spec's; Total Wine; Central Market; Market Street; Whole Foods Market; and select Kroger and Tom Thumb stores.

Tina Danze is a freelance writer. Follow here on Twitter @Tina Danze.

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