Southern Tier Imperial Choklat Stout: A Phenomenal chocolate stout
Last night I attended a beer tasting that is hosted by our local wine and liquor store. The selection is always top-notch because the guy who makes the selections really knows his beer. He always ensures there are at least six or seven great beers for everyone to enjoy at a very fair price. Included at this tasting were Coronado IPA, Founders All Day IPA, Ommegang Seduction Ale, North Peak Furry Black IPA, Darkhorse Fore Smoked Stout, and Evil Twin I'm Nothing Without You Sour Ale. However, the last beer we tasted was the one everyone raved about! Southern Tier Chokolat Stout was by far the biggest hit and most talked about brew of the night! Everyone savored their sample and tried to make it last as long as possible! I personally loved it so much that I bought a couple of bottles home for further "research"! Yes that's it research!
First let's start with the specifics about this fine beverage:
11.0% abv • 195º L • Imperial Chocolate Stout • 22 oz / 1/6 keg
2-row barley / caramel 60 malt / barley flakes / chocolate malt / bittersweet Belgian chocolate / kettle hops: chinook & willamette
The bottle suggest serving this at 48 degrees fahrenheit . Listen to the bottle..it knows what it is talking about!
Next let's get this baby open!! The aroma of chocolate hits you as soon as you open the bottle! If you close your eyes, you might swear someone is holding a freshly baked piece of chocolate cake under your nose! The pour shows an extremely dark brew. I think it may absorb light like a black hole! I poured from a couple inches above the glass and produced a nice caramel colored head. Without even taking a drink this beer this beer has a bewitching allure and a delicious aroma!
Now on with the best part! The tasting!! WOW is all I can say! Big chocolate flavor, like drinking a cup of hot chocolate made from very rich, dark German chocolate (Except it's cold)! There are also some light coffee undertones. Even though it's 10% alcohol you barely notice the high content. Really smooth and pleasant! I can only describe the aftertaste as like just haven eaten a chocolate brownie. This beer could quite possibly be classified as a dessert!
Southern Tier never disappoints! This is an excellent beer that would please any stout lover! It was especially popular with the ladies at the tasting I went too. It was $8.99 for a 22 ounce bottle here in Ohio. At 10% alcohol you are definitely getting some bang for your buck in a very high quality, tasty, craft brew! This is a Southern Tier Winter Seasonal that is usually released sometimes in November. Fortunately, we are graced with it every year if only for a limited time. This may sound unbelievable, but if you can find a vintage bottle from the previous year, it presents you with an even smoother chocolatey taste and aroma! I tried a 2010 and 2011 side by side and the there is definitely a noticeable difference! Don't wait! Run out and find some today!
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