Tasting: October 27, 2011
Style: Stout (Imperial)
You’ll see a lot of stouts these days that are brewed with real chocolate and or coffee. There was a day when the chocolate flavor that occurred in stouts came from something called chocolate malt – a grain that mimics some chocolate qualities. When I saw this one on the shelf, I jumped to the conclusion that this stout was one of those brewed with real chocolate. I mean they use “chocolate” in the name. However, it doesn’t take long to see that they have achieved a very nice English style imperial stout using roasted chocolate malt grains.
I like the mouthfeel nice and thick, roasted malt and some dark chocolate flavors top a dark fruit that I’ll call prune/date. This one is a whopping 10% ABV, but the booze is nicely concealed. I really like this one — I’ll put it at 89 points.