Boatswain Chocolate Stout

DSC_1233This Chocolate stout was rather delicious, perhaps one of the better ones that I have had.  The somewhat light 5.4% abv allows this beer to be quaffed in quantity, though it is definitely a brew that should be savored, as opposed to drinking quickly.

Aroma: From Jess, “Smells like a Fudgesicle.”  Also has a strong touch of toasted malts, with a hint of marshmallow to it.

Appearance: Very dark with a tan head with big bubbles that dissipates quickly, leaving a tan film over the beer.

Flavor: Strong flavor of toasted malts, with overtones of earthy, caramel, and chocolaty flavors.  Only a little hoppiness that could be confused with burnt malts.  Hints of smokiness arise with the cocoa, with a little sweetness on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Silky and creamy.  Very low carbonation allows more sweetness to come through, almost cloying on the palate.

Overall Impression: Jess nods her head and grunts, “Ugh, Good!” and I can’t help but agree with her.  This is a very DSC_1236good beer.  Take a look at the follow up pictures, as we made Chocolate Stout Floats with vanilla frozen yogurt.  This is a perfect pairing.

Final Impressions:

Hops:                                        mug rating 2

Malts:                                         mug rating 4

Flavor:                                        mug rating 4.5

Overall:                                      mug rating 4

Label:                                         mug rating 2.5

 

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The pairing is a nice blend highlighting both the vanilla and chocolate flavors, while hiding some of the more bitter and burnt flavors.

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