This 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 good beer. Take a look at the follow up pictures, as we made Chocolate Stout Floats with vanilla frozen yogurt. This is a perfect pairing.
The pairing is a nice blend highlighting both the vanilla and chocolate flavors, while hiding some of the more bitter and burnt flavors.