Style: Sweet Stout
ABV: 6.9 IBU: 34
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What the brewers say
“Bittersweet chocolate and roast envelop the nose. The aroma blends with soft flavors of dry chocolate and darkly roasted malts. Milk sugar provides a silky smooth body, with a natural sweetness of cream.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Mix of light and dark chocolate dominates with a bit of roasted malt, slight caramel, and a touch of vanilla in the background. Some coffee notes also come through.”
Flavor: “Big chocolate with sweetness that slowly builds and then fades into slight bitterness and a hint of acidity in the finish. Caramel and roasted malt support. Moderately dry finish. There is a creamy (vanilla) sweetness to this beer that makes it taste like chocolate milk.”
Overall: “Excellent chocolate beer where the beer stands up to the chocolate. Chocolate is intense but the beer has enough bitterness and acidity to balance it in the finish and enough body to support it. Very nice! A lot of chocolate and sweetness. If you like dark chocolate, this beer is for you. Chocolate was showcased without going overly sweet.”
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