Craft Beer Pairings – Chocolate Stout & Chocolate Desserts

Craft Beer Pairing - Chocolate Stout & Chocolate Cake

Another easy and kind of obvious pairing here, yet at the same time it is really intriguing how these work together. I had this beer by a brewery I was not impressed with (if you see this 4 pack in BC, in my opinion avoid it as most of the beer I had was expired). Anyway, I wanted to pair this up with some left over desserts so here we go.

Craft Beer – Minhas Brewery Chocolate Bunny Stout, sold as part of a 4 pack that contained a Pale Ale, an IPA and an Imperial IPA which were all expired or close to. I actually poured both the IPA’s down the drain after trying them, the Pale Ale was drinkable and this one was the best of the bunch at a 6/10 rating. Some chocolate notes of course, a bit of roasted malt and a dry sweet finish. Pretty one dimensional overall, but decent enough.

Chocolate Dessert – Chocolate Buttercream Bars from M&M Meats (OMG good) and a McCains Deep & Deliscious Chocolate Cake (more of a guilty pleasure than anything). If you haven’t had they buttercream bars from M&M meats, be sure to try them as they are delightful.

How does it taste – Often, chocolate beers can taste just a touch wrong. Not everyone likes them, sometimes the chocolate malts don’t shine through very well and often poor quality chocolate is added. However, you take a chocolate beer like this and pair it with a decent chocolate dessert and it really starts to shine as a beer. Any off flavours or poor qualities will go away while the double dose of chocolate and cocoa will really blast your palate with chocolatey goodness.

Alternate Pairings – Would work great as a beer float of course, can also add as a substitute to waffle mix instead of milk to make chocolate malty dessert waffles. Or if you are adventurous, pair it up with bacon for a similar taste to chocolate covered bacon – think sweet and salty.


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