Archive for March, 2012

Southern Tier Imperial Choklat Stout (The delightful marriage of candy and booze)

After recently falling for porters and stouts, I’ve moved even further into the genre by trying out some selections that exhibit either a coffee, vanilla or chocolate flavor, right up front. This particular offering is, as the name suggests, all about the chocolate. Let me just emphasize again that this beer is ALL ABOUT THE CHOCOLATE!!

This is one of Southern Tiers’ “Blackwater Series” imperial stouts. (You can read up about the company here.) Per their website, the chocolate goodness comes in part from chocolate malt and bittersweet Belgian chocolate.

I’m here to tell you that this beer delivers the goods in high order! The smell alone will have you reaching for your insulin booster shot.

Your first sip will set the bar for which all other chocolate stouts will be measured.  And at 10% ABV (Alcohol By Volume), the whole ride is going to be a smooth decent into lusciousness. However, given its robust flavor, this is by no means a session beer. You should nurse this baby around the fireplace with your sweetie to set the tone. (She/he can get their own!)  Add some of Barry White’s greatest hits on vinyl and……you’ll get a great nights sleep. Isn’t that nice?

Unfortunately, it’s only a winter release and I neglected to stock up. Be sure to check their website to see what seasonal flavor they currently have available. Truth be told, I had never heard of Southern Tier or their offerings prior to last winter. I have a habit of walking into a liquor store and grabbing whatever catches my eye. I guess marketing departments count on guys like me. Oddly enough, the line, “less filling, tastes great” never sent me running to the corner store to stock up.

Hoaglin To Go (to my belly).

One of the most bestest things about Saturday mornings is breakfast, however, one of the most worstest is the dirty dishes. But wait, I just got paid. Why not go out for yummies instead? And what better place than, you guessed it, Hoaglin to go. Just take a look at the menu. I dare ya, I double-dog dare ya. It’s chock full of kicked up dishes without making too much of a show. Sure, you can get the usual bacon ‘n eggs but you didn’t come here for the usual. Dude, did you even look at the menu that I dared you about earlier? Ok, I’ll wait for you to go ahead and do it now……………..Times up. So, what sounds good? Most everything, right? Just like anything else in life, not every choice is a winner but the odds are stacked in your flavor (please tell me you caught that).

The (smoked) Salmon Benedict with Pommes Anna GratinPersonally, I have a couple of favorites that I tend to stick with. What are they you ask? Just have a look. This little cutie would be the Salmon Benedict with Pommes Anna Gratin (Cheesy taters). As you can see, there’s plenty of food to share but that ain’t gonna happen. Don’t reach towards my plate, don’t talk to me and don’t make eye contact until I’m done.

Now, while you’re savoring your breakfast, take the time to absorb some of your surroundings. Local artists’ works adorn the brightly colored walls and most, if not all, are ready for purchase.

You can surprise your sweetie with a nice wall hanging and some delicious to-go selections. What? You didn’t check out the tidbits in the glass case? Remember what I said about your surroundings? And to think that you might have walked out and not gotten at least a sweet treat and a coffee to go.

Ok, if this brief review has aroused your interest, stop reading and get down there for some kick-ass breakfast goodness.

 

 

 

 

 

Hoaglin To Go-448 Massachusetts Avenue  Indianapolis, IN 46204-317-423-0300

KUNG FOOD MASTER RANK: BLUE BELT WITH TWO STRIPES