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.

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