Coffee, Chocolate, Beer
I am not a beer girl. I just never was into it…all beer tasted like beer to me and I was happy to continue that way of thinking, well, forever. Then I met my fiance. Honestly, I’m still not at beer girl but you know what? But now I am enlightened and there are some darn delicious beers out there. For the most part, in my esteemed (haha yea right) opinion, those beers are heavy, dark stouts with flavors of coffee and chocolate floating around with the hops.
So I have compiled a list for you of my favorite coffee and chocolate brews.
Mo’s Picks- Chocolate and Coffee Stouts
(1) Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti- Great Divide Brewing
Old friend. I first discovered this beer in a little bar in Tallahassee called the Fermentation Lounge. They are the masters at finding fantastic and unique craft beers (usually in very limited supply) with even more unique names to go with them. I had one taste and then traveled back home and it wasn’t until weeks later that i was able to find a bottle of this delightfully thick and chocolaty beer. Then? Well it’s season ended and I had to wait a whole 9 months for stores to start stocking it again. What to do? Hoard beer people. It is the only way to keep you sane in between the seasons of your favorite beers.
Note: In my diligent research for this post, I discovered that there is an Espresso Oak Aged Yeti….this shall be my new quest.
(2) Mokah Blended Stout AND (3) Choklat Stout- Southern Tier Brewing Company
If you have never had a beer from Southern Tier…RUN, ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuun. Don’t walk. No way.
Get to your nearest well-stocked beer vendor and look for Mokah, Choklat, Creme Brulee or Pumking. I know what you beer snobs are thinking…Eeeeeeewwwwww, it’s another lame-o flavored beer, yuck. Well you are wrong. I don’t know how they do it but these beers are the real thing. We had the Choklat the other night and OMG it was like drinking that crazy sipping chocolate stuff with a SIDE of beer and bubbles. Perfection. The Mokah? Oh yes, just like the Choklat but it’s like this…you know how when you go to Starbucks and order a mocha latte and there is always WAYYYY too much chocolate sauce so you have to order an extra shot of espresso to even things out to the perfect chocolate to coffee ratio. Well it tastes like that…but with stout. Do it. Tonight. Thank me later.
(4) Wake ‘n’ Bake Coffee Oatmeal Stout- Terrapin Beer Company
Loyal readers…do you remember my epic quest to find this beer? In March I bought a can of the Jittery Joe’s coffee used to brew this beer and it was satisfyingly rich, dark and clearly the perfect ingredient to be used in a beer. Two local Atlanta companies combining forces to create a beer of wonderment? Well, that might be a little strongly worded, but now you should be able to tell how I felt when my fiance found this beer for me recently. After MONTHS and many stores visited, we had found it. And boy was it worth the wait. What is that you say? Ohhhh, you want to actually know how it tastes, I see. Well, let me put it like this…it is like the thickest glass of Guinness you have ever tasted BUT THEN they took a shot (or two) of dark, strong brewed quality coffee and dumped it into your beer. It’s like a kick in the pants that is good with a nice chocolaty dessert.
In conclusion, what does this have to do with coffee? Well, as you will notice in the previous paragraphs, I strategically interwove the word ‘coffee’ into random sentences in order to discuss my love of coffee and chocolate stouts without judgement. So no judging, ok?
Do you have any favorite coffee or chocolate beers? I’d love any suggestions!
Moral of this post: Try some tasty beers. Share them with your family and friends. Hey, it’s the holidays, live it up a little 🙂