11.0% alc./vol., 650 ml bottle
Southern Tier Brewing Company – http://www.southerntierbrewing.com/
Lakewood, New York, USA
Apart from the spelling, this beer has hit the mark. It tastes like a beer…a stout, in fact…and it has serious flavours of bitter dark chocolate that cut the malty sweetness in the same way that hops do. Somehow, they found a way to make the two flavours work together. It has a long, complex finish that starts as a stout and ends in chocolate without being too much of the latter. Looking at the spelling, though, I wondered about whether the beer contains chocolate or some sort of artificial chocolate substitute called “choklat”. The ingredients list includes chocolate and spelled correctly. Wait a minute, isn’t chocolate itself manufactured from other ingredients? To be fair, I think they should list every ingredient including everything that’s in the chocolate. Anyways, this beer says it contains a whopping 11.0% alcohol so my complaints about the ingredient list are fading.