Now Taza what I am talking aStout…

Now Taza what I am talking aStout…

Night Shift Brewing, Taza Stout, Everett, MA

Night Shift Taza Stout poured into a nonic pint glass.
Night Shift Taza Stout.

Canned on 7/7/17.  Throwback series of this previously retired beer. Stout brewed with chicory root and ginger and aged cacao nibs from Taza Chocolate.  6.6% abv. Pours pitch black with a thin tan head that quickly dissipates. Coffee, oatmeal, and cacao nibs on the nose with the slightest hint of candied ginger. First sip is chocolate covered espresso beans, black strap molasses, bourbon vanilla, and orange rind. Full-bodied chewiness of sweet malts, but finishes with a surprising hop snap. Coffee, espresso, and chocolate flavors come in and out with each sip. A very enjoyable stout.

Whale isn’t this beer amazing…

Whale isn’t this beer amazing…

Finback Brewery, BQE Imperial Chocolate Stout, Queens, NY

Finback BQE Imperial Chocolate Stout aged in bourbon barrels poured into a beer chalice.
Finback BQE Imperial Chocolate Stout aged in bourbon barrels

9.2% abv. 63 IBU. Brewed with local Mast Brothers cocoa nibs and Native Coffee Roasters coffee and aged in bourbon barrels. Pours jet black with a thin tan head. Rich dark chocolate aroma with strong coffee notes. Full-bodied yet silky mouthfeel. Not boozy at all, but slight warming on the back of the throat after a few sips. The alcohol is really well masked. Complex and truly enjoyable mix of flavors including dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, sugary street roasted nuts, fig, dates, molasses, bourbon vanilla. A little dry astringency at finish from the heavy malt billing, but that is expected. Some citrus hops add to the mix. This really is a delightful beer. It gets better and better with each sip, I want more!

Chocolate and beer, enough said…

Chocolate and beer, enough said…

Double Chocolate Stout, Rogue Brewing Company, Newport, OR

9% abv. Aged this for about 8 months. Pours jet black with a thin tan head. Dark chocolate and coffee on the nose. First sip is cacao nibs, coffee ice cream, and citrusy hops. Full bodied and rich. Some minor alcohol warming of the throat. Flavorful but a some astringency from the heavy malt billing, but that is balanced by the chocolate and honey added to the mash. Would pair well with any dessert. Gets sweeter with each sip. Hops do try to fight back a bit, but the chocolate wins the battle. Settles down a bit on the second pour and gets easier and easier to drink. Astringency faded quickly and the mellow sweetness is dominant. This is an excellent chocolate flavored stout.