Finback Brewery, BQE Imperial Chocolate Stout, Queens, NY
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!
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.