Sunday, September 25, 2016

Choklat Oranj Imperial Stout

Beer Review #154

I'm continuing my tour of the Southern Tier Brewing Company Blackwater Series (WarlockCreme BruleeChoklat, Salted Caramel) with Choklat Oranj Imperial Stout.

According to the brewerChoklat Oranj is the fifth beer currently in our highly regarded Blackwater series. Warlock, Creme Brulee, Mokah and Choklat have RateBeer scores of 97, 98, 99 and 100, respectively. Choklat Oranj is a stout brewed with chocolate and orange peels, opaque black in color, 10.0% abv, and a delicious dessert beer. Perfect alone, or enjoyed as a float. Scoop organic vanilla bean ice cream into a snifter or pint glass and top with Choklat Oranj. It’s impossible to be disappointed.

As with all the other entries in the series, Choklat Oranj is strong, black, filling Imperial Stout, perfect for a chilly fall or frigid winter day. The orange factor features heavily in the name and label, but to my delight plays a more dignified, nuanced roll in both.

This 10%ABV, pitch black stout yields only a small head when poured just below room temp, but what you'll see of it is a very promising coffee brown.

The aroma is sweet, with a strong presence of dark chocolate softened by hints of orange peel, and perhaps a touch of alcohol. The flavor follows suit, but with plenty of bitterness to keep things appetizing. There is a creaminess also, almost like an Oatmeal Stout, revealing itself over time...

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