Who doesn’t Love Chocolate? If you’re into beer and haven’t tried a Chocolate Stout lately, now is the time! I did a little research on Stouts and found some “fun facts”… here goes:Originally, the adjective stout meant “proud” or “brave”, but later, after the 14th century, it took on the connotation of “strong”. During the last part of the 19th century, stout porter beer gained the reputation of being a healthful, strengthening drink, so that it was used by athletes and nursing mothers, while doctors often recommended it to help recovery. Because of the huge popularity of porters, brewers made them in a variety of strengths. The beers with higher gravities were called “Stout Porters”. There is still division and debate on whether stouts should be a separate style from porter. Usually the only deciding factor is strength. “Chocolate stout” is a name brewers sometimes give to certain stouts having a noticeable dark chocolate flavour through the use of darker, more aromatic malt; particularly chocolate malt — a malt that has been roasted or kilned until it acquires a chocolate colour.
Now for the Yummy Part! (all ratings are from RateBeer.com)
Sam Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout – 4 packs – $9.98 / 20 oz. – $3.48
96 Style – 96 Points Overall
Filtered Ingredients: Water; Organic malted barley; Organic cane sugar; Yeast; Organic hops; Organic cocoa extract; Carbon dioxide Brewed with well water (the original well, sunk in 1758, is still in use with the hard well water being drawn from 85 feet underground), the gently roasted organic cocoa extract impart a delicious, smooth and creamy character, with inviting deep flavours and a delightful finish – this is a marriage of satisfying stout and luxurious chocolate.
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout – 4 packs – $7.48
95 Style – 100 Points Overall
This is the famous Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, our award-winning rendition of the Imperial Stout style once made exclusively for Catherine the Great. We use three mashes to brew each batch of this beer, achieving a luscious deep dark chocolate flavor through a blend of specialty roasted malts. We brew it every year for the winter season. It is delicious when newly bottled, but also ages beautifully for years.
Harpoon Chocolate Stout – 6 packs – $7.98
95 Style – 96 Points Overall
A chocolate stout is a beer with a noticeable dark chocolate flavor. This flavor is created from the use of darker, more aromatic malt that has been roasted or kilned until it acquires a chocolate color. Harpoon Chocolate Stout is brewed with an abundance of chocolate malt and a touch of chocolate flavor, creating a rich, creamy ale. Enjoy!
(Ass Kisser’s) Chocolate Box Dark Oatmeal Stout – 20 oz. – $6.98
Rich, round and roasted our oatmeal stout is a glass of pleasure. It’s a bold smooth-bodied concoction that oozes aromas and tastes of dark chocolate. We round out these heady flavors with a dose of flaked oatmeal for a creamy texture and semi-dry finish.
Breckenridge 72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout – 4 packs – $9.98
91 Style – 94 Points Overall
Comes out of the bottle a deep, warm sable with a thick and frothy tan head. Aroma has a strong overtone of sweet chocolate plus notes of licorice and molasses and a hint of quality roast coffee. Flavor has firm chocolate, licorice and molasses notes plus undertones of caramel and coffee, and is rather sweet but not too sweet for a beer. Firm, smooth body has a good amount of fizz.
New Belgium Lips of Faith – Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout – 22 oz. – $8.98
77 Style – 98 Points Overall
Serving up cold and jet black, this imperial stout should be taken seriously for about one minute as the dark foam builds. Then, enjoy its velvety chocolate-covered smoothness and delicious aroma of sustainably-grown, locally-roasted coffee.
Fort Collins Double Chocolate Stout – 22 oz. – $6.48
93 Style – 95 Points Overall
The most decadent creation ever to be crafted in FCB’s brewhouse. Deep roasty flavors, rich chocolate nose, coffee undertones and impeccable balance are the result of imperializing an already flawless brew.
Fort Collins Chocolate Stout – 6 pack bottles – $9.98
Chocolate malt and roasted barley provide the dark color and fully body of chocolate stout. Toasy accents and a hoppy dryness add to this smooth brew. An old time favorite you’ll remember.
Young’s Double Choc. Stout – 17 oz bottles – $3.78 / 16 oz 4 pack cans – $8.98
99 Style – 98 Points Overall
Available filtered and pasteurised in 500ml bottles and in nitrocans. Ingredients: Pale ale and crystal malt, chocolate malt, special blend of sugars, Fuggle and Goldings hops, real dark chocolate and chocolate essence. Chocolate malt and real dark chocolate are combined with Young’s award winning rich, full flavoured dark beer to craft a satisfyingly indulgent, but never overly sweet experience.