A Twist on a Valentine’s Day Chocolate for Your Sweetie
Feb13

A Twist on a Valentine’s Day Chocolate for Your Sweetie

Valentine’s Day is coming. What are you going to get your sweetie? Some Hershey’s Kisses and a dozen roses? Fine, do that, but if he or she happens to appreciate good beer, maybe take a look at this list and pick up one (or some) of these. I know, I know, this will be a stirring subject. People are very sensitive about craft beer. If you’re going to get all worked up because there’s commercial “Big Beer”-owned beer on here then maybe just skip over those. And I’m a pretty positive guy, so while you may think some of the beers on here are putrid, an opinion you’re more than welcome to have, I didn’t have a problem with any of them. And I’m not a paid critic, so there’s no need for negativity here! This list includes a variety of beer styles from a mix of national and obscure breweries. I’m not a homebrewer, but am a pretty avid craft beer (and good beer, in general) drinker. So, while this isn’t written by Geoff the Beer Snob (no offense to any Geoffs reading this), it’s authentic – and by that I mean I’ve tried all of these. I’m not going to get into mouthfeels and head, that’s another list altogether. If you want that kind of beer review you should check out Beer Advocate. And yes, I know that technically just about any robust porter or sweet stout could qualify here, but this list is specific to beers that actually say chocolate is in them – hence the tie to Valentine’s Day. 1. Shake Chocolate Porter from Boulder Beer One of the first “chocolate beers” I ever tried and I still love it. In fact, I’m drinking one right now. This is a very flavorful robust porter that includes chocolate wheat, chocolate malt (and others) and cacao nibs – these guys in Colorado have mastered their craft. I’ve never been to a truly respectable beer contest, but Boulder Brewing has, and this beer has some bling to show for it. Reasonably-priced and pretty widely available, this one tops my list of favorite beers, not just favorite chocolate beers. The nice thing about porters is that they typically have a distinctive enough touch of hops to add unique flavor, but are also roasty and malty without feeling like you’re drinking a milkshake. Remember Choc-Ola? This is kind of like that, but beer. 2. Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter from Horny Goat Brewing Company This one should be pretty easy to replicate, really. Just melt a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, throw it in a blender, dump in your favorite American porter, put the lid on,...

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