Saturday, November 8, 2008

Vosges Caramel Marshmallows + Rogue Choocolate Stout

What a treat for your favorite Rogue this holidays!

Vosges Haut Chocolate has two new purple gift boxes with Rogue Ales inside!

Mo's Bacon Bar + Rogue Shakespeare Stout Gift Box
Rogue Shakespeare is an oatmeal stout, distinctly mellower than its Irish ancestors. Oatmeal stout dates back to the 1800s when it was discovered that the addition of oatmeal to the brewing process yielded a "healthier" beer, touted as a virtual cure–all. Rogue's Shakespeare Stout is an ebony–tinged brew, laden with notes of chocolate and just the right amount of hops to compliment the umami notes in the Bacon + Chocolate line.

Caramel Marshmallows + Rogue Chocolate Stout Gift Box
Rogue Chocolate Stout fills your glass with its rich, ebony yumminess, revealing mellow oats, chocolate malts and hops through its creamy head. Its Comfort Food coupling just makes relaxing easier, with layers of sweet Madagascar bean marshmallow balanced by the bitter hops finish and caramely nuttiness complementing the earthen malts. Oh and chocolate, lots of chocolate.

Inspiration: The magic of Beer + Chocolate began with a soir'ee at our Chicago Purple House. Each pairing carefully contemplated — tart and tangy Flemish Sour with balsamic vinegar and dark chocolate truffles. Tables with mini pilsners brimming with ice cold, frothy beer along side row upon row of chocolate. After about 10 minutes, the few cynics in the room were immediately believers. When I met the Rogue rep Sebbie Buhler, whose image graces each bottle of Chocolate Stout and tried her beer, I knew I had found the perfect beer for chocolate pairing. Now, I've decided to roll out the Rogue Chocolate Stout + Caramel Marshmallows party in a portable purple gift box for all to enjoy.

– Katrina