Friday, April 10, 2009

Chocolate Stout for Easter, suggestions from Down Under

Slow Beer's suggestion for Easter... I agree! Who needs peeps or a hollow milk chocolate bunny?

Pours dark dark brown with substanital dark tan coloured head. Aromas of dry coco and vanilla dominate. Palate is rich and viscous with hazelnut, chocolate and some dry coffee roast. Caramel/honeycombe malt supports well to make way for a roasty, bitter finish.

Cloudwine Cellars

Slow Beer is the specialist on-line beer retailing arm of Cloudwine Cellars, a fiercely independent wine merchant with 3 stores in Melbourne – Camberwell, South Melbourne and Brighton.

Homebrew Recipe, Rogue Chocolate Stout

This recipe appeared in Zymurgy, the official organ of the American Homebrewers Association awhile back. An updated recipe is rumored to be coming soon (Summer of '09). The ingredients are no secret, Rogue's 22 oz bottles list all the barley and hops for each beer (without proportions/ measurements), and Rogue's proprietary Pacman yeast can be cultured, but that free range coast water is native only to Newport!

Rogue Chocolate Stout Gelato at Capogiro Artisan Gelato in Philadelphia

How sweet it is...

During Philly Beer Week 2009, unbeknownst to me, the folks at Capogiro Artisan Gelato made this amazing gelato! Best of all, the brewmaster from Rogue, John "more hops" Maier and his wife Stacey learned about the RCS gelato at Home Sweet Homebrew, around the corner from Capogiro's 2-th & Sansome Street store... Heartfelt thanks to Janina et al for the delicious experience. Here's what they have to say about it...

The Rogue Chocolate Stout gelato bears just a trace of the beer's dark color, but fully captures the rich roastiness that makes this brew so enjoyable. A bitter, bracing finish reminds you that this is an adult treat.