The World’s Winningest Chocolate Beers and Inky’s Top 5 for Valentine’s Day

Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day, all!

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We are getting very close to the lovely Hallmark Holiday of St. Valentine… tomorrow! Regardless of your relationship status, we hope you are reading this blog because you LOVE BEER. This post is solely dedicated to the Love of Beer, Chocolate beers, specifically. We hope that you enjoy a nice beer tomorrow with someone you love, even if it’s over Skype!

We’d like to share the Top 5 “winningest” chocolate beers today, as well as Inky’s Top 5 Chocolate Beers. During my research into the best Chocolate Beer in the world, I found that “Chocolate Beer” is a newer category used in both the World Beer Cup (2012) and the Great American Beer Festival (2011). How awesome that the craft market is carving a niche for these delicious brews.

WORLD BEER CUP 2012 WINNERS

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GOLD- Házmela Rusa, La Chingonería Cerveceria, Mexico, 7% ABV, no rating

This beer is an Imperial Stout brewed with cocoa, Tabasco, and chile. It is medium-high body and presents a profile of medium hops. Great for a cold night.

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SILVER – X-1 Chocolate Imperial Rye Porter, DuClaw Brewing Company, Maryland, 9% ABV, 91 Beer Advocate (BA) Rating

The 1st experiment in our eXile series combines rye malt and real chocolate for a unique Imperial Porter with a complex flavor profile, velvety mouthfeel and bittersweet finish that will leave you open to experimentation.

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BRONZE – Odin’s Raven, Alpine Beer Company, California, 10% ABV, 91 BA Rating

As light nears this ebony elixir it is instantly snatched from its course and absorbed into its smooth, chocolaty interior where no visible spectrum ever escapes again. Savor Odin’s Raven and you may just see that light.

GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL 2012 WINNERS

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GOLD – Cocoa for Coconuts, Chicago Brewing Company, Nevada

This is our interpretation of a porter infused with a large amount of toasted USDA Organic, unsweetened coconut and organic, raw, unsweetened cacao. We chose all natural ingredients for this beer as to not add unnatural preservatives or sweetness to the final product. In this beer, you will notice complimenting aromas of coffee, cocoa, and toasty/nutty coconut. You will also notice that this beer contains a memdium level of hop bitterness with low to no hop flavor.

SILVER – X-1 Chocolate Imperial Rye Porter, DuClaw Brewing Company, Maryland, 9% ABV, 91 Beer Advocate (BA) Rating

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BRONZE – Milk Chocolate Cherry Stout, Il Vecino Brewing Company, New Mexico, unknown ABV, no rating

The description for this lovely looking beer is nowhere to be found online… does anyone have one? It sure looks good.

INKY’S TOP 5 CHOCOLATE BEERS… (we suggest you try them all!)

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1. Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout, Odell Brewing Co., Colorado, 8.5% ABV, 91 BA Rating

If you’ve ever been to our brewery, you’ve likely seen the old, beat-up truck that hauls away our spent grain. That truck belongs to Lugene who’s been feeding his dairy cows the hearty malt for over a decade. Named in his honor, Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout is brewed with milk sugar and milk chocolate. The rich and creamy brew reminds us of a cold glass of chocolate milk and our hometown “Aggie” roots.

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2. Imperial Choklat Stout, Southern Tier Brewing Co., New York, 11% ABV, 94 BA Rating

The Popol Vuh, the sacred book of the Maya, unfolds a complex web of mystery around a beverage known as xocoatl (ch-co-atle). At Southern Tier, we’re not surprised that hieroglyphs of the ancient Maya depict chocolate being poured for rulers and gods. Even through the many voyages of Columbus, the mystical bean remained nothing more than a strange currency of the native peoples.

Moving through centuries, the circular journey of cacao has been realized in our brew house, encompassing the complexity of the darkest, bittersweet candy together with the original frothy cold beverage of the ancient Maya to bring to you our Blackwater Series Choklat Stout. We have combined the finest ingredients to tempt your senses and renew the power and interrelation of history in every bottle.

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3. Double Chocolate Stout, Rogue Ales, Oregon, 8.00% ABV, 94 BA Rating

Double Chocolate Stout is an evolution of Rogue Chocolate Stout, which is flavored with imported Dutch bittersweet chocolate. In 2010, Double Chocolate Stout received a Gold Medal at the World Beer Championships.

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4. Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, Wells & Young’s Ltd, United Kingdom, 5.2% ABV, 91 BA Rating

Luxurious and at the same time with a hint of decadence, Young’s Double Chocolate Stout has it all, delivering a satisfying, indulgent taste without ever becoming overly sweet. Pale Ale and Crystal malt, Chocolate Malt, a special blend of sugars, Fuggle and Golding hops, real dark chocolate and chocolate essence are combined to deliver a stout of with real credentials.

Unsurprisingly for a beer from the Young’s stable, Double Chocolate Stout has been recognised as an award-winning brew on several occasions, including: Brewing Industry International Awards Gold Medal Winner 2000, Silver Medal Winner 2002 and Bronze Medal Winner 1998 and 2004.

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5. Organic Chocolate Stout, Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery (Tadcaster), United Kingdom, 5% ABV, 92 BA Rating

Brewed with well water (the original well, sunk in 1758, is still in use with the hard water is drawn from 85 feet underground), the gently roasted organic chocolate malt and organic cocoa impart a delicious, smooth and creamy character, with inviting deep flavours and a delightful finish – this is the perfect marriage of satisfying stout and luxurious chocolate. This beer is best served at about 51°F (11°C).

PAIR ALL BEER ABOVE with… CHOCOLATE and remember that Inky loves you!
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One Comment Add yours

  1. rjkey522 says:

    I love the Rogue. I’m chocohalic so I’m out to try all of these. Love this blog!

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