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Craft Beer Fridays – Southern Tier Imperial Choklat Stout

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Southern Tier Imperial Choklat stout: even better when paired with more chocolate.

With a Nor’easter on the way, there couldn’t be a better time for a new installment in our craft beer series – after all, starting Friday, we’re all going to need a (few) winter warmers to get through the snow-in!

And there’s nothing that fits cold, snowy weather quite as well as a rich stout. Southern Tier, a small batch brewery founded in Lakewood New York in 2002, has one that’s going to help me get through the weekend: the Imperial Choklat (added to their roster in 2007).

The name really says it all with this beer: you can definitely taste (and smell) the chocolate, and the creamy-smooth texture of the beer fits perfectly with the bittersweet chocolatey flavor. Hints of coffee, vanilla, and caramel add dimension to the heavy, rich brew, but make no mistake, this is a chocolate bomb.

This hearty beer would pair well with a charcuterie-and-cheese spread, or as an accompaniment to almost any dessert.

And best of all, it’s got your back if the power goes out: Southern Tier suggests adding a couple scoops of (melting?) vanilla ice cream to this sweet stout to make a boozy beer float.

Of course you do have to be careful: the Imperial Choklat might taste a little like a mudslide, but it is definitely boozy (with an ABV of 10%). But then, it’s a blizzard; where do you have to be but here, with a fantastic beer?

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