Drinking on a
MondayTuesday is a short column where I share that one bottle that I open after the most dreadful of all weekdays.
After spending the last month or so really focusing on farmhouse ales, its time to change directions a bit and check out something on the high ABV, roastier side. As I mentioned a few posts back, I’m pretty obsessed with Prairie Artisan Ales these days, and while I was at Bottlecraft in San Diego in May, I managed to snag a bottle of their collaboration with Evil Twin Brewing, an Imperial Stout aged on coffee, vanilla, chilis and cacao nibs. But drinking 13% stout during a heat wave can be a little much, so I decided to do something a bit different this week and pair it with a delicious chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich from Trader Joe’s.
Bible Belt pours a thick pitch black with a dark cappuccino head that really expands as it hits the glass – settling at about 2 inches, which tells of active yeast. It retracts again nicely and leaves a beautiful lacing all around my snifter. You barely have to put your nose near the glass as the aromas of coffee and chocolate fill the air around you. The scent of vanilla develops and as it warms, the yeast is definitely present as well. The sip is surprisingly smooth, with an immediate punch of velvety dark chocolate that evolves into a rich coffee roast. The chilies are quite subtle until the exhale and the spice is definitely there on my breath. The mouthfeel is thick and full bodied with a lovely silky texture.
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