I reviewed a chocolate beer recently, for The Brewclub (here). It was from an exclusive (and expensive) chain of chocolate shops and was disappointed that it wasn’t, well, chocolately enough.
So now I find myself facing a brew that claims to have been made with cocoa nibs from (very, very exclusive) Valrhona chocolate. It’s Valrhona chocolate you find on your pillow in some of those mega star hotels in Dubai – you know the ones I mean.
Oh and salted caramel, made with Cornish Sea Salt, doubtless evaporated by the breath of Cornish maidens. Cynical – moi?
Never mind, whenever I find myself getting cynical about a beer, I turn to the tag line at the top of this page “It’s all about the beer”.
It pours bible black, with a rich, mocha head that fades slowly.
The nose is dark chocolate, much more chocolate than that aforementioned ‘chocolate beer’, that’ll be the Valrhona chocolate nibs
That chocolate is, to be fair, mostly left in the nose, but the flavour is rich, with mellow caramel; the intensity of the caramel belying that Cornish salt content. The milk stout adding an additional level of mellowness. It’s smooth, very, very smooth and luxurious.
The brewery suggest, with typical brewery modesty “Sometimes a drink can make you feel so decadent it’s like you’re a millionaire; this beer wraps you in a velvety cocoon, dresses you in a smart suit and takes you out for a special night on the tiles.” And while I started out being cynical, this brew has won me over with its sumptuous smoothness.
I am putting this on my list for next winter’s beer shelf, this stands up well against far more potent brews, it would be great for a quiet evening by the fire.
Given that it’s unlikely that I’ll be unlikely to find another bottle of Trumans’ London Keeper, this gives a similar level of rich chocolately mellowness at lower strength and price.
A classic, and on my list.