What follows is the January 8th edition of my weekly column, The Drink, written for DIG Magazine.
There are beers that you pair with dessert, and then there are beers that you drink for dessert. Southern Tier’s Choklat falls into the latter category. First brewed in 2007, this imperial stout has become a winter tradition for the New York-based brewery.
The very definition of “dessert-in-a-glass,” Choklat pours a deep brown, almost an opaque black. This lightly carbonated ale has little to no head on it, which transcends most stouts. But once you take that first whiff of it, you’ll be hooked. This one has a big chocolate nose, with hints of caramel and vanilla as well. Brewed with dark Belgian chocolate, Choklat is aptly named. The image of a chocolate bar on the label is there for a reason. From first sip to last, this beer is all chocolate. In fact, I’d venture to say that people who aren’t even beer fans will flock to this one.
If you do decide to pair Choklat with food, the obvious choice is dessert. Whether it’s vanilla ice cream, chocolate mousse or a raspberry cheesecake, you can’t go wrong with this chocolate stout as an accompaniment. Serve this big-bodied beer in a snifter glass, so you can retain as much of the aroma as possible.
Find Southern Tier’s Choklat at Alexander’s Highland Market or Calandro’s Supermarket. It costs about $9 for a 22-ounce bottle, but it is worth every single penny.