click to enlarge Ardent Craft Ales Dark Rye, an American imperial stout, has a dry, chocolaty finish.

Scott Elmquist

Ardent Craft Ales Dark Rye, an American imperial stout, has a dry, chocolaty finish.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Drink Chocolate Beer for the Super Bowl

You read that correctly.

Posted By on Sat, Feb 6, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Some of us are thinking about Valentine’s Day, mainly (primarily) because of the promise of chocolate. Others are thinking about Super Bowl. I was pretty thrilled to find out that the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

I’m not talking about chocolate footballs — although how great would that be? I’m talking about beer made with chocolate — really, beer with chocolate added for a little flavor during the brewing process. The Virginia Tourism Corporation put together a nice list of the varieties available in the state. However, the list includes beer that contains flavor notes that might be characterized as chocolaty — in other words, beer that doesn’t contain any chocolate at all.

But why quibble? We’re talking beer here. Is a beer that’s contains chocolaty flavor notes lesser than one that can really and truly can boast about its actual chocolate content? I think not. Football needs chocolate and football demands beer, whatever its dang bona fides.

With that in mind, here’s the list, in all its glory:

Ardent Craft Ales:

  • Dark Rye, an American imperial stout with a dry, chocolaty finish
  • Center of the Universe Brewing Co.:

  • Orange is the New Stout, an imperial chocolate stout with oranges and sea salt
  • Shut Up 2015, a Belgian dark strong with a delicate chocolate finish
  • Hardywood Park Craft Brewery:

  • Raspberry Stout, a chocolate stout brewed with local red raspberries
  • Isley Brewing Co.:

  • The Bribe, an oatmeal porter with notes of coffee and chocolate
  • Choosy Mother, a peanut butter oatmeal porter with hints of chocolate
  • Legend Brewery:

  • Chocolate Porter: a porter with caramel and chocolate malts
  • Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery:

  • Vanilla Virginia Black Bear, a vanilla Russian imperial stout flavored with dark chocolate, coffee and vanilla
  • Heir Apparent, an imperial stout with caramel and chocolate flavors
  • Virginia Black Bear, a Russian imperial stout with notes of dark chocolate and coffee
  • Chai Tea Virginia Black Bear, a Russian imperial stout with the spiciness of Indian chai tea and dark chocolate flavors
  • Midnight Brewery:

  • Not My Job, a southern English brown ale with notes of toffee and chocolate
  • Midnight Granite, a rich oatmeal stout with a subtle roast and smooth chocolate notes
  • Strangeways Brewing:

  • Woodbooger Belgian-Style Brown Ale, a brown ale with hints of chocolate, caramel and fruit
  • Triple Crossing Brewing Co.:

  • Vanilla Night Lands, a spiced imperial stout with vanilla beans and cacao nibs
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