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Beer for A Valentine


Finding that perfect Valentine’s Day gift can be just as difficult as finding that perfect Valentine. Chances are, the relationship is in the early stages, where something sweet and simple can go a long way. For craft beer lovers, sweetness can be found in the form of a chocolate stout. Chocolate stouts range in alcohol content yet have an even balance of flavor and bitterness. They can be paired with a cheese course, a rich beef course, or a variety of desserts. With food or simply enjoyed on its own, a chocolate stout will elevate the experience and make for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day libation.

Chocolate stouts come in a wide variety and all offer a distinct flavor profile. For example, Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout at 5% ABV has an immense amount of chocolate flavor and is made with organic chocolate malts and cocoa. Pleasantly rich and bold, the chocolate flavor lends itself well to an amazing beer float. To make a simple beer float featuring Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout, pour half of the bottle into a pint glass forming a nice, thick beer head. Carefully drop two scoops of double chocolate ice cream into the pint glass, and enjoy!


For Ms. V, an introduction to Young’s Double Chocolate Stout was all it took to convince her of the sweet delight in a chocolate stout and, in turn, she introduced the beer to her new beau. Wanting to explore more options, Ms. V asked if I could recommend some chocolate stouts as a Valentine’s gift for him. Delighted that she trusts my taste enough to ask, I did some research and put together a mini flight. Arranged from lowest ABV to highest, here is the flight: Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout, Rogue’s Double Chocolate Stout, Strand Brewing Company Batch 100, and last but not least, Great Divide Brewing Company’s Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti. All of these beers pack amazing chocolate flavor and can be paired with food or enjoyed on their own.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!