Thursday, December 17, 2015

It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Beer: Shiner Holiday Cheer and Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

Shiner Holiday Cheer
Last night was my annual holiday trek to legendary local rib joint Twin Anchors, along with nine other dudes.  It was magnificent, as always.  After gorging ourselves on pork, we waddled a few blocks north to Sedgwick's, where we happened to walk in right before trivia night was starting.  Needless to say, we grabbed some score sheets and got to work.  Unfortunately, R2D2 is a Cum Bucket didn't finish in the money.  Franklin fucking Pierce.  Who knew?  Anyway, the bar's holiday beer selection wasn't great, but they did have Shiner Holiday Cheer.  Shiner claims it's a dunkelweizen, but it doesn't taste like one.  It's definitely got some apricot in there, which I'm not a huge fan of, but it went down pretty easily after inhaling that full slab of ribs.

Name:  Shiner Holiday Cheer
Brewery:  Spoetzl Brewery
Location:  Shiner, Texas
ABV: 5.4%
IBU:  22
Good for drinking if:  you cannot name one of the two 19th Century presidents who were arrested
Rating (out of 5 stars):  4 stars

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
Tonight, as we speak, I'm watching the Rams and Bucs play in what might be the Rams' last game in St. Louis.  While doing that, I'm questioning why the uniforms on both sides are so hideous (to paraphrase Rich Eisen, it looks like ketchup is playing mustard) and enjoying a Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, which stands in stark contrast to the Shiner Holiday Cheer.  This is a heavy, malty Russian imperial stout with a healthy amount of dark chocolate.  I'm not sure why it's called Black Chocolate Stout, since I've never heard of a white chocolate stout, but I'm willing to overlook the name because the beer is pretty damn good.

Name:  Black Chocolate Stout Stout
Brewery:  Brooklyn Brewery
Location:  Brooklyn, New York
ABV: 10.0%
Good for drinking if:  you want to experience the infamous "death by chocolate" in beer form

Rating (out of 5 stars):  4.25 stars

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