Brewery: Liberty Village Brewing Co.
ABV: 7.4% IBU: 53
Last night we went out to Tallboys for a friend’s birthday and enjoyed their fantastic selection of local craft brews. It has been a long time since we headed over there and I was quite impressed with the great selection as always.
My favourite find of the evening was this delicious little gem: a chocolate stout from a brewery I have otherwise had a hard time tracking down.
“With Black Blessing we wanted to make a big, rich, dark beer, with a chocolate and coffee presence that pairs well with dessert, or serves as dessert on its own.”
– Eric Emery, Brewmaster
This stout pours an opaque black with a thick tan head that dissipates relatively quickly as you drink. It leaves little lacing and the ring of head disappears entirely long before the pint is done.
Black Blessing features a big malt aroma with great mixed chocolate scents including dark, semi-sweet, and milk chocolate notes. A strong biscuit presence breaks carries a touch of vanilla through the rich chocolates.
The somewhat sweet flavour of this beer follows the aroma closely and is dominated by rich chocolate notes with plenty of biscuit providing a solid backbone. A bit of hop bite keeps the brew from becoming too rich or sweet and a touch of vanilla adds some lovely creaminess.
Smooth and creamy, this stout has a great body with medium carbonation and a subtle aftertaste of chocolate and bitter biscuit.