A Citrus Bomb!
Alchemist Heady Topper (8.0%ABV) with Dark Chocolate Orange Peel and Dark Chocolate Covered Almond.
Last but not least, here is our final pairing from the Brewer’s Festival.
We admit, it took us awhile to find a chocolate that could handle this double IPA; but once we hit upon our dark chocolate orange peel, it created a citrus bomb!
Alchemist’s Heady Topper carries a huge aroma and even bigger flavor. A variety of citrus (orange & grapefruit), bitter and a sweetness of pineapple are led by a piney aroma. Coupled with the orange peel, there is a cohesive play of sweet and sour.
The chocolate almond’s bitterness complements this big beer, meanwhile roasted almond is boosted when tasted after a gulp of the Heady Topper.
While many of the beers we pair with are local to the Vermont area, we hope this encourages you to try your own local craft brews with some chocolate. It’s an experience that will literally change how you think about beer AND chocolate!