By Emily Engdahl
Looking for delicious combinations to tempt your tastebuds? Combine a celebration of Stout Month with the plethora of chocolates available from local artisans for February and Valentine’s Day. We perused the cases at Moonstruck Chocolate’s NW 23rd Avenue location with Oregon’s Craft Beer Sweetheart, Chris Crabb. Truffles and bars - from milk to bittersweet - there’s a chocolate to suit every taste, and one to match beautifully with this month’s star; stouts! Look for these and other seasonal stout releases at your local brewer and raise a pint to Stout Month!
Kells Brewpub | Kells Irish Stout | 4.7% ABV
Notes of coffee and chocolate with a mild toffee sweetness, finishes dry with just a hint of tartness. Look for it on nitro.
* Pair with Moonstruck Peanut Butter Sea Salt Caramel Eclipse Truffle
Lompoc Brewing | Stout Out Loud | 4.9% ABV
This pitch black ale has strong flavors of roasted coffee, chocolate and raisins balanced by acidic dark malts. Ends with a creamy, smooth finish.
* Pair with Moonstruck House Spirits Distillery Liqueur Truffle
Cascade Brewing | Diesel Barrel Aged Stout | 12% ABV
Aromas of dark sweet chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and molasses. Dark coffee and milk chocolate intermingle with roasted malts and dark molasses to finish with slight Bourbon heat and a lingering sweet dark chocolate flavor.
* Pair with Moonstruck Molasses Plantation Caramel Chew
Pints Brewing | Steel Bridge Stout | 5.2% ABV
Rich and chewy, this robust stout is girdered together with Midnight Wheat, Black Prinz, Roasted Barley, Special B and Chocolate malts. Jet black with a thick brown head, loaded with espresso, coffee and rich malt flavors.
* Pair with Moonstruck Mayan Milk Chocolate Bar
Laurelwood | Organic Portland Roasting Espresso Stout | 6.3% ABV
In collaboration with Portland Roasting, a base stout is complemented by cold steeped Organic Guatemalan and Ethiopian blend, accentuating the roast, chocolate and coffee flavors. A smooth dark ale with layers of dark, rich roast flavor.
* Pair with Moonstruck Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almond Bar
pFriem | Belgian Stout | 11% ABV
Dark as midnight with aromatics of coffee and cardamom, the complexity of bold flavors of cocoa and cinnamon are only upstaged by its sheer ease of drinkability—a rarity with more common stouts.
* Pair with Moonstruck Sea Salt Cajeta Caramel
Boneyard | Backbone | 6% ABV
Rich, creamy stout combining three of our favorite things; espresso, beer & chocolate. Boneyard and Backporch Coffee Roasters collide, creating a flavorful & aromatic ale using cold extraction espresso. Breakfast or dinner...It’s up to you!!
* Pair with Moonstruck Italia Espresso Truffle
Boneyard | Suge Knite | 13% ABV
This imperial stout pours black with a dark creamy head. Rich and bold with flavors of oak, whiskey, molasses and dark fruits, it is surprisingly smooth and drinkable for such a big gnarly beer.
* Pair with Moonstruck Wild Huckleberry Truffle
BricktownE | Rock Steady Stout | 6.9% ABV
it’s a foreign extra wheat stout served on Nitro. Roasty, creamy and slightly chocolatey, make up the tasting notes.
* Pair with Moonstruck Extra Bittersweet Black Cat Truffle
Caldera | Old Growth Imperial Stout | 8.8% ABV
Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Growth Imperial Stout, aged for three months in two different types of Bourbon Barrels.
* Pair with Moonstruck Dark Chocolate Tumbled Beer Berries
McMenamin’s Concordia Brewery | Black Sea Imperial | 9.5% ABV
Russian Imperial made in honor of this year’s winter Olympics! This stout has huge roasty, chocolate and burnt malt flavors, well balanced with choice hop addition.
* Pair with Moonstruck Grenada Truffle
Migration | Bootstrap Imperial Stout | 10.1% ABV
This dark, full bodied stout has been aged with bourbon, oak and maple syrup. Forward rich dark
chocolate and roasted notes paired with subtle hints of vanilla and smoke linger on the nose and palate. The supple maple sweetness and woody tannins lend to the depth of this well balanced imperial.
* Pair with Moonstruck House Spirits Distillery Krogstad Aquavit Truffle
Stories from the print edition of the Oregon Beer Growler.