Enjoy a rich and luscious stout from the land of ice and fire.
Food Loves Beer Editors
LAVA SMOKED IMPERIAL STOUT
As much as lava and rivers of molten earth fascinate us, we were curiously apprehensive about what its namesake beer would have in store for us. Much to our delight, however, Lava proved to be an elegantly balanced beer that immediately won our hearts.
Pouring ink black with a dense brown head, we were immediately taken in by the aromas of fragrant hardwood smoke, black coffee and bitter chocolate. The inviting flavors dance over the tongue with a complexity of nuances, reminiscent of a friendly campfire ― this is 'gourmet' smoke, if such a thing exists. Chocolate, dark roasted malt, and licorice follow, joined by molasses, raisin, and prune. The finish is long and lingering, with smoke, coffee, and a balanced bitterness, evoking flavors of an after-dinner espresso.
Serve in a half pint or tulip glass at 50-55 F.
Suggested Food Pairings: 70% dark chocolate, Beer-Cured Salmon Pastrami on dark rye, and homemade fig bars pair well with the refined smoked flavors in this beer.
Food Loves Beer taste tested and recommended!