Have you ever watched a perfect game pitched in Baseball? I have seen the ending of several, but only watched one from start to finish. To see the amount of work and effort that goes into it – everyone firing on all cylinders and everything having to be just right. When it happens, its a thing of beauty.
When paired with 44 Stone’s Mint Chocolate Lamb, Brewmaster and Chef become a pitcher and catcher pitching that perfect game.
- Appearance – A hearty glass of darkness
- Nose- A dry chocolate and mint combination that took me back to eating Andes as a kid.
- Taste – Not as up front minty as I expected, the flavor instead blends seamlessly with a smooth and creamy coco flavour.
- Food Pairing – Fennel, Coriander and Stout braised Leg of Lamb, Goat Cheese Gnocchi, Crisp Fried Carrots
Does it work? After calling it a perfect game – what do you think? This was probably the most delicious course I have had since the 5 Star restaurant in Belgium…..and when paired with the stout, it verged upon sublime. I think Mark really took a chance with such a challenging dish (when he could have gone the easy route and served with dessert) and the payoff was perfect.
Meanwhile, to take a beer to the next level by combining two flavors on top of a stout is another testament to Phil’s growing ability. Even at 9.3% Alcohol, I didn’t notice and impact and this is a highly drinkable beer.
Sadly, this a seasonal and not widely available, as I would buy this beer and have it around all the time if I could find it.
This pairing alone was worth price of admission – and I tip my hat to both parties.
A Rock Solid 5 out 5 …..well done.