Beer and chocolate: until recently most people would have said that was a horrible combination, and some people still do, but we know the truth. It can be utterly decadent! Here are our top 10 decadent dessert and beer pairings along with some DIY recipes for these sweet treats. Cheers!
#10 Chocolate Truffles
Chocolate truffles an obvious start, but with so many combinations out there where do you begin? Try these:
Ommegang’s Abbey Ale is a Belgian style dubbel ale and is a great place to start when pairing with dark chocolate. Or try Lindeman’s Kriek (cherry) Lambic with almost any chocolate.
Make it yourself recipe - Chocolate Truffles
Our Pairing: Brewery Ommegang Ommegang (Abbey Ale)
Styles to Try: lambics, barleywine, Belgian dark, ESB with nuts, Belgian dubbel with dark chocolate
#9 Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Chocolate covered strawberries are a delightful combination on their own, but everything is better with beer and these are no exception!
Pike’s XXXXX Stout is a great example of the style and the coffee and chocolate notes that play so well with the freshness of the strawberries.
Make it yourself recipe - Chocolate Covered StrawberriesOur Pairing: Pike XXXXX Stout
Styles to Try: Belgian double or tripel, chocolate stout, bourbon barrel aged stouts, barleywine
A rich, creamy, graham crackery dream, mmm cheesecake. Cheesecake is a great base for so many beer pairings from fruity lambics and belgian tripels to nutty browns and porters to smokey deep dense stouts.
Deschutes' Class of '88 Smoked Porter is a super smoky porter that cuts through the cheesecake and pairs beautifully.
Make it yourself recipe, if you dare - New York Cheesecake
Our Pairing: Deschutes Class of 88 Smoked PorterStyles to Try: belgian tripel, flanders-style (sour) red, smoked porter, nut brown and bourbon barrel aged beers
#7 German Chocolate Cake
Nutty, toffee, coconut bliss german chocolate cake wants nothing if not a thick smooth imperial stout by it’s side.
North Coast's Old Rasputin is one of the OG Imperial stouts with all the right flavors to pair with this cake and while you are buying it save one in the back of the fridge for next year. You won’t regret it!
Make it yourself recipe- German Chocolate Cake
Our Pairing: North Coast Old RasputinStyles to Try: imperial stout, chocolate stouts, nut browns, ESB and belgian dark
#6 Fudge Brownies
Brownies, chocolate fudgy chewy wonderfulness, who doesn’t love a good brownie? No one I say, no one. Add a great beer and voila, everything is right in the world.
Rogue’s latest Voodoo Donut beer is over the top raspberry on it’s own, but with a fudgy brownie - paradise!
Make them yourself, here’s a great recipe! - Fudge Brownies
Our Pairing: Rogue Ales Raspberry Pretzel Chocolate Voodoo DonutStyles To Try: stouts (all types), smoked Porters, and framboise lambics
#5 Creme Brulee
The first bite of creme brulee, breaking through that beautiful caramelized top to reveal its creamy sweetness, it’s almost too much. So, naturally it would be better with beer!
Killer Penguin from Boulder Beer Company is a wonderful barleywine, not too sweet with just the right fruity notes to pair with this wonderful dessert.
Make it yourself recipe, If you have a torch- Creme Brulee
Our Pairing: Boulder Beer Company Killer PenguinStyles to try: barleywines, coffee porter, espresso stout, kreik lambic, sour red, Belgian double or tripel
#4 Mint Chocolate Truffle (or Thin Mint Cookies)
"Mint and beer, really??" you ask. When it comes to this beer that is a big fat, YES!
Young’s Double Chocolate Stout is a wonderful British beer that you really must try and though it is amazing alone a little mint and chocolate with it is just heavenly.
Make it yourself recipe- Chocolate Mint Truffles
Our Pairing: Young's Double Chocolate Stout
Styles To Try: chocolate and imperial stouts and porters
#3 Smoked Porter Beershake
Okay, so maybe you don’t think of a milkshake as decadent, but this one here will forever change your mind. A recipe from our own kitchen to yours, enjoy!
Stone's Smoked Porter is a great beer that is enhanced so well by the vanilla and chocolate in this Beershake.
Make it yourself. Here’s our very own super easy recipe - Smoked Porter Beershake
Our Pairing: Stone Smoked Porter
Styles to Try: imperial stouts, chocolate stouts, nut and coffee porters and any bourbon barrel-aged beers
#2 Lava Cake
If you look the word decadent up in the dictionary we are pretty sure you will find a picture of a chocolate lava cake - they are that good. So, what could one of these little cakes of molten chocolate possibly need? A hazelnut brown of course!
Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar is the most out of this world brown ale. they call it nectar for a reason and it pairs brilliantly with the double chocolate flavors of this cake.
Make it yourself recipe, if you dare - Lava Cake
Our Pairing: Rogue Ales Hazelnut Brown Nectar
Styles to try: nut brown, imperial stout, and oak-aged beers
#1 Rogue Ales Double Chocolate Stout
It’s a standalone winner!
No muss, no fuss, no pairing necessary.
For other big standalone must try beers:
Black Xantus from Humbolt Brewing
Victory at Sea from Ballast Point
Old Viscosity from Port Brewing
The Abyss from Deschutes
Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide
Suede from Stone, Bluejacket and 10 Barrel Brewing