I’m a particularly big fan of Gabriel Iglesias.
If you know anything about him, he does a routine involving Chicagoland favorite Portillo’s and their chocolate cake shake. Which is literally a milkshake that has been supplanted with a piece of chocolate cake. As I am now 4 weeks into my diet, I can say the thought of that might actually turn my stomach.
Beer is a good proxy, though, and Dissent Brewing in St. Pete feels like they got relatively close with the first beer in their Dessert Series, Black Forest Cake (Imperial Stout, 8.5% ABV).
And if you can’t have the real thing, a glass of this is darn close to it. It’s amazing and more than a little frightening how much it tastes like they threw a few chocolate cakes in the mash tun.
To start, it definitely feels like there’s a base Imperial Stout, but it’s a smooth and light Imperial Stout. It focuses more on flavor and less on being heavy and thick and brutal. Anyone can make motor oil, but it takes a true artist to refine a stout to have the correct flavors but still keep it light in body and smooth in mouthfeel.
They went a little crazy, of course. They got actual cocoa nibs from Pinellas Chocolate Company, of whom I am a rather big fan of. To that they added almond, vanilla, more cocoa, and sweet cherries. What’s amazing, though, is how much those make the beer taste like cake.
The cocoa and almond and the vanilla are not explicitly recognizable on their own, but they more than hold their weight in blending spectacularly to create a wonderfully rich and decadent flavor without the wait. There is just the lightest sweet touch from the cherries, and the cocoa nibs really drive it home.
It was an amazingly delicious beer, handmade for those fans (and I know you’re out there) that love their Florida beers sweet and desserty. The best part is, this is only the first part in a whole series that Dissent Brewing is going to do. If they do come out with tiramisu, I’m going to need to get one of those sent to me.
In the meantime, I’m not going to have any more cake, but more Gabriel Iglesias is definitely on the menu for today.
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