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Magic Hat Heart of Darkness

Mister and I are splitting a beet as usual.  He handed me this and it smelled roasty-toasty.  I could smell the coffee.  I didn’t hold out much hope.

I sipped.

I tasted toasty-roasty.  It wasn’t too bitter.  I actually got some banana.  It was surprising.  Not bad.  

Then the char hit.  Wow.  I wasn’t sure I could drink any more.  

But alas, I had another sip.  The char took a back seat and all in all, it wasn’t too bad. 

Magic Hat’s Heart of Darkness is a dark, chocolatey ale that isn’t terribly bitter.  It would make a porter-drinker pretty happy.  I couldn’t slam 6 of them (then again, I don’t think I could slam 6 of anything), but I thoroughly enjoyed my snifter tonight.

Cheers!

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Chocolate Covered Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

Today is snow day #3.  Well, not really snow, cold.  The wind chill has been lower than -15 and that’s just not safe to have kids waiting for the bus and walking to school.  I’m enjoying the extra time with Little Bug and her friend, K.  Since K doesn’t have school, there’s no day care either and she comes to our house to play.  Nothing like two 4-year olds to make the house look like a tornado hit!

A friend from work posted a recipe for chocolate peanut butter baked oatmeal.  I had to check it out.  While it looked delicious, it was a few more calories than I like to eat for breakfast.  Clicking around, I found this recipe.  It was the inspiration for what I made below.  I didn’t think to take any pictures of the process but I managed to get one before I scarfed a muffin down.

Chocolate Covered Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

5 cups old fashioned oats (400 grams)

4 scoops Chocolate Protein Powder (176 grams – may vary depending on your brand/type)

1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (56 grams)

3 tbs cocoa powder

1 tsp salt

2 1/2 cups well-mashed extremely ripe bananas (600 grams – I had a bit more)

2 2/3 cups water

2 1/2 tsp vanilla

3 tbs coconut oil, melted (35 grams)

3 tbs agave syrup, honey, or other natural sweetener

Preheat oven to 380 degrees.  Line 32 muffin cups and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix the first 5 ingredients (oatmeal, protein powder, salt, cocoa powder and chocolate chips).  In a large bowl, mash bananas until there are no more lumps.  Add the remaining ingredients to the banana bowl.  Mix well.  Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well.  Scoop mixture into lined muffin cups.  Bake 21 minutes until edges are slightly browned and they smell good.

They have a slight banana flavor but it isn’t overpowering.  The chocolate is just right.  These are so good warm!

I used my #20 cookie scoop to assure even sized muffins.  If you wanted a slightly smaller muffin, use a #24 scoop.  You’d get 34 or 36 muffins instead of 32.

Made as I have, they come out to 108 calories each with 3 grams of fat and 6 grams of protein.  Add some fresh fruit and you have a great breakfast!

Optional:

nuts, seeds, wheat germ, dried fruit, cocoa powder, more chocolate chips

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Detroit Brewing Co. Sander’s Chocolate Stout

Sander’s chocolate.  It’s iconic in this area.  The Detroit Brewing Company has incorporated Sander’s hot fudge into a beer.  How bad could it be?

It pours a beautiful deep, rich, chocolate brown.  The chocolate is prominent on the nose but subtle in taste.  There is a strong, rich, roasted malt flavor but there is no hint of anything burned.  It’s a simple beer yet has a complex taste. Unusual for a chocolate stout, there is absolutely no hint of bitterness.  I wouldn’t call it sweet just evenly balanced.

As far as stouts go, especially the chocolate stouts, it’s one of the better ones I’ve had.  I can see me drinking more of this.

Cheers!Detroit Brewing Co Sanders Chocolate Stout

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Arcadia Ales Cocoa Loco

Sweet.  Slightly metallic.  A hint of coffee.  This beer smells delightful and looks amazing poured into a snifter.  It’s a chocolate brown-black with a few creamy bubbles.

Arcadia Ales Cocoa Loco is a dark ale made with 3 types of chocolate.  It surprisingly isn’t bitter, even for a 39 IBU.  Strangely enough, as the beer slides over my tongue, I get a strong sense of banana – not fake banana like the candy we had as kids, but a bite of a real banana.  It doesn’t stick around long enough to be annoying but slips away quickly.  The beer itself doesn’t linger long on the palate.  The chocolate is very muted, too.  If I had to pick one flavor it’d be coffee.

This seems to be one of those beers that doesn’t have any one thing outstanding but melds well as a whole.  While I’ve enjoyed my 1/2 bottle, I don’t think it’s one that we’ll be drinking much of.

Cheers!

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Saugatuck Brewing Company Neapolitan Milk Stout

I don’t want to get older.  I want to go back to no bills, no real responsibilities, simpler times. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying I don’t want to be married or have Little Bug.  I’m just done growing up.  No getting any older.

I’m having that kind of a night and Mister brings me a glass of SBC’s Neapolitan Milk stout.    When I smelled it, you can smell the vanilla and then a sweet strawberry.

My first sip was NOTHING like I’d expected.  It was weird.  Good weird but weird.  The initial taste was bitter chocolate – a lot more bitter than 37 IBU.  It quickly gave way to a smooth sweet berry.  The vanilla isn’t pronounced but more of a smoothness on your tongue.  The bitter doesn’t last and the berry really develops on the palate.

I just can’t quite describe my thoughts on this one.  It’s weird.  I won’t say I wouldn’t drink it again but I wouldn’t run out to grab a 4-pack, either.  I think if the mood were right, I can see me drinking it again.

Cheers!

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Atwater Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale

I’m not a dark chocolate lover.  I’ll take a sweet, creamy piece of milk any day.  I’d rather not waste my calories on the dark.  I know, I’m the odd man out but I can’t help it.  The dark is just too bitter for me.  I will even go as far as to say that I don’t care to eat chocolate chips without something to buffer them.  I have come around a tiny bit and can handle a little dark if it isn’t too abrasive, especially if paired with wine, fruit, or something to compliment the flavors.  Even when I dip chocolates, I mix the milk and dark evenly for a smoother flavor.  That said, I didn’t hold out much hope for this beer.  Generally the chocolate ones are just overdone for me between the bitter chocolate and the hops.

Mister handed me the snifter of Atwater’s Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale and it looked like someone had poured chocolate chips in a glass.  It was the perfect color, dark and rich.

The nose on this beer is incredible.  You can smell the chocolate and sweetness.  Mister said it was like smelling a bag of chocolate chips.  He was right.

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this beer.  It wasn’t bitter at all.  Amazingly, the chocolate flavor was prominent but not overdone.  The flavors blended quite well and weren’t harsh or biting.  I didn’t end up with the “nasty bitter beer taste” in the back of my throat.  It was smooth and creamy and stayed on the palate the perfect amount of time.  I can see a bonfire in the back yard and a 6-pack of this in the cooler.  I certainly wouldn’t call it a dessert beer because it’s very easy to drink.  I don’t think you can pick a wrong food to pair with beer.  If I had to pick a perfect food for this one, I’d go with something a bit stronger in flavor like a marinated and grilled lamb chop, sausage and peppers, or a cheese and meat plate.  It would compliment hot and spicy food in a beautiful way, think Mexican.  Then again, I’m thinking beer float.  I can’t imagine what a good vanilla ice cream would do for the already creamy ale.  Heaven any way you look at it!

This is a good beer to work into a recipe. Chocolate beer cupcakes with vanilla bean frosting?  We’ll see…

Cheers!

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Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout

Today was a particularly long day after an extremely long day yesterday.  Mister pulled this little gem out of the fridge.  He’d had it a few years ago from the tap of a pub in a near-by town.

He took the standard picture and we sat down to enjoy a glass of Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout.  I didn’t.  It’s VERY dark and bitter (to me).  Classified as an imperial stout, tt smelled sweet but didn’t taste at all like it smelled.  As it sat on my palate, it mellowed and I actually enjoyed the flavor.

I took another sip…ugh.  I just couldn’t do it.  Mister said he thought it should be more like a java porter.

Cheers!

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Harpoon Chocolate Stout

harpoon chocolate stout bottle

We went on a beer-buying spree tonight. Mister found 5 specialty beer stores within an hour’s drive. My parents came to watch Little Bug and we took off. We detoured a bit from our first destination for a late lunch/early dinner at Clarkston’s Union Wood Shop. After some delicious bites, we headed out. Watch the next few posts for some of the specials we nabbed tonight.

Harpoon Chocolate Stout
While overall, not our favorite stout, it was one we’re glad we bought 6 of. When cold right out of the bottle, it was actually quite refreshing. You know – the kind of beer you drink on a warm summer’s night while sitting on the deck watching the lightening bugs and swatting at mosquitos. As it warmed, it seemed to thicken and the chocolate was much more noticeable. It wasn’t bitter at any temperature nor did it linger long on the palate.

Cheers!

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