Thursday, January 18, 2018
Bars & Spirits

Beer Week: Double Chocolate Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout. Wow

Beer fiends use a lot of words to describe craft brews — "heady," "yeasty," "hoppy," "worty" — but "decadent" usually isn't among them.

Enter Terrapin Beer Co., an Athens, Ga.-based brewery with several prominent events and promotions scheduled during Tampa Bay Beer Week.

This week, The Refinery in Tampa is featuring a Terrapin MooHoo Milk Stout Silk Pie on its ever-changing menu, and on Tuesday afternoon, they paired it with a handful of fruity beers for an event called Punch and Pie. The crisp, tart Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat was an ideal choice to offset the fudgy, muddy, rich-beyond-belief pie, which is about as far from silky as a pie can get. It'll be on the restaurant's menu through Sunday.

Over at TBBW's unofficial headquarters, Cigar City Brewing, Terrapin took over five of the tasting room's taps with big, fat flavors like the coffee- and oatmeal-based Wake 'n' Bake Imperial Stout and the Liquid Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout. The most sinful-sounding may have been the Terrapin Double Chocolate Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout, which was much sweeter than you might imagine, yet quite potent.

My tasting buddy, an occasional homebrewer from North Carolina, had to catch his breath after that last one. "It's the first time I've ever needed a beer chaser for another beer," he said.

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