It’s not hard to find the myriad beers riffing on the age-old combination of chocolate and peanut butter. The two are close to the top of the list of obvious flavoring additions for stouts, porters and brown ales. But a beer with chocolate and peanut butter that is both perfectly executed and widely available is another story.
Enter Decklin’s Indulgence, a chocolate- and peanut butter-flavored brown ale produced by Sarasota’s Big Top Brewing Company. This beer has been a staple in the tasting room for years, and it is available in cans.
Decklin’s Indulgence pours a deep shade of brown that almost appears black. Its frothy and long-lasting tan head is rich with aromas of, well, peanut butter and chocolate. The flavor is more of the same: a medium-bodied brown ale with a mild roasted malt character and faint graininess, blanketed with dark chocolate and peanut butter. Not dark chocolate and peanut butter notes — just dense, decadent flavors at the forefront of the brew.
Fortunately, the flavors are authentic and never taste artificial, nor do they veer anywhere near cloying. This is a balanced beer, if an especially flavor-laden one.
Decklin’s Indulgence doesn’t qualify for subtlety points, but it excels in delivering exactly what is promised. With the exception of folks with peanut allergies and purists who think that beer shouldn’t ever be fun, this one is an easy sell. You won’t need a sweet tooth to enjoy how well the brown-ale base fits with this flavoring duo.
Look for Decklin’s Indulgence in cans or travel to Big Top’s Sarasota tasting room at 6111 Porter Way to try it at the source.
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