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Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Heir Apparent is Apparent

Chocolate is in everything now a days. You blink and another product boasts chocolate. Beer is no exception and it covers the range of chocolate anointed little goodies. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate across the range of tastes, real and imaginary. Where will it all stop? Well, it won't with the Heir Apparent and that is an odd thing because this is the one that is tastes like chocolate has none in it.

Lickinghole Creek's Heir Apparent

The Heir Apparent brewed by Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery (4100 Knolls Point Dr, Goochland, VA 23063 V: (804) 314-4380) is actually Mexican spiced rather than chocolate, but you would not know it. As a matter of fact, it tastes like it is flavored  with milk chocolate, but there is not a bit of milk or chocolate in the batch. I went back to the webpage to get the recipe because I did not believe it and that is when I was taken aback. But in addition to the lack a milk chocolate, is that the Heir Apparent is also an Imperial stout. Most Imperial stouts come mixed with the dark chocolate or a heavy dose of milk, but this one coming with a Mexican spice adds to the unique flavor.

Yes, it is sitting with an 11.3% ABV, its an Imperial stout, it taste like it has milk chocolate in it and yet it is light, bubbly and does not have an ounce chocolate in it. It has all of the Imperial stout characteristics too without some of the laborious tasks I take for granted drinking stout. This glass of Imperial stout comes as close as anything to being a perfect glass of beer, but it is the initial mouthful that will sell you on it.

My Untappd rating:  4.5 stars


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