To briefly recap …
The cold winter nights have left me craving stouts so my boyfriend and I decided to conduct a little beer battle – Stout versus Stout.
One night after dinner we sat down to a table of three desserts, two stouts, a notepad and a pen (this is what normal people do, right?)
The Stouts: Coopers Best Extra and 4 Pines Stout
Round 1: Homemade Creme Brulee – the best match was Coopers Best Extra, read all about it here
Round 2: Chocolate Brownie – the best match was 4 Pines Stout, read all about it here
Now it is time for Round 3 – Chocolate Cake.
The chocolate cake was a belated birthday cake from a friend and was homemade – happy days! Now it seems that there are varying degrees of chocolate cake, from the light chocolatey all the way to the extreme “death by chocolate” approach where you might as well have just bitten into a kilo bag of sugar. This cake was more on the lighter side and definitely delicious!
Judging from the lightness of the cake I would have initially picked 4 Pines for my favourite match but when the two came together what most jumped out was the coffee bitterness, it was kinda sharp and unexpected. Perhaps there wasn’t enough chocolate in the body of the 4 Pines to lift those flavours from the cake. The Coopers Best Extra seemed a superior match, mostly in texture as it has a more creamy body which went nicely with the light fluffiness from the cake. There was much more milk chocolate notes in this matching, perhaps the creamy texture of the beer washed over the cake and brought out those flavours. I’m not really much for technical bits and bobs so I’m really just guessing here! Whether I’m way off track with the reason, it tasted good me to!
Whilst it wasn’t a match that set hearts and palates racing it was Coopers Best Extra that tasted like it had the upper hand.
Best Match … Coopers Best Extra Stout. I think the next stop will be cheese!