Things are about to get dark. Like, literally. Next week, Daylight Saving Time ends and we'll be forced to "fall back." As our hibernation instincts come to the fore, we'll crave richer, boozier beverages designed to fend off the winter chill. For such occasions, there's no better libation than imperial stouts -- the beer equivalent of cozying up to the fire with your snuggie and a cup of cocoa.
Imperial (or "double") stouts typically exceed 8% ABV and are characterized by their jet-black appearance and heavily malty, deeply roasted flavors. Notes of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits mingle with a warming alcohol presence to create a complex, satisfying experience. More than 20 of the Top 50 beers on Ratebeer.com are imperial stouts, a testament to their widespread popularity.
This week, you'll have an opportunity to try some of the best and most sought-after imperial stouts on the market, all in one place (bring a spare liver). The first annual Imperial Stout Festival at The Trappist will boast more than 15 rare, viscous treats. To boot, Chef Roark will be serving a traditional carbonnade flamande, a hearty beef stew made with imperial stout. See below for your one-way trip to a fantastic nap:
Trappist Imperial Stout Festival
Where: The Trappist, 460 8th St., Oakland
When: Thursday, Oct. 24, 6 p.m.
What: The darkest of the dark brews. See a partial taplist, below:
BFM Cuvee Alex Le Rouge
Prairie Ales Prairie Bomb
Evil Twin Even More Jesus
Port Santa's Little Helper
Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break
North Coast Old Rasputin XV
Midnight Sun Moscow Rye
Drakes Zinful Drakonic
Struise Black Berry Albert
Emelisse Creme Imp Stout
Drake's Blue Bottle
Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch "Weasel"
Firestone Velvet Merkin Barrel-Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout