Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, New York) recently announced that it has officially initiated the one-time, limited release of Candi Stout.
Expanding upon their “mission to blend the artistry of Belgian brewing traditions with a typically non-Belgian beer style”, the brewers at Ommegang have developed Candi Stout as an amalgamation “of a Belgian-style dark ale and a traditional stout.” This was achieved by brewing a “deep, dark black” Stout with “rich roasted malts . . ., Belgian candi sugar, bittersweet cocoa nibs, and a special strain of Belgian ale yeast.” This combination produces an aroma of “dark chocolate and cocoa . . . with subtle hints of dark fruit and spicy yeast”, and a flavor profile that “opens with mild sweetness, giving way to rich chocolate, and mild roast.” Despite the beer’s complexity, this all rides on a “smooth body and finish” thanks to “the use of Belgian yeast and the extra dose of fermentables from candi syrup.” This all results in a 6.7% ABV Candi Stout that boasts “impressive drinkability.”
“Candi Stout is unique in that the dark candi sugar lessens the body a bit and reduces the need for higher amounts of roasted grains so the beer drinks slightly lighter and less roasted than a typical stout. This is a great beer for the cold months ahead, and we’re as excited to share this new beer with fans as we are to drink it this winter.”
– Phil Leinhart, Brewmaster at Brewery Ommegang
Candi Stout officially started its “one-time” release on December 23 at Brewery Ommegang. These 750ml bottles will also see limited distribution during “the month of January in Wegmans, Total Wine, and Costco stores in the eastern part of the United States.” For those of you outside of that area, there is no need to fret because Candi Stout will also see nationwide distribution on draft in March. Prost!
Vital Information for Candi Stout from Brewery Ommegang
Release – Limited, late-December 2017 through March 2018
Style – Belgian Stout
ABV – 6.7%
Malts – 2-row, Flaked Barley, Pale Chocolate, Special B, Aromatic, Midnight Wheat & Roasted Barley
Hops – Styrian Golding & Saaz
Added Ingredients – Belgian candi sugar & cocoa nibs
Yeast – Belgian Abbey Ale Yeast
Suggested Food Pairings – “Candi Stout is a perfect match for any variety of chocolate desserts, or on the savory side, with roasted or grilled meats, roasted root vegetables, and aged cheeses.”
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
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