by Nathan Hak Beer Sommelier at Beerwulf 31 March 2020
Beer with dark chocolate
A combination you often encounter is a stout or porter with dark chocolate. Bronckhorster Nightporter with dark chocolate is a great example, a tried and tested combination!
The sweeter your beer is, the sweeter the chocolate can be. A good indicator is the cocoa percentage. With a dry stout (Jopen Extra Stout for example) choose chocolate with a (very) high percentage. An oatmeal stout (Fourpure Last Train Oatmeal Stout) is a bit sweeter, so you can try a sweeter chocolate with it. Same with the Thornbridge Little by Little milk stout, it's also a little bit sweet. It's a new one in the Beerwulf shop! Or, try Boon Kriek with dark chocolate for a mind-blowing cherry chocolate experience.
Beer with milk chocolate
Milk chocolate is always sweeter than dark chocolate, so it can be difficult to combine with most beers. Very sweet beers (Brasserie De Sutter La Folle des Bois for example) can handle that and in turn make a beautiful combination. Milk chocolate with coffee can also be a good option. The coffee tempers the sweetness and with a stout you can taste the tones of coffee and chocolate in both beer and chocolate.
Beer with white chocolate
White chocolate is made with cocoa butter only and is the sweetest chocolate. A sweet fruit beer with blackcurrant (Lindemans Cassis) can work well. The beer will reveal its fresh-sour notes more and the fruit is a nice addition to the chocolate.
White beer with white chocolate sounds better than it is, unless you give the chocolate an extra dimension, like Yvonne has below with her white chocolate lemon fudge with brittle.