Chocolate might not be the first thing that comes to mind as something to enjoy with a pint. However, beer and chocolate have more in common than you think. In fact, much like red wine, the flavour profiles of different beers are often similar to the notes in dark chocolate.

Master cicerone Mirella Amato is the author of the award-winning book Beerology: Everything You Need to Know to Enjoy Beer…Even More, which includes a section on how to best pair beer with chocolate. Here, she offers her tips.

Lindt Excellence 78% Cacao Dark Chocolate + Russian Imperial Stout

78% Cacao Dark Chocolate and Russian Imperial Stout make for a robust and dynamic pairing. The stout’s high alcohol content and roasted grains match the intensity of the chocolate, along with its smokiness and rich, roasted flavours. The beer also has subtle sweet notes of prune and dried plum, which will complement the bar’s pecan and walnut flavours.

Try:
Bolshevik Bastard – Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Impériale Stout – La Chouape
Breakfast Stout – Founders Brewing Co.

Lindt Excellence Pink Peppercorn Dark Chocolate + English Pale Ale

An English-style pale ale balances between malty sweetness and a bitter finish, which mirrors the tangy, yet slightly sweet notes of Pink Peppercorn Dark Chocolate, without bowling over its subtleness, which a bolder, American-style ale might do. The beer’s nuttiness also pairs well with this bar’s toffee and caramel notes, while its overall earthiness (which comes from English hops) highlights the chocolate’s light juniper berry flavour.

Try:
Red Racer ESB – Central City Brewers + Distillers
Best Bitter – Picaroons Traditional Ales

Lindt Excellence Orange Intense Dark Chocolate + Belgian Tripel

The higher level of sweetness in our Orange Intense Dark Chocolate naturally complements the sweeter character of a Belgian Tripel-style beer. The bar’s citrus notes and cacao enhance both the banana and orange flavours in the beer, resulting in a tasty, tropical finish. Any bitterness present in both will cancel each other out, highlighting only the fruit notes, as well as the toasted almond note in the chocolate.

Try:
La Tchucké – Broadway Pub
La Trappe Tripel – Koningshoeven
Chimay White Cap – Bières de Chimay