Chocolates and beer? Yes please!

Chubby Chipmunk Chocolates
Chubby Chipmunk Chocolates

You may have read about wine tasting with cheese and chocolates, but have you ever thought about pairing chocolate with beer? I have. Read on for more on this subject.

My first amazing experience was during the summer of 2012 pairing a chocolate truffle with an aged barleywine. The outcome was amazing, so when I saw a public television program called Dakota Life describing Chubby Chipmunk in Deadwood, I thought a chocolate beer pairing was needed.  The program was called “The Sweet Life”. I fired off an e-mail to the business. Mary “Chip” Tautkus soon responded to the e-mail and a pairing was arranged.

Six different truffles were sent to try. An article from the Craft Beer Association was used to help guide the pairings. My friends and I shared various amazing beers in an afternoon tasting. In general chocolate pairs best with darker beers such as porters, stouts, barrel-aged beers and sours. Lighter beers and India pale ales don’t pair as well.

Six different truffles from Chubby Chipmunk!

Here are the results of our efforts.

Chocolate/beer tasting – March 9, 2014

Chubby Chipmunk Chocolates

  1. buttercream
  2. milk moose
  3. milk moose toffee
  4. signature dark
  5. double dark
  6. dark raspberry


Hard at work! Pairing different beers with the Buttercream. Serendipity won!

Buttercream – fruit beers or Imperial stout– New Glarus Serendipity sampled (delicious and #3 pairing); North Coast Old Rasputin would work too


Milk moose – Sours – New Belgium La Folie sampled


Raspberry dark – Founders Breakfast Stout sampled (best pairing of the session!!); or sour beer


Signature dark –Crow Peak Pile O’ Dirt Porter, Odell Friek, Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout all sampled


Milk moose toffee – Belgian quad (St. Bernardus Abt 12), vanilla porter (Empyrean Dark Side Vanilla Porter) – sampled Ovila Quad from Sierra Nevada and vanilla porter homebrew from Rose


Double dark – sampled BCS (Goose Island Bourbon County Stout – 2nd best pairing – are you surprised?) or Sierra Nevada Bigfoot barleywine


Tasting panel. L-R Angie, Rich, Steve, Craig & Rose
Tasting panel. L-R Angie, Rich, Steve, Craig & Rose

I hope that you will give chocolate and beer a try because it can be fun and delicious! The chocolates from Chubby Chipmunk were incredible and I hope everyone will visit their two Black Hills locations. They also have an online store where their products can be found.

We confirmed that pairing good chocolates with appropriate craft beer can work and I hope many of you will give it a try. Thanks again to Chubby Chipmunk for the great truffles!

Chocolates and beer? Yes please!