The First Pour: O’Fallon Cocoa Cream Stout
Cicero’s understands that when it come to beer, most people’s favorite is the latest and greatest new beer. Very few beer lovers drink the same beer over and over again. Sure, you might go back to an old standard, but you always try the latest beer first. For that reason, and others, Cicero’s changes their menu every week. When kegs kick, we change them up, unless we decide to keep it tapped for a while longer because it kicked so fast. With that in mind, we strive to keep you, our customers informed on our weekly changes. As this is a work in progress, I have decided to change the name of this series of blogs from “Just out the Keg” to “The First Pour”. This series of blog posts will highlight and review the newest beers we have on draft for you. Again, we have a happy couple writing these posts for us. If you see them around, make sure and thank them for their hard work.
By Alaina Kantner and Mike Vecchio
Bitterness: 26.5 IBUs
Hops: Cluster, German Hallertau, Mittlefruh
Availability: November 1st (draft only)
Fact: Dessert is the greatest part of every meal. Okay, maybe I (Alaina) made that fact up, but I think a lot of people would agree with me. Don’t listen to what Mike says because he’s weird and doesn’t really like dessert. You know what I say to that? More for me!
The O’Fallon Cocoa Cream Stout can only be described as dessert in a glass. It has a delicious blend of chocolate and coffee, and is creamy too. Off the pour the beer is black, no light is getting through this brew! A tan, chocolate head sits on top and has decent retention. Off the smell, a perfect blend of coffee and chocolate – like a chocolate flavored coffee – greets you. The taste is creamy, malty, and chocolate-y. O’Fallon adds cocoa powder directly to the kettle while brewing and this creates a smooth chocolate flavor throughout. The beer leaves the tongue clean, but a slight coffee smell lingers in your nose after each sip. This beer is like drinking dessert. While it’s not too sweet or heavy, we both agree that one is the magic number to enjoy to really appreciate this beer. Because O’Fallon releases this on draft only, we suggest running to Cicero’s now to secure your pint.
Here is a wonderful video about the O’Fallon Brewery
About the Authors – Alaina and Mike moved to St Louis from Ohio in 2008 and quickly jumped into the craft beer scene. Alaina has gone from drinking light lagers almost exclusively to enjoying maltier beers – most notably porters and stouts – and hefeweizens. In her free time Alaina enjoys reading, running, and attempting to teach their dog tricks. Mike has evolved from drinking highly hopped IPAs to enjoying a wider range of pale ales and traditional hefeweizens. Mike enjoys trying to teach his dog not to bark at anything that moves, reading about crime and gangs, and home brewing with his co-workers. Both Alaina and Mike have been attending Cicero’s Beer School for a year and credit it to helping them expand their knowledge of craft brew and assisting them to take the plunge into home brewing with their friends. Hopefully, they will bring in some of their home-brew one day.