Chocolate, cherries and Star Hill.
The newest release from Star Hill Brewery is Shakedown Chocolate Cherry Stout, an 8 percent ABV imperial stout with cherry puree and cocoa powder blended into the beer during fermentation. In addition, the brewery is using Apollo and Willamette hops and three different types of malted barley.
“Shakedown Chocolate Cherry Stout was a fun project,” said Robbie O’Cain, Starr Hill’s manager of brewery operations, in a press release. “Experimenting with natural ingredients is an essential part of Starr Hill’s DNA. With Shakedown, the use of cherry puree and cocoa powder made the brewing process a real challenge.”
“We are proud of the results and believe we produced a well-balanced stout with a strong chocolate aroma and flavor, complemented by subtle cherry notes. It is very easy to overdo cherry, but we think we hit the mark on Shakedown.”
Shakedown is the sixth and final release in Star Hill’s All Access series for 2014, which have included Taste of Honey, a Belgian-style dubbel released in January, Little Red RooStarr Coffee Cream Stout released in March; Whiter Shade of Pale, a while IPA released in May; King of Hop, an imperial IPA released in July; and Sabbath Black IPA in September. The naming for the series have all been inspired by music.
The Charlottesville, V.A.-based brewery released its Shakedown Imperial Chocolate Cherry Stout yesterday at an event taking place at its newly-renovated Starr Hill Tap Room. Approximately 3,600 bottles were produced and the beer will be sold in 22-ounce bottles ($8) as well as on tap at the event before being available across its 10-state distribution network concentrated on the east coast.