Alchemist's Blend #7 - The Long dark Tea Time of the soul

Origin: Blend

Type: That would be telling

Year: 2016

Flavor Notes:

Welcome to the Dark side and the Alchemist’s Blend series.

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With the winter months upon us, this is just the thing you need to keep you warm and cozy. Deep, rich, and layers of chocolate. This is a blend of a couple different single origin beans each chosen for what they can contribute to this quartet. High, low, sharp and round. It's all here and in harmony...but in a haunting minor key. The flavor and aroma are resonating chocolate  And again, this is not your mother’s hot chocolate. And this is also not coffee. It stands on its own merits, so judge it on what you taste, not what you expect or what it isn’t.

 

 This is directly off the bottle of Arrogant Bastard IPA.  It is just too good not to use....and it isn't untrue about this Brewing cocoa.  Many people LOVE it (which is why we sell it) and others literally can't even open the bag because the smell is so aggressive. You've been warned.

This Brewing cocoa works well in coffee brewers and actually mixed with coffee. Other brewing cocoas can have a tendency to muddy the flavor of coffee I have found, or worse, clog brewing filters or screens. Your mileage may vary, but I’ve found 1:1 ratio wonderful, and if you are just a little careful, so it does not overflow, even straight can work well. Your tastes may vary but I recommend starting with the following proportions and times: 4 T/8 oz boiling water Steep 5 minutes Press (assuming you are using a press pot - drip works ok too) Enjoy straight, with milk (or cream) and/or sugar.

 

 

This is taken from the back of Arrogant Bastard Ale and I have to say it applies here.  Many people love it (which is why we sell it) and others literally can't stand to be in the same room with it let alone open the package.  You've been warned.

 

This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth. We would suggest that you stick to safer and more familiar territory—maybe something with a multimillion-dollar ad campaign aimed at convincing you it’s made at an independent brewery, or one that implies that their tasteless seltzer / fizzy yellow beer / whatever-the-hell will give you more sex appeal. Perhaps you think multimillion-dollar ad campaigns make all that junk taste better. Perhaps you’re mouthing your words as you read this.

We believe that pandering to the lowest common denominator represents the height of tyranny—a virtual form of keeping the consumer barefoot, stupid & led by the nose social media. Brought forth upon an unsuspecting public in 1997, Arrogant Bastard Ale openly challenged the tyrannical overlords who were brazenly attempting to keep the people chained in the shackles of poor taste. One glance around and it’s glaringly obvious: they’re winning...as of now. Yet we will not stop. Ever. Since the very beginning, Arrogant Bastard Ale has reveled in its unprecedented and uncompromising celebration of intensity. There have been many nods to Arrogant Bastard Ale…even outright attempts to copy it…but only one can ever embody the true nature of Liquid Arrogance! Hated By Many. Loved By Few.