On Wednesday January 14, 2015 at the Vespa Pizzeria, Liberty Village Brewing Co. launched their third craft brew in their current lineup: Black Blessing Chocolate Stout
At the party were Liberty Village Brewing co-founders Steve Combes and Casandra Campbell, along with many local fans of the brewery.
Mick McNamara, a trained beer expert associated with Schoolhouse Craft Beer and who is a Prud’homme Beer Sommelier , and who can be found on Twitter (@ offered some details on his experience of the beer: )
“Black Blessing pours jet black and is completely opaque, with a huge frothy dark tan head which settles to a thin collar. Aromas of coffee, bitter chocolate and licorice, malts well-balanced with English hops. On the palate it’s very smooth and you’d never guess the ABV at a hefty 7.4%. Flavours follow the nose, with coffee and chocolate notes dominating, subtle dark fruits supporting and a clean finish culminating in a pleasing bitterness as a result of both the hops and roasted malts.
In terms of pairing food with this stout, McNamara states that: “Black Blessing would make a fine accompaniment to many foods, but with bittersweet chocolate and coffee flavours prominent and the high alcohol and hop presence, I would suggest using it as a foil for sweet rich desserts such as Red Velvet cake….Decadent!”