A couple of days ago I had Cold Stone Cream Austen Chocolate Orange Pale Ale from Top Rope and it blew me away so I'm extremely excited to have got my hands on Hall of Pain Au Chocolat which is Top Rope's chocolate stout. The brewery is fairly new, seemingly quite experimental, and based in Liverpool plus they have a tap room which I may have to visit, and they've done a collaboration beer with Frank Turner who's one of my favourite singer songwriters. I picked this can up for the hefty cost of £5.95 from the Strait and Narrow in Lincoln which is my home town.
Hall of Pain Au Chocolat comes in a fun mainly pink 440ml can and contains 5.3% alcohol. The beer is described as 'a smooth, decadent stout using a complex malt base and heaps of cocoa to deliver a huge chocolate hit that envelops you like a salmon coloured jacket. Guaranteed to deliver a World's Strongest Slam to your taste buds.' It sounds great to me and I'm not even a wrestling fan. The chocolate stout pours seriously black with no head at all, which is a shame as I really like a good head on my beer.
The aroma will immediately get you hooked though and help you forget about the lack of head. There's a hint of coffee in there but really it's the chocolate and cream which hits you, and hits you hard. I have a feeling Top Rope might be on to another winner with Pain Au Chocolat. One thing that really impressed me when I drank their Cold Stone Steve Austen was the wonderfully creamy texture and I'm delighted to report that it's back again in this beer, it's just so smooth it's an absolute pleasure to drink despite the lack of head.
I don't know how but Top Rope have done it again. This really is a fantastic beer with one of the best and sweetest chocolate flavours I've ever had, it's just cream and chocolate on top of more chocolate, genuinely if you like chocolate beers this one will knock your socks off. There should be no surprise that I'm going to give Pain Au Chocolat from Top Rope Brewery 10 out of 10 and I think they are the first brewery I've ever given two 10 ratings to so hats off to them for that, htey are certainly the only brewery I've given top marks to twice after only drinking two of their beers.