Seventh Son Brewing Company of Columbus, Ohio, created Fox in the Stout, an imperial stout with chocolate, after being inspired by a salted dark chocolate brownie served at a local cafe. Note: As my scale can confirm, I too have been inspired by several baked goods. Though there are many dessert-like beers, they can be hit or miss. Some end up tasting artificial or leaning so heavily on adjuncts that the beer flavor gets muted. Will Fox in the Stout be one?
The color is a brown-black with cappuccino-tinged foam. Imagine a stout darker than a cola but not lighter than motor oil and smells like chocolate milk swirled with caramel. Fox in the Stout is silky and full without being as rich as the confection that inspired it. While the aroma boasted lighter chocolate notes, the taste turns up the fudginess. This beer skips the crispier edges and serves up a piece cut out of the center of the tray.
Sipping this beer is like “Duck Tales” where Scrooge McDuck dives into the gold coins in his vault like a swimming pool, but the pool is deep, dark chocolate. Each sip feels like biting into a brownie as thick as the Yellow Pages. There is some roastiness to it which only enhances cocoa flavor. But the cocoa abyss is given some lift by vanilla and salt on the finish.
Stout in the Fox does not disappoint. It’s a brownie in a glass while still being an imperial stout. Though it’s 9.7% ABV, the 12-ounce can makes it an ideal serving for a nightcap. You won’t regret drinking Stout in the Fox, but you may regret not having another can immediately available.