I don’t recall when it was exactly, but Charlie, from Nice Tight Ash, and I were talking about beer. Somehow we got to talking about Lancaster Brewing Company out in Lancaster, PA. I had mentioned having had a variety of their offerings and he asked me if I ever had their Chocolate Covered Strawberry.
After telling him that I had never even heard of such a thing, he said that I had to give it a try sometime. Ideally, you would use Lancaster Brewing Company Milk Stout and their Strawberry Wheat. You combine the two beers to get a combined flavor of Chocolate and Strawberry, hence the Chocolate Covered Strawberry.
Coincidentally, I did have some Strawberry Wheat on hand but lacked the Milk Stout. Charlie said that I could substitute any Stout and get a similar result. So I gave it a try with the only Stout I had on hand, Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout.
So, one evening when I had nothing better to do, I mixed one part Strawberry Wheat with one part Oatmeal Stout. The aroma of the concoction was just what you would expect, smelled like Stout and Strawberries. Just like the aroma, the taste was just as I expected.
My experience with Lancaster Brewing Company Strawberry Wheat is that it is very aggressive. What I mean by that is that I only tend to drink them as a dessert beer. The Strawberry flavor is not very subtle and it pierces right through the Stout. Perhaps less Strawberry Wheat and more Stout would make this drink a little more appealing?
All in all, it wasn’t bad but I would much rather have a full glass of Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout over this concoction any day.