To go along with the chocolate flavor I assume this will contain, I’m pairing it with a pork loin and blueberry sauce for dinner. It's a weak attempt at my goal of pairing beer and food this year because I didn't actually plan the meal and beer to happen together, but it’s still a start! At the very least, I can glean what works and doesn't work from this experience.
Instead of having the dark roast aroma follow through in the flavor, the Belgian influence rounds out the typical stout feel with a sweetness. It’s not as complex or intense, but it gets points for being flavorful and refreshing. The body is also not as heavy as other 8.4% alcohol stouts. The Bourbon Barrel influence is at work here with nicely rounded caramel and vanilla notes.
The beer complimented the blueberry and pork quite well actually! Thanks to the Belgian yeast and a lighter, sweeter beer, this worked well with a lighter red meat and sweet blueberry sauce.