Still have a few more of the local "Black Is Beautiful" collaboration beers to review. I've had other matters at hand so I haven't quite been able to keep doing one a day. That's okay. There's still two to go. And I have extra cans of the ones I've already reviewed, if there's a trade possible.
This version is made by Liquid Love Brewing of Buffalo Grove, the new brewer that will be taking over the Prairie Krafts brewery starting this weekend. They co-collaborated with Skeleton Key Brewery in Woodridge. The result was two different beers are sold in mixed 2-packs, which I how I scored these. The Liquid Love version is described as being made with roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, cacao nibs, vanilla, and Smugglers Coffee from Lowell, IN.
Each of these beers offers a different variation from the base recipe. Each one is a revelation. On the Liquid Love version, I get a nice vanilla nose as I pour. Then the solid black beer under a brown head, a little thicker then I might find for a strong beer. Alcohol definitely works into the nose as well. The taste starts out with the milk chocolate, then the coffee fills in for a nice mocha impression. Vanilla fills in around the tongue. With the beer's alcohol mixing in, it's more like a vanilla extract. An excellent combination all around. I don't mind "feeling" the 10% abv since it's late at night as I recorded the video.
Proceeds from taproom sales at Skeleton Key will be donated to My Block, My Hood, My City, which supports programs for black youth in Chicago, and the NAACP.