Today’s review is, what seems like, the next chapter in the on-going saga of my transition from Illinois resident to full blown Florida transplant. It’s 51-degrees and raining today in southern Illinois as I’m drinking this beer, which is kind of depressing actually. It’s currently 81 in Tampa and the high was 90 today so…yeah, I hate this weather. I don’t want to sound like a pathetic lonely guy, but I’m all alone in an empty house drinking a beer I know nothing about. As a beer blogger and beer Instagram junkie, I follow a lot of breweries, especially from Florida. So I’ve tried to familiarize myself with the beer scene in Tampa and the surrounding areas and a few weeks ago this beer came across my feed. So, I messaged my lovely wife and she, being the awesome person she is, went to the brewery after work and picked up a couple bottles. So, let’s jump in and check out this bad boy.
I’ll start off by saying I know very little about 7venth Sun Brewery, except what’s on their web site. They do have two locations, one in Dunedin and one in…you guessed it: Tampa. What’s even more interesting is that 7venth Sun’s Tampa location is less than a mile from Angry Chair. Oh, the possibilities!
Eat Your Coco Nibs is an imperial stout aged in Four Roses Bourbon Barrels. On the bottle’s label, 7venth Sun says they use “more than 12 pounds of Pinellas nibs per barrel” for this monster. That’s a helluva lot of chocolate. They’re using a local chocolate vendor, which is what I love about the craft beer community. Everyone works together to promote their brands. They also brew this beer with heaps of coconut. 7venth Sun says Eat Your Coco Nibs ” tastes like bakers chocolate, dipped in coconut, dunked in bourbon barrel aged imperial stout.” Is this accurate? Let’s find out.
This beer pours like the perfect pastry stout: ink in a glass. There’s no head. None…absolutely nothing. Holy hell. My first impression is that I’m going to regret drinking this beer by myself. I’m such a rookie that I just now looked at the ABV, and it’s 12%. Oh boy. I’m in trouble here. Since my drinking buddy is currently living in our condo in Tampa, I’m braving this one on my own. Say a prayer to the man in the sky that I survive.
Swirling this beer in the glass leaves a nice translucent brown film in the snifter. Damn. Bourbon and chocolate aromas on the nose. There’s a slight hint of coconut here as well, but it’s slightly muted. Eat Your Coco Nibs is thick. It’s a full-bodied beast, slick on the tongue. Sweet nectar of the gods, this beer is fantastic. Dark chocolate with notes of bourbon explode in your mouth. Straight up dark chocolate on the back end that finishes slightly bitter. That dark chocolate after taste is a thing of perfection. I love dark chocolate so this beast is right up my alley. I can’t stop smacking my lips to get every last taste in my face.
I was talking to my wife on the phone the other night. I mentioned that I felt like the Tampa beer scene was going to bankrupt us. Jesus hell, there’s so much good beer in Tampa. As I sit here listening to the new Joe Bonamassa album, Redemption, drinking this fabulous beer, I’m thinking I need to give some more love to 7venth Sun Brewery. I know I’ve only scratched the surface of the breweries in the region, but I look forward to getting to know this brewery very well. The sale of my house in Illinois is close to becoming a reality so now I’m looking for the next opportunity. With the amount of good beer (and coffee!) in the Tampa area, I’m wondering if I can get a job as a professional beer drinker…hmmm. Anyone interested in hiring a middle-aged CIO to drink their beer? 🙂
- ABV: 12%
- IBU: N/A
- Untappd Rating: 4.43