By Hop Nation USA's Steve
The naming conventions of the craft beer world are rife with puns, allusions, and pop culture references. So I think it’s only fair, anytime a brewer decides to name their latest libation in honor of their favorite movie or television show it should be paired and compared. These beers need to be put to the test of their namesake.
With that in mind, Søle Artisan Ales doesn’t even play around for their imperial cocoa stout. It’s simply titled Atmospheric Black Metal. Pretty bold for the Easton, PA brewery to call their shot like that, invoking ideas of devil worship and Scandinavians. The 10% stout is visually as black as the T-shirts in my closet, but can it really compare to the screaming buzzsaw, nightmare Satan summons of black metal?