Monday, December 1, 2014

December 1st, 2014 - Chocolate Chasmata

Good evening!  The Meista here tonight pairing "Melana Chasmata" by Triptykon and a Samuel Smith Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)!

Album info:
  • Title: "Melana Chasmata" (Μελανά Χάσματα)  According to band leader Thomas Gabriel Fischer (a.k.a. "Tom Warrior") the albums title means "black, deep depressions/valleys" — or, in a more literal translation, "chasms as [black as] ink".
  • Release date: April 15th, 2014 (U.S.)
  • Record company: Prowling Death Records/Century Media Records
  • Personnel: Fischer (vocals and guitar), Norman Lonhard (drums and percussion), V. Santura (guitar and vocals), and Vanja Šlajh (bass and vocals)
  • Album art by: the late H. R. Giger (sadly his last)
  • Musical style: A mix of heavy, doomy, dark, ambient, gothic, richly textured, avant-garde perfection!
  • Tracks:
1."Tree of Suffocating Souls"  
2."Boleskine House"  
3."Altar of Deceit"  
6."Demon Pact"  
7."In the Sleep of Death"  
8."Black Snow"  

Brew info:
  • Style: Chocolate Stout/Milk Stout
  • Brewery: Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
  • Ingredients:  Roasted organic chocolate malt and real organic cocoa
  • ABV: 5.0%
  • Pour: The color is a dark and murky black/brown - almost ink black with a thick and frothy mocha head that leaves big, bubbly lacing. 
  • Nose: Huge aromas of bitter-sweet dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa, and toffee.
  • Taste: Very sweet and dry massive roasted chocolate with more subtle notes of sweetened coffee, caramel, and toffee... maybe a touch of marshmallow too.
  • Body: Thick and chewy, but very drinkable and very smooth!
  • Finish: Sweet and dry with lingering dark chocolate notes
  • Overall: Excellent chocolate stout that goes great with the sludgy heaviness and dark imagery of the brilliant "Melana Chasmata"!!
Proscht!!  Gsundheit!!  Hails!!

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