This is the last installment featuring the Wandering Wino and it is a fun one. We couldn't decide on which dessert to try so we tried two. Wolf Creek's dessert menu changes each week but you will certainly see some version of their bread pudding and carrot cake on that menu again.
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As for the bread pudding, Shawn's pairing pick is the Desperado IPA, an American style India Pale Ale with big hop flavors and bitterness. His favorite aspect of this pairing is how the hop (flavor and bitterness) contrast against the sweetness while the malt flavors resonate with the sweet, bourbon flavors in the bread pudding.
The beer's pronounced bitterness was balanced by the carrot cake's sweetness while the cake's spices and sweetness also changed the beer's hop flavor. The hop flavors became grassy -in a pleasant, freshly mown lawn kinda way- and took on a tangerine flavor.
The malt sweetness of the beer resonates with the sweet carrot cake (cake and frosting) while the rye flavors and carrot cake spices resonate with each other, too. These resonating layers make it hard to tell where the cake ends and where the beer begins. But before this pairing can get too cloying, the alcohol and carbonation do their job and cleanse the palate.