While doing a small-scale test to find beers that go well with chocolate (really), Tyler Wilson issued a challenge.
Generally, when pairing a beverage with chocolate or a chocolate desserts, the standard is red wine or port. Yet beer in many of its brewing styles is just complex as red wine, and some beer matches perfectly with chocolate.
This, to get on my soapbox, is part of the exercise here: We beer drinkers need to get more adventurous. We need to work harder to find out what best pairs with beer. One style might go well with a certain cheese or chicken dish, while others may not. The key is to try it all. You don’t think all those wine-pairing books and sites came about as common knowledge, do you? No, someone had to try it to see what works. Let’s move beer away from simply pairing it with burgers or pizza.