Its the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine. — REM, "Its the End of the World As We Know It"
Today's society is becoming slowly more infatuated with the end of the world. The fear of the unknown has presented itself in human culture through different mediums throughout time. From art, song, written word and to film, the curiosity of what the end will be like is depicted in many ways, from aliens destroying us with a beam of light, to building a space ship in hopes of leaving earth and starting anew. The common apocalyptic thread in most cases is that we will end up destroying ourselves through war, disease or famine brought on by some cataclysmic event. Well I say as long as I have a good brew and a book, let it come!
Today I am pairing Night Stalker Imperial Stout by Goose Island with the movie The Road. When pairing anything, whether it be cheese to wine or a nice cut of meat to a scotch, one must take in count the subtle nuances that make both items a perfect match. Throughout this article I will review Night Stalker and The Road, listing the similarities between a cinematic masterpiece and the ominous Imperial Stout.
Night Stalker Imperial Stout is as dark as midnight. This stout is bitter as a cold, shivering morning and has a darkness that stares right into your soul, leaving you with a warm, boozy silk finish. At 11.7% ABV, one could cellar this for up to five years, even in less formidable conditions. This ale and the film share similarities as both are dark and haunting.
The new film adaptation of the novel The Road written by Cormac McCarthy, brings to light how life would be for the remaining survivors after an apocalyptic event.