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Our Biere de Chocolat celebrates the long and lauded history of chocolate production in San Francisco. Our aim was to create a beer bursting with cocoa flavors and aromas, balancing sweet and savory to create a complex but quaffable chocolate brew. To accomplish this we partnered with Dandelion Chocolate in San Francisco to create this rich brew brimming with chocolate character. Working with the unique flavors of Dandelion’s single-source beans, we created this decadent beer by layering in smoked and dark-roasted malts with citrusy Ivanhoe hops from Clearlake, CA. Finally, we added a blend of hand-roasted cocoa beans sourced from Madagascar and Río Caribe, Venezuela. The Madagascar beans add bright berry-cocoa flavors, while the Río Caribe adds dark chocolate and bourbon notes. A touch of vanilla rounds out the supporting flavors to create an eminently drinkable beer that is a chocolate lover’s beer through and through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (910) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - APR 5, 2013
Unique chocolate, fudge, cocoa aroma. Dark black with thin foam. Strong dark chocolate flavor with pleasant fudge overtones. Other notes of burnt caramel, roasted sugar, coffee beans and roasted cocoa nibs. Overall, this is a very pleasant chocolate flavored beer with a slight aged flavor. I’d give this an A rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
AdamJackson (3080) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - APR 1, 2013
Fridge temp, wine glass, no head pours dark brown, black in the glass. Nose is roasted coffee and cocoa. Taste is very much the same. Thin body, weak mouthfeel but loads of cocoa and it has this premium chocolate taste with a smoked oak as well. Vanilla finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 20, 2013
A - Dark black with a big finger of frothy khaki-tan head. Fades very slowly. S - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, coffee, cola, chocolate, some vanilla and a bit of floral hops. T - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, coffee, cola, cocoa, vanilla, floral hops, and a bit of black licorice. M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a sweet and lightly bitter finish. D - Nicely balanced chocolate porter. Great body, balance just slightly off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (3848) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Tap. Opaque black, huge tan head, creamy with nice lacing. Aroma is very chocolate, roasted malts, malted milk. Flavor is about the same, medium plus sweet, lactic, a bit of coffee bitterness and astringence. Lighter body than expected, a bit creamy mouthfeel. Bitterness lingering and being steiner in the far finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bule (998) - California, USA - MAR 14, 2013
On tap at Pub Republic. Great chocolate aroma and strong chocolate flavor. Other than the chocolate though, there's not a lot of other flavor or sweetness to balance the taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brokensail (12022) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Black in color with a tan head. Semi-sweet chocolate aroma, some roasted malt, and a hint of vanilla. Light coffee, earthy hops, and a touch of metal. The flavor is nice at first with lots of chocolate and vanilla character. Good roasted malt and coffee, too. But, after a couple sips, the beer is incredibly watery, thin, and metallic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle from the Co-op in Davis, CA. Pours out a dark brown and the smell of roasted nuts hits the nose. It was just a bit too bitter for my taste. Hints of chocolate also hit the palate. Mediocre beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (18187) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2013
Draft @ Zeitgeist, San Francisco, CA. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty sweetish chocolate aroma. Sweetish roasted malty chocolate and caramel flavor. Has a sweetish roasted malty chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7884) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Bottle. Pour with a near black hued body and a moderate sized khaki head that slowly fades. Moderate lace. Aromas are of cocoa nibs and toasted nuts. A touch oily, light smoke, light molasses, medium ester, some dark fruit and ripe apple. Dry, earthy, moderate roast. Lots of dusty nib character. Lightly floral. Flavors are dry, herbal, lightly tea like, minty, bitter and dry. Huge bitter chocolate, unprocessed and raw. Nibs: chocolate minus the sweetness. Could use a bit of vanilla, lactose or even some more dextrins to boost the chocolate perception. Quite dry and bitter. Medium bodied, mildly roasty, some iodine. Moderately low carbonation. Dry, not bad, but a different chocolate expression than I was expecting: this is raw!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3400) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 24, 2013
10 ounce sample on tap at The Davis Beer Shoppe. Aroma is rather chocolately with slightly sweet maltiness. A little metallic, too. Mostly chocolate, though. Opaque black body with a medium, creamy light tan head and great retention. Starts astringent, burnt and metallic. Some chocolate notes come in the middle. Finishes with some metallic and astringent awkwardness. A little thin-bodied, too.

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