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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Tap: blackish pour with medium-sized tan head. Aroma is milky chocolate with a minor vanilla note. Flavor is powdery, bitter chocolate richness with a tiny milk note, vanilla and a slight woody grain finish. The beer is good if you like overpowering chocolate, which seems to drowned out much of the other flavor... all the same, it makes for an interesting beer... not one I would buy often but occasionally.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, mild bitterness. This was not as sweet and chocolatety as I was expecting. Light body and dry. Pretty drinkable though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
DavidWoodruff (433) - Windsor, California, USA - MAY 28, 2013
Aroma: Mocha Appearance: Dark brown with a reddish tinge and a thick brown head. Flavor: Chocolate with a bit of chemical edge - as if a chocolate extract was used. Palate: Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation and a long, unpleasant bitter finish. Overall: Aroma wins big, but the flavors miss the mark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Had heard nice things about the farm to bottles .. . cloudy brown .. . minimal head .. . bread, hay, cereal, and leaves .. . light body .. . lively carbonation .. . . I want to write a mystery novel… or do I?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2013
A steady pour into my Teku glass produces an almost three finger thick, nicely browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is an opaque, almost black color. The aroma smells of chocolate, coffee liquor, vanilla (actually a fair amount of this), a hint of chalky roast character, a hint of mineral like character, and, once you really dig for it, a toasted, whole grain roasted character. The nose is definitely dominated by the chocolate and vanilla notes, but is still nice if you like that sort of thing.

The beer is somewhat dry, with lots of roasted, dark malt, and bitter burnt notes (that really linger on the palate). The carbonation adds a bit of a prickly texture here, and the extra CO2, along with the burnt roast, adds a bit of acidity and sharpness to the finish. The chocolate notes are quite a bit reduced compared to the aroma, though the vanilla is still quite expressive and dominant in the flavor. The body is fairly light, the carbonation accentuates this, but there is still a palate presence and light viscosity here; if you knockout the extra carbonation it becomes smoother and a touch richer.

Not bad if you like vanilla and chocolate; the stout character seems a touch wan, and also a bit too dry to accentuate the chocolate and vanilla in a balanced manner. Still this is fairly enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dresden (1459) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 29, 2013
Draft at Stone. Pours a thin black with a short tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate and roast coffee, slightly burnt. Smells very sweet, but some grassy hops as well. Taste is quite sweet, some milk and dark chocolate, slight citrusy hop bit. Body is very thin and carbonation is very high. Makes for a strange porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Blairgus (4122) - California, USA - APR 25, 2013
25 Apr 2013, bottle. dark brown, almost black. nose is roasted/burnt beans at first, then rich dark chocolate. thin body and fizzy. sweet chocolate, might be a bit like the scratch-n-sniff chocolate flavor. i think there is some metallic flavor. it’s fairly fizzy, which cuts into finding the nuances. decent. reminds me of Southern Tier Choklat

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gription79 (2827) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - APR 25, 2013
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Big nose of chocolate and vanilla, slight toffee. The chocolate and vanilla dominate the flavor as well. There is also some bready notes, coffee, slight tannins. An enjoyable porter with big chocolate and vanilla flavors that are usually found in beers double the strength.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
popery (1993) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 10, 2013
Pours wall to wall black. Big, puffy, khaki head. The head foams up aggressively before settling into a thick blanket of fine foam. I’m mostly getting milk chocolate from the aroma, though some other aromas come in once I get used to it. At first blush, it legitimately smells like a dessert made with lots of milk chocolate. Big vanilla note, too. Smells very sweet. Hops provide a mix of floral and citrus and actually detract a bit from the aroma for me. I thought the chocolate seemed off, but the hops just add a funny twist. Still, it’s overall a nice smelling beer. On the other hand, the taste is oddly harsh and just seems like a mess of clashing flavors. A fairly bland citric hop bitterness dominates the beer. Unfortunately, the sweeter flavors are mostly just an over the top vanilla tone. The chocolate is way too weak, particularly after the promise of the aroma. Plus, it’s not a rich flavor, closer to baker’s chocolate than anything. Lingering hop and roast bitterness. Mouthfeel starts out way too effervescent, gets creamy before it just thins out too much. Generally, too thin, though. The carbonation is off, particularly for a porter. It just takes away from the flavors. I liked this one better on tap, so this bottle is fairly disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (1107) - 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.

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