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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Plovmand (7849) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle at home. It pours jet black with a creamy dense beige head. Huge chocolate aroma with vanilla and light orange notes. Light roasted flavor with mainly chocolate and vanilla notes. Bitter malty and chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 30, 2014
On tap at 10 East - I am a sucker for a great chocolate beer. The two Sam’s come to mind when I think of great chocolate beers (Smith with the Organic Chocolate Stout and Adams with the Chocolate Bock). So comparatively speaking, this failed. But on it’s own it’s not bad. Way, way to thin for my liking. An aroma of semi-sweet chocolate chip cookies, buttered toast and light vanilla. The flavor is strange...there is some light chocolate found, but it’s very tea like...herbal, some dust...like a chocolate tea w/o any body. I really enjoyed my last Almanac beer, but this was lacking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnar (7873) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle at Hall Toll, Stavanger . Pours clear dark ruby with a small tanned head. Aroma is intense chocolate, vanilla , cocoa and weak roast, lovely. Taste is moderate sweet, more clean dark chocolate, cocoa and sleek vanilla, creamy half oily mouthfeel ,lovely for the sweet tooth amongst us.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adster (680) - HUNGARY - OCT 9, 2014
Ha illatainak elemzésével szeretném kezdeni, rögtön igen kedvező kritikával nyitnék... Sós aszalt szilva, csipkebogyólekvár aromája rajzolódik ki, kakaópor, vanília bársonyossága puhítja szét még jobban a barátságos környezetet. Kortyai selymesek, közepesen szénsavas testben lágyan füstös, fekete bogyójú gyümölcsök emlékei, porszerű zamatok fészkelődnek be szánknak minden egyes szegletébe, a vanília pedig minduntalan ott munkálkodik az ízélmény csemegeszerűvé varázsolása érdekében. Az egyébként kissé unalmas karakterű porter, mint stílus egyik izgalmas hangvételű példányához lehet szerencsénk jelen tesztalany személyében.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
merc7186 (2930) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2014
Aroma: Campfire, Mild Burnt Chocolate Malts Appearance: Dark Brown Hue, Passes Almost No Light, Off White Head Ring, Mild Lacing Taste: Chocolate, Dark Smoked Malts Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Smokey

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricTeusink (700) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 23, 2014
This beer has been sitting in my fridge tempting me for months. Pours dark chocolate with appropriate amount of dark tan head. Scent is like a mocha coffee. Flavor goes sweet to mildly bitter. Thickish with medium carbonation. Bottle - Received in Trade

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (14116) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle at Gaasa. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt. Flavour is chococolate, roasted malt, hop, cocoa. Medium body. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Garrold (4243) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2014
Bottle. Beermoth, Manchester. Clear, very dark, reddy brown. Sticky film of tan head. Cocoa. Light coffee bean. Taste is cocoa dry. Thin, watery palate. Finishes dry, with a light bitterness. Sets off great this one. Lovely chocolate. But lacks any oomph, thereafter. Disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (10112) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 13, 2014
"Kind of a delicious surprise even though the 2 previous Almanac brews were very solid. Wonderful pungent aroma of chocolate and vanilla, with light roasted malt. Smooth body and texture. Flavor of bakers cocolate, vanilla, light coffee and roast. Lighlty bittersweet. Nice!"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaghana (5491) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle 355ml, a dark beer with good copper head and nice lace work. Nose is intense on coffee and dark chocolate. Aroma is on the same, nice dry roasted chocolate body, long roasted chocolate and dark coffee aftertaste, medium creamy, light licorice, smooth, excellent.

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