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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (3437) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2014
Bottle. Dark pour with tan head . Chocolate, some light roast aromas. Flavor are sweet chocolate, light sweet malts and hints of roast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgajdaczewa (509) - Katowice, POLAND - JUN 8, 2014
W aromacie mnóstwo czekolady, tej mlecznej jak i gorzkiej, niezła słodowość, razem to pachnie jak babciny murzynek. Smakuje jeszcze lepiej, cudowna kremowa tekstura, dość wytrawne mimo pełni, tony gorzkiej czekolady, wyraźnie chmielowe na finiszu z lekką palonością. Przyprawia o ślinotok. Świetne!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (13410) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2014
Bottle at home - shared with Mette. Black - offwhite head. Cocoa, high cocoa, acid, roasted malts, nice chocolate taste, light smokey notes, milk chocolate notes, light sweetness, hint of vanilla, ok bitterness from the chocolate and cocoa powder, burned acid. Dryness in the finish. A bit simple.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (13575) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 3, 2014
Bottle, 12oz, at Gaasa. A dark brown to black beer topped by a small, dense, beige head. The aroma has chocolate, cocoa powder, some coffee and roasted hints. Quite similar flavor, too much on the cocoa side, with a lasting finish. Soft and velvety on the palate, pleasantly carbonated. Overall, too much on the cocoa side, but quite decent anyway. 140501

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewje41 (444) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Draft. Pours coffee black with a nice vanilla. Milk chocolate aroma. Chocolate shake flavor with a long cocoa finish. Flavorful. Really well done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (9359) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 28, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2014 355ml bottle (ALEhouse, Riga) (6:4:6:4:13=3.3)
Black, large frothy tan head. Sweet cakey cocoa-powder aroma, some vanilla. So sweet, it’s half way between the Saku white chocolate stout and the A le Coq Christmas porter, as I remember them. Taste similar, a bit less sweet, more burnt, more rich. Fullish palate, but a bit watery in places. Finish deeply roasted, a little hint of iron, but only in a burnt bitter way. Slightly too sweet, but not a caricature. OK brew.
Rerate: 355ml bottle (Birofilia2014, Zywiec) (6:4:6:3:13=3.2)
Black. Sweet chocolate aroma. Sweet body too, but refreshing. A bit gimicky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
demmbonz (529) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2014
12oz bottle to shaker. Pours dark brown with a tan head that lingers. Carbonation that bites back. Aroma is mild chocolate and some subtle sweet malt. Less pronounced chocolate flavor than I was expecting but it’s definitely there and some vanilla midway through. Some hop bite. Finishes like a dry stout. Thanks Michael.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcane7 (1664) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle split with Pedro. Pours a near black with small tan head. Aroma of milk chocolate, vanilla extract, roast. Medium body. Smooth chocolate taste, vanilla is much more subtle than the aroma, roast, a slight smokiness, some fruity notes. Pretty tasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UDBeernut (1720) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle yesterday pours black, minimal khaki head. Nose of cocoa. Taste is sweet based in cocoa, some buttered chocolate. Very faint roast. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (3882) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 13, 2014
Aroma is chocolate, burnt/roasted malts and toffee/caramel. The flavor is chocolate, roasted malts, mild burnt notes and an acidic/slightly tart finish.

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