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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (8610) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 4, 2014
Bottle 355ml @ Gaasa, Oslo
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, lactose, caramel and floral. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long chocolate finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
msnelling09 (154) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2014
The beer pours a dark and (surprise, surprise) chocolaty brown with a small head of light tan, miniscule bubbles. In body, the beer appears clean, but opaque, with nothing of the other side of the glass coming through. On the nose, the beer smells of seaweed salad, milk chocolate, light roast coffee, butter, Hershey’s chocolate, soft vanilla, dark fruit, chocolate Easter bunnies, and quite a lot more. The nose is actually quite simple and delicate, but in its delicacy it seems to smell like something different every time I stick my nose in it. The chocolate is definitely present in the nose, but is so nuanced and complex that, to my nose, it kind of smells like all of the chocolates of the world. On the tongue, the beer tastes of sweet vanilla and bitter coffee/dark chocolate roast. Dark fruit acidity moves in towards the finish to give depth to the sip, while the sweet vanilla and roast continue to coat the tongue. In flavor, the beer tastes dominantly of vanilla with only subtle complexities coming from the other ingredients. As you sip, you get notes of roast coffee, dark chocolate, buttery chocolate, chocolate covered raisins, and even some plum character, but these all play second fiddle to a thick blanket of sweet vanilla. The vanilla is not off putting, and is actually rather nice, but it’s too bad that it dominates the other flavors. Vanilla and bitter roast coffee blend on the finish, which is nice as the coffee notes definitely go toe-to-toe with the vanilla and help to calm it. In the mouth, the beer feels medium bodied, with a middling carbonation that does add a nice scrub to the tongue and keeps this beer from being too dry. When the beer leaves, the mouth is left quite wet with saliva, suggesting a stronger presence of acidity than I originally detected. Overall, this is a nice flavored porter. I do wish the chocolate flavors were a little more dominant in the flavor, since it is called “Biere de Chocolat,” but the vanilla is nice too. It’s a good transition into spring beer, however, and would do lovely paired with desserts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pdubyah (485) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 26, 2014
<sadface> so many many words and so little little delivery. No real depth or carry in this, which is the biggest disappointment. Makes a homage to coffee and chocolate but not enough, Carbonation takes a lot of the enjoyment away in the mouthfeel. Could have had more of the everything. Likes however the fruit hints and the rout fruit finish on the mouth, length is missing, mouthfeel is short. I’ve had worse more unpleasant beer than this, this isn’t a disaster, just not a show stopper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (5555) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 24, 2014
355 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 5.5%. Black colour. moderate beige head. Dryish aroma of roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, vanilla and unsweetened chocolate. The flavour is medium dry, with the same elements as the aroma. For those who fear a cloyingly sweet chocolate beer, this must be a nice surprise.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
daje (2611) - NORWAY - APR 22, 2014
Bottle at Bru Pub, february 28th 2014. Black body, thick tanned head. Aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt. Taste of coffee, bitter chocolate, plums. Light body, strong roasted finish with a scent of alcohol. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (33792) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 14, 2014
33 cl bottle. Pours hazy brown to black with a small tan head. Chocolate dense, mild vanilla and toasted malty. Vague metallic. Chocolate and mild vanilla. Lingering dark malty and chocolate into the finish. Roasted far finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (12381) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2014
Draught at Toronado, San Diego. Pitch black beer with a small beige head. Malty fruity aroma, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, cocoa powder, citrus, cream notes. Malty caramel and chocolate flavor, licorice, cocoa powder, fruity, some toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3175) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2014
On tap in San Diego (CA)
Four ounces of this was enough to convince me that at some point I need to order a few bottles. Unlike the experimental chocolate porter from Ballast Point this one stays much truer to style. The only thing that would keep me from ordering more would be the vast array of other choices.

Aroma / Appearance - A fluid black base and mocha head look the part of a typical porter. Chocolate truffles, earthy malts, and coffee smell like a heavy flourless cake slice hanging in the air.

Flavor / Palate - Chocolate, mud, and cheesecake content with bitter coffee malts to see which set can last longer. Both idle in the throat for a few minutes before beginning to lighten. Ashy characteristics accent this slow departure along with a bit of spice. A nice depth makes this a memorable beer which proves Almanac is more than just a one trick sour producing pony.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5025) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 2, 2014
Bottle at Olympen. Almost black with a beige head. Intense chocolate aroma and flavours, still quite dry. Nice touch of roasted malts and discreet hops. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vells (885) - Riga, LATVIA - MAR 28, 2014
Pleasantly decent cocoa porter. Light roasted malts, delicate cocoa all the way, notes of vanilla, some hops. Sweetish with light bitter finish. Smooth and pleasant, but bit watery for me

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