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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewje41 (2968) - 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 (14174) - 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 (716) - 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 (1670) - 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 (2702) - Earth & Jacksonville (weekends), 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 (5845) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
javiercrasher (296) - Granada, SPAIN - MAY 12, 2014
De color negro, con poco cuerpo y bien gasificada, con fina espuma de burbuja pequeña y con una retención media. Suave aroma a chocolate, sin rastro de los otros matices que comentan en la etiqueta. En boca un tanto aguada, con ligera presencia de las maltas tostadas y el chocolate. La verdad es que me ha resultado decepcionante. El lote es el 867, por si estuviera hay el problema.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (10972) - 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 (643) - 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.

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