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Almanac Biere de Chocolat



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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (6745) - 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 (4123) - 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 (40864) - 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 (18323) - 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 (3550) - Chagrin Falls, 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 (5187) - 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 (1608) - Rîga, Latvija, 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zenkis (775) - Ogre, LATVIA - MAR 22, 2014
Pours dark brown reddish, balsamy with cream brown top, vanishing fast, almost no lasing. Aroma - dominat chocolate-cocoa alike malts, a bit lactic as well, little cake-y. Taste is heavy bitter, mostly from darker malts, backgrounded with tiny sweetness. Some herbal hops notes in aftertaste. Light body, watery texture, dry, roasty finish. Weak porter for me, dominant chocolate flavored but so tiny in mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Melnis (492) - LATVIA - MAR 21, 2014
Aromātā diezgan viegls, un protams garšā arī. Sit carui bāzes iesalu, kurš nav ilgi raudzēts. Garšā un aromātā ir ļoooti kvalitativa tumšā šokolāde. Tas arī izglābj šo alu. Varetu dzert daudz. Augsta atzīme- jo stils ir parasts porteris.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JBPortland (1490) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2014
12oz bottle pours almost opaque dark brown with light edges and 1 finger head. Nose is hershey syrup, vanilla, bakers chocolate. Taste is roasty cocoa, vanilla, subtle fruitiness, milk, cream. Finish is mildly bitter cocoa, coffee, and sweet vanilla extract. Not bad, but one was enough.

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