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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JBPortland (974) - Portland, Maine, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (6775) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark black pour with big fizzy tan head, dissipates but laces well. Aroma brought notes of big cocoa powder, roast, some slight metallic notes into a bit of roast, cocoa bean as well. Taste is a mix of chocolate, big coffee, roast, slight earth, hints of metal in there, touch of grass, berry notes, finishing fairly bitter, dry. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gmellison (426) - Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Pour thanks to nielsenratings. Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. Aroma is nutty and chocolatey. Flavor is bitter chocolate, some spice. good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (9550) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Bottle offered @ gmellison. Dark brown appearance with a dark brown head. Aroma has a bit of smoke, roast, dark chocolate, mad cocoa powder. Soft mouth feel. Mild to moderate bitterness. Moderate sweetness. Lots of cocoa powder in the flavor. Easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Pours a very dark brown with a small light brown head. Nice toasty malt on the nose, milk chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. Tasty roasted cocoa on the taste, caramel, milky coffee, and a nice citrus hop flavor. Well rounded but not spectacular.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
fluffy (1824) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Probably the best I've had if the almanac series, pretty good for a standard porter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7148) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 7, 2014
Bottle. Dark walnut brown with a medium brown head. Aroma is fudgey with roasty undertones. Balanced chocolate and roast flavours, a touch of cinnamon, some vanilla sweetness. For a "regular" ABV stout, this packed some nice flavour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pcstuck (64) - Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2014
12oz bottle . Mild sweet chocolate aroma with vanilla and malt. Taste was lacking the complexity I was hoping for. Low carbonation, malty with slight hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3455) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Somewhat of a mild beer, but it’s multi-dimensional. Subdued complexity? Noticeable elements of chocolate, pepper, smoke and vanilla, but nothing was overdone. Mild bitterness. Chocolate flavor was nice. Balanced. Pleasant flavors from start to finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
flannelnomad (57) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Some chocolate, some malts, tastes a little bit like wort. Very sugary, very one note. Pretty standard porter, not much to write home about. I wish that awesome breweries such as Almanac would focus as much attention and technique to their regular line as they do to their specialty beers.

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