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RATINGS: 177   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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.


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3.5
   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.


2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jgb9348 (5524) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2016
Deep dark brown coloured body with a nice, single centimetre tall light brown head that fades relatively fast. Aroma of lactose, roasted malt, prunes, raisins, light vanilla and a hint of oats. Light-bodied; Mild malty flavour with some oats and dry vanilla in the mix and a touch of lactose and cream sweetness. Aftertaste is simple with the oats, roasted malt, touch of coffee and perhaps a very light note of chocolate - not much at all though. Overall, a pretty poor beer - something that is lacking in almost every characteristic, but especially with flavour and even more so with body - this is THIN. If you have a bottle of this stocked away somewhere like I did, it’s best to drink it now, because I think it’s best days were behind it - this is not worth cellaring at all. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Hollingshead’s Deli in Orange, California on 02-May-2013 for US$2,99 sampled at home in Washington on 12-March-2016.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
teorn88 (5861) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2015
Bottle split at ChrisO tasting, London. It pours a brown body with ruby edges and light tan head. Aroma is semi-sweet with milk chocolate, vanilla ice cream, caramel, roasted malts. Taste has more roasted malts, chocolate fudge, caramel, biscuit. Light to medium bodied with soft to good carbonation. Overall, uninspiring

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamaty (1771) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 4, 2015
Negra opaca. Dos dedos de espuma ocre. Aroma ya claramente marcado a chocolate. En boca resulta cremosa y sabrosa. De cuerpo medio y bien bebible, evoluciona desde un principio más dulce, hasta un final más seco, todo ello de claro cacao, con toque ligeramente especiado y más claro de vainilla. En conjunto muy interesante. Muy buena.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (8778) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2015
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is vanilla, dark chocolate, and roast. Medium mouth, chewy, dark chocolate, roast, bready malt, light bitterness, good.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fredd_an (245) - Borlänge, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2015
Är vare svart! Ooh åh förvånad? Litet huve, krämigt. en fantastisk kakao & choklad doft!! En makalös choklad smak! Dock väldigt lätt kropp, men för att ligga på 5,5 proven alkohol utan alkohol sötman är den här ölen helt fantastisk! Jag är van vid imperial, men här visas att öl utan jätte stark karaktär kan göras fantastisk! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ardel1991 (125) - - APR 30, 2015
Czarne, opalizujące z beżową pianą. Intensywny aromat czekolady. W smaku czekolada, nuty kawy i wanilii. Kwaśność z połączenia nut kawy oraz gorzkiej czekolady. Pozostawia przyjemny posmak w ustach.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsga (7157) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 13, 2015
Medium dark brown head. Opaque black body goes hazy deep dark at edges. Perfumy milk chocolate aroma with papery notes. Dryish chocolatey papery taste with burnt plastic notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, mealy mouthfeel. Dryish chocolatey perfumy aftertaste with mineraly syrupy notes. It’s a bit too artificial and strange for me. (0.355l bottle, from Fish & Beer, Copenhagen.)

1.3
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Ernesto987 (5373) - Arizona, USA - MAR 30, 2015
wow, COMPLETELY wet paper and cardboard. Moldy cardboard, i couldnt even barely take a sip, had to spit it out.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beer5000 (5776) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2015
355 ml bottle @ Gaasa, May 2014. Black body with a small, dense beige head. Aroma is mainly chocolate with a hint of roast, very delicious and promising. Flavor has dark chocolate, light roasted coffee, vanilla and decent bitterness. Complex within the chocolate specter. Full body and long lasting aftertaste. One of the best chocolate beers I have tasted.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Plovmand (7716) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle at home. It pours jet black with a creamy dense beige head. Huge chocolate aroma with vanilla and light orange notes. Light roasted flavor with mainly chocolate and vanilla notes. Bitter malty and chocolate finish.


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