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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgajdaczewa (1715) - Katowice, POLAND - JUN 8, 2014
W aromacie mnóstwo czekolady, tej mlecznej jak i gorzkiej, niezła słodowość, razem to pachnie jak babciny murzynek. Smakuje jeszcze lepiej, cudowna kremowa tekstura, dość wytrawne mimo pełni, tony gorzkiej czekolady, wyraźnie chmielowe na finiszu z lekką palonością. Przyprawia o ślinotok. Świetne!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (8210) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2014
THANKS! More than half of a 355 ml. bottle. Bottle is gorgeous as with all Almanac beers. Dark brown, creamy mocha head. Sweet cocoa butter (or at least how I imagine cocoa butter tastes like), sweet sugar, chocolate syrup, exotic sugar,… Taste is pretty much liquid cocoa butter (same comment), exotic sugar, chocolate syrup, cacao beans, creamy mocha, light bitterness in the back, tastes more like actual cacao beans / etc. than extracts or artificial stuff. Body is a bit lighter than I would have preferred. Really reminds me of ST Choklat, bit lighter than I prefer for this kinds of beers to be but very lovely all the same.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Amazingly unusual chocolate porter. Chocolate through and through, in aroma, taste, and "linger." But is not a chocolate bomb or a liquid candy bar! The base porter is ever present and adds a complexity and roastiness to the beer. Recommended! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
krumbum (987) - truckee, California, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Dark with no head. Smells like dark chocolate. Taste like cold cocoa with a little coffee. An alcoholic mocha. Leaves a little bitter coffee/chocolate residue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2013
On draft at Tap 25 in Livermore and enjoyed in the company of Livermore spokesman, ratebeer’s own, joeneugs. It pours deep chocolate darkness with a tan head of foam. The aroma is full of chocolate and coffee and fully roasty malts. The taste delivers a firm chocolate to dark chocolate goodness and rolling toward dark roasted malts and dark roasted coffee. Damn tasty stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2013
On tap, pours black with thin tan head. Aroma is sweet chocolate and roast. Taste is huge chocolate and vanilla with a medium dry finish, very cool

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewje41 (2953) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (10856) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle at Appellation. Pours black, nose is milk chocolate, biscuity, taste is sweet, dry, biscuit malts, rich chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Delicious chocolate stout, I’m biased towards these stouts and this was late in the tasting game, but I thought it was absolutely fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14165) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Tap at The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours dark, dark brown with a 3 finger creamy tan head. Aroma is very chocolate. Med + body. Flavor is dark bitter chocolate that relaxes a bit on darkness. Then it seems coffee comes out. Firm flavors. Finishing tasty and bitter.

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