Bear Republic Old Saint Chango
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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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This year’s winter warmer is complemented by cocoa nibs and Mexican Chocolate, while the German wheat beer yeast strain lends banana-rama goodness. Old Saint Chango, patron saint of our monkey friends, requested this beer himself.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (16395) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 5, 2015
Draught at Apex, Portland
Dark brown color. Dusty aroma, caramel. Overly sweet caramel flavor, with low bitterness, and that stale character of American Dunkelweisse; quite fruity though. There is some alcohol perception.
Difficult to drink, cloying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2289) - California, USA - FEB 19, 2015
Dark reddish brown... Banana nut bread on nose... Flavor is bananas, cloves, spices, chocolate, dark fruits...Great beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beertholomeus (1153) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Pours a dark amber color with a white head. Malt, caramel, banana, fruit, yeast, spice and chocolate aroma and flavors. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Fruit, wheat and clove finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (7445) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 24, 2015
On tap at Final Gravity. Pours Dark brown with a thick tan head and a chocolate aroma. There is a medium-bodied saeet chocolate flavor with some banana ester and a chewy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (946) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2015
On tap @ Bear Republic. Pours thin very dark brown with thin light mocha head. Aroma is dry chocolate malt with slight oaky notes on the back. Taste is clean, light chocolate malt up front, then dry and more chocolate on the finish. Surprisingly hop-free for a winter warmer. Good chocolate flavor though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2600) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Tap at brewery. A dark brown color with a tan head. A nice chocolate aroma with malts. A slightly sweet and sour chocolate flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (4111) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 11, 2014
On draft at Tap 25. I was surprised this was listed as a Dunkelweizen. It pours a dark reddish brown with an off white head. The aroma is veyr toasted with some chocolate and cherry cola. The flavor is rich with heavy dark fruits, raisins and plum with a dense bready malt background and cocoa. It has a nice herbal, raisin finish. Warming and tasty. Seems more like a Dunkler Bock to me. Not a lot of yeast character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rougeau13 (2176) - Richmond, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Aroma of banana, cocoa, grass. Dark brown. Heavily lacing beige head. Taste is sweet and fruity with a hint of sharpness. Medium bodied. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (7555) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 21, 2014
Draft - Banana and cocoa. Jet brown with a rich brown head. Banana and chocolate syrup. No bitterness and a banana yeast finish. Nice winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (4159) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2014
On draught at Lord Hobo, 1/16/14
Deep cocoa-colored body is mostly opaque, with a small, but fairly well retained beige colored head.
Nose begins very chocolatey (dark chocolate, cocoa powder) with some esters from the yeast mixing with it to produce a slight vinousness that balances the chocolatey sweetness well. With warming, you get a more dry molasses and banana note, with some wheat-like dryness as well. Still, the chocolate is quite strong here, I wouldnt say unbalanced, but it dosent seem like a dunkelweizen with just a touch of chocolate. Moderate to moderately strong aroma is pleasant and lasting.
Initially, the chocolate flavor, while authentic, is quite rich and somewhat overpowering. Oily, almost bitter cacao notes are present, but the rich, sweet sugar is more dominant. Velvety, somewhat slick mouthfeel shows moderate carbonation and fortunately as it warms, the sweetness becomes more bearable (which is definitely not always the case). Yeast phenols and light malts attempt to balance, while the alcohol helps dry things a touch. Very rich, warming beer (this is a winter warmer, afterall) that is enjoyable, if somewhat slightly overdone on the chocolate sweetness.

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