This unique brew starts out much like our John Brown Ale. Lots of malt and gentle hopping make a brew balanced towards the subtle nuances of rich malt flavors. After this beer has matured into a very pleasant brown ale, we put it into conditioning tanks with ĺ of a pound of gourmet chocolate nibs per barrel, these are the roasted cocoa beans themselves. They provide the very essence of chocolate. The result is a subtle dark chocolate aroma and a mild chocolate flavor that complements the rich malt characters. In trials, we found that too much chocolate and the beer starts to taste like a tootsie roll but with a well balanced addition, the characters of fine dark chocolate blend beautifully with the roasted and caramel malts. This, of course makes this a bit more expensive to produce but we think itís worth it.
patpras (8) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - FEB 14, 2007 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 Rich, malty, sweet brown ale. No bitterness anywhere. Taste a lot like John Brown, but a bit fuller and richer. No disernable chocolate flavor.
tjthresh (1858) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Blah. Why did they make this beer? Dull all the way through. Very little chocolate character. Think palate. Not really good.
iowaherkeye (2636) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 3, 2007
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Picked up a growler earlier today. I donít think itís been on tap terribly long since their site said this was coming in early February, thus the first rating. Pours a clear brown with a one finger beige head. The aroma is toasted grain--not to be confused with nuts or toasted malts--a little bit of dry dog food, and if I strain really hard I can pick up a slight hint of unsweetened cocoa. The flavors are exactly the same with the toasted grain being the strongest, and a hint of chocolate milkís finish toward the end. Minimal bitterness noted. Light bodied with soft low carbonation. This beer is average at best--I canít imagine them to keep this beer around without tweaking the recipe a good deal
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