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RATINGS: 199   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   IBU: 47   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Rich, decadent and full-bodied. The intense, roasted malt flavor is derived from two types of chocolate malt and raw cocoa nibs. Whole vanilla beans introduced post-fermentation adds complexity and enhance the dessert-like qualities.
As depicted on the label, this full-bodied ­beer salutes American pilots who airdropped packages of chocolate into post-­WWII Berlin, bringing joy and community together in the face of adversity. We’ve partnered with Food For The Hungry who we consider to be the “chocolate bombers” of today, delivering regular food rations and non-food items to the struggling people of South Sudan who are in desperate need.

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3.7
ADfan (877) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 12, 2011
Tasty beer. Dark brown with a beige head. Taste has a small hint of chochlate along with a toasty nuttiness to it. Very smooth a good finish.

3.4
BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 4, 2011
Excessively large (for the ABV) sample on tap (16ozs). Pours with a somewhat murky deep brown body with a tan head that lasts pretty well. Aromas of chocolate, malty, grainy, brown sugar, bread. Low hop aroma. Mostly clean (very light esters). Flavors of bitter chocolate. Decently bitter overall as well. Dry, malty, bready and toasty. Light roast that is on the chocolate side (rather than the more coffee to acrid flavors). Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation. Lightly warming. No astringencies. Decent.

3.7
BeerLimey (2155) - California, USA - JUN 3, 2011
[Tap @ Brewery] Clear brown color, bold chocolate/coffee nose. Well balanced palate, plenty of chocolate but drinks like an English brown.

3.4
brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 20, 2011
A: The beer is sort of light for a porter. Dark amber/mahogany would be the best way to describe it. At least the head looks nice: a solid finger of khaki foam. S: Way too much roast on the aroma, smells almost burnt. Charred malt and sugar with a little bit of licorice. I don’t really get any chocolate, but there is some coffee to it and maybe some overripe fruits. T: Much more chocolate presence on the palate. Nice cocoa powder and dark chocolate notes. There is a moderate sweetness to it and a hint of bitterness. Nice roasted malt and coffee flavors, too. M: Medium in body and carbonation. O: The flavor was nice, which is what’s important, but the nose wasn’t that great.

3.8
joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 24, 2011
On tap at the brewery. It pours brown with a tan head. The aroma is huge on chocolate with minor notes of coffee. The flavor is mostly dark chocolate sweetness that fades to a coffee like roastiness and finishes earthy bitter. Not terribly complex, but the alcohol is very well hidden which allows the chocolate flavors to shine. Really one of the tastiest chocolate forward beers I’ve had. Nice hop balance as well.

3.6
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2011
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 16/09/2010 Fruit and hop aromas. Dark coloured a little rich on the palate and fruity with a hint of dryness in a bitter chocolate roast finish.

3.9
can8ianben (1603) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Wow - maybe the most chocolate-like beer I’ve ever tasted. Starts out sweet and just a little bitter, but the finish is like a powdered chocolate milk coating in your mouth. Really outstanding execution. One of my favorite porters. Glad I got to try it!

4
ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 11, 2010
On tap at brewery....now this was tasty! I recently brewed a chocolate porter that is ok, but tasting this caused me to think "whoa, this is what I was hoping for!". Huge roasted malt backbone with a sweet chocolate finish. The thick chewy kind of beer that is a great night cap.

3.7
fata2683 (2202) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 25, 2010
1 liter growler thanks Tim, pours dark ruby brown with a medium light brown head. Aroma is light cocoa nib and coffee with mild roast. Flavor is rich bitter cocoa, some toffee and a rich roasted malt and coffee finish. Well done, crazy that it’s 8 percent.

4
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 28, 2010
I had this on tap at Hangar 24 in Redlands. I really enjoyed this beer. Nice dark pour with a creamy chocolatey flavor that’s balanced by coffee roastiness. Very tasty.


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