Formerly brewed at Free State Brewing Company
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 ¾ 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 it’s worth it.