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Chocarrubica - Grado Plato


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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 28.11%

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Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 01-09-2008)
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Reviews by Beer-A-Lot:
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4.38/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Birch.

A - Classic stout color, with a nice foamy head.

S - Yum. Nice aromas, alcohol smell in the background.

T - Not real smoky, and all so smooth.

M - Just a little weak and watery in the feel, but it doesn't detract from the taste.

O - A very high-quality stout, in the same league as Samuel Smith. The Italians continue to impress.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2012 23:32:49 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

02-26-2014 23:07:25 | More by redleg411
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4.09/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in colors with a one finger fizzy light tan head that has decent retention.

Smell is really good. Lots of chocolate malt aromas are forward along with some light fruity esters reminiscent of raspberries. Mild creaminess on the end from the oats.

Taste is also really good and follows the nose. Chocolate malt is much milder in the flavor but still remains forward along with a more assertive berry tartness of blackberries and raspberries.

Mouthfeel is good, moderately thick with some creamy feel from the oats. Mild carbonation and a dry finish. This is a nice sipping beer

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 02:39:54 | More by Fcolle2
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

01-29-2014 14:00:19 | More by JJStout83
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1.95/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Infected bottle. Most beer rolled out into sink. what remained was a fizzy off taste mess. once they get their brewing done better they may produce something drinkable. but considering the price...I'll probably enjoy the almost endless line of new wonderful beers before I'd take a chance on this brewery again. There are just too many great beers these days to get careless.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 02:49:43 | More by BillRoth
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3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Deep brown-black, with a light taupe head.

S - Coffee, dark roasted malts, black licorice?

T - Anise, treacle, malts, slight piney hop finish.

M - Coats the mouth but not syrupy, moderate carbonation.

Many say this is a chocolate stout, it's not. A bit different. Not your average oatmeal stout, not one I'd drink often, but certainly worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 22:03:01 | More by REDAMI
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

08-16-2013 01:37:51 | More by AApparel
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

07-28-2013 18:05:04 | More by cbeer88
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4.26/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the Bier Station in Kansas City, MO. served into a tulip

A - dark ruddy brown, not black. thin off-white head. minimal lacing

S - Malt, yeast, spicy, caramel, cocoa and espresso

T - chocolate forward, espresso finish. in between - sweet malts. not at all dry.

M - light bodied, silky in texture.

O- completely underrated beer. glad I got to try one.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2013 19:40:08 | More by jroberts8811
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

06-09-2013 23:19:21 | More by rolltide8425
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2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with a half finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring.  Sporadic spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly roasted, sweet chocolate malt aroma with hints of cocoa, oatmeal and a subtle lactose sugar presence.  There's also an odd slightly herbal character that I can't really pin down but the nose smells a lot like tootsie rolls.  

Light bodied and slightly watered down with sweet cocoa and a faint lactose presence.  Kind of bland with slight roast and grassy, herbal hops.  Not very interesting with a really weird combination of flavors.  Like an herbal, slightly hoppy chocolate beer. Really thin for the style without much oatmeal or stout character.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 01:26:15 | More by corby112
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3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, caramel, toffee, and a distinct butterscotch aroma. Taste is much the same with a cocoa flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some very dessert-like aromas.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2013 04:09:26 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

01-18-2013 04:53:17 | More by spycow
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

01-11-2013 01:12:40 | More by ScaryEd
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Churchkey during Zwanze day. Served in a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a dark brown color with some light coming through at the edges. There is a ring of off white head.

Smell: I'm getting some dark chocolate and cinnamon with some sweet malt and mild roast. Just a hint of vanilla behind the other stuff.

Taste: Malty up front with some roast and dark chocolate. I'm also getting some cinnamon. The finish is full of bitter roast.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with smooth, tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was very interesting. It may be that carob reminds me of cinnamon. Good enough.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 02:42:40 | More by oline73
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4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

12-03-2012 22:07:48 | More by thegerm87
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4.55/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another rare opportunity courtesy of The Lion's Pride in Brunswick, Maine. This special vintage 2009 oatmeal stout is very dark brown, opaque, with pretty much no signs of life on the topside or along the sides of the tulip glass. Just your basic murky liquid waiting to be assaulted. I detect the smell of deep dark fruits and heavy nut malt, very much an idea of sherry. I could guess at some chocolate prune going on, and an interesting cherry yeast.... hmmm... I'm enjoying just taking whiffs of this and each one brings a little something different, and wonderfully mellowed by its 3 years of co-mingling with Lees Harvest ale port barrels. Awesome. Now for the palate. First impressions are a tad disappointing. Definitely not as intense as the nose hit suggested. But a moment to adjust and, now I'm getting more of a sour effect, a nice mellow smoky malt contrasted by a dark chocolate cherry tartness. It's dirt earthy despite the obvious sour theme. There's a bit of nutty toasted oak, and definite cabernet complements and the smokiness becomes more evident as you go. It's medium-full bodied with a fairly dry cabernet sort of feel. A world class brew here though I would say the aroma surpassed the flavor. Still, it's all pretty awesome with wonderful complexity in all categories. Glad I was able to catch this one!

Serving type: cask

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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

10-22-2012 21:23:13 | More by Dragonslayer
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South Africa

4.47/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours as a beautiful black stream of beer. It had a decent cream coloured head straight after pour, but this head vanished near-instantly. Although the beer seems black at pour, it actually has a dark ruby colour. Left no lace.

S: This beer smells dark. It has very prominent chocolate flavours, which were accompanied by a typical dry dog food type smell (although odd, this seemed to complement the beer). A sweet dark cherry smell also lingers around the edges, along with beef stock notes.

T: The taste is a surprising blend of dominating and subtle flavours. Strong coffee (roasted malts?), soy sauce and tomato puree flavours dominate the taste, while subtle notes of vanilla and origanum make themselves known.

M: The beer is quite light bodied. The carbonation is extremely smooth and very pleasan on the tongue.

O: This is an extremely satisfying beer. Every sip you take just pleads for another.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 13:41:50 | More by Gary779
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South Africa

3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle 7,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Bottled on: 20/08/2010
BBE: Feb 2012

I was so excited to find Italian craft beer at a local liquor store! The excitement was short lived though, due to the poor BA reviews for Chocarrubica and the bottling date of this bottle. I really hope these bottles aren't infected like most seem to be!

Appearance: Chocarrubica looks black in the glass; however a back light shows it to in fact be the deepest of reds. A rough pour yields an average sized, creamy, light tan head that fizzes away a little too quickly and leaves almost no lace.

Smell: Mmmm, this actually smells damn good! This is certainly not a sour, infected bottle!
Sweet, rich cocoa and roasted malt make up the initial aroma. Further inspection yields light charred notes, sweet molasses, dark fruits (cherries, raisins and plums) and an odd (but in no way unpleasant) meaty note that reminds me of dry dog food (I guess that could be the carob?). Warming yields a lightly salty note similar to soy sauce or marmite.

Taste: As with the nose, the taste is pretty good and certainly not infected!
Lots of cocoa, roasted malt, lightly astringent charred notes, light molasses and some dark fruits are all present. The finish has a distinct roasted coffee bitterness and is lightly dry.
As the beer warms the chocolate coffee notes become more apparent. The alcohol is not totally covered and is noticed through a light rum flavour and warming in the throat.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate level of ultra smooth carbonation. I usually prefer stouts to have a slightly fuller body than this, however the combination of the medium body and the smooth carbonation make Chocarrubica so amazingly drinkable that fuller body is not missed.

Overall: Given the ratings, I am very impressed with this beer! It is a shame that the bottles that made it to the States were infected.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 15:39:09 | More by Thehuntmaster
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4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had two good experiences with this beer. First one was out of a 750mL, this one here is out of a .5 Litre.

Pours very dark and cloudy. Hardly any light comes through, just a little around the edges.

Smell includes earthy, dark malt like a heavy stout as well as a light fruity sweetness, including starfruit. Also some pungent, yeasty sweetness present.

Very unexpected refreshing character. Tastes like a huge combination of chocolate, toasty malt, red wine, and creamy coffee.

Feels very juicy, almost no dry character. Light tingle. Very delicate on the tongue, with a little more umfff in the back of the mouth as you swallow.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 19:25:53 | More by Doppelbockulus
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New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice deep rich brown color but the head dissipates quickly. Not the thick black color I like when pouring my stouts, but still ok, none the less.

S: Not too much a fan of the nose. Some coffee notes, hint of cocao, but their is a unappealing aroma that comes through with every swirl of my glass. This stink fades after the swirl which makes the sip more approachable.

T: On the palate though some nice flavors. Roasted coffee and cocoa seems to dominate here. Not too sweet and the flavor lingers on the finish.

M: Nice soft mouth-feel. Not overly carbonated.

O: I have mixed feelings on this beer. Not what I expected in a stout and the strange smell in the nose put me off, yet the nice flavors of the stout and the soft texture make for quite an enjoyable brew. Would not go crazy about this beer, but would suggest that others try it just for its uniqueness.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 18:38:50 | More by nofussruss
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3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque chocolaty sable with a thick tan head that persists and leaves some thick lacing. Strong, crisp, fruity aroma has apple and cherry notes and a malty underpinning. Fruity flavor is almost more brandy than beer and has a sharp alcohol bite. It has malty and yeasty touches to it. Smooth, slightly thin texture has a nice fizz.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 19:59:26 | More by Cyberkedi
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

11-30-2011 18:56:52 | More by brandoman63
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Chocarrubica from Grado Plato
78 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.