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Chocarrubica - Grado Plato

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72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 27.49%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Italy

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
With its unusual brewing process and ingredients - malted barley, oats, cocoa beans, carob beans, hops and yeast- this beer is not easy to categorise. Despite many doubts about how best to create a beer with cocoa, this beer was finally developed with the idea coming to the brewer having watching a documentary about the American landing in Sicily in World War Two. The documentary showed american soldiers handing out bars of chocolate to children who had
only ever known carob beans and this gave rise to the concept of a marriage between the “poor” sweetness of carob and the “rich” sweetness of cocoa.

This marriage also influenced the name of the beer, as you might have guessed. The significant challenges associated with the fine-tuning of the recipe and with production itself, given the nature of the raw materials chosen, were only overcome after long hours of hard work This is a beer with a powerful body and relatively high alcohol content (7% a/v) which imparts a velvety texture in the mouth. Its licorice tones are well balanced with flavors of cocoa and carob intermingling pleasantly depending on the serving temperature.

Well matched with chocolate- or coffee-based deserts, Chocarrubica has received numerous awards: first prize in its category the 2007 Italian Craft Beer competition; 5 stars in the Slow Food “Guide to Italian Beers”; Platinum Medal at Mondial del la Bière, Strasbourg (France) in 2010.

(Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 01-09-2008)
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Reviews by daftafne:
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daftafne

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter glass at Rich O's tonight in New Albany, IN. Had a rather large amount of tan head with a cascading effect. Dark chocolate color liquid. Smelled of candied sugar, chocolate, and bread. Tasted precisely as it smelled with a little bitterness and the chocolate was very apparent. Smooth, lightly creamy, and a little watered down. Really, a pretty good beer. Now I just have to wait for the chocolate beer that dogfish head is coming out with in a few months - theobroma.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2008 01:19:36 | More by daftafne
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Bandi

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

06-30-2014 00:28:53 | More by Bandi
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metter98

New York

3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is close to being jet black in color—slight traces of reddish brown are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high light tan head that died down, leaving thick wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell is slightly sweet and has light notes of lactose and chocolate.
T: Like the smell, the taste is chocolaty, but the carob beans lighten up the chocolate flavors so that they don't seem as rich as pure cacao beans.
M: It feels a bit under medium-bodied on the palate and is slightly smooth with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has a unique blend of carob and cacao flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2014 00:25:27 | More by metter98
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smithj4

New York

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

06-30-2014 00:06:11 | More by smithj4
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

06-22-2014 13:12:21 | More by DrBier
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tippiecanoes

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If there is a beer that I will keep firmly planted in my memory it's the Chocarrubica. I have the bottle sitting on my desk to remind me of how delicious it was. I ordered this beer at a very expensive Italian restaurant and paired it with a top notch handmade gnocci. The body was thick, but not so much that it was like a Guiness; it was well balanced. The Carob and Cacao Beans were not muted, but not overdone either; again it was well balanced and absolutely out of this world delicious. Anyone who gave this beer a 1 has a rotten palate and shouldn't be drinking any beer whatsoever. I'd say I'm a real beer drinker, not a snob that can't taste amazingness.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2014 21:31:09 | More by tippiecanoes
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little_star

Illinois

4/5  rDev +17%

03-04-2014 01:51:33 | More by little_star
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redleg411

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -5%

02-26-2014 23:07:25 | More by redleg411
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +19.6%
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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JJStout83

Virginia

4/5  rDev +17%

01-29-2014 14:00:19 | More by JJStout83
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BillRoth

Maryland

1.95/5  rDev -43%
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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REDAMI

Ohio

3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
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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AApparel

California

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

08-16-2013 01:37:51 | More by AApparel
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cbeer88

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

07-28-2013 18:05:04 | More by cbeer88
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jroberts8811

Missouri

4.26/5  rDev +24.6%
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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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

06-09-2013 23:19:21 | More by rolltide8425
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
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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spycow

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -5%

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

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

01-11-2013 01:12:40 | More by ScaryEd
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oline73

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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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thegerm87

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

12-03-2012 22:07:48 | More by thegerm87
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +28.1%
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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Durge

Connecticut

4.55/5  rDev +33%
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

10-23-2012 04:08:33 | More by Durge
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Dragonslayer

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

10-22-2012 21:23:13 | More by Dragonslayer
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Chocarrubica from Grado Plato
79 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.