Chocolate & Nuts - Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
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Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by stakem:
3.99/5 rDev +1.3%
Draft offering at the source. The brew appears a dark burnt copper/amber to brown when held to the light. A thin off-white head is quick to fade. It falls just shy of the expected darker brown color of a porter.
The aroma is a bit muted straight out the tap while cold. However some toastiness evolves as it warms. The notes of chocolate and nutty appeal is somewhat restraint but evident.
The flavor boasts a very mild nutty character with vanilla actually being the dominating character. Hints of chocolate and a nuttiness evolve as the brew warms up with the vanilla being ever-present.
This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is light and very easy drinking with the advertised character being a pleasant subtle addition. Fans of the other Pizza Boy offering called Bean Dream will surely enjoy this. They share very similar qualities.
04-17-2013 15:22:26 | More by stakem
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3.84/5 rDev -2.5%
Thanks again to robieobie1 for all of the Pizza Boy growlers... they're going down great. Chocolate & Nuts pours completely solid and pitch black - opaque, even at the edges. The khaki head foams up nice and soapy before quickly settling to nothing but a tarp thrown across the top of the brew. Moderate lacing in small patches are left near the top of the glass.
It shares the aroma of many roasty porters, with an up-front smackdown of heavily roasted malts that include a bit of cocoa notes and char. When I go back for successive whiffs, I get more and more cocoa nibs each time; they eventually open up and the brew goes from smelling more roasty to more sweet. I don't get a great deal of nuts, aside from a slight, distinct dryness that is perhaps a consequence of theirs.
I love the mouth feel on this one, very silky and smooth - not quite thick enough to be chewy, but the body is plenty heavy for a 5% ABV brew. A nice, sweet, milk-chocolate flavor cascades over my palate with that subtly nutty dryness holding on to the coattails of the cocoa. The nuts are a bit more pronounced on the palate than in the nose, but I still don't know if they're prominent enough to have their name in the title of the beer.
The finish is full of more cocoa and a nice touch of roast. Bitterness is pretty low overall, despite the heavy roast and char that was being detected on the aroma, however there is enough of an ashy, bitter assertiveness within the malts to offset the sweetness dealt from the chocolate. Definitely a tasty porter, although it wasn't much more chocolate or nut-heavy than many other porters that don't claim to pronounce these two ingredients. Either way, easy drinking and a good beer to try if you're into porters.
05-20-2013 16:46:19 | More by tectactoe
3.73/5 rDev -5.3%
First had: on tap at Pizza Boy
Dark amber brown color with a small, off-white head that retained as a small ringlet; minimal lacing. In the nose, dark malts bringing in notes of cocoa and coffee, roasted nuts as an afterthought. Taste of roasted peanut, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla bean and a hint of cream (maybe some lactose in this?), but the sweetness was mainly kept in check by the roastiness. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Delivered what was promised.
05-31-2013 03:52:33 | More by Rifugium
3.93/5 rDev -0.3%
Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden
A - Pours deep brown with a half finger tall off white head leaving little to no lace down the glass.
S - Smells of fresh roasted nuts, bakers chocolate, day old coffee grounds, dark roasted malt and some light sugary sweetness. Nose is a little muted initially but it gets better.
T - Starts off with some chocolatey sweetness quickly giving way to the fresh roasted nuts, dark roast and some light vanilla sweetness. Taste only gets better as it warms to room temperature. Finish is pretty light all things considered, not lingering on the palate for very long.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. It packs lots of flavor without being overpowering which is surprising considering the flavors in question.
O - Not the typical heavy, overpowering PB beer I am used to having after trying quite a few of them now. It has lots of flavor yet it is easy to consume, especially at only 5%. Definitely worth a shot if you get a chance.
04-15-2013 22:14:29 | More by orangesol
Chocolate & Nuts from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.