The Billy Bonka - Pearl Street Grill And Brewery

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Ratings: 12
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Pearl Street Grill And Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: bobsy on 07-27-2009

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Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 6
Reviews by BruChef:
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3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

As a connoisseur of chocolate i was instantly in love with this beer. A rich, dark, chocolate stout with a velvety full mouth feel and luxurious black appearance. Could be a bit overwhelming if you aren't a fan of chocolate but a truly unique experience either way. Head dissipated rather quickly, probably due to the amount of head killing fats in chocolate (assuming it is brewed with real chocolate, judging by how it taste i don't see how it couldn't be). Rich and filling, probably not the best session beer, but great from start to finish.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was listed on the chalkboard as billy bonka, im pretty sure its the same beer as willy wonka. served on tap into a standard pint glass.

served a dark dark brown color bordering on black. no head, just a thin ring.

lots and lots of chocolate going on. almost like hersheys chocolate syrup. some raisony dark fruits blend nicely. bits of roasted malt behind the fruity chocolate.

again tons of tasty chocolate mixed with raisony fruits. some roasted malt comes in behind all that. the choco flavors are a little artificial and very pervalant, but they make for a tasty beer. not overly sweet.

medium body with some good feeling carbonation for the style. drinks fairly easily, exspecially considering all of the rich chocolate, i could still easily drink 2 or 3 of these.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap @ Pearl Street under the name Billy Bonka.

A - Poured black with a thin layer of dirty white head with good retention.

S - Nestle chocolate syrup, roast and not much else. Fairly one dimensional nose.

T - A bit hit of chocolate syrup at first that is somewhat, but not entirely artificial tasting. The roast profile is definitely present as well, preventing this from being one dimensional. Fairly sweet overall.

M - Light body and somewhat watery. The mouth feel was a bit of a let down.

Photo of JAramini
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tan head. Light, hot cocoa chocolate taste. A basic dry stout with that essence of hot chocolate that makes it a little more interesting. The mouthfeel could have been heavier, but I think my palate is used to Imperial Stouts, so the light-creaminess of this beer is probably appropriate for this style and makes it into a very drinkable brew. On a hot day this pint disappeared rather quickly for a dark beer.

They are apparently also mixing this with their Raspberry Fields Raspberry Stout which I also had, though I did not try the mix.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75


Pours opaque black with a light tan lacing for a head.

Aroma of rich cocoa and cream with some vanilla.

Chocolate syrup flavor followed by a creamy sweetness with vanilla and a richer malty chocolate.

Medium body with a low carbonation.

Very nice dessert-like stout with a good flavor and aroma, very much enjoyed this one.

Photo of bobsy
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, which should tell you all you need to know about this stout. Pours off-black with a finger of tan head. Fairly decent retention and some lace. Aroma of chocolate, cream and coffee. Tastes like a cafe mocha, but the chocolate still tastes a bit artificial for my liking. Light bodied. While an improvement over the horrible Choklait I had there in January, this is hardly going to set the world on fire.

The Billy Bonka from Pearl Street Grill And Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.