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Biere De Chocolat - Almanac Beer Co.

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 209
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 10
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Trilogy31 on 01-28-2013

Our Biere de Chocolat celebrates the long and lauded history of chocolate production in San Francisco. Our aim was to create a beer bursting with cocoa flavors and aromas, balancing sweet and savory to create a complex but quaffable chocolate brew. To accomplish this we partnered with Dandelion Chocolate in San Francisco to create this rich brew brimming with chocolate character. Working with the unique flavors of Dandelion’s single-source beans, we created this decadent beer by layering in smoked and dark-roasted malts with citrusy Ivanhoe hops from Clearlake, CA. Finally, we added a blend of hand-roasted cocoa beans sourced from Madagascar and Río Caribe, Venezuela. The Madagascar beans add bright berry-cocoa flavors, while the Río Caribe adds dark chocolate and bourbon notes. A touch of vanilla rounds out the supporting flavors to create an eminently drinkable beer that is a chocolate lover’s beer through and through.
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Photo of TruePerception
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Almanac's Biere De Chocolat, ale brewed with cocoa nibs and vanilla. 5.5%

A: Black, with dark brown in the dimple, and a golden amber glare at the very bottom. About half a finger of tan head. Very slight lacing. Slight sheeting.

S: Cocoa. Lightly roasted coffee. Faint blackened grain.

T/MF: Char. Black coffee. Sweet backnote. Light finish of dark cocoa. Hint of leaf.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of Hamburgers
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark, DARK brown with one finger tan head. Aroma is vanilla and chocolate with a hint of coffee. Tastes somewhat bitter with notes of cacao and coffee balanced by sweet cola and vanilla. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Lacking a bit in the finish but overall a very good beer. Good aging potential.

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4.4/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Intense chocolate nose
Dark brown to chestnut. 3" tan head that slowly collapses – excellent lace.
Palate: chocolaty but not cloying, a touch of vanilla, some sweetness but not overbearing.
Medium body, medium to medium high carbonation. The creamy body and the chocolate go very well together.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.71/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Appropriate pour: dark brown, near black, and moderate in body. Small dark brown head. Leaves the glass slightly messy.

Aroma of roast, a bit of coffee, and some chocolate, though it's not exactly integrated into one altogether nicely. Inviting, however.

Any flaw in the aroma is a standout in the flavor; the individual flavors just don't seem to come together that well. A hoppy, bitter, piney porter, with just trace amounts of inexpensive chocolate and coffee. Not what I was looking for when I ordered this, so that may color this even further, unfortunately.

Thin to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A coffee chocolate black IPA, maybe, but not a chocolate porter. I ended up quite disappointed in this.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Black with hints of brown around the edges of the glass. Light brown, chocolately head with minimal lacing. Pretty standard looking porter.

Smell- Smells great, a really nice dark chocolate presence with a touch of vanilla sweetness and roasty malt.

Taste- Big let down compared to the nose, the cocoa is there, but it's muted and very bitter. Vanilla is nowhere to be found. Has a bit of an astringency, like an overly roasted coffee or something.

Mouthfeel- Very light. Finished extremely dry, almost chalky.

Overall- Pretty one dimensional and boring, but not terrible. Would be significantly better if it had just a touch of sweetness to balance out all of the heavy roast and bitter cocoa.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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2.4/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

While I don't fully review much these days, I just can't keep quiet on this one. My first reaction is that I got a bad bottle; but, that's pretty much impossible since it's brand new and tasted immediately. I also confirmed by opening a second bottle.

Pours a dark "stout brown" with a nice but fast fading khaki head.

Nose is lovely creamed sugared coffee and chocolate with a chocolate/cherry undertone. Very inviting and pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium thin but nicely carbonated. Mouthfeel is relatively insignificant as it is overshadowed by the questionable (in my mind) flavor profile.

Flavors are just not balanced; not well integrated and "not made for each other." The flavors are very distinct and the juxtaposition doesn't work. Huge bitter bold and assertive citrus and pine hops; like a good strong IPA type of hop flavor. At the same time, you get assertive malt, chocolate and a roasted grain flavor, almost like it's on the other side of your mouth. There is simply no balance and no integration. The hops come off bitter and sour and not in a good way. While at the same time what might be a nice malt character is completely overshadowed by an unpleasant assertive hop bitter.

Finish is completely short bitter hops with no malt or chocolate tones.

This brew is an anomoly and, for me, hard to believe it was done on purpose. It's like pouring two styles of beer into one glass, the result being that the total is much less than the sum of its parts. Just my opinion but the flavors just fight too much in my mouth. No need to try again, at least for me.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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Biere De Chocolat from Almanac Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.