Biere De Chocolat - Almanac Beer Co.
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Reviews by TruePerception:
3.33/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
02-20-2014 07:49:05 | More by TruePerception
More User Reviews:
3.94/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
04-17-2013 06:51:01 | More by Hamburgers
2.68/5 rDev -28%
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.
03-26-2013 22:29:45 | More by ehammond1
3.4/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
05-04-2013 03:12:56 | More by mahak213
2.28/5 rDev -38.7%
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.
02-09-2013 21:05:30 | More by GRG1313
Biere De Chocolat from Almanac Beer Co.
84 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.