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Biere De Chocolat - Almanac Beer Co.

Biere De ChocolatBiere De Chocolat

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153 Ratings
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%


Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Trilogy31 on 01-28-2013)
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elNopalero

Texas

4.8/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This pours an intense midnight black with a thin lightly cocoa-colored ring of foam.
I’m loving this aroma—it’s roasty and smokey, with dark chocolate nibs and a light ‘Belgian’ character contributing some floral notes. The flavor is similar, with the Belgian yeasty esters that mellow out an incredibly tasty cocoa roast. Whispers of smoke dance across the palate. No note needed; the beer itself says “drink me.” Loved it.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 07:59:20 | More by elNopalero
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wpqx

Illinois

4.74/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had this thrown in a trade for some Russian River stuff as an extra and hot diggity dog it's good stuff.

This beer essentially tastes like cocoa puffs. The vanilla is present but overwhelming cocoa taste.

The aroma is pleasant but not overpowering. Still a surprise for a low ABV beer.

Easily one of the finest porters I've had in a long time and one that actually lives up to it's name.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 03:31:52 | More by wpqx
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BierJager89

California

4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a mocha ring of head.

S: Dark bittersweet chocolate, roasty coffee, roasted malt, in the nose with perhaps a touch of citrus.

T: Starts of with that little citrus hint, followed by really nice coffee and dark chocolate. Touch of citrus is present throughout.

M: Medium bodied, not smooth.

O: Really good, definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 22:55:45 | More by BierJager89
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured a very dark brown with a nice tan cap, good amount of bubbles and lacing present

S: Very nice chocolate nose on this. A roasty presence, light notes of coffee.

T: A nice milk chocolate upfront with a little sweetness from it, some roastiness, light cofee. A somewhat hop forward finish witha nice linginering roasty note

M: Lighter side of medium, medium carbonation.

O: I was pleasantly suprised by the amount of nice rich chocolate on this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2013 17:30:44 | More by barleywinefiend
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seand

California

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark near-opaque brown, with a fair amount of tan head. A small ring of foam around the edge of the glass leaves small spots of lacing.

S: Rich and lightly bitter cocoa; the chocolate note is very strong. There's also a small touch of hops.

T: Lightly sweet to start, becoming stronger through the mid palate, with a touch of cocoa. Hops kick in towards the finish. The balance is nice.

M: Lighter side of medium, medium carbonation.

Overall, nice, and very drinkable. I'd have it again, and it's nice to see something new and good in the ~5% range.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 02:57:35 | More by seand
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ngeunit1

California

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a big finger of frothy khaki-tan head. Fades very slowly.

S - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, coffee, cola, chocolate, some vanilla and a bit of floral hops.

T - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, coffee, cola, cocoa, vanilla, floral hops, and a bit of black licorice.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a sweet and lightly bitter finish.

D - Nicely balanced chocolate porter. Great body, balance just slightly off.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 02:59:00 | More by ngeunit1
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vfgccp

New York

3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A - Great looking porter. Black-brown with cola highlights. Nice retention and lace on a tan head.

S - Dark bread crust, char, bitter sweet chocolate cookies, caramel licorice.

T - Super dry cocoa powder, caramel, vanilla, molasses-rich gingerbread, burnt sugar.

M - Light throughout with excellent drinkability. Chalky dryness on the finish.

O - The flavors remind me of dry, bold shwartzbier. One of the better tasting porters I've ever had, although I'm ambivalent about how light the body is.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 02:45:17 | More by vfgccp
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Hamburgers

California

3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 06:51:01 | More by Hamburgers
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass, with a massive brown head that fills 1/3 of the and continues growing for some time, eventually leaving massive lacing. Aroma of chocolate syrup with much lighter toasted malt, more chocolate. Flavor follows, chocolate dominating with toasted, charred malt and hints of vanilla, sweet at first, then finishing much drier with charred coffee, vanilla and bittering hops. Light to medium bodied. Flavors are somewhat attenuated, almost seeming slightly watered down, but there is still a lot going on here. It makes me hope for an imperial version of this with all these good flavors amped up. A nice low to medium ABV chocolate porter.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 02:35:27 | More by LiquidAmber
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I loved this, unique and tasty, the vanilla is just enough, not too much, a whole lot of fun here, and a beer that continues my intrigue with this brewery. it pours indeed chocolaty brown, dark and bubbly but not too heady, simple looking, but not smelling. its much more robust aromatically, with chocolate malt and actual cocoa melding beautifully. semisweet, like tollhouse chips, with a woody element. the depth of flavor is also excellent, rich and balanced without being too much of what it additives suggest it might. its just right, really subtle and genius. well done. it is a little thin though, id love a little more mouth coating body with this, just because the flavors are so good, I don't want it to finish as fast as it does, not that its quick, just that I love it. I want more instantly. impressive stuff from the Californians again, I will remember this one. fresh as it gets.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 01:13:51 | More by StonedTrippin
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flagmantho

Washington

3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: extremely dark body with a thick finger of frothy tan foam atop. Quite good.

Smell: lightly sweet with a nice chocolate character and a little bit of vegetal hop coming through. Mild, but well-composed; it kind of reminds me more of a milk stout than a porter.

Taste: a little bit more roasty character and husk bitterness comes through in the flavor, compared to the aroma. Chocolate notes are still here, and bitterness is somewhat high to balance out the sweetness. Not the most complex thing in the world, but quite nice.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big, well-integrated carbonation and this amazingly harmonious, velvety-smooth creaminess. Shazam!

Overall: a very nice beer. Like I said, don't come here if you're looking for big-flavored complexity; come here instead for a soothing, relaxing brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 23:29:18 | More by flagmantho
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark, rich brown with a large, effervescent light brown head. Nice head retention with speckled bits of lacing left behind.

S: Lots and lots of chocolate. Reminds me a lot of Samuel Smith Organic Chocolate Stout in fact. Creamy sweet chocolate. Simple but delicious.

T: Lots of chocolate up front. Shocking, I know. Roasted malt actually pokes through here with some smoke and char in the middle. A hint of vanilla in here too. Sweetness fades away into the finish, lending a bitter, almost acrid smoke and char flavor with hints of bitter bitter dark chocolate.

M: Somewhat thin and borderline watery (only 5.5%) but creamy and smooth at the same time.

O: Not bad at all. Nice light chocolate porter. Chocolate is tasty and prevents this beer from being a little too simple. Light and easy drinking. Nice!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 03:00:26 | More by Dope
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flexabull

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Nice pour, dark brown, almost black with a fine off white head, nice lacing down the glass too.

Aromas are of bitter bakers chocolate. A definite hop note, that is pretty earthy.

Taste is light up front, some creamy sweetness, light cocoa and roasted nuts. Finish is crisp and clean, with some light mineral hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thin and lacks body.

Overall, a pretty nice porter. Almanac redeems themselves with this one, because the Extra Pale I had before was pretty forgettable. But this is pretty tasty and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 05:16:44 | More by flexabull
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mactrail

California

3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark in the snifter with a modest foam and carbonation. Malty with a bare hint of burnt sugar sweetness at first. Thin body with a slight slick mouthfeel.

Tastes exactly like bitter chocolate on the first sip. Quite dry and melts away to a mineral, bitter finish. I don't sense much hop flavor, but supposed to be brewed with the aromatic Ivanhoe (California Cluster) hops. A hint of cocoa and some dark roasted grain. Quite drinkable and admirably austere for a chocolate-flavored beer, unless you like the sweet, milky variety.

Found this and a couple other Almanac beers at Bine & Vine in San Diego in 12 oz bottles. I took the photo.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 05:30:00 | More by mactrail
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, thanks Johnny.

Pours a dark cola brown with a thin tan head, slowly fades to a thin collar, little lace. Rich nose, chocolate heavy, dark and sweet, cocoa, light roast. Medium bodied, with very high carbonation. Flavor has a roast base, with a strong earthy and dirty component not obvious on the nose that balances the bitter chocolate presence. Nowhere near as sweet or rich as the nose suggests; not a bad thing, but the carbonation is a little overbearing enough to hide any nuisance in the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 23:59:08 | More by yourefragile
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

5.5% ABV per the label.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa nibs, and vanilla aromas. Taste is much the same with dark chocolate and chocolate syrup flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice aroma but the flavors are more bitter and roasty than the smell would lead you to believe.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 06:11:47 | More by UCLABrewN84
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FocusDave

California

3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark brown, almost opaque. Barely a half finger of tan colored head with only a minute or two of retention.

S - Mostly malt with a little bit of chocolate.

T - Strong toasted malt sweetness up front. Finish is more of a bitter chocolate than sweet.

M - Very thin and light mouthfeel. Maybe I've just gotten used to more full bodied stouts, but this has very little body.

O - Not bad by any means, but I was expecting the chocolate to be more of a sweet flavor, rather than a thin bitter one.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 02:48:39 | More by FocusDave
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours pitch black. Produced a huge head of frothy tan colored foam. Great retention and lacing left over.

(S)- Lots and lots of rich cocoa and chocolate. Mild roasted malts meets some subtle raisin.

(T)- not near enough chocolate from the smell. In fact, it is quite heavier on the raisin and a nutty caramel roasted malt sweetness instead.

(M)- The carbonation level is really high for a porter; it kind of masks some of the richer flavors sadly.

(O)- Its pretty good, but could be so much better with a toned down carbonation level for starters.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 18:29:19 | More by sweemzander
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VincentFrey

Maryland

3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour / Appearance: Pours with a thick, resilient head. An opaque black with purplish edges that reflects all around. Much darker than I expected for a 5.5% beer, and good for it. Certainly amps me up for the chocolate in its appearance, but since this is an unusual styling, I'm not entirely sure how to evaluate. Mocha and tan head. It's good looking, sure, but seems like it might be an overuse of dark malts than a purposeful decision given how little (proportionally) would be needed to get a dark but interesting stout that lacks the opacity here.

Aroma: Heavy, heavy chocolate, with faint notes of (oddly?) pilsen, vienna or victory, and higher crystals in the back. It all holds together well, save for the overpowering chocolate.

Flavor: Well this is neat! Not necessarily great, but neat. It uses an odd combination of very earthy hops to accent the heavy dose of chocolate, creating two competing tastes that weirdly make the beer a more balanced whole. Little to no yeast esters, so not a chocolate biere de garde, but a nice little dessert. There's not a whole lot to say, as once you accept that this tastes like Hershey's chocolate, pine resin, and grass, it's about all that's there.

Overall: It's a weird little beer that'd probably be a treat at parties or to complement dessert. Probably better with a meal than on it's own.

Bottom Line: Try a bottle if you like chocolate. Avoid if you don't.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 20:40:01 | More by VincentFrey
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Trilogy31

California

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown bordering on black with a finger of mocha colored cap. Nose and taste mirror eachother with dark roasted malts, earth, a light roasted note. The taste does bring a slight hop bitterness along with a dry bitter chocolate taste, the chocolate brings it together but you do not pick it up until the very end. Interesting beer not bad but far from great, not sure if i selected the right style for this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2013 04:30:22 | More by Trilogy31
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bierdeflanders

California

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

S: roasted malt, chocolate, hints of vanilla

A: black with tan head

T: roasted malts, some cocoa and vanilla notes, with a light bitterness from malts on the finish

O: good dessert bier, would pair this with some vanilla cake or some kind of vanilla dessert.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 04:27:44 | More by bierdeflanders
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beertunes

Washington

3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a solid black color, no translucence, with 3/4 inch of light brown head that had OK retention and good lacing.

The aroma was almost all chocolate (which is a good thing!) and a very light malt presence. On the tongue, the beer was still mostly chocolate, but t he malt showed through a bit more, and there was a slight roast on the finish.

The body was thinner than I prefer for a Porter, and the roast aspect lingered at the back long enough to erase any memory of the chocolate. The beer was very smooth, which contributed to the easy drinkability of this brew. Overall, a very nice brew, certainly worth trying, and pretty close to a must try, if you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2013 23:05:14 | More by beertunes
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mahak213

New York

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 03:12:56 | More by mahak213
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 9.5.13

A - Pours a dark brown with a large dark tan foamy head that fades pretty fast.

S - Mostly malty with some subtle bitter chocolate.

T - Light bitter chocolate.

D - Thin body with good carbonaiton.

O - Thin bitter chocolate. Ok, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 05:35:18 | More by HuskyinPDX
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TruePerception

California

3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 07:49:05 | More by TruePerception
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Biere De Chocolat from Almanac Beer Co.
84 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.