Alaskan Sweetheart Chocolate - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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3.25/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Transparent, very light brown liquid with great clarity, modest activity and a thin tan head that recedes quickly. The description here on BA says it is a stout, but I see it being sold as "Sweetheart Chocolate Ale." It does not strike me as a stout. It's lighter than a typical Brown Ale. Moose Drool is a dark beer compared to this one.
I am getting some chocolate and a bit of graininess in the nose, but not much else. It's neither strong nor complex. It is pleasant, but not special. … Much later, from another pour, I find some banana/bubblegum like fruity esters. I like it and my impression of this beer improves.
It tastes sweet and of chocolate. Maybe I get a bit of caramel? I can't say for sure. I detect a vague hint of roasted grain. There is a bit of brewhouse grainy flavor, and I find that it is far from being complex, or even particularly interesting. From the later pour I reflect on my statement that it is far from complex and acknowledge the relatively few elements having some synergy. What's going on is subtle. Still not doing much for me but I can better understand either what the brewer was after or a consumer might appreciate.
It tastes as if it were begat as a cautious, small batch training wheels attempt at a valentine's beer. Perhaps if they keep tinkering they might get it right, but they didn't this time. Well, not for me anyhow. It might have gone over well with others, as a couple of friends did manage to take about pint each out of the growler. If I were to presume that my opinion had any merit, I might suggest that it have some more traditional beer ingredients in it. More base malt, more crystal malt, and more of something darker. Not too too much, but more chocolate malt or roasted barley. It needs more body too.
Low carbonation and very thin body. The feel is quite disappointing.
I kind of addressed the overall in the taste zone. It's okay. Definitely would not get this version again intentionally. But, I do know that when Alaskan Brewing Co rolls out a new brew, they do it carefully, thoughtfully, cautiously. If it doesn't go over well they will tweak it or delete it. Sometimes the tweaks work. It has taken them many years and attempts to make a decent IPA, and the Hopothermia is decent. Not great, but decent. Sometimes they hit a home run, as in with the Baltic Porter, Barleywine, and Smoked Porter. So while you can't expect a home run everytime, a beer geek in SE Alaska has to be rooting for and willing to give a second or third chance to any attempt by Alaskan Brewing to make a new and creative beer.
… So Maybe this one is for folks who are not all that into beer but might get a chocolate beer on a valentines date? To that I just want to say that my girl isn't all that into beer. But the beers she likes are primarily chocolate and coffee stouts/porters. And the good ones of this genre are what she likes. Peche Mortel, Beer Geek Breakfast, Founders Breakfast Stout, Southern Tier Choklat, Stone Espresso IRS, Sam Smith Organic Chocolate, and so on. That's pretty much what she likes. BIg, thick coffee or chocolate infused imperial stouts. Or smaller ones so long as they have adequate body and flavor. As stated, she isn't that into beer. But I bring a choco/coffee beer to her and she will immediately notice and state her case that the beer is not good if she finds the body is too thin and or the flavor lacking. And she is right. Let's put some beer in the beer gents!
Serving type: growler
03-07-2014 07:57:56 | More by sprucetip
Alaskan Sweetheart Chocolate from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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