Chocarrubica | Grado Plato

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Brewed by:
Grado Plato

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
With its unusual brewing process and ingredients - malted barley, oats, cocoa beans, carob beans, hops and yeast- this beer is not easy to categorise. Despite many doubts about how best to create a beer with cocoa, this beer was finally developed with the idea coming to the brewer having watching a documentary about the American landing in Sicily in World War Two. The documentary showed american soldiers handing out bars of chocolate to children who had
only ever known carob beans and this gave rise to the concept of a marriage between the “poor” sweetness of carob and the “rich” sweetness of cocoa.

This marriage also influenced the name of the beer, as you might have guessed. The significant challenges associated with the fine-tuning of the recipe and with production itself, given the nature of the raw materials chosen, were only overcome after long hours of hard work This is a beer with a powerful body and relatively high alcohol content (7% a/v) which imparts a velvety texture in the mouth. Its licorice tones are well balanced with flavors of cocoa and carob intermingling pleasantly depending on the serving temperature.

Well matched with chocolate- or coffee-based deserts, Chocarrubica has received numerous awards: first prize in its category the 2007 Italian Craft Beer competition; 5 stars in the Slow Food “Guide to Italian Beers”; Platinum Medal at Mondial del la Bière, Strasbourg (France) in 2010.

Added by Georgiabeer on 01-09-2008

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Photo of Lembeh
4.66/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Sottocasa -Harlem. The owner brought it out as a pairing with the tiramisu we ordered. It was very good. A little surprised to see this categorized as a Stout. It was more of a Brown Ale-Porter hybrid. Really nice roasted malts and caramel on the nose and taste. Paired perfectly with the Tiramisu. Would get this again for sure.

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Photo of LooseMoose1978
4.31/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed in the "1001 Beers to Taste Before You Die," this was one of the beers that frustrated my bear-hunting endeavors in America. But I finally cornered it in Milano's Eataly and this bottle was the last of the dozen beers I schlepped; dragging my wife through the central stations of northern Italy and Switzerland, along the western part of Germany and all the way to Amsterdam (where I finally poured into the drain half the bottle in disgust of my entirely too-strict adherence to the admonition of Respect Beer.)

I believe I opened this Chocarrubica between Cologne and Amsterdam. At least 3 of 4 passengers were German whom I offered to share this large bottle with. Their response to this obnoxious American was frank: "Italians should not make beer." And for those who might know different styles well, their response was "and certainly not stout."

Majority rules and is correct. If you make the mistake of seeking out this beer, don't double the mistake by buying this beer.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A deep mahogany with bubbles that cling to the side. The tan head starts out strong ,then fizzles away. Despite the high carbonation, the mouthfeel is quite thin for the style, calling more attention to the equally weak flavor profile. A mild, blasé taste of cacao nibs and medium roast coffee mostly come into play in the finish. And yet, a bit of black pepper keeps this from being a total snoozer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a really cool and unique beer, just not worth the absurd price i paid for it. really gnarly dark in color, nice radiant luster on it, and a minimal head that doesnt last more than a few minutes. it looks less viscous than anticipated, and almost watery for how dark the color is. it smells like raw cocoa thats for sure, bitter and intense, coffee notes coming from it as well. the taste is a lot more well integrated than the nose, which sort of comes in waves of flavor. i am surprised how much grain flavor there is in this for how light the body is and how bold the additives come through. roasty but not acidic or bitter in that regard, bitter from the cocoa only it seems. none of the caramel malt middle we sometimes see in the style, especially lately. it reminds me weirdly of the st. ambroise oatmeal stout made up in quebec, it has an appreciable yeast character and roast level to that one, although it is far less interesting in the yeast department than i have come expect all italian beers to be. well done brew on the whole, i could absolutely stand more carbonation, but the flavors are dialed in and very unique. id love to try more stuff from these guys, but this is the only one i have seen in colorado.

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Photo of swanfungus
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Raziel313
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of Bandi
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is close to being jet black in color—slight traces of reddish brown are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high light tan head that died down, leaving thick wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell is slightly sweet and has light notes of lactose and chocolate.
T: Like the smell, the taste is chocolaty, but the carob beans lighten up the chocolate flavors so that they don't seem as rich as pure cacao beans.
M: It feels a bit under medium-bodied on the palate and is slightly smooth with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has a unique blend of carob and cacao flavors.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of tippiecanoes
5/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If there is a beer that I will keep firmly planted in my memory it's the Chocarrubica. I have the bottle sitting on my desk to remind me of how delicious it was. I ordered this beer at a very expensive Italian restaurant and paired it with a top notch handmade gnocci. The body was thick, but not so much that it was like a Guiness; it was well balanced. The Carob and Cacao Beans were not muted, but not overdone either; again it was well balanced and absolutely out of this world delicious. Anyone who gave this beer a 1 has a rotten palate and shouldn't be drinking any beer whatsoever. I'd say I'm a real beer drinker, not a snob that can't taste amazingness.

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of redleg411
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Fcolle2
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in colors with a one finger fizzy light tan head that has decent retention.

Smell is really good. Lots of chocolate malt aromas are forward along with some light fruity esters reminiscent of raspberries. Mild creaminess on the end from the oats.

Taste is also really good and follows the nose. Chocolate malt is much milder in the flavor but still remains forward along with a more assertive berry tartness of blackberries and raspberries.

Mouthfeel is good, moderately thick with some creamy feel from the oats. Mild carbonation and a dry finish. This is a nice sipping beer

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Photo of JJStout83
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of BillRoth
1.96/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Infected bottle. Most beer rolled out into sink. what remained was a fizzy off taste mess. once they get their brewing done better they may produce something drinkable. but considering the price...I'll probably enjoy the almost endless line of new wonderful beers before I'd take a chance on this brewery again. There are just too many great beers these days to get careless.

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Photo of REDAMI
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Deep brown-black, with a light taupe head.

S - Coffee, dark roasted malts, black licorice?

T - Anise, treacle, malts, slight piney hop finish.

M - Coats the mouth but not syrupy, moderate carbonation.

Many say this is a chocolate stout, it's not. A bit different. Not your average oatmeal stout, not one I'd drink often, but certainly worth trying.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of jroberts8811
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the Bier Station in Kansas City, MO. served into a tulip

A - dark ruddy brown, not black. thin off-white head. minimal lacing

S - Malt, yeast, spicy, caramel, cocoa and espresso

T - chocolate forward, espresso finish. in between - sweet malts. not at all dry.

M - light bodied, silky in texture.

O- completely underrated beer. glad I got to try one.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of corby112
2.99/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with a half finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring.  Sporadic spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly roasted, sweet chocolate malt aroma with hints of cocoa, oatmeal and a subtle lactose sugar presence.  There's also an odd slightly herbal character that I can't really pin down but the nose smells a lot like tootsie rolls.  

Light bodied and slightly watered down with sweet cocoa and a faint lactose presence.  Kind of bland with slight roast and grassy, herbal hops.  Not very interesting with a really weird combination of flavors.  Like an herbal, slightly hoppy chocolate beer. Really thin for the style without much oatmeal or stout character.

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Chocarrubica from Grado Plato
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 81 ratings