Chocarrubica | Grado Plato

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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.

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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 81
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

so I'm on a beer run and I'm wandering the beer aisle. I've got some good stuff but I'm looking for something interesting and new to me. This bottle stands out first for the shape, second for the description "dark ale brewed with carob and cacao beans".

so I open the bottle with a 22 oz pilsner glass next to the bottle. instant eruption. a full glass of foam and everything is in the sink. 2 pint glasses later I've lost beer on the counter and the sink and I've got 3 glasses of foam slowly changing over to a black beer.

taste is a mild oatmeal stout with hints of bakers chocolate that show up mid whatever was left of the glasses. mouthfeel is a bit watery but once it settles enough it drinks as an average oatmeal stout.

I can't say I'd recommend this beer based on the price $20+ or the foam over. It didn't taste infected so I'll attribute this bottle to over enthusiastic priming.

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Photo of Newsman
3.81/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I would first note that, in looking at the reviews here, they've improved substantially over the course of the last year. I wonder if the first batch sent to the U.S. was perhaps shipped poorly?

At any rate, my interest in this brew was piqued by the New York Times article discussing Northern Italy's craft brewers. ( The author was quite smitten with it. So when I saw it at my local beer store, I opted to pony up the $21.99 for the 1 pint, 9.4 fl.oz. bottle. I've spent more for less, I figured.

Poured into a snifter. Pours a very, very stout-like brown-black, with a nifty tan head that receded pretty quickly. The smell isn't all that great -- some notes of malt and chocolate, a little sour funk in there. It didn't impress, but it didn't detract either.

The taste was very interesting, and very good. Hints of dark malt, chocolate (naturally), a slight hit of hops, and an interesting sour presence that comes in behind -- not overwhelming at all, nor unwelcome. A very complex flavor profile that only gets more interesting as you go.

This is a very drinkable beer for an oatmeal stout derivative, very easily quaffed if you're so inclined, but more fun to savor. Lovely light carbonation, smooth finish.

Me, I'm a savorer, so I put the flip cap back on this one after about 8 ounces or so. Definitely a good after-dinner beer, either with some complimentary chocolate or some tart fruits. Might also go well with some charcuterie beforehand, or with hearty Northern Italian fare.

Again, not sure why this got such poor reviews. It's a very worthy beer, though I'll $21.99, the price is a major problem. I might get it again if I'm doing a tasting or beer dinner, as a bit of a show-off conversation starter. But otherwise, I'll likely pass in favor of cheaper and equally delicious brews.

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Photo of Exbeastiefan2k
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL flip top bottle.

Pours beautiful with a large khaki head, that never fully fades, which sits atop a black body.

Aroma is slightly sour tropical fruits, seems like a combination of esters and a cool yeast.

Taste is an amalgamation of light roast, light chocolate sweetness and an earthy mineral feel.

Goes down very easy yet full of character. Its well carbonated but a slightly velvet feel as well on the tongue.

Overall a very nice and original brew, very different than a traditional stout and not yeast dominated like a Belgian stout. The sourness on the nose is lovely, not really damn sure where its coming from. 8/4/8/4/16 (2/9/17/4/8)

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Photo of dsa7783
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Ginger Man in New York City...
An all-around teriffic, exotic Italian example of a great Oatmeal Stout...
Pours a deep, dark-black, ebony hue with a tannish, foamy head that exhibited impressive staying power...
Smell: Intricate, thick aroma replete with roasted malts, barley, and of course, dark chocolate...
Taste: Loaded with chocolate, espresso, dark latte nuances... Intricate, loaded with depth, full-bodied, creamy, and refreshing...
Excellent full-bodied, thick mouthfeel along with a good level of drinkability...
Definitely recommended...

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Photo of daftafne
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter glass at Rich O's tonight in New Albany, IN. Had a rather large amount of tan head with a cascading effect. Dark chocolate color liquid. Smelled of candied sugar, chocolate, and bread. Tasted precisely as it smelled with a little bitterness and the chocolate was very apparent. Smooth, lightly creamy, and a little watered down. Really, a pretty good beer. Now I just have to wait for the chocolate beer that dogfish head is coming out with in a few months - theobroma.

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Photo of mhewes
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a nice dark brown with ruby hints. It has a good tan/off-white head

S : Good chocolate and sour aroma

T : It has a dark fruit taste along with the carib taste. There's a nice bitterness on the finish

M : Medium bodied, good carbonation, a nice dryness on the finish

D : I really enjoyed this one and would love to have more of it.

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Photo of TheBigEast
1.22/5  rDev -64.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Second worst beer I have ever had in my life - I have tasted over 8000 to date. Worst beer ever is Cave Creek Chili beer. I want my money back as well. This beer is not inexpensive. As others have noted, bad cheese, sweat socks, rancid flavors etc. All 5 of my tasting partners tonight had the strongest looks of distaste I have ever seen during a tasting. I cannot imagine this is what was intended. The beer should never have been released or they should do a recall. A couple of others have positive reviews - perhaps a better batch exists than the one I did NOT enjoy. Avoid at all costs.

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Photo of stcules
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost black in color, with two fingers of a light brown foam, beautiful, persistent. Not bad at all.
Smell: good. Notes of cocoa and carrob, well mixed. Strong, pleasant. Underlying, a good maltiness.
Taste, with again cocoa and carrob, good.
Full, intense taste.
Average to high body, almost viscous. Dusty notes.
Chocolately aftertaste, full, intense. Quite long.
Good beer.

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Photo of weeare138
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dark black with dark brown edges when held up to the light. A 2 finger tan head slowly fades into a mild cap that never really goes away.
Smell is of mild tartness, cocoa, orange, raspberries, caramel, very complex with layers of fruit.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with nuts, fruit, and milk chocolate flavors standing out in the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tart, cocoa, and sugar lingering.
I didn't know what to think of this one based on the many mixed reviews found online. Honestly though, this one grew on me. It's very different and it seems to strangely come together if given the chance.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.04/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

"Dark Ale Brewed with Carob and Cacao Beans"

1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. swing-top bottle. Pours a dark brownish black color with a tan colored head that leaves a decent amount of lacing around the edge of the glass. The aroma dark roasted malts with some cacao beans and an odd mustiness that is slightly sour and pretty much smells like a closet full of old clothes. The taste much like the aroma features a dark roasted maltiness with that same funk/must that was present in the aroma. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy as expected from a beer brewed with oatmeal. Overall, this beer is just a mess with a lot of odd detracting flavors dancing around on the palate. Overall, Chocarrubica is really not my thing, and I would not recommend purchasing. Save your money.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
1.63/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Well, I was interested in trying this beer and thought it might be a quite nice experience with the ingredients listed- Pale, Vienna,and dark malts as well as over 30% Oat malts; Venezuelan Cocoa beans, Carob from Sicily, and Hallertauer hops. Unfortunately.something went very wrong. I suspect that it is either the way in which the cocoa was processed (or not) or the addition of the carob. The overall characteristic of this beer was of overripe cheese. (Classic line from Ding: "Someone put cheese in this beer"). Pours nice enough, dark, almost black with a decent brownish head. Aromas of cheese and rotting fruit. Tastes porter-like with the addition of overripe washed rind cheese, decaying fruit, and the tiniest touch of chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat creamy, but not as silky as so much oat would lead one to expect.. Overall, its simply undrinkable. Back to the drawing board with this one.

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