Pisgah Chocolatized | Pisgah Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Pisgah Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of Kegatron
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of farrago
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Around a finger of dense, dark brown foam, random mix of bubble sizes, retention is good but not incredible, the lacing is a razor thin sheet spread broadly. While the liquid is jet black it leaves you with the impression of cleanliness and that it would be transparent rather than murky if a lighter shade, you can see tiny bubbles break on the surface. The nose has a good deal of roast to it without seeming bitter, chocolate of course plus vanilla fudge, caramel and a hint of mint, not yeasty, very clean, if anything more earthy than sweet, measured dissolve, not short but not striving to be washed out of your nostrils. Medium-bodied, the carbonation fluffs up the mouth entry some but then turns successively drier as it moves across the palate. More bittersweet nature than roast to the chocolate, not puckering nor creamy, squarely in the middle. Hides the alcohol well. A few notes of quinine or mineral water. Here you get scone to pie crust accents but again not any real doughy, yeasty qualities. As it warms you notice an increasing amount of grill smoke and burnt meat fat through the finish. Sneaky complexity masked by high level of drinkability. (Winter 2016 bottling)

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Photo of JNForsyth
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of angelmonster
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not sure the age of this bottle but Im guessing bout a year old.

Pours a pitch black hue, completely opaque. Head is 1/5th of an inch and milk chocolate colored. Lacing and head retention were above average for such a strong beer.

Smell is of hersheys chocolate syrup, whoppers chocolate malt balls, malted barley, roasted oak and a touch of alcohol. Hops are not present, Sweetness is just the right amount, nice balance of chocolate and traditional imperial stout aromas.

Taste is very smooth for an 11 percent abv stout. Rich velvet chocolate mends nicely with roasted barley, burnt malts. Getting a lot of malt powder which is unusual but adds a nice chocolate malt shake characteristic to the beer. Oak and a bit of smoke balance out the sweetness, alcohol is super tame.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Chocolate creaminess coats the tongue, wish head was a bit fuller.

Overall, this was a very good chocolate stout, on the brink of top five chocolate beers I've had. Just wish head was a bit fuller. Regardless, would buy again if available to me locally.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Probins13
3.97/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Highbury09
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lupercmda
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattsmith413
4.79/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very dark... Lots of dark chocolate flavor.... This is everything Sexual Chocolate should be... Poured into a (several) sampler glass and shared amongst friends...

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Photo of Gavage
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black in color with a tan colored wispy head.

Smell: dark chocolate aroma is huge with some roasted tones that round it out.

Taste: roasted malt, loads of dark chocolate, some cocoa, and a hint of coffee arrives late. Bitterness is mild and alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Very light crispness at the start, smooth at the finish. Long lasting chocolate flavors sit on the tongue.

Overall: a slow sipping but big flavored beer. One can enjoy this as a dessert it is so satisfying. Must have this one if it is on tap.

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Photo of BEER88
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mst934
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate in your face. This one ages out amazingly, or is a treat fresh. Everything just works in this beer. If you see this on the shelf (which you probably wont) pick it up. A BA version would be all time.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

True semi sweet chocolate in a bottle, beautiful!

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Photo of KingEdward
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark chocolate, roasted malts, smells like dark chocolate, the body is a little above medium, and i like it. Very nice beer from pisgah. Chocolate bomb for sure...

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Photo of ghirsh
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mntlover
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with some ruby red highlights when held to the light. Nice thumb sized coco head that falls slow and laces well.

Aroma is nice chocolate smooth, lactose chocolate milk notes along with the added coco nibs. Some rich roasted malt notes also sweet with some underlying burnt notes, licorice hints. No real hop notes but there in there.

Taste is just like the nose, rich chocolate notes on a sweet malt base. I know there is no lactose in this brew but the amount of chocolate make it so sweet and smooth. Good doses of coffee in the finish that wasn't really in the nose, also good doses of hop to balance the sweetness and prevent cloying. That being said the hops seem to be just enough to balance it out and aren't a big factor either. Some light warming from the alcohol notes but not noted in the flavor .

Mouthfeel is smooth big but not heavy if that makes sense. Can tell your sipping a big brew but its not super full, carbonation is mellow.

Overall really digging this brew, maybe I am in the mood for a big stout, or maybe this is just a fantastic brew. Only one way to see go grab one for yourself.

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Photo of sd123
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Goatdavemac
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11-17-2014. Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is jet black, with a tall, thick, foamy, light tan head. Pours thick. Aromas of milk chocolate, bittersweet baker's chocolate, subtle coffee, hints of char, and a solid roasted character. Flavors are rich milk chocolate forward, with the bitter cocoa nib character in the backbone, along with some dark roast coffee notes, hints of boozy warmth, and a crème highlight. Very well balanced, on a smooth, rich, velvety body. The aftertaste is more of the dark, bitter chocolate, and some roasted qualities. Smooth, sweet lingering, slow finish. This is a great beer!

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Photo of Brewsed
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Pisgah Chocolatized from Pisgah Brewing Co.
4.39 out of 5 based on 23 ratings.
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