Steve's Dreaded Chocolate Orange | C'est What?

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Brewed by:
C'est What?
Ontario, Canada

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Chocolate, hazelnut, bittersweet orange peel, and spices.

25 IBU

Added by biegaman on 07-13-2010

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of hunterjames
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of 307x
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of CurtisD
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of waiting4lunch
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of cragus
1.86/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at C'est What during the beer week. I think the beer must have come from a bad batch as both myself and the friend I was there with had difficulty finishing our samples. The appearance was very dark and pleasant, but, in contrast, the beer tasted extremely watered down (although the flavours that were noticeable were not particularly pleasant, almost rancid tasting in fact, so that may have been a blessing). Other than the abysmal flavour, the beer was okay. The mouthfeel was very light, reminding me more of a dark lager than a stout, and would probably be nice on a hot day.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.32/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An unbelievably enjoyable dessert in pint form!

Opaque dark pour, almost black, with coffee coloured creamy head and decent lacing. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, a perfect "nitro pour".

Aroma is predominantly chocolate malts with a hint of caramelized orange notes. Unlike many beers, the flavours are equally rich. A well balanced chocolate, vanilla and roasted coffee backbone with sweet orange highlights.

Truly a brilliant dessert beer. Thank-you, C'est What!

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Photo of kwjd
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on nitro-tap at C'est What. Pours opaque dark brown with off-white head. Some rings of lacing down the glass after each sip. Smells quite chocolately, with only a hint of orange peel. Some roast in the smell too. Flavour isn't as sweet as the nose would suggest, which is good. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Easy to finish off the pint of this. I would have this again if I'm looking for a dessert beer.

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Photo of Viggo
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nitro tap at the bar.

Pours a clear dark reddish black, some highlights in the edges but generally opaque, very thick light brown head forms and settles down to a thick layer and ring around the glass, some lace sheets stick.

Smell is alright, as noted by bobsy it basically smells like their former chocolate stout recipe, some toasty notes, bittersweet chocolate, light roast, quite malty, very faint orange peel like note.

Taste is similar, some biscuit/toast, a bit of caramel sweetness, light chocolate and some roast, milk chocolate, a touch of fruitiness, orange comes through more in a peel like acidity rather than actual orange flavour, balanced finish.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, goes down pretty smooth but probably would be more exciting off nitro.

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Photo of bobsy
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On nitro tap at C'est What.

Jet black body with a finger of creamy tan head that left some nice sheets of lacing down one side of the glass. As with all nitro beers, the appearance is very strong, but the aroma is somewhat muted by the gas, resulting in fairly one-dimensional milk chocolate notes and perhaps the vaguest hint of orange and hazelnut. The flavour doesn't detour too far from the base chocolate ale that C'est What have been tinkering with for the past few years, and the orange and hazelnut notes that compliment it are subdued, resulting in a pleasant, but ultimately straightforward, beer. There's some light coffee roast and a big splash of cream, which accentuates the nitro body, but I feel that this beer could do with some of the depth that a heightened roast or hop bitterness could lend it.

As it stands, this is another promising beer that's torpedoed by the use of nitrogen. It blankets the aroma, and the resulting body isn't too my liking.

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Photo of biegaman
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at C'est What?, in Toronto.

The beer is decidedly black and opaque, although its complexion is not nearly as sleek as oil or daunting as tar, something gives it a much lighter air. Oh, I know. It's probably the nitrogen-infusing tap line that has created a good proportion of unnaturally creamy head (which switches the look from nebulous deep space to one of decadent dessert).

Although it looks better suited to Halloween - and I'm drinking this in the middle of a heatwave in July - the aroma brings to mind nothing but Christmas. A light dash of cardamon, the air of hazelnut, a faint mintyness and, of course, those stocking-stuffer chocolate-orange balls that seem apparently to be popular only ever at Christmas time...

And those chocolate-orange balls may be a cop-out, but extremely accurate, way of describing the taste. For anyone unfamiliar with the product, simply take dried orange wedges (so the flavour is there, but not nearly so juicy, fresh) and coat them in a bittersweet chocolate. There is also a light roast and creamy sweetness, like a cappuccino. Never does the orange flavour become too apparent, much less artificial.

I honestly believe that if most mainstream lager drinkers put their superficial, preconceived notions about stouts (and dark beers in general) aside - if, for a minute, they could neglect the beers' fazing dark complexion - they'd see that many of them are actually not all that heavy, not at all obnoxious and that there's no need for the knife and fork.

This is a perfect example. Despite its bittersweet, somewhat roasty flavours, the body itself is relatively light and lingers with - not bitterness - but a rather toothsome sweetness that, for anybody with a sweet tooth, makes the next sip absolutely irresistible. Of course, the nitrogen tap imparts an airy creaminess that most people tend to find sensational.

I'm not so sure what's "dreaded" about Steve's Chocolate Orange, I rather liked it. It has not only a decadent chocolaty quality, but subtle hints of citrus, coffee and holiday spices too. As far flavoured stouts go this ranks somewhere near the top of my list and I can't wait for another trip to the brewpub to indulge in it again! A real treat.

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Steve's Dreaded Chocolate Orange from C'est What?
3.45 out of 5 based on 10 ratings.
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