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Obscura Cacao | Telegraph Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Telegraph Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by justintcoons on 03-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.8/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #99.
Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours amber with a reddish hue. Has 3 fingers of white head that leaves behind some spotty lacing. Cloudy with aggressive carbonation.

N: Banana bread, musty old book, cocoa nibs, caramel and candy sugar.

T: Banana bread, banana peel, cereal grains and caramel upfront. Mid-palate reveals suggestions of stone fruit such as plum & nectarine along with the mustiness of an old book, honey and wet cardboard. Finishes with the cocoa nibs coming through adding some slight bitterness along with almost tangy apricot/banana peel flavors, some very earthy funk and some dirty espresso notes.

M: Light-medium bodied, smooth, clean, bitter and dry.

O: A lot of honey and banana throughout. The cocoa nibs add to a strange finish. The mustiness comes off rather pleasant to me. Reminds me of a DFH Ancient Ale particularly Theobroma (with banana peels added.) Strange, quite refreshing and worth a try. I will definitely try some more of Telegraph's weird detours.

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3.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up last night. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Bruery tulip.

a - hazy, reddish brown. a few centimeters of head that disappears quick

s - odd. cacao nibs, herbal, earthy.

t - cacao nibs are for sure a big part of the taste. some earthy/dirty vegetables. i get a little dark fruit and roastiness on the finish, as well.

m - well carbonated. the cacao nibs leave some bitterness.

o - I don't think this was worth the $13 i spent on it. it sounded like an interesting concept but ultimately a bit of a let down. i'd like to see this in 12 oz bottles for much less money. not bad, but not great.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

The beer pours a dark brown color, I thought it would be darker. The smell reminds me of Belgian spice and bananas. It's light and sweet, but there isn't much chocolate. The flavor has a note of banana, but is very mild overall. There is just a hint of sweet malt and a mild chocolate flavor.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A massive thanks goes out to MrKennedy for this one and even though this hasn't the highest reviews I've been keen to try and for a ale with cocoa beans added I expected it to be a dark colour but it pours a light hazed anger hue with a creamy two finger head that stays and stays and leaves some nice lacing,the smell is quite tart it's dried apricots,figs,candy apples and sticky toffee it's not what I was expecting but not offensive by any means,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated maybe a little too much and has tastes of apricots,figs,candy,a slight touch of chocolate and finished with a mild fruity bittersweetness and overall it's different but not something I'd buy again cheers.

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Obscura Cacao from Telegraph Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.94 out of 5 with 31 ratings
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