Shenandoah Chocolate Donut Beer | Shenandoah Brewing Co.

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Shenandoah Chocolate Donut BeerShenandoah Chocolate Donut Beer

Brewed by:
Shenandoah Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by hopsaplenty on 07-09-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.57/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted on-tap 01/27/06 at Dr. Dremo's in Arlington, VA.

A fabulous funky milk chocolate looking beer that matches the funky locale of Dr. Dremo's. If it looks, smells and tastes like milk chocolate then it must be delicious ... and it is. A nice chocolatey beer in every way without being overly sweet kinda like th milk after cocoa puffs but much more robust. Very nice medium-full body and smooth - oh so easy to drink.

I'm not much for chocolate donuts; but in beer form, now you're talking !

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Photo of MiScusi
4.52/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a fairly thin root beer color, clear liquid but opaque dark brown in the glass. Definitely a smell of cocoa powder in there. Tastes mildly roasty initially but there is a sweet chocolate there to compliment and creates a nice flavor but doesn't overpower. This is a really easy drinking stout with a fairly moderate chocolate flavor. I could drink this all the time.

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Photo of slvrmon82
4.35/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I stopped in the brewery today .

Appearance - Very nice. Deep dark black with creamy white head a light tan tint to the head. Head sit for a while on it.

Smell- First is of a Baltic porter. Very sweet with lots of chocolate, vanilla, some honey and a little amaretto maybe. No real hops smell.

Taste - Wow, I was blown away by this beer. We had spoken to one of the employees and he suggested it as a Breakfast beer and was it ever. Very sweet and chocolaty with almost a bread characteristic. Again chocolate, then vanilla with a little roast to it.

Mouthfeel - Heavy but creamy. Nice carbonation. Stayed with you for a while.

Drinkability - I could drink lots and lots of this. To bad they don't sell it anywhere,

Nice job!

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a shaker pint glass.

Pours a nearly completely opaque black-brown with a finger-and-a-half of ecru foamy head that leaves a bit of sudsy lacing behind. The nose follows its name: chocolate is the primary smell, along with some molasses and vanilla. As for the taste, I don't think I've ever had a beer that so lived up to its title before. Basically, this brew drinks like liquified double-chocolate donuts, with not only a milk chocolate character, but also a bit of cocoa as well, with brown sugar, molasses, vanilla extract, and a subtle bit of roasted coffee. Very tasty, to say the least. The body is on the heavier side of medium, with light carbonation and a nice chewy feel. Overall, a tasty dessert brew (kinda literally) with a very high drinkability, though those who stand against sweetness in their beers would definitely be turned off.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a dark caramel pour, but is darker in the glass to where I can only see a reddish mahogany through the thinnest section at the bottom. A nice looking finger or so of light mocha head. Short lived, the lacing on the glass comes and goes but doesn't generate enough to stick around.

Aroma - not so much donut-ty, but a good presence of roasted grain, chocolate, and coffee.

Taste - not donut-ty at all. Good dark roast on the grains. Dark chocolate syrup at mid-palate and following, very nice. The chocolate carries into the finish, staying bittersweet and drying the palate a bit. Nice chocolatey finish, very tasty.

Mouthfeel - very crisp for a stout. Body is middling, which, when coupled with a colder than average serving temp, makes for a refreshing beverage.

Drinkability - I would have expected something along the lines of a cream or milk stout with such a beer name. That it isn't. What it is is a delicious chocolate flavored beer without high abv. Kudos to Hopheed for hooking me up with these at DLD07. Thanks Rob, they're going fast!!

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Photo of portia99
4.27/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received in trade with bmanning. Thanks Ben...been dying to try this one for a while. Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a dark brown with a thin, soda-like head that disappears almost immediately. Mostly opaque, but nice brown highlights around the edges when held to a light. Only a thin collar with no lacing after the initial head dies down.

S - Hmm, chocolately, in an unusual way for a beer. Don't think I would identify it as donuts by itself, but the power of suggestion is telling me - chocolate donuts. Maybe a touch of sweet caramel underneath the chocolate...maybe smells more like a candy bar of some kind - not sure which one - my first thought is Rolos, but I wouldn't put my life on it. Definitely a caramelly, slightly vanilla (maybe) creamy sensation to it. Interesting...definitely different, but good.

T - Taste in unique...definitely follows the aroma. I'm still thinking it is a candy bar taste for sure. Getting milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel...thinking maybe it is a Sky Bar (for all of you New Englanders out there - those not in the know - had caramel, vanilla, and chocolate filled sections). Very interesting - strangely complex and enjoyable.

M - Has a fairly full mouthfeel. Not quite syrupy, but full, thick and a bit chewy...melted caramel. Carbonation is on the low side and contributes to the smooth and creamy sensation.

D - Drinkability on this is quite good for me...for dessert. This stands well on its own as a dessert, at least for me. I was warned that this beer is a little bit "weird", but I'm really liking this. It is definitely unique - never had another beer like this, but very enjoyable. Glad I got a chance to try this. Might have to find some more.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.27/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Hopheed for sending this one a bit west....

Pours an almost opaque black but not quite.... I will say that this has one of the most gorgeous heads I've ever seen...

Smells very much like a box of those chocolate covered Hostess donuts that my kids eat on Saturday morning... a bit of chocolate and also a bit of bread or yeast or something (donut?)

I'm actually a little surprised at how much this tastes like those donuts.... I was expecting it to be sorta chocolatey but this is actually very pleasant... Hell, I like it a tastes very much like a chocolate donut...

Again, big thanks to Hopheed for this one.... My wife and I are going to share the next bottle..

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of aerozeppl
4.24/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to clockworkorange I think? At Capt Lawrence 2nd anniversary party. Decanted into a dixie cup with hints of wild ale, dubbel and DIPA.

A: Just about jet black. Poured thick like liquid donut.

S: It smells like a damn donut. Totally weird. Tons of chocolate. Your mind connects the dots and you start getting glaze and powdered sugar.

T: Donut. I actually said I could taste fat in this beer. Totally weird. I know my mind is just filling in the blanks but damn.

M: Fairly thick. Carbonation was low but worked to complete the illusion.

D: I had a small sample of this and it was perfect. Really crazy beer. Definately worth seeking out at least once.

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Photo of Floydster
4.21/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle received from HopHeed2113, thanks for the six pack of this unique beer, shared with my girlfriend and her parents, think they enjoyed it even more than I did, poured into an old mug from their house

A-Black color but had some dark brown highlights all the way through, 1 1/2 inch creamy light tan head that left a pillow on top, some retention, no real lacing

S-Smell was amazing, felt like I walked into a bakery, other than the non-stop chocolate aromas, there was cream, milk, sugar, and roasted malt

T-Started off tasting exactly like its name with tons of milk chocolate and cake batter, left a dry biscuit feel in the mouth like a donut would while it was cold too, later on started to taste more like a banana split, could taste raspberries and lots of whipped cream, probably the sweetest flavored beer I have ever had but it was not a bad thing in this case, mostly malt in this one so there was not much a balance from any hoppiness, chocolate taste never goes away, gives new definition to a dessert beer

M-Sweet and creamy mouthfeel full of milk chocolate, way too thin of a body for its style, taste did linger though, also too much carbonation in my opinion

D-Could drink another bottle at a sitting but these things cannot be good for you, very smooth, cannot taste much alcohol at all, more like chocolate milk than beer

Been wanting to try this since joining the site, actually tastes like a donut which really separates this from any other stout out there, cannot see this aging more than a month even, brewery said to drink as fresh as possible, alcohol seems low but does not say anywhere on the bottle, will drink my other bottles soon and am currently trading two others, definitely recommended

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Photo of iuhophead87
4.17/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to team NorCal for sending this in our BIF!

A- poured dark amber brown with a tick creamy head. Somewhat translucent when held up to the light.

S- I can't believe it, but it does smell just like a glazed donut. Although it is a chocolate beer, hints of vanilla bean can also be smelled.

T- Very, Very sweet! Tastes almost like a chocolate cherry cordial with hints of rum cake.

M- Moderately thick with little carbonation. As the beer gets warmer the alcohol feel becomes more apparent.

D- This is an interesting beer that is definitely worth seeking out. However, the sweetness makes this a one at a time beer.

Serving type- 12 oz bottle

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate Donut Stout? That is genius, this is one beer I had to try. Pours a dark cola brown in color with some fine haziness, a good size light tan head slowly dissipates. Aroma is a nice chocolate donut glaze and roasted malt smell with some powdered sugar and cola sweetness as well. Taste shows a nice yeasty and lightly sweet donut flavor along with a powerful roasted malt tanginess and cola sweetness. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a soft creamy effervescence on the tongue from the fine carbonation, somewaht drying in the finish. A very nice beer, not like eating a chocolate donut by amy means, but the subtle flavors that do come thru work very well, the donut characteristics are probably most notable in the aroma. Style points galore for this one. Cheers and thanks to Ken for the opportunity.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.09/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, shipped by the prince of darkness "blackie". this is my 2nd trial as i had this on tap years ago in Arlington VA en route to dogfish head

appearance: pours into an imperial pint glass, nice chocolate brown body with a messy foam chocolate head and foamy retention (not my favorite stout head-style, but whatev)

smell: um yeah, chocolate donut...the aromas have hints of artificial flavoring but that may just be the way the donut hits the nose, milky and smooth, cocoa malts

taste: reminds me of a flaky chocolate donut with a light vanilla glaze (one of my favs), creamy and milky vanilla, buttery, cola-esque...novelty or not, this beer still wins

mouthfeel: creamy, cola carbonation

drinkability: high

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Photo of israel
4.09/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to dyan for this beer; poured into an ommegang tulip.

A - pours a dark mass with a nice tannish head due to an aggressive pour, but the head quickly runs away never to be seen again. some bubbles reamin clinging to the edge of the glass but nothing of significance.

S - Theres a smell here that I can't quit identify, but want to say buttery popcorn or even fried dough. Either way it smells really nice and definitely adds to the appeal of this beer. Maybe a slight malt backbone in the aroma but really the smell is dominated by the scent of butter or dough.

T- if your able to take a big smell along with a decent gulp it really could resemble a chocolate pastry of some sort. flavors of chocolate are most dominate, but i can identifyu some roasted notes and coffee.

M - medium to light bodied with low carbonation.

D - it would be pretty easy to go through a few of these

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.09/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate fudge with a healthy infusion of ruby and a large, creamy head of graham cracker brown. Dr. Dremo (actually, my bottle is labeled simply 'Chocolate Donut Stout') commits the cardinal sin of not making his stout opaque. I hope that doesn't come back to haunt him on the palate. The cap displays great persistence and I'm still waiting to see if any lace is coming my way. Unfortunately, the glass is nearly clean when the head finally disappears.

I'll be hanged. This beer smells exactly like what I would imagine a liquified chocolate donut would smell like. It's sweet and fudge-like with an impressive vanilla bean quality that I'm guessing is what makes it smell like pastry. Well done I say! If you're going to brew a chocolate donut beer, then dammit, make it smell like a chocolate donut.

Even though the flavor isn't quite as impressive, it's a near thing. Before taking a drink, I expected a hugely malty, explosively chocolatey, hypersweet, thick-bodied beer. I didn't quite get it, but it's close enough to ward off disappointment. More chocolate malt would undoubtedly help. I have no complaints about the sweetness. Maybe the brewers added confectioner's sugar?

Vanilla is still rampant and is almost as strong as chocolate. There aren't a whole lot of accessory flavors, but then a chocolate donut is a fairly simple foodstuff and I'm sure the brewers jettisoned anything that didn't lead to a 'hey, that tastes like a donut' flavor. The almost cloying sweetness would keep me from drinking more than one bottle per sitting, but it's a tasty treat when consumed 12 ounces at a time.

As suspected when I saw light on the opposite side of the glass, the body is less than full and chewy. Thanks to all the sugar, though, it still manages to be sticky, silky and slick. I won't let my dreams of oozingly luscious creaminess get in the way of rewarding the mouthfeel as it so richly deserves. Very few bubbles find their way to my tongue, but then who ever heard of a carbonated donut?

Chocolate Donut Stout (aka Dr. Dremo's Chocolate Donut Beer) is one of those 'what the hell' experiments that actually works. It's a shame that more people haven't been able to taste what those wacky brewers at Shenandoah have created. Would it be too much to ask for a cheese danish beer next?

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a snifter the liquid is plenty darlk with mild carbonation. The head is small, one pinky, tan and leave no lace.

The smell is fain but gets better as it warms. Chocolate sweetness is the main aroma, a very sweet chocolate with sugar, as advertised.

The taste is good, not real great but good and certainly as advertised. As is warms the chocolate comes out with a nice sweetness not cloying. some fruity, doughy and yeasty notes come through as well.

The mouthfeel is not real great, the body seems light and the carbonation is prickly, kinda like a cream soda.

The drinkability is ok with some tweaking this could d be a winner.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of wcudwight
4.02/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black but not opaque in color as light gets through. Huge 4 finger head with a conservative pour. Lot's of carbonation. Audible bubbles. Head finally recedes and holds at 1/2" until the glass is empty. Lacing is good but not as impressive as the head.
I really didn't think this beer would smell like a chocolate donut. But, by golly, that's exactly what it smells like. I like the aroma a lot and I don't even like chocolate donuts.
Very interesting flavor for a beer while still keeping the cornerstone of it's character as a beer. I think it taste more like Cocoa Puffs or chocolate cake than a chocolate donut. It's certainly the artificial chocolate flavoring that's common in all three. But it works here. It's different, interesting, and yummy.
Mouthfeel is a little too carbonated and light but I still enjoyed the beer in-spite of those tow minor complaints.
Not a session beer, nor necessarily a sipper, but a beer I'd love to visit again and again from time to time.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.02/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Huge thanks goes to bilab914 for this beer. Just one of many that he sent in a surprise unsolicited box. Thanks Bill you are an outstanding BA. Straight from the box into my pint glass.

A: Dark brown hue with blood red edges when held to the light. Solid two fingers of light tan head. Not much lace but a nice cap.

S: The aroma is full on sweet chocolate glaze. This smells just like a chocolate frosted chocolate donut. I reall y can't pick out anything else. Smells great.

T: The flavor is not as sweet as the nose. More dark chocolate, roast malt and coffee with solid dose of bitterness. Reminds me a lot of a brown ale.

M: Medium to light body. Maybe a touch thin. Soft carbonation.

D: Overall a absolute pleasure to try. Easy drinking for sure.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.02/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brown with reddish brown highlights that had a half finger of head and left some bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma definitely reminded me of a donut with chocolate cream notes popping out first with fruit, jelly, and slight toasty notes. It didi have a little bready character as well. The taste was also right on with donut like qualities but in beer form. Off the bat the fruity jelly flavors are dominate alogside chocolate cream and sweet sugar accents; really intresting beer. The brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, suagry, slight toasty, and silky finish. It drank pretty good but was quite sweet and made it a little hard to drink. Other than that it was a very intresting beer but could probably only stomach about 6 oz at a time.

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Photo of iconoklaztor
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is awesome. thanks chad!!

the smell is sweet and full. a little bit of booze completes this nose. the taste is that of a chocolate donut. duh!! i really am happy with this beer!

overall, this is a full flavored brew! chocolate, sweets, and baked goods are the insides of this product.

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ClorkworkOrange for this nice treat in my Super Bowl LIF package.

A: Pours a nice dark black hue with a nice tall creamy head that rises to a full two fingers. The retention is pretty good with some spotty lace noted.

S: Very cake like. Chocolate, fudge, with notes of sugar and roasted malt.

T: Nice flavors this is one I have wanted to try and it did not disappont. Wonderful roasted malt up front. Both bitter and sweet chocolate, sugar, and grain.

M: Medium in body, smooth very nice.

D: Nice, I liked it. Seems as this is a love or hate beer. I am a bit more on the love it side.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle, no date info.

Deep smoked garnet. Noisy, crackling head of piled café au lait colored bubbles that settles steadily leaving no lacing. Eventually it thins itself to an icing of fine bubbles. No visible carbonation streams. Chocolatey, cakey, fry oil aromas arise, sweet and suggestive of a dense old fashioned chocolate donut with a thick coating of white, flaky glazing. It is surprising how close to a fresh donut this smells. Hints of baker’s chocolate and vanilla intermingle as well, but generally the smells are sweet. The taste is bitter then sweet chocolate, amazingly similar to a donut. Bitter and sweet chocolate mix along with those sugary icing flavors. The finish is sweet and a touch bitter, but it is the chocolatey sweetness that lasts. Medium body with modest carbonation, this has a slightly slick mouthfeel. The tongue is left just a bit numb as well for some reason. Sweet and chocolatey, like a donut. Perhaps a tad overly sweet to be sessionable, but still this was still interesting. The name may be subliminally suggestive, and who knows how I would have felt about this one had it been simply “chocolate stout”. All I know is that each deep inhale evoked a tray of fresh, warm, old fashioned chocolate donuts with a thick translucent sugar glaze. Your dentist might not be happy with you having too many of these, but go ahead and indulge.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my shaker glass. Appears a cloudy dark brown color reminiscent of cola with about a finger of tan foam. A few people write this off as a gimmick beer. Let them think that. I know better. This beer smells and tastes exactly as the label states. Rich chocolate cake, sweet vanilla glaze, yeah it's all there along with caramel malt, a touch of molasses, and bread . Close your eyes and you can taste a rich, cakey chocolate donut, glaze and all. Medium to moderate in both body and carbonation. An interesting beer to say the least. Check it out if you can.

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Photo of blackie
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: Dark brown in color, with a low head that leaves little behind.

s: Initial impression is chocolate donut. I don't get the sick, overly artificial aroma of which others complain. Pleasant aromas of chocolate icing and cake donut.

m: low-medium carbonation, body on the full side of medium

t: Tasty, cakey donut coated in milky, sweet chocolate icing. Hops absent, finishes well with flavors of chocolate cake. Very well executed.

d: an interesting beer, better than the reviews show...just not something to session

First tried a few years ago at Dremo's and really liked wider range of experience has dulled the excitement a bit, but it's still good. Was told that first time the beer is brewed with real Krispy Kreme choclate icing, and it shows. Six pack from the brewery.

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3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mymrnngjckt for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Boulevard Smokestack chalice. This beer pours an opaque, dark brown with a huge rocky, graham cracker brown head. Surprisingly, this beer leaves some major lacing for a stout. The aroma is chocolate up front, with a bit of vanilla, and a nice sugary sweetness. The flavor is pretty similar to what I imagine a chocolate donut tastes like (its been quite a while since I've had one). There is loads of sweet chocolate up front, vanilla, a bit of amaretto and what reminds me of coconut in the after flavor. There is a nice confectionary sweetness that runs through the entirety of the flavor profile. The mouthfeel is a bit thin for my likings. I wish it had had a bit more body to it. This is a good beer, and I'm very happy to have had the opportunity to have tried it.

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