Biere De Chocolat | Almanac Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States
almanacbeer.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Biere de Chocolat celebrates the long and lauded history of chocolate production in San Francisco. Our aim was to create a beer bursting with cocoa flavors and aromas, balancing sweet and savory to create a complex but quaffable chocolate brew. To accomplish this we partnered with Dandelion Chocolate in San Francisco to create this rich brew brimming with chocolate character. Working with the unique flavors of Dandelion’s single-source beans, we created this decadent beer by layering in smoked and dark-roasted malts with citrusy Ivanhoe hops from Clearlake, CA. Finally, we added a blend of hand-roasted cocoa beans sourced from Madagascar and Río Caribe, Venezuela. The Madagascar beans add bright berry-cocoa flavors, while the Río Caribe adds dark chocolate and bourbon notes. A touch of vanilla rounds out the supporting flavors to create an eminently drinkable beer that is a chocolate lover’s beer through and through.

Added by Trilogy31 on 01-28-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
211
Reviews:
37
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
12.84%
 
 
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10
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18
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Ratings: 211 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of sweemzander
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours pitch black. Produced a huge head of frothy tan colored foam. Great retention and lacing left over.

(S)- Lots and lots of rich cocoa and chocolate. Mild roasted malts meets some subtle raisin.

(T)- not near enough chocolate from the smell. In fact, it is quite heavier on the raisin and a nutty caramel roasted malt sweetness instead.

(M)- The carbonation level is really high for a porter; it kind of masks some of the richer flavors sadly.

(O)- Its pretty good, but could be so much better with a toned down carbonation level for starters.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of wpqx
4.73/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had this thrown in a trade for some Russian River stuff as an extra and hot diggity dog it's good stuff.

This beer essentially tastes like cocoa puffs. The vanilla is present but overwhelming cocoa taste.

The aroma is pleasant but not overpowering. Still a surprise for a low ABV beer.

Easily one of the finest porters I've had in a long time and one that actually lives up to it's name.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of rawfish
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours very dark like coffee, with a thin half finger tan head. Retention is poor but it manages to leave some nice tight lacing on the glass.

Aroma is bready with uplifting and creamy milk chocolate and hot cocoa. A bit of metallic bitterness and coffee beans.

Grain husks with a good amount of chocolate and stale coffee flavor. Sweetness fades quickly. Hops are earthy and vegetative leaving a metallic bitterness to finish. Rather astringent and unpleasant bitterness and aftertaste.

Body is drinkable, alcohol toned and carbonation is just enough to keep it afloat. Bitterness really gets to the palate, metallic and dry.

An astringent porter that has some nice chocolate and roasty notes. The roasted malts are overdone introducing acidity and metallic bitterness. I recognize the herbaceous hops and bracing and balanced but really this beer feels like it should have embraced its sweeter chocolate side.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of flagmantho
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: extremely dark body with a thick finger of frothy tan foam atop. Quite good.

Smell: lightly sweet with a nice chocolate character and a little bit of vegetal hop coming through. Mild, but well-composed; it kind of reminds me more of a milk stout than a porter.

Taste: a little bit more roasty character and husk bitterness comes through in the flavor, compared to the aroma. Chocolate notes are still here, and bitterness is somewhat high to balance out the sweetness. Not the most complex thing in the world, but quite nice.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big, well-integrated carbonation and this amazingly harmonious, velvety-smooth creaminess. Shazam!

Overall: a very nice beer. Like I said, don't come here if you're looking for big-flavored complexity; come here instead for a soothing, relaxing brew.

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Biere De Chocolat from Almanac Beer Co.
3.66 out of 5 based on 211 ratings.
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