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%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
18
For Trade:
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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle purchased from Ales Unlimited in San Francisco. Cost me $0 because they only had the 6-pack price in the system, so they chucked it in for free. Nice.

Pours a dark, oily brown with some ruby tinges to it. Head forms frothily at the start, but settles out to very little, just some messes of off-white around the edge of the glass. Looks decent, but without anything that really impresses.

Nose is very pleasant. Broad sweet chocolate aromas rise up early, with some structure to the malt behind it. Early, when it's a bit cooler, there's a light peppery note to it as well which creates some interest. As it warms, it's chocolate all the way.

Taste is also good, but without a big sweetness in richness on the back to really carry the chocolate illusion. Cocoa comes through early, dusty and dry with a true cacao bitterness that comes through pleasantly towards the back. This dries it out, preventing the beer from getting cloying—but to be honest, I wouldn't mind a bit of cloy on this beer.

Feel is rich, despite the dry finish in the flavour. It's like it's set up for a better flavour profile, as though they're future proofing it against tweaks they may do—it makes me believe that this beer could be even better in the future.

It's still a really great beer—for a brewery that prides itself on its sours, I'm impressed at how smooth and sweet they make this beer. It's really very drinkable and enjoyable, even though you probably feel like it's more of a gimmick than a sophisticated brew.

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3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a dark and (surprise, surprise) chocolaty brown with a small head of light tan, miniscule bubbles. In body, the beer appears clean, but opaque, with nothing of the other side of the glass coming through. On the nose, the beer smells of seaweed salad, milk chocolate, light roast coffee, butter, Hershey’s chocolate, soft vanilla, dark fruit, chocolate Easter bunnies, and quite a lot more. The nose is actually quite simple and delicate, but in its delicacy it seems to smell like something different every time I stick my nose in it. The chocolate is definitely present in the nose, but is so nuanced and complex that, to my nose, it kind of smells like all of the chocolates of the world. On the tongue, the beer tastes of sweet vanilla and bitter coffee/dark chocolate roast. Dark fruit acidity moves in towards the finish to give depth to the sip, while the sweet vanilla and roast continue to coat the tongue. In flavor, the beer tastes dominantly of vanilla with only subtle complexities coming from the other ingredients. As you sip, you get notes of roast coffee, dark chocolate, buttery chocolate, chocolate covered raisins, and even some plum character, but these all play second fiddle to a thick blanket of sweet vanilla. The vanilla is not off putting, and is actually rather nice, but it’s too bad that it dominates the other flavors. Vanilla and bitter roast coffee blend on the finish, which is nice as the coffee notes definitely go toe-to-toe with the vanilla and help to calm it. In the mouth, the beer feels medium bodied, with a middling carbonation that does add a nice scrub to the tongue and keeps this beer from being too dry. When the beer leaves, the mouth is left quite wet with saliva, suggesting a stronger presence of acidity than I originally detected. Overall, this is a nice flavored porter. I do wish the chocolate flavors were a little more dominant in the flavor, since it is called “Biere de Chocolat,” but the vanilla is nice too. It’s a good transition into spring beer, however, and would do lovely paired with desserts.

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3/5  rDev -18%

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark brown, almost opaque. Barely a half finger of tan colored head with only a minute or two of retention.

S - Mostly malt with a little bit of chocolate.

T - Strong toasted malt sweetness up front. Finish is more of a bitter chocolate than sweet.

M - Very thin and light mouthfeel. Maybe I've just gotten used to more full bodied stouts, but this has very little body.

O - Not bad by any means, but I was expecting the chocolate to be more of a sweet flavor, rather than a thin bitter one.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, thanks Johnny.

Pours a dark cola brown with a thin tan head, slowly fades to a thin collar, little lace. Rich nose, chocolate heavy, dark and sweet, cocoa, light roast. Medium bodied, with very high carbonation. Flavor has a roast base, with a strong earthy and dirty component not obvious on the nose that balances the bitter chocolate presence. Nowhere near as sweet or rich as the nose suggests; not a bad thing, but the carbonation is a little overbearing enough to hide any nuisance in the flavor.

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