Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Almanac Beer Company Biere De Chocolat

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Almanac Beer Company Biere De Chocolat.

From the Almanac Beer Company website: “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.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours black with a thin tan head and leaves nice lacing on the glass.
Aroma: Dark malts, dark and bitter chocolate and a slight coffee scent.
Taste: Roasted dark malts, bitter dark and milk chocolate with a touch of vanilla and coffee.
Overall: Drinkable and smooth, Almanac Beer Company Biere De Chocolat is nicely balanced.  At 5.5% ABV this is worth a try for sure.


Mark Harvey

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