“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.” 5.5% ABV American Porter
I got this bottle from a friend.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my porter/stout glass. The color is solid black, not allowing any light through the edges. A large, sudsy brown head is poured, which has decent retention and leaves good lacing. Faint carbonation can be seen climbing up the glass.
A sweet, chocolaty aroma is immediately noticeable as soon as it is poured. While it is definitely milk-chocolate forward, other aromas come through as I get my nose in it. A bit of roasted barley, vanilla, lactose, and the faintest hue of smoke round it out.
Biere de Chocolat is medium-bodied with a very soft mouthfeel, offering little carbonation or bitterness resistance going down. The flavors begin similar to the aroma, sweet milk chocolate and light roasted notes. The vanilla aspect is more present in the mouth, combining with the barley and chocolate combination to linger on the palate. There is virtually no hop bitterness or ABV noticeable, and just a hint of earthiness that could be contributed to hop flavor.
As a big fan of chocolate porters/stouts (when they’re done right, of course), I was pleasantly surprised by this offering from Almanac. The chocolate-forward profile is offset just enough by the vanilla and dark roasted notes to not become overpowering. The mouthfeel is so soft that it only took a few hearty drinks to finish the bottle. The chocolate profile and mouthfeel is similar to Young’s Double Chocolate Stoutpoured from a nitro tap, so any chocolate beer fan should give this one a shot. 8/10.
Almanac Beer Company – San Francisco, California