ChocarrubicaNovember 1, 2008 Turino, Italy
Birrificio Grado Plato
Chocarubbica is brewed with Venezuelan cocoa beans, carrubs from the island of Sicily and over 30% oatmeal.
Color: deep black
Original gravity: n/a
This 7% ABV beer is a mouthful before you begin to taste it! It’s brewed with the addition of carob and cacao beans and has a brown/black color with hints of ruby at the edge of the glass. It has an extraordinary aroma of dark chocolate and cappuccino coffee with hints of vanilla, toffee and spices. Chocolate and coffee flavors dominate the palate but are balanced by roast grain and hop bitterness. The finish is rich and sweet but with a good underpinning of spicy hops; chocolate and coffee notes continue to dominate.
- Roger Protz
This beer pours a dark russet-brown and raises a thin tan head. The nose is profoundly earthy with dark chocolate notes alongside a barnyardy carob funk. The palate has a nice balance between caramel, chocolaty roast, full-bodied sweet malts and supporting hops. The finish is long and slightly sweet. I’m not personally an aficionado of carob flavors, but the cocoa and carob are very well integrated here, and it’s certainly an interesting beer. It would pair nicely with not-too-sweet chocolate desserts or dishes featuring Mexican molé sauce.
- Garrett Oliver
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
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