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Beer Styles

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Chocolate Beer

This is an ale or lager that benefits from the addition of dark chocolate or cocoa. More common in porters, stouts and brown ales, where the grain bill better complements the confectionery ingredient, it can be added to other styles as well. Overt bitterness is not acceptable in this style. Little hop character is desired and the chocolate flavor does not need to be overwhelming. The style can vary greatly in approach and flavor profile depending on the brewer.

Category: Specialty Beers

Food Pairings

  • Venison Mole
  • Aged Goat Cheeses
  • Raspberry Torte

Glassware & Serving Temperature

Snifter
50-55 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Light Brown to Black

Clarity

Brilliant to Opaque

Carbonation (Visual)

Varies

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Varies

Hop

Hop flavor and aroma are lower than might be expected for the style. Under-hopping allows chocolate to contribute to the flavor profile while not becoming excessively bitter. Hop bitterness is very low to medium-low.

Malt

Medium-low to medium-high malt sweetness helps accent cocoa flavors and aromas.

Esters

Can be present.

Phenols

Can be present.

Sensations

Body

Varies

Carbonation

Low to High

Finish Length

Varies

Attenuation

Medium - High

Ingredients

Hops

Varies

Malt

Varies

Water

Varies

Yeast

Lager or Ale

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