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Old 03-12-2007, 04:23 PM   #1
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So I have a friend I was talking to about my new homebrewing hobby and she mentioned that she had once had a chocolate beer that she really liked. She couldn't remember what it was called but she said she's tried to find it again and couldn't. She said it's not a chocolate stout because she's tried that and it's not the same. I'm guessing whatever she had was a less bitter beer.

Any ideas what it might have been and where I might find a good recipe for it?

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Old 03-12-2007, 04:35 PM   #2
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I work in craft-beer retail, and I haven't seen too many beers that were flavored with chocolate that weren't stouts. Fantome makes a beer that isn't quite a stout, and it has chocolate and chili peppers in it...but I don't even think that it's legal to sell in the states, and your friend probably wasn't talking about Fantome anyway, given how rare it is (especially this one).

It might have been a brown ale of some sort. I can't think of too many other styles, save for stout/porter, that would accept chocolate too well.

You could find a good brown ale recipe and add bakers chocolate and/or cocoa powder to the boil, and see what happens. You may not make the exact brew your friend was talking about, but it'll probably be pretty good nonetheless. Apologies that I can't be of more help.

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Old 03-12-2007, 04:38 PM   #3
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Lots of posts and recipes via search. Not so many commercial versions out there. Most chocolate or mocha ales use chocolate malt, but no chocolate or cocoa.

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Miller makes a great chocolate beer that's not a stout. It's sold under the Frederick Miller label. Not a session beer, but good for one or two.

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I do not reccommend using bakers chocolate, I tried this with a stout kit when I was a little less experienced and it didn't come out very well. I can honestly say that is the only beer I have made that I would call bad. I never tried the same kit and same procedure minus the chocolate, but I still believe it was the chocolate that made it bad. It had an extremely bitter taste, but not the taste you get from hops, it almost tasted like you were eating plain unsweetened bakers chocolate. It did mellow out with age and taste ok, but it simply tasted like a regular stout. The chocolate didn't seem to add much to it after it aged. I would reccommend using a chocolate malt and doing a mini mash, or maybe even just steeping. A little will go a long way though, I wouldn't use more than 1 pound per a 5 gallon batch.

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I do not reccommend using bakers chocolate, I tried this with a stout kit when I was a little less experienced and it didn't come out very well. I can honestly say that is the only beer I have made that I would call bad. I never tried the same kit and same procedure minus the chocolate, but I still believe it was the chocolate that made it bad. It had an extremely bitter taste, but not the taste you get from hops, it almost tasted like you were eating plain unsweetened bakers chocolate. It did mellow out with age and taste ok, but it simply tasted like a regular stout. The chocolate didn't seem to add much to it after it aged. I would reccommend using a chocolate malt and doing a mini mash, or maybe even just steeping. A little will go a long way though, I wouldn't use more than 1 pound per a 5 gallon batch.
Dif'rent strokes, I guess. Both of my chocolate stouts (which used baker's choc) turned out great.
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I've made a chocolate porter twice using cocoa and it's come out great. The cocoa does provide significant bitterness, so I go light on the hops to keep it balanced.

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What about Fuller's London Porter? That's pretty chocolately. It's no longer available where I live, but fully worth it if you can find a place to special order. And there's a clone recipe in the latest BYO 150.

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Old 03-12-2007, 06:33 PM   #9
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Default Rouge's Chocolate Stout

Rouge has a "Chocolate Stout" in 22oz bottles... IT ROCKS!!!

It doesn't seem to suffer from the "bitterness" others are mentioning. You get a good malty start and a coffee finish with a nice mild chocolate finish/aftertaste. Nice body too!

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Hob goblin is quite chocolatey as well.
(May latest one is anyway)

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