This beer is a collaboration between two Japanese companies – Sapporo (beer) and Royce’ (chocolatier). You’ve probably heard of Sapporo, but I’d never heard of Royce’ before Japan. The make a delectable chocolate ice cream I’m quite fond of:
At first sip you get not only the taste of chocolate, but also, strangely, the consistency. It’s somewhat thick and milky. That fades away into a sudden carbonation that’s not overly beer-y. I initially thought it was the hops or barley, but Mike thinks it’s the beer mixing with the bitter chocolate taste. This then fades again back into chocolate.
Now, I might be crazy, but I thought I also tasted a hint of coffee at the end. After writing this, though, I think I realize that what I noticed was the change in and variety of flavors in a single drink – much like coffee. Or, maybe all these years hanging around with Mike has led me to look for coffee in everything 😉
Though I don’t think it’s as well combined as Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, Rogue’s (excellent) Mocha Porter, or Brooklyn’s Black Chocolate Stout (which, surprisingly, I don’t like), I think I’d buy this again.
Read the review of the Chocolat Brewery Sweet here.