Chocolat Brewery – Bitter

INTRODUCTORY PARAGRAPH
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:

REVIEW PORTION
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 😉

RATING
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.

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About Michelle

I lived in Japan for a year & a half teaching English. Now I'm blogging about learning to cook in NYC.
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3 Responses to Chocolat Brewery – Bitter

  1. Matt says:

    Great review and great references for chocolate stouts! Coffee actually is a pretty common flavor note in chocolate stouts so that’s great that you picked up on it. I’m definitely curious about this beer! Any chance they distribute here in the States?

    • Michelle says:

      Curses! I can’t seem to find much info on it. Of the blogs I searched, most of them explain it as a Valentine’s colab between the two companies. I didn’t see it this past year, so it might’ve been a limited brew for 2011.

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