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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Review 67: Olde Peninsula Stout Chocula

Review 67
Olde Peninsula Stout Chocula: 5.25% abv. 

This beer jumped out immediately at me because it's got such a catchy name. Because of this, it made me much more excited to try it. Not to mention that it's somehow more fun drinking beer from a growler. Onto the beer the nose has notes of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, malt, caramel, gingerbread, roasted almond, and a smell that reminded us of Rock n' Rye soda. 

In the taste, we found coffee, chocolate, green tea, roasted almonds, raisons, vanilla, caramel, molasses, malt, oatmel, and slight earthy tones. The finish showed a strong presents of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla with slight citrus and green tea with the length being medium-short. What we liked about this beer was it's complexity and uniqueness. Despite the name, "Stout Chocula", this beer had a lot of depth and complex flavors in the background even though it was dominated by the coffee and chocolate. 

Points were taken off of this beer due to it's medium-short and light finish. We felt that a beer with this strong of flavors should have a longer finish. Despite all of this, this beer is very enjoyable to drink and easily one of the best stouts out there for your dollar. 

Score: 8.5/10

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