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Chocolate/Cocoa-Flavored Beer

Chocolate/Cocoa-Flavored Beers are light brown to black depending on the underlying style. Clear or hazy beer is acceptable in appearance. Chocolate Beers are any beers using "dark" chocolate or cocoa in any of its forms other than or in addition to hops to create a distinct (ranging from subtle to intense) character. Hop aroma is not perceived to very low. Medium-low to medium-high malt sweetness helps accent cocoa flavors and aromas. Hop flavor is lower than might be expected for style of beer. Under hopping allows chocolate to contribute to the flavor profile while not becoming excessively bitter. Hop bitterness is very low to medium-low. Other flavors may be infused but chocolate should be dominant character. Beers made with white chocolate do not exemplify this category. Body is variable with style. If this beer is a classic style made with chocolate or cocoa, the brewer should specify the classic style.

Vitals

  • Original Gravity (┬░Plato) 1.030 - 1.110 (7.6 - 25.9)
  • Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (┬░Plato) 1.006 - 1.030 (1.5 - 7.6)
  • Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 2.00% - 9.50% (2.50% - 12.00%)
  • Bitterness (IBU) (15 - 40)
  • Color SRM (EBC) 15 - 50 (30 - 100)
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