Beer Maverick

Chocolate or Cocoa Beer

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Category: Hybrid

Style Description

This is the description of how the Chocolate or Cocoa Beer style of beer should taste, feel and look. However, there may be perfectly fine beers in this style that fall outside of these ranges and descriptions. This information is just to show the most commonly accepted ranges for the Chocolate or Cocoa Beer beer style.

Chocolate Beers are any beers incorporating dark chocolate or cocoa in any form. Beers made with white chocolate do not typify this category; however, beers which exhibit attributes typical of white chocolate could be categorized as chocolate beer. When using these guidelines as the basis for evaluating entries at competitions, brewers may be asked to provide supplemental information about entries in this category to allow for accurate evaluation of diverse entries. Such information might include the underlying beer style upon which the entry is based, or other information unique to the entry such as type or form of chocolate used or other factors which influence perceived sensory outcomes.

  • Color: Can range from pale to very dark depending on the underlying style
  • Body: Varies with underlying style
  • Malt Flavors & Aromas: Medium-low to medium-high malt sweetness balanced with cocoa flavors and aromas
  • Hop Flavors & Aromas: Hop aroma is not present to very low. Hop flavor may be lower than is designated for underlying style allowing chocolate to contribute to the flavor profile without becoming excessively bitter.
  • IBUs/Bitterness: Very low to medium-low
  • Fermentation Characteristics: Typical of underlying beer style. Attributes derived from chocolate or cocoa should be apparent in all such beers, ranging from subtle to intense, and in harmony with the overall flavor profile of the beer.

Brewing Properties of Chocolate or Cocoa Beer

These are the functional brewing properties of Chocolate or Cocoa Beer beers, as descided by the Brewers Association. These guidelines reflect, as accurately as possible, the historical significance, authenticity or a common profile in the current commercial beer market.

The alcohol by volume is shows the amount of alcohol this style of beer should have.
The International Bittering Units (IBU) scale is used to approximately quantify the actual (not perceived) bitterness of beer.
SRM is a scale for measuring the color intensity of a beer. Low SRM grains impart a pale straw color while higher values mean it will add a darker color to the wort. Learn more »
Original Gravity
Original Gravity (OG) is a measure of the sugar content in the wort before alcoholic fermentation has started to produce the beer.
Final Gravity
The Final Gravity (FG) is how much sugar is left over in the beer when fermentation is complete.

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Based on Brewers Association 2020 Beer Style Guidelines with changes. Used with permission of Brewers Association.