This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Blue Moon Cocoa Brown Ale.
As in previous years, this year's Blue Moon Brewmaster's Sample Box includes a new beer. For 2016-2017, the new brew is the Cocoa Brown Ale.
This brew is a typical American Brown Ale to which they added some Belgian Chocolate Malts to bring out the richness of the beer. The beer has a nutty flavor, somewhat reminiscent of the Saranac Season's Best, but with a bit of hop bite. The beer pours a rich brown - not as dark as a Guinness, but definitely on the darker side.
I tried this beer by itself and also together with some rich chocolate cake. The beer does not have the added chocolate nibs that a Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock has introduced to the brew process (BTW - The Star-K confirmed to me that the Sam Adams Chocolate Bock is DAIRY again this year). Since the beer does not have the additive it was a decent pairing with the chocolate cake, but you can also drink this on its own without being overcome by the cloying sweetness of some sugar aided brews.
If you have tried this brew with a pairing which worked for you, please post it in the comments below.
Blue Moon Cocoa Brown Ale is certified kosher by the Orthodox Union, as is every other current variety of beer produced by Blue Moon. For the experts take on this beer, please click here beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/306/258357.
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