|Holy Brew cocoa infused ale|
from the Beer Bazaar Brewery:
Tastes of chocolate, caramel,
hazelnuts and bread.
Holy Brew from the BeerBazaar Brewery in Kiryat Gat delivers what it promises. No doubt. It's called a "cocoa infused ale" (5.5% ABV), brewed, fermented and matured with cocoa and cocoa bean shells from the Holy Cacao artisanal chocolate factory. Other ingredients include oats, vanilla and maltodextrin, a food additive that improves the texture and mouthfeel of beverages (among other uses).
Whatever is in the mix, it works. I had Holy Brew along with fellow IBAV Tasters Bat Sheva, Manny and Oded, and this is what we had to say.
The beer pours out a dark amber color, and Oded immediately smelled roasted coffee. Wait, coffee? Yes, we agreed that the first whiff into our nostrils was coffee, not cocoa. Maybe a little weird, but pleasant. The taste, however, delivered on strong chocolate, caramel, hazelnuts and bread.
Bat Sheva averred that the cocoa blended well with the beer flavors, and I could only agree. I found this an enjoyable and balanced cocoa beer. Oded said that it was not to his taste, but admitted that it successfully delivered what it should. "This is a high quality beer," he added, "well made, even though I don't particularly love it."
Manny, too, "appreciated the quality, but it's not the beer for me."
So that's our verdict. If you are a fan of chocolate porter, chocolate stout, chocolate anything beer, you're going to take great pleasure in BeerBazaar's Holy Brew.
Will keep a lookout for it as one partial to Samuel Smith's Chocolate Stout.ReplyDelete
Somewhat OT though have any Israeli Ginger Wine makers appeared over the last few years? Approached Morad Winery a while back about it and they cited a lack of demand for Ginger Wine be it fortified or fruit wines.
Never heard of any Israeli commercial ginger wines. Thanks for writing.Delete