BREWER: Williams Bros. Brewing Co., Clackmannanshire, Scotland
STYLE: Mocha Stout
VESSEL: 500ml tin
DATE OF POST: 4th December 2022
Chokka Blokka is potentially one heck of a divisive name for a beer (add to that it’s called a mocha stout. Put it all together and you get…). I am torn between whether I like it or not. On the one hand, it kind of covers everything this beer states it’s about. On the other, it’s the kind of name a nursery child might come up with for a beer (of course, children of that age should never be naming a beer for all of the obvious reasons).
Anyhow, the theme of CB is Mayan. Slightly odd in itself. Except that cocoa and coffee could both be linked with this ancient civilisation. So, I sort of get it.
What I don’t get, is tonnes of the promised coffee and cocoa flavours. Yes, they are there in the first contact of beer with mouth. But they soon dissipate, only to be replaced with… well, watery notes.
There’s not enough depth in CB. It should be more unctuous. It’s thin and not got enough to carry through the promised land of coffee and cocoa. I can’t help but feel a little more abv would ramp up things a little here. But alas, it is what it is.
I don’t want to do CB a disservice. It’s an ok beer. It’s not terrible. But if you’re promising strong flavours, give ‘em to us for heaven’s sake. And if your beer is inspired by an ancient civilisation, you need to make the beer epic.
And epic this stout is not.
Sammy’s Rating: 53%
It’s December! It’s Stout season! I know a stout can be drunk all the year round and of more recent years I have come on board with this. Though I do think it’s fair to say and is certainly my opinion anyway, a Stout will taste even better of a cold winter night in a cozy pub with an open fire rather than just coming off of the surf in 40° heat. It’s just a fact.
To Chokka Blokka we go… other than quite liking the tin art and being appreciative of the 500ml offering rather than the usual 44oml it did not get off to a very good start I’m afraid. My first power notes read…
NOSE A TOUCH METALLIC – NEEDS MORE CHOC – NEEDS MORE COF – THINS OUT WAY TOO QUICKLY
Now considering this is branded a Mocha Stout with descriptive words such as RICH and CHOCOLATEY on the front of the tin I was left feeling pretty disappointed. It’s not rich, it’s not chocolatey. There is another descriptive word on the front of the tin, DARK. Well, they nailed that one I suppose
Now although things did pick up a little through the drinking that feeling of disappointment did not go away.
Once about halfway through the brew a there is a very slight and pleasant hint of chocolate in the aftertaste that begins to develop. It is still nowhere near enough and you really need to search for it but once found as I said, is pleasant
Chokka Blokka is certainly not disgusting but most definitely disappointing.
Jymi’s Rating: 59%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 56%
MOB review next weekend: NEW ZEALAND MILK STOUT by CASSELS
Sammy & Jymi – Musing on Booze weekly since 2017