Beer Profile: Cranker’s Brewing’s Aphrodisiac Chocolate Pomegranate Imperial Stout

Profiled by Ken Carman

While the chocolate was muted, it provided a delightful dark chocolate-like chewiness. It’s as if they used a dark chocolate sauce to give it more mouthfeel, minus what would be an inappropriate “sauce” sense. I’ve had that before when judging. I swear one brewer use a straight sriracha sauce and carbonated it. Great score? No, not really.

The pomegranate is subtle, but stands out enough to take the deep dark maltiness for a gentle ride

Nose is roasted malt and hint of fruit. Not much hops in aroma or on the palate: not needed.

You would never know this is 9%. That takes talent.

Black as all hell. Tan head, pillow. Some rising legs in solution: hard to see, though it does pour like a Guinness with that brooding cloud of bubbles that finally consolidates into a big head.

It’s a dark, complex malty, fruity, party, and you’re invited. 3.9 BA, 3.7 Rate Beer.

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Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”

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