The Rebel Brewing Co.
from United Kingdom (England)
Highest RatedMexi-Cocoa (55 / 100) Average score55 / 100 (OK)
Lowest RatedMexi-Cocoa (55 / 100) Number Tried2
Reviewed by Jez on 04.05.14 from cask
55 / 100
Tried from cask at The Rake pub in Southwark, London.

Pours a deep, silky black colour, with a very fine if impersistent head of mocha beige. Carbonation is very powdery, especially when the glass is tilted. Body is fine, but rather light as well. Leggy when swirled. Looks good.

Nose has stacks of chocolate and cocoa. Dusty but smooth with a hint of the boozy liquor underneath—unsurprising as this beer weighs in at 8.5% ABV. Some purple fruit also makes an appearance adding a bleeding edge of mild tartness. Vanilla comes through as it warms. Smells great.

Taste is hit damagingly by a definite tartness: green olive or faint cherry, with a slight bile acidity on the back. There's still chocolate, still dusty cocoa coming through, but that green acidic note kills it: fern bracken and brine. It's not pleasant.

Feel is smooth and fine on the front before it's ripped apart by the acidity on the back. It's a real shame.

Overall, something is wrong I'm afraid. It smells tops, but everything afterwards is a let-down. Despite everything, it's still relatively drinkable with its faults, but I'm sure this is not the way it was intended to taste.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | drinkability: 3.0