Apr 22, 2014

Bad Wolf Brewing Chocolate Stout

I was in a hurry and only had time to stop in for a quick taste and purchase on a recent visit to Manassas’ Bad Wolf Brewing. The brewery had recently posted news online that their Chocolate Stout was available, so I pretty much knew what I was going to take home when I stepped through the door. A quick taste revealed that it was the right decision, a patron at the bar agreed as he raised a glass of dark liquid towards me.

Chocolate Stout, I believe, is one of the few beers that the company has released more than once, but I could be mistaken. It’s a 5.4% ABV stout with good flavor (hints of tobacco mingle with chocolate malt and a light roast) and is easy drinking. I personally would have liked a little more fullness to its body, but that didn’t overly impact my experience with the beer.

Bad Wolf Brewing Chocolate Stout photo


The brew pours a near opaque, extremely dark brown with a creamy, mocha cap of foam.


Dark chocolates, subtle campfire char, roast coffee and an earthy quality come together nicely.


I really don’t get all that much of a chocolate character though there is a touch of the dark variety in the background. I get more of a moderate roasty char, dark coffee and tobacco. There’s an astringent coffee bitterness that lingers gently in the semi-dry finish. As stated in the intro, it’s a bit on the light side.


Chocolate Stout isn’t really all that chocolatey, but it certainly isn’t bad either. It’s a bit rough around the edges, but I still enjoyed it thoroughly. I particularly liked the earthy tobacco, but would have preferred a bit more oomph to the body.

Rating: 3.25/5

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