Tell me the name of this beer doesn’t make you think of Augustus Gloop from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Maybe that was the point; who knows (and if you do, drop me a line).
So Das Gloop (Bock, 6.9% ABV, 24 IBU) is a collaboration between Sarasota’s JDub’s Brewing and the ever-popular Terrapin Brewing from Georgia. I never even knew they had collaborated, so I was intrigued to see this one come around.
And if you’re a fan of sweet, dark porters, this one’s for you. It’s a very classic dark beer, but the noticeable presence is the chocolate malt. The aroma from that malt is strong and very prominent from the get go. Truth be told, I don’t think they used any cacao nibs in this beer and they really didn’t need to. The malt does it all on its own.
JDubs and Terrapin used much more than the Chocolate malt, by the way. Munich and Caramunich bring a wonderfully caramel and biscuity flavor to the beer. There’s also a bit of Rye malt added to give the beer a little spice. Hallertau hops were added throughout the brewing process.
And I’m glad to hear all of that, because the flavor is wonderfully smooth and incredibly soft and sweet. It’s very much cocoa with some roasted coffee and just a touch of breadiness thrown in. The beer is almost like drinking one of the many chocolate milk porters that tend to be all over the market right now. Almost. Don’t worry; if you’re not a fan of milkshake-style beers, this is still a porter first and foremost.
An incredibly delicious one at that. Just don’t fall into a giant river of chocolate beer, okay?
Drink Florida Craft,