Category 107: Chocolate/Cocoa Beer

Color:
Can range from pale to very dark depending on the underlying style
Clarity:
Clear to hazy is acceptable.
Perceived Malt Aroma and Flavor:
Medium-low to medium-high malt sweetness balanced with cocoa flavors and aromas
Perceived Hop Aroma and Flavor:
Hop aroma may vary based on underlying style and often may be lower than is designated for underlying style allowing chocolate to contribute to the flavor profile without becoming excessively bitter.
Fermentation Characteristics:
Typical of underlying beer style. Attributes derived from chocolate or cocoa should be apparent in all such beers, ranging from subtle to intense, and in harmony with the overall flavor profile of the beer.
Body:
Varies with underlying style
Additional Notes:
Chocolate Beers are beers of any classic style which incorporate dark chocolate or cocoa in any form. Beers made with white chocolate do not typify this category; however, beers which clearly exhibit attributes typical of white chocolate could be categorized as chocolate beer. Within the framework of this competition, all Chocolate Beers made with chilis should be categorized as Chili Beers. *When using these guidelines as the basis for evaluating entries at competitions, competition organizers may create categories which reflect groups of chocolate beers based on underlying beer style or other factors. Brewers may be asked to provide supplemental information about entries in this category to allow for accurate evaluation of diverse entries. Such information might include the underlying beer style upon which the entry is based, or other information unique to the entry such as type or form of chocolate used or other factors which influence perceived sensory outcomes.*
Alcohol by Volume:
Varies with style
IBU:
Varies with style
SRM Color:
Varies with style