Considering the sheer volume of food and beer I've consumed at Natty Greene's since they opened the Raleigh location, I surprised myself to learn that this is only the second beer I've taken the time to review.
Ben Franklin is a brown ale with a local twist. It is infused with cocoa nibs from Raleigh's own Escazú Artisan Chocolates.
I'll admit, at first glance it's not the most attractive beer. The translucent appearance and deep brown color give it a muddy look. It's capped by a thin tan head.
The wonderful aroma more than makes up for the look. It has a sweet cocoa scent with an underlying light caramel malt. Hard to explain, but there's also a certain milkiness to it.
Taste & Feel
This is a medium-bodied ale with a substantial carbonation presence throughout. It has a rich malt flavor filled with soft, chocolaty notes. That is complemented by the mild and earthy hops. The feel gets a bit tingly toward the finish, which offers up a dusty, cocoa taste.
Very enjoyable. The chocolate notes and rich, malty flavor are a natural companion to any of their burgers. I was washing down the Major General, which itself is a delicious menu item.
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