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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Natty Greene's Brewing Co. - Benjamin Franklin Chocolate Brown

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.

6.5% ABV

Appearance 
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.

Aroma 
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.

Verdict
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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