Half Acre has brewed its chocolate milk stout, Chocolate Camaro, since 2011. It’s a once-a-year beer, available in winter or early spring, but till now it’s been tap only. “This is the first time we’ve put the CoCo Camaro, as it’s also affectionately called, in bomber bottles,” says Half Acre founder Gabriel Magliaro. “We were hoping for at least a cease-and-desist letter from Chevy, but nothing.”
Magliaro has the following to say about the recipe for this tasty stout: “Camaro is defined by cacao nibs and by its chocolate and roast malts, but given its silkiness from lactose and balance from the Fuggle hop.” You may care to know that Fuggles get their hilarious name from Englishman Richard Fuggle, who developed the variety in 1861 and began selling it in 1875. Highly prized by brewers of traditional English ales, these hops are described as having a woody, herbal aroma.
Chocolate Camaro has a modest, frothy, cappuccino-colored head that leaves a persistent ring of foam and a bit of lacing. The beer is nearly opaque, its deep, rich brown so dark it’s almost black. The alcohol content is an entirely manageable 6 percent.