A good strong chocolate thatâ€™s not too bitter with a developing dark taste that isn’t overpowering.
Hans-Peter Rot: 2-Aug-2007
Out of the shiny gold wrapper comes a dark magenta bar of opposite sheen, and a thin scattering of cocoa dust that usually results from rough shipping. Other than that, itĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s obvious Chocolove molded the bar with care, since nothing else is alarming. The aroma, though decent, has been encountered many times prior in other chocolates only to reveal an ugly flavor. Coffee and raisins give it that strong rigid backbone, while coconut hangs low, contributing a “”been there, done that”" aspect and teasing that either a good flavor or mediocrity will be on its way.
Unfortunately, both prevail in what appears to be a bipolar chocolate. The chocolate initially languishes on the tongue, offering ash and a subtle Dutched flavor, aspects that are both discouraging and unexciting, suggesting that indeed mediocrity will ensue. A total lack of intensity does nothing to help the matter, and just when it seems the chocolate is dead and worthless, a miracle occurs. An abrupt shift to floral is made, with an incorporation of tropical fruits, while coffee and stronger surges of cocoa escalate towards the end to finish off the length in a forceful yet palatable fashion.
Throughout the course of the length, the texture never improves. ItĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s marked by opposites like the flavor, melting with a creamy consistency and a noticeable grain that never dissipates. Collectively, these factors imply the chocolate fails to come together, and while this may be true to a degree, this isnĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t entirely the case. After a listless introduction, the chocolate blossoms on the tongue, in a sense, but not into a beautiful Asiatic lily or bearded iris. No, the chocolate is more like a wildflower on the roadside, which is nice to see in passing but not to admire leisurely. ItĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s okay to stop and smell the flowers, but just donĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t linger here.
Alex Rast: 27-Oct-2005
An excellent extra bitter chocolate, if a little on the mild side. Chocolove’s best current bar, with good basic flavour. There aren’t that many flavour highlights, but neither are there lowlights, just plenty of pleasant, simple chocolatiness. This bar succeeds because unlike so many in its category, it avoids the dreaded flat flavour.
The bar itself appears fairly basic, with reasonable, semi-gloss finish and a very dark, very slightly red colour. A few chips and bubbles aren’t alarming. There are other chocolates that win more points on visuals, but this one offers no deterrents. Aroma is generally quite mild, somewhat towards the earthy side of things. The basic aroma is that of cocoa, and there are leanings to coffee and other dark-roast hints.
The flavour doesn’t hit you like an explosion but simply appears without pretense, like an employee walking into the president’s office boldy but without fanfare. It announces itself with an apple fruitiness, definitely a little sour. Interestingly, the middle is somewhat sugary, and this lends it the impression of being sweet given its percentage. In the finish it becomes slightly bitter and earthy/coffee, but never enough to distract. Overall, the impression is mostly of a chocolatey/cocoa flavour with a few, meek highlights here and there.
It’s got superb creaminess, testimony to lots of cocoa butter, but it’s not quite completely smooth, being dusty a lot like Amedei bars tend to be. This, however, is not a texture to object to and that in fact somewhat summarises the whole experience. There’s nothing, really, to object to – perhaps it might have achieved greater intensity, however, the strength is acceptable as it is. One might call this a strong bittersweet instead of an extra bitter, and in this category it’s a solid player.
Martin Christy: 17-Oct-2002
Elegantly presented (if a little flamboyant) US chocolate bar made from Belgian chocolate. Pleasantly non-bitter for its strength, this chocolate is a slow starter that blooms into treacle, licourice and malt flavours and is generally rather mild. The texture is a rather waxy and fudge like and is slightly gritty and not an easy melt. Consistent length though slightly dry with tobacco hints – here the strength of the bar shows and may not seem sweet enough for some palettes. Achieves its stated aim of provided intense flavour while keeping bitterness in check.