Info Details
Country USA   
Type Flavored   
Strain Blend   
Source Dominican Republic   (Nagua; Coralina Estate)
Flavor Crossover   
Style New School      
Prieto heralds a Brave New World of transforming Theobroma cacao trees into bio-reactor plants. This bar, what some would mistake for a kind of chocolate trail mix, forms the fuel rod that energizes Sgt. Brawn...

'Mind Control to Sgt. Brawn... check your safety harness & may science pull you thru... this is Mind Control to Sgt. Brawn, we’re programming on the threshold. You’re a gyro in cyberspace imagining the most wondrous of days. The future itself is getting scared. Your girlfriend... she's just been deciphered. Text her that you now know what she truly is. Planet Earth used to be green & blue; it’s coming blood-red & chocolate-covered brown. Do you compute, Sgt. Brawn? Sgt. Brawn... Sgt. Brawn? The circuit switch is on, there’s absolutely nothing wrong. Are you having a meltdown?'

Mind Control to Watson: this ain’t funny.
Appearance   4.8 / 5
Color: cooled magenta brown
Surface: schizo: careful nautilus print on the mold; studded with whole raisins & chopped hazelnuts on the back
Temper: shellac
Snap: sonic bend & flutter to the crack; fault line on the break maintains integrity despite nearing a collapse
Aroma   7.2 / 10
flat Earth for all things considered: yes, it inheres with trademark Dominican green olives & orange fruit yet all pretty suppressed along with raisins & nuts
Mouthfeel   12.9 / 15
Texture: fun kludge assemblage
Melt: thrill collapse foretold in the Snap
Flavor   44.7 / 50
fruited-cacao glides in -> quickly overtaken by raisins -> then a funny things happens, instead of the expected hazelnut thrashing, the flavors shifts into this über kind of dry pound-cake... weird, wild & more wondrous than it sounds -> shakes out spices (cardamom, coriander & allspice)
Quality   18.8 / 20
Even more a pop mosh pit than Prieto’s Pop Rocks. Raisins & hazelnuts can play sticky & boisterous on the tongue. This stays quite contained; of excellent temperament. Nicely sublimates the chalk traces in this label’s regular 66% & compounds a flavor not altogether found in nature.

Like their Brooklyn neighbors The Mast Bros., Prieto could be establishing itself more for culinary savvy than chocolate making per se.

Reviewed March 2011


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