by Crío Brü
Info Details
Country USA   
Type Nibs   (pulverized)
Strain Hybrid   
Source Papua New Guinea   
Flavor Crossover   (Naked x Twang)
Style Old School      
The following pertains to beverage cocoa, the 3rd rail in the chocolate delivery system after bars & bombones. Drafts, after all, are the original way to take chocolate, dating back at least some 5,000 years ago.


Widespread belief in sorcery amidst the islanders of Papua New Guinea (PNG) runs so rampant that the country introduced a Sorcery Act to criminalize the practice. But the nation’s Law Reform Commission recently proposed to repeal it after a rise in attacks on people who still engage in black magick.

Local bishop David Piso said many innocent people had been killed: "Sorcery & sorcery-related killings are growing & the government needs to come up with a law to stop such".

Heeding the call, police have arrested dozens linked to an alleged cannibal cult accused of killing at least seven, eating their brains raw & making soup from their, gasp, penises.

There have been several other cases of witchcraft & cannibalism, with a man reportedly found eating his screaming, newborn son during a sorcery initiation rite in 2011.

In 2009, a young woman was stripped naked, gagged & burnt alive at the stake in Mount Hagen, in what was said to be a sorcery-related crime.

This bewitching brew here, sourced from PNG, starts out wickedly: it smells like, well… well, like shit.


Then in the tradition of pure sorcery, it tastes anything but.
Appearance   4.4 / 5
Color: darkest of the collection so far: sandy lavender brown
Surface: coarsely crushed meal
Temper: n/a; dry goods
Snap: n/a
Aroma   6.8 / 10
diesel-powered / powdered cocoa + dung bio-fuel (sorry, no other way to put it)
Mouthfeel   11.9 / 15
Texture: on the thinner side
Melt: n/a
Flavor   43 / 50
foliage in the palm family -> savory greens… artichoke & arugula as well as citric ones too (purslane / lemongrass) -> brisquet wood chips (excellent) -> super dark cocoa -> back bitter on the verge of wincing, develops a sharp nut (betel) then milder okari -> swamp cocoa with sago flour
Quality   15.7 / 20
PNG, usually a rambunctious origin, comes thru again…. in unexpected ways. It distills fright from the very opening sniffle but coheres quite well as a flavor over a surprisingly broad range for a draft.

The smokey entrails so common to this origin get sublimated in the mist & the vapors of the brew. It all congeals into this witchy cauldron of acceptable, tolerable & beguiling taste that represent the more primal aspects of the island without ripping the tongue out.

Somewhat problematic in its processing yet all turns right (if less than utterly fine).

INGREDIENTS: whole seed cocoa

Reviewed March 26, 2014


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