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Country Canada   
Type Brut   (70%)
Strain Ocumare   (Criollo group +)
Source Venezuela   (Aragua; Ocumare de la Costa Valley)
Flavor Earthen   (x Fruits/Flowers x Sugar)
Style Rustic      
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UPDATED / UPGRADED REDUX REVIEW: The following features 2 Soma Ocumare bars -- both 70% cacao-content -- an earlier iteration pre-2010 & a later one in 2016. Overall rating & metrics (upper right) reflect only the latter.
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2009
WARNING: eating scorched baked-beans camping out in the middle of an eco-disaster zone can be hazardous to taste buds

2009
NEWS ALERT: Warning label removed. A bar now safe enough to play with & experiment on.
Appearance   3.9 / 5
Color: 2009: dark vader
2016: blush-blush
Surface: 2009: brushed fudge block scored in dice-sized cubes
2016: Soma's newer meadow mold
Temper: low-lumens semi-gloss
Snap: crackles
Aroma   7 / 10
2009
luft-wafter: burnt chocolate (very tannic), heavy tobacco smoke, twigs, nuts, sweaty off-odor -> fruit berry & plutot on the bottom

2016
livestock prodding on graham crackers(!) => smoked hooves lead to some dirt pen => lit tobac &, remarkably, grape BubbleYum®(!!)
Mouthfeel   11.2 / 15
Texture: 2009: gummy struggle
2016: shards away
Melt: 2009: murderously slow
2016: ver-clumped
Flavor   40.9 / 50
2009
hard biting chocolate espresso -> brief relief from cocona-gooseberry blush -> goes sour (outer plum skin) -> alternating nut-current: cashew-peanut-cashew -> burning tannins -> ferocious bitter acids -> skids out on peanut skins

2016
clean dirt & BubbleYum® factions from the Aroma on the drop-in => significant sweet spot (cross of grape / sugar / strawberry) => tingling peppery sensation without the burn => flash sassafras => leather-back café & tobacco => peachy kiss-off => soft-wooded aftermath
Quality   15.1 / 20
2009
probably Ocumare 67.

No magic act, just blackened science kit gone bad by undergrad TF watching TV - sleeping on it - as the bunson burner torched the beans to hell.

2016
Batch: Ocu602230

Cloistered if not quite closed despite its sweetness. Other than that exuberant burst, generally reposed, even a bit of a dullard. No appreciable chocolate notes to write about, a rarity for Ocumare.

Still, advances way more than the 7 years separating this from its predecessor (above)... like light-years ahead.... going from antimatter (rating near zero) to a nebula of a few stars, give or take.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter

Reviewed 2009
Revised August 19, 2016

  

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