Bit of a fashion model waif... looking burnt & broke. And still a flash photo-magnet; all of which can be a serious deterrent to creativity. But, as they say, adversity improves the breed.
Appearance 4.4 / 5
|Color:||exceptionally dark buffalo-brown for its class|
|Snap:||clean midrange pop|
Aroma 8.2 / 10
reserved: fig / cinnamon the top volatiles -> peanut / leather / butter -> coffee backwash
Mouthfeel 13.8 / 15
Flavor 41.6 / 50
soft peanut -> browned sugar / cinnamon-clove / fig-sassafras in parallel, hangs in this pocket for days... then forever -> recessed cocoa draws out minor mocha
Quality 17.7 / 20
Really fun bar; so much spice you almost forget it’s chocolate. With practically zero bitter & just the right acidity counterbalancing sugar while cocoa looms in the recesses. Both the color & flavor profile point to a pretty firm roast rubbing out much of Carenero’s trademark fruits, leaving hallmark spices, sweetened by all that sugar. All in all solid choices in the approach taken.