Sunday, September 1, 2013

Review: Fruition 100% Dark

Richard's Rating: 6.0
chocolate makerFruition
bar100% Dark
cacao trees(unknown)
size60g ~ 2.1oz
cocoa solids100%
added fat(none)
other ingredients(none)
list priceN/A
colormedium brown
PANTONE 19-1317
Bitter Chocolate
texturesmooth, relief, tiny bubbles
aromaroast, fruit, earth, sweet
tasteroast, sour, earth, fruit, bitter
meltmore smooth
finishbitter, somewhat sour
U.S. chocolate maker Bryan Graham created Fruition in 2011 to craft bean to bar chocolate and confections. Beginning with Costa Rica cacao, Fruition now makes bars with cacao from Peru.

100% Dark was made only from cacao beans from Peru, and no other ingredients. The unscored 60 gram bar had a repeated relief of the Fruition pattern, along with an off-center "F". It came sealed in cellophane inside a paper envelope.

The bar reviewed here was from batch 083 and had a best before date of March 2014.

The chocolate had a medium brown Bitter Chocolate color (PANTONE 19-1317). The bar looked impressive, with only very small bubbles in the relief and a slight unevenness in the sheen.

The aroma contained a strong roast scent, along with some fruit, earthiness, and sweetness.

100% Dark tasted initially of that roast, but then sourness took over and dominated the taste. Other flavors of earth and fruitiness were present. I also tasted some bitterness.

The melt was better than average and more smooth. The length was short, with the chocolate flavor lasting 15 to 20 seconds after the chocolate was gone. The final aftertaste was bitter and somewhat sour.

Many qualities of this chocolate were better than its overall rating. The overwhelming sour flavor pulled down the result to good rather than great.

You can purchase Fruition 100% Dark online for $10.99 from Chocolopolis.

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