rondphoto (3345) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - APR 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@ Sergio’s / Louisville KY --- Clear dark ruby mahogany, long-lasting rocky ivory head, larges splotches of lace. Taste and aroma match up very well. Taste begins with sweet chocolate malt, slowly turns over to black coffee for a nicely balanced brew. Not at all overpowering, but, in this case, that is a good thing.
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Dark ruby tinged brown with a thin quickly fading tan beige head. Aroma of milk chocolate, coffee, cabbage. Flavour is similar without the cabbage and is a little bit thin, lacking knackers etc. I quite enjoyed it and wouldn’t turn one down.
Patrickctenchi (5454) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cloudy, dark brown with a short beige head.
Chocolate fudge aroma.
Taste is powdered chocolate, coffee bitter...
Malty, vanilla, cream.
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2014
0.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Bottle from Tesco, Watford. Poured a dark ruby, with a head that rapidly dissipated; rather like cola. Hideous aroma of fake vanilla, really cheap chocolate and sugars. Similar flavour, absolutely insipid and undrinkable. Couldn’t get much more than half the bottle, before it had to go... an absolute palate wrecker as well.
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
It’s black this one, with ruby port notes and very little head left over once it had sat for about a minute. A sniff brings out chocolate mousse aromas aplenty. This is a smell I adore and I’m delighted by the aroma with dusty cocoa and some coffee as well (although the coffee is fairly well hidden). The aromas are just gorgeous. The flavours are remarkably similar with the chocolate prominent initially and then it becomes juicy with the emphasis on coffee and charcoal. Tasty stuff, but became a little tiresome as I got down the pint.
BeerViking (3607) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the brewery, pours a deep red-brown with a thin beige head, pronounced choc notes on the nose plus touches of roast coffee, body is a nice balance of dark malt and choc fruitiness with hop and coffee bitterness. Hints of vanilla, plum, a little bread, a little citrus, and a faintly peppery edge.
jbruner (3550) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer sphere sampled at Classic City Brew Fest 2014. Pours a translucent brownish black with bubbly tan head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee, taste follows, clean and easy, could have used a little more mouth. Not sure it can be classified as a strong ale at this abv, but nice beer.
greenmanalishi (519) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Coffee and creamy milk chocolate flavours with some hop balancing for the bite.
allmyvinyl (7785) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 30, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2014 500ml bottle at home. Pours reddish tinged dark brown, short-lived beige head. Aromas are like a box of quality street, or perhaps a jar of nutella. Taste is like Japanese pocky (poky?) sticks. Too sweet for me.
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (in Sept 2012) - Dark Brown in colour; Ruby Red against light. Aromas of coffee, milk chocolate and vanilla. Very malty; lots of coffee and milk chocolate, vanilla, toffee, roasted malts. Fruity; some fruitiness; chocolate raisins. Hoppy; slight spicy peppery hops. Sweet coffee and chocolate throughout leading to a dry slightly bitter finish. Unusual beer, but quite well executed. Very drinkable.