ALLOVATE (2828) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2013
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pretty much dead on arrival. Even after a violent effort to get it to foam it still remained lifeless in the glass. Darkest ruby in colour and shimmering in the lights. Smooth, rich, cocoa butter and nutty Belgian chocolate on the nose with a hint of marzipan, rum and raisin and roasted cacao beans. Flat, gammy and soppy feel to the palate with a slick, over tempered chocolate feel to the finish that is not too pleasant. Mild, roasted malt bitterness breaks up the slick cocoa butter and soft Belgian choc notes. A hint of cola cordial lingers long amongst dark wood and roasted nuts. Just does not do a thing for me. (50cL, BB 30/09/13, Liquor Baron’s Ocean Reef)
kerolasa (409) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The color is dark as one could expect stout style beer being, and same typical way head is quite short mildly brown and disappears quickly. Taste is quite rough, bit sweet, and has charcoal. Soon chocolate kicks, and aroma turns lighter. This may be one of the very best supermarket beers I’ve ever had.
ManVsBeer (7818) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep coffee aroma. Black with an off white head. Has a full coffee taste.
Nisse666 (5890) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Sainsbury cons 2013-03-30 Uddingston
yet another chocolate and coffey infused thing.....
AR: thick cofey, vanilla
AP: ruby/mahogny colored body, wee frothy beige deminishing head
F: vanilla chocolate, cofey, rich carbonation, medium bitterness
mighty_meadow (305) - Kilwinning, SCOTLAND - MAR 22, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle. Pours dark, like Coca-Cola with very little head. Aroma is malted chocolate. Taste is mainly malt and chocolate. Very little coffee. Slight floral, perfumey hint. Ends very slightly bitter but more or less the same all the way through. Not bad but not great either. Slightly disappointed.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 16/03/13. Edges towards black with a purple hue. Headless. Silky chocolate in the nose with hints of coffee only. Same in the mouth. Mocha for sure with chocolate dominating. A bit too sweet really but good for Batemans.
Davros (2611) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours very dark brown with a lasting head.
Prominent chocolate syrup in the aroma, along with soft toasty and roasted malt and a little coffee.
Chocolate is first up as a flavour as well, followed by plain roasted malt and hot alcohol.
Nice creamy low carbonation.
BBB63 (6509) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle and served in snifter: pours mahogany hued with ruby highlights, small fading fizzy beige head and minimal lace. The aroma is all about the milk chocolate and dark chocolate character, very faint notes of coffee, roast, earthy tobacco and plum esters. The taste is borderline cloy and sweet but just enough twang to cut it down a bit. Just like the nose, the palate detects a touch of dark fruit and tobacco like earthiness. The mouth feel is surprising lighter than expected, not sugary syrupy as I feared. The touch oily and nutty dry. It is okay and at least you get the flavor your would want if you opened this. (Strong Ale? Okay sure it is)
wlajwl (5430) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is chocolate, light coffee and has a slight cola quality. The flavor is chocolate, a background of coffee and a very acidic/mildly tart finish.
Chiswick (159) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is nicely wide with chocolate and toffee, the general intensity is mild but pleasing. The beer is coke-brown and clear, but overall looks balanced. The taste initially surprises positively with intensity and additional flavours in addition to the aroma, but quickly loses its power after a few sips. I wish this would’ve lasted longer. Palate is disappointingly weak overall, with a lightly stingy carbonation and water thin texture. Some thickness would’ve brought a lot more oomph into this one. Overall, a nice chocolatey beer with surprising elements; just wish it had more kick and the elements lasted for longer.