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 (3477) - 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 (3190) - 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 (506) - 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 (7165) - 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.
Weefannybaws (130) - Barrhead, SCOTLAND - MAR 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle. Dark beer with light head. Malt and chocolate aromas. Sweet chocolate malt on the tongue with hints of coffee. Aftertaste of sweet coffee. Perfect accompaniment to crisps and nuts.
Beerhunter111 (12285) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein dunkles bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit geringer Schaukmkrone. Geruch nach Kaffee, Schokolade. Geschmack nach Schokolade, Kaffee, hopfig.
Mr_Pink_152 (2454) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle from Sainsburys. Deep amber colour, with almost no head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate The taste also has this but with a good hoppy balance. A very good beer.