trevor211 (1358) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours lighter than I expected -- I’m used to chocolate being associated with porters and stouts. Muddy amber, with a large beige head. Aroma is primarily funky vegetal notes, with some overripe fruit and just a hint of chocolate in the background. Hmm. Nutty tree bark over raisins and the same vegetal/overripe fruit combo, backed by old, stinky cheese. I keep taking sips, hoping that they might be better than the last. Alas. This one’s a stinker. Half wondering if this batch was infected. Not a fan.
Smeade (80) - Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
S: slight haze, gold/tan color, white head
A: creamy, round, slightly sweet, soft
T: mild, milk chocolate, a little funky, but clean, refined
O: this is a cool beer, very unique, you get chocolate from it, but it’s not overpowering, well balanced without being sweet or weird. Its very enjoyable.
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thornecb (4594) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy mahogany into a snifter. Off-white micro head with medium retention recedes to skim surface and hug rim. Chocolate, roasted nuts and vanilla aromas. Dry with sweet roasted nuts, toasted pumpernickel and milk chocolate. Lasting toffee and vanilla finish becomes slightly cloying over time.
wildcatIPA (4) - Kansas, USA - FEB 14, 2012 does not count
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
this is a nice beer and i really like what they did with it for 2012 release with the additional nibs. it gave it that cocoa bitter bite i was looking for more of last year.
48FanInCali (753) - California, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Opaque iced to color with tons of head, great retention and a tad of lacing. Nose of faint chocolate and bready malts. Taste of dark fruit, chocolate, and toasted malt. No hop profile which works. Pretty good. Would like to try it a little fresher.
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dyetube (1218) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from choice beverages. Pours a muddy amber with a thick off white head. The aromas are leather, earth, vanilla. The mouthfeel is bittersweet and slightly dry with a medium body and medium carbonation. You definitely taste the chocolate in this thing. Great beer! Cheers!
scrubfish (46) - Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml Unfiltered tea color, thin head, smell of sour chocolate. Sour chocolate, earthy notes, spices. Cocoa and hops on the finish, Interesting. This was sitting in the snow for a bit so I will let it warm up. <time passes>
Okay, vanilla tang, but still a sour bakers chocolate hop finish. Unusual.
Interesting, but I doubt I would go back.
Quasimodo (217) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A golden / amber ale with notes of cocoa, vanilla, caramel, malt and bread. It also has a mild sour fruit note, especially in the nose. I pick up some pear and fermented pineapple which reminds me a little of a Jolly Pumpkin ale, but not quite as funky or sour. Unique and complex. The 9% booze isn’t obvious in the flavor. So smooth. The flavor evolves nicely. This should appeal to fans of Belgian strong ales.
jandd1983 (2842) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2012
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
It poured a hazy dark orange color with a small tan head. The aroma was of some chocolate, dark berries and hints of roasted nuts. The taste was sweet, a little chocolate with some vanilla and more roasted nuts. It seemed the chocolate taste was left behind in the aging process.
wilnatp (629) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
BOTTLE at Darkness Day 10/22/2011.
Smokehouse Special Release Chocolate Ale. Taste like chocolate covered cherries. Amazing!