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 (2684) - 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 (617) - 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!
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle, corked & caged (sampled Feb 2012, fresh; either late 2012 or early 2012 release): Clear autumn fire-orange with a frothy, large bubble, off tan head. pineapple-cocoa aroma with a touch of citrus and stoney bitterness. Strong alcohol presence on the tongue, as a vanilla bean blanket wraps my tongue and soothes the alcohol bite. I shared half of this bottle with my Super Bowl chili and it brought out a depth that I hadn’t had before. Nice!
GODiSSOUTHERN (376) - Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is all about the chocolate. It is cool to see a chocolate beer that is not a stout, so everything plays a supporting role to the chocolate. All kinds of complex cocoa flavors.
mar (4940) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber pour with a think light cream head. Nose is rich malts, chocolate, light spice, and yeast. Nice on the palate, flavors are chocolate, spice, yeast, light musk, and dried fruits.
Danyel (1047) - Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 bottle. Orange with white head. Smells fruity, chocolate. Smells like a quadruple, that kind of fruitiness. Has a very fruity taste as well, tastes a lot like a quad with some chocolate in it. Different, good.
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pale amber/gold with an off-white head and great retention. Aroma is tootsie rolls, hersheys kisses, and cacao nibs. Taste is chocolate; pure and simple. Some beery flavors are noted, but chocolate is the star of the show here! Body is medium/heavy, low carbonation, lush cocoa finish. Overall, this is unique and incredible. Never would have guessed a chocolate ale to NOT be an imperial stout... great idea!
bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2012 Dont get me started on what i went through to get my hands on a bottle of this. Anyway....Pours light brown amber color. Head fizzed up and the immediately went away. No head on thhis beer at all ? Aroma is belgian ale spicy yeast, faint hint of fruit and mild chocolate aroma. Clean upfront amber malt flavor gives way immediately to cocoa flavors. More of a bitter semi sweet flavor of chocolate. Finishes dry and almost a grainy feel. This is more of a cocoa flavor than a chocolate flavor. Its a good novelty beer the media machine turned this into to something more than it is. On its own, its a very unique beer never had anything like this from a flavor standpoint aroma isnt much though.
fiercepanda (593) - Missouri, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2014 A hazy dark orange beer with a small, quickly dissipating head. The aroma is pure chocolate. The flavor is sweet malt and cocoa powder with a bittersweet finish. Much better on tap.