iowaherkeye (2686) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle, best by 09/2011 from Lukas Liquor back in November of last year. Hazy amber with a one finger off-white head, OK retention. Big fruity cacao nose with some fruity English yeast behind. Fitting moderate sweet caramel malt behind. Flavor follows suit--wonderful how they’ve managed to throw so much chocolate character into this beer, and it works surprisingly well for not being a stout. The finish is semi-dry, with some very nice warming alcohol that kept this dessert beer from ever becoming too sweet. Despite being past the best by date, this was fantastic.
obguthr (3435) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Vegetal nose. Clear copper, medium head. Marzipan flavor with only a wisp of chocolate. I’m not sure what this was supposed to be, but it didn’t quite get there. Not a complete disaster, but has some issues.
ilovedarkbeer (2198) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a bright amber color with a beady canvas colored head. Notes of peanuts, coco powder, dirt, earth, cookie crust, and a little bit of fruit maybe banana. Supple mouthfeel.
jackl (3859) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ The WWGT2D? Tasting. Thanks to Travlr for the pour! Amber pour with a small off-white head. Nutella bar and chocolate wafers. Some peanut butter. The taste is full of trail mix. Some raisin, chocolate, honey. Not a lot of chocolate to be honest. Almonds. Medium body, soft carbonation. Overall, OK stuff. Not transcendent.
Dansrc51 (45) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
this beer did not really come together like I had hoped it would. A lot of the flavors seem to be opposed to eachother and it had a drying bitter finish that just didn’t quite work. Overall, it was an intersting and good beer, just not up to the smokestack series quality
NotoriousJ (35) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really interesting beer not what I expected but I still liked it. Golden body with thick white 2 finger head. Good lacing and head retention. Aroma of chocolate. Taste is a solid ale that doesn't bring out chocolate until the end as it finishes on your palate.
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Emeister84 (752) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aromas of chocolate, peanut, and raisin. Clear orange-copper with a fading white head. Not too sweet, flavors mostly reflect atoma profile, boozy. Medium bodied, hot. Interesting, but a mere tasting will do.
Marheb (1743) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Échantillonné du Extreme beer fest 2014: Mocha, café, caramel, chocolat, vanille, menthe, houblons verts et se boit comme un bonbon. Buvabilité intéressante.
Christpuncher (705) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a bad chocolate stout out I boulevard. Nice hint of vanilla and it pours almost black in color. Smells like vanilla. Ha at 3 aces.
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Butters (3684) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear bright amber pour with faint off white ring of head. Notes of cocoa and toffee. Kinda vaguely has a cinnamon esk kick to it. Honestly, not all that great IMO. A rare miss in the smokestack series.
ziel (76) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2014
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours very light in color. But is definitely unfiltered. Not much in aroma. I would say this is a spiced chocolate. But I like it.