iowaherkeye (2703) - 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.
AgentAle (1312) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 7, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is sweet roasted malts, caramel, apple, pear and slight tart. Chocolate blend in and isn’t the main aroma which is what I like. Taste is rich malts with a nice blend of dark fruits and mellow chocolates. Balanced quite well. The high abv isn’t noticeable. Rich, complex and smooth. Appearance is a hazy amber with a medium pearl head that retains fairly well.
alexsdad06 (7749) - Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2016
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle from notes. Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a small off white head. The aroma had nice chocolate character, some caramel and hints of fruit. The flavor has more cocoa like chocolate, creamy, caramel, sweet, some earth and a background fruity character, I don’t know that this fits any category, ok in small doses but this falls below the Smokestack series expectations for me.
tapthis (212) - Baytown, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2016
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dull blood orange in color. Decent carbonation. Akward almost chaulky mouthfeel. Tastes of malt and malt chocolate.
BillWyce (916) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy orange-amber with a small, thin bone-colored head that disappeared quickly. Aroma of citrus mixed with bittersweet cocoa. Maybe some nutty malt too. Body is medium-to-full and lightly syrupy. Mild astringency to the finish. Earthy flavor mixed with mildly bittersweet chocolate. Notes of citrus and nutty malt too.
fiveacestx (875) - Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber - Light brown/rusty pour. Sweet malts and caramel, a little bourbon and some light chocolate on the finish.
BlackBeerPG (148) - Darien, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Taste: bittersweet chocolate, roasted bean, vanilla,nutty, hint of sour yeast.
Dark Brown and mostly clear.
toasted malt and coffee with hint of hop to nose.
Delicate tan head.
Taste a little like German Chocolate.
kevinator (1730) - The Colony, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The beer was well done but not my palate preference. Aroma of Whoppers and milk. Golden grown color and a medium palate. Flavor was malted and chocolate but not as pronounced as I expected. Slight hop bite at the finish.
UXO (1128) - CANADA - OCT 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: slightly hazy pale amber with one finger of fluffy light tan head, good retention and lacing. (3/5) Aroma: cocoa powder, vanilla, caramel, coffee, apples and mild dark fruit. (7/10) Taste: moderately strong sweet, moderate bitter. (6/10) Medium body, moderate carbonation, medium duration slightly warming finish. (4/5)
Not convinced - there’s an edge on this that I can’t quite place, perhaps a citrus or fruit hop tone, that clashes a little with the chocolate. It’s not unpleasant, on the whole, but I can’t say I’d go looking for it again, either. (14/20)
Scouser (323) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy copper colour with a little to no head or lacing. Aroma of yohoo drink.....but it’s actually nice. Tastes of yohoo, alcohol, and a little hope bitterness. Not a bad beer.
Westchesterco (1612) - mclean, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a bottle it is a clear amber color with an off white head. The aroma is rich, complex and quite chocolatey with a light vanilla and coffee flavor. Sweet and rich