Strykzone (4475) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle. A black beer that has a dark tan head that is rich and thick. Nice lacing. Chocolate in the nose with roasted notes. Big chewey chocolate is tasted. Hops are tasted underneath and they are citrus and floral. There is also some grass and berries. Alcohol is barely tasted but there is warming. The berries and chocolate were highlighted in the finish.
RB1 (117) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. bottle purchased at Sunflower Market, Tempe, AZ. Pour is black and thick. Moderate tan head, that diminishes without swirling. Little carbonation. Aroma is roasted malt and chocolate, with sweet cream increasing as ale nears ambient temperature. Flavor is wonderful chocolate and just enough sweet cream. Finish is dark bitter chocolate, with some coffee notes. Very nice ale.
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is nearly opaque black (flashlight tested).
Aroma is lightly malty (chocolate), with a light note of vanilla.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
It’s a pretty amazing feat to make a beer this dark with so little aroma. Honestly, there is almost nothing whatsoever in the nose. Stouts are usually pretty bold with chocolate and roast and vanilla, just kinda for "free" it would seem, but man alive...I had to reach just to get the chocolate. I mean, hey, it doesn’t smell *bad*, but I sure would like it to smell like *something*. Quite sweet in the mouth with very little to balance, but not undrinkable. Nice mouthfeel though.
Tmoney99 (10076) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured a black color with an average to large frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy dark chocolate malt aroma. Medium to heavy dark sweet chocolate flavor with a medium to heavy sweet chocolate finish of moderate duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a good rich sweet beer.
DrSilverworm (5024) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, shared with Nova. Nice, thin / minimal brown head. Black color. Bit of lace. Dissappointgly, not enough chocolate flavor to honestly call itself a chocolate stout (never mind an "imperial" chocolate). Nice, lighter carbonation. Drier texture. Mild bitter sweet taste, but the general stoutiness is surprisingly light
Dogbrick (7243) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Ale Wine & Spirits in Powell on 04/27/2012. Dark brown pour with a medium tan head that diminishes steadily to an outer ring. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and a touch of hops. Medium body with a roasty character and flavors of chocolate, espresso and hops. The finish is sweet with a cocoa and slight berry aftertaste. Above average overall.
Braudog (5489) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Super-dark black with a reddish tinge if you hold it to the light. Nice, thick pillow of tan foam. The aroma isn’t all that evocative, but the flavor on the drink is packed with milk chocolate and cream, full-bodied and sweet. Nice night cap on a rainy night, a few raspberries in accompaniment would be nicer. (#4582, 5/3/2012)
berrya785 (440) - Kansas, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is chocolate with a little coffee. Pours dark brown almost black with a thin tan head. Taste is chocolate, malt, and coffee. Very smooth with no bitterness. Great chocolate stout.
portableparty (1908) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a copper tint when near light with a khaki soapy head that fades to collar. Aroma roasted malt chocolate and light coffee. Taste is more of the above with a dry bitterness and some soy and peat showing in the end. Palate a fizzy carbonation and a drying finish. Not bad, pretty enjoyable!
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served from a 12 oz bottle from Hyde Park Wine and Spirits. The appearance is a deep brown-black with no head. The flavors and aromas are similar with a roasted malt, milk chocolate, lactose sugar, and vanilla. The mouth is a touch chalky. Could use more creaminess for the name but not bad.