Blockhead (11) - USA - JAN 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rogue and Young's make a better chocolate stout. This one seemed a bit too acidic to me, not bitter, but acidic. There's not very much chocolate flavor to this malt actually, certainly not compared to Rogue.
fasteddieIX (55) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2004
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
I found this one a bit lacking in the flavor department. I expected, given the label, a chocolatey taste, but this is almost overpowering.
beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this one at Fatheads in Pittsburgh's South Side. What a beer! Complex enough for any beer lover to enjoy!
Rasmus (1) - KÝbenhavn, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2004 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black coloured heavy stout. Really chocolate in the aroma and in the flavour. Creamy texture. Full bodied. Some hops in the finish.
zach8270 (3378) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle] Nice and black with no hints of read. Good thick brown head. Has a bit of a burnt/coffee nose to it. Good strong malt flavor with a detectable chocolate base.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2004 Well, no lie, it's a black stout allright, the head too is fairly dark. Very sharp licorice nose, hinting to both the chocolate and the alchohol. Big full mouthfeel of roasted malt, strong dark chocolate flavor (no real surprise here) and some espresso. Just big and tasty, reminds me a bit of the Stone Imperial Stout. Cloying chocolatey goodness. Thanks a bunch CaptainCougar.
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(2003-2004 bottling) jet black with nice tan head. Slightly burnt malt aroma. Roast coffee and black, black chocolate (the imported stuff you can only get at specialty stores) flavors. Would have been great with a rich chocolate cake.
1more4dessert (329) - Upstate, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
jet black with nice foamy head. bittersweet almost cooking chocolate flavor with roast malts and coffee peeking through.
willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2005 Amazing, dark, dark, deep brown, almost black but definitely brown. Head is gorgeous, thick and creamy, huge and voluptuous like chocolate mousse. Aroma burnt and chocolatey with hints of licorice, espresso, and rich, ripe fruits. First taste is sweet, burnt chocolate and dark caramel over toasted grains. Wow! I had trouble putting this beer down. High ABV is well hidden in the huge and blanketing palate. Finish teases with hops, but toys and teases with more chocolate. This is a very high quality stout that I have been hoping to try and stumbled on luckily (and randomly) at a local pub last night. Hooray! So far, this is my highest rated beer, and, although not my favorite beer, itís up there.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 9, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Been waiting to try this one. Pours an extremely dark color with a thin tan head that leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma was mostly just malts, but there was a faint hint of coffee and a little less of chocolate. Now for the flavor: Initially I got a burst of dark chocolate flavor, followed closely by a sweet malty flavor, then it finished with a strong alcohol tone. A lot more smooth than I had first imagined, but it could be more so if they could mask the alcohol a little better. Still a wonderful brew and the initial burst of chocolate was superb. Loved this one. I think it took me nearly 40 minutes to finish it because I kept just sipping it to get the most of the flavor.