KajII (783) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. The pour was jet black with an average sized (1-2 finger) medium brown rocky head that diminished slowly down to a few puddles of residue left floating on top, which allowed some nice sheeting of lace on the glass.
The aroma was robust and tantalizing with roasted black malts, a mild resin hop and a bitter leathery yeast with notes of bitter-sweet chocolate, molasses, dark roasted coffee, a smidgen of dark fruit and a nice dose of alcohol.
The taste was boldly malty and lightly sweet with notes of chocolate and molasses at first and finished with a nice bitter mocha coffee flavor and had a smooth alcohol ending. The flavor stuck around for a nice long time letting the alcohol fade and the mocha coffee taste linger on.
Mouthfeel was thick and full in body and creamy, oily and a bit dry in texture with a nice lively carbonation.
Overall a superbly blended brew that combines a great chocolate and coffee flavor, with a nice alcohol warming sensation.
mabuzzer (136) - - FEB 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
355ml bottle. Poured inky black with a fizzy head that quickly disappeared and left things quite flat. Chocolate aroma, taste was coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Good, but not quite as good as I was expecting
SG111 (238) - - JAN 31, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler pour, 2011 vintage. Pours pitch black with a big tan head. Aroma is tons of rich chocolate and some coffee. Roasted maltiness. Really nice. Flavor is tons of dark chocolate, coffee bitterness. Still a little boozy despite 3 years. Very rich. More tame than when it’s fresh.
TheBear11D (333) - Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle poured into a snifter.
The Black Chocolate Stout pours, as one would imagine, black with a thick creamy dark caramel brown head that lasts a long while. The aroma is dark chocolate, molasses and woods. The flavor is dark chocolate, woods, molasses and a little roasty. Overall this is a great beer. The flavors are full and rich.
thmsboyd (45) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JAN 31, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Winter 10-11 bottling. Chilled. Exceptionally dark, black body with a small-medium caffe-crema head. Besides the abundant chocolate, coffee and roasted malt aromas, bread, liquorice, almonds and raisins are also highly-prevalent. Despite the intense aromas, the taste is subtle and magnificently well-balanced; a light sweetness backed-up by a gentle bitterness. A full, robust body with a thick, heavy texture. Light-medium carbonation, with a prolonged head and considerable lacing. A lasting, toasted, lightly smoked finish. A simply outstanding beer of incredible complexity that benefits immensely from aging.
bmathers (7) - Warwick, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 28, 2015 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bought this a few months ago on a vintage rack in Providence, RI, 2009 Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, my first time drinking this beer nothing to compare it to, but heard it was delicious up there with Rogue. I can smell bourbon chocolate its deep and rich. Pours thick black, tan ring of foam. medium sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, creamy, lively, long finish. Delectable, a brilliant concoction, and gratifying choice.
reberiii (381) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vertical 13/14 vs 14/15 thanks to CardsFan25. While COLD: the 14/15 has a nice chocolate flavor, but the nose is a bit weak. Notes of coffee on the nose, and random cherry type twang in the middle of the pallet, coffee finish. 13/14 Smells like chocolate syrup, and the smell is delightful. However, the taste is super mellow, and the chocolate has disappeared. Coffee presides throughout. Basically, I like the smell of the aged batch with the flavor of the fresh. While WARM: 14/15 retains some of the original hops, and adds more of a cherry flavoring. The hop burn from while cold is gone. 13/14 smells even better while warm, and finally the chocolate comes back. Maybe a powdered cocoa type taste? The 13/14’s alcohol is what carries the cherry flavor, but overall, the cellared brew came out fantastically when warmed.
ryanscourt (838) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black chocolate appearance. Thick and tight. Little head. Drinks very thick with nice chocolate flavor. A little bit vinegary, guessing its been hanging on a shelf for a little while but stiill good.
Sjohnh (291) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
In my opinion, imperial stouts move from good to great when the fruit pokes through the dark bitter body. It does here - something between cherry and raspberry making its presence felt amongst the toasted malts, dark chocolate and smoky coffee. The red fruit comes through on the nose too, alongside darker fruit, sherry and coffee. Full bodied with good carbonation. Colour: very dark, of course. It’s a good’un.
rayaron (427) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - JAN 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 330ml. Winter 2013-2014 edition. Dark black with big brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and notes of vanilla. Sweet flavor, dark chocolate and coffee, moderate bitterness, notes of soy sauce, sweet-bitter sticky finish with alcohol warmth. Light carbonation, full-bodied. Very good.
Zymurgeist2 (1135) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draught at Harry’s in Bermuda. Alcohol and chocolate dominate the nose. Black with brown head that quickly dissipates. Leaves nice lacing down the glass. Taste is mostly alcohol with cocoa nibs and bittersweet chocolate. Moderate bitterness and chalky aspects on finish. Lacking complexity for the style as it is really just chocolate and alcohol.