ericdevin (763) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from 16 Tons Taphouse, Eugene. Pours a rich, slightly cloudy medium-dark brown. Small amount of loose tan head. Aroma rich, chocolate laden, slight hints of roasty character and oak, but a generally overwhelming chocolate sensibility. Body rich and lively, finish is a bitter blend of chocolate and oak, with more of a cacao character lingering. Impressive.
HeadyDE (502) - Delaware, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber bottle..white wax cap coating..porter/stout tasting..this paired oh so well with some chocolate chip cookies..tasted reminiscent of a milkshake..no trace of the abv or the bourbon at all..really a good dessert beer but didnít come across as too sweet..mouthfeel was not as full as expected..slightly thin..ok..really a bit let down by the high price pt on this..decent but not sure lives up to the hype..
deekyn (1184) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A- pours a pitch black with two fingers of medium tan head. Decent lacing. S- See's chocolate and oak are both prominent. Oats, earth, toffee, cocoa, cool whip, molasses, and some vegetal notes. M- creamy, medium to heavy body with a sweet medium palate. T- chocolate, plastic and warm alcohol come through in the beginning. Musty oak, toffee, molasses and cocoa powder follow. Some cola. Ending shows some slightly bitter grassy hop notes, mineral water and earthiness. Aroma and taste basically identical.
AirForceHops (3174) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. white wax top bottle purchased @ Oliverís beverage center. Nearly dark black with thin white head. Nose is a milk chocolate bar melted in a porter. Cocoa up front with hints of vanilla, Lots of smooth chocolate and even a lactose sugar quality. It really tastes like Whoopers malted milk balls candy. Somehow it doesnít become overly sweet. A light touch of oak in the finish, damn this is a nice desert beer!
tectactoe (1851) - Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2014 Bottle: thanks, Tim! Mostly black pour with a very deep ruby red color at the edges; topped with a khaki colored head, foamy with decent retention. Aroma has notes of largely sweet chocolate, cocoa powder, light coffee beans, & very mild dark raisins. The oak aspect of the beer is quite light. The sweet chocolate aromas grow with time. Taste is straight up bakerís chocolate; a true chocolate loverís beer. Quite sweet, with low roast but still manageable. Light creamy coffee notes with some very faint oak in the back-end. Competes with Sam Smithís Organic Chocolate as the beer thatís closest to chocolate milk. This wins, though, as the body is bigger & thereís a touch of oak & coffee depth to it still. Nice & sweet but far from cloying.
jmagnus87 (2427) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from a trade. Poured into a snifter. Pours black with a half finger of dark brown head. Aroma of sweet chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Dark chocolate and chocolate pudding. Bourbon, vanilla and oak. Medium bodied with a creamy but surprisingly thin texture. Lively carbonation and a very long finish. Overall, very good. I would classify this as a winner.
Huhzubendah (2522) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Whole Foods in Alexandria, VA.
I found a beer from my wants list on a shelf. Happy day. The beer is dark brown, approaching black with a dense, beige head. The aroma brings a grandiose oak presence. Wow. Oak and chocolate, baby! No surprise, the beer is rich and elegant with wood presence throughout. Subtle notes of vanilla. Dark, rich chocolates. Low to moderate carbonation. A bit on the sweet side, but certainly well done. Great beer, though I think the $19 price tag is too steep.
Mora2000 (5691) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown pour with an off-white head. The aroma is amazing. I get a hint of bourbon when I first smelled the beer (I was the first person to pour from the bottle) but that disappears really quickly. It is replaced by some huge chocolate notes as well as some roasted malt and oak. The flavor is also great. I get a ton of chocolate with some roasted malt, maple, vanilla and light oak also present. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Love this beer. Would love to try it again.
Errl (1585) - Plano, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle..Pour is dark with a thin dark head..Nose chocolate pudding, Spice, sweet, dark chocolate...Taste is Chocolate pudding, spice, dark chocolate,
9er (75) - Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber brown liquid with hints of bread, cereal, and coffee with a slightly bittersweet herbal finish. There is a bite of alcohol on the swallow- I taste a bit of barrel aged smooth bourbon. There is something else dancing around that dissipates as soon as it affects your tongue sorta tangy esters of raisin with a woody non-smokey finish. Nicely done porter.