XmnwildX12 (1472) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2012 Had this at the All Pints North festival in Duluth, MN.Had a nice chocolate peanut butter browning scent, taste is a creamy smooth chocolate with a light roast. Best beer of the fest by far.
jmikolich (1107) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap at Blue Nile, served in a goblet, a nice deep brown with reddish tinge coming through the edges, taste is identical to chocolate chip pancakes. sweet chocolate, light vanilla and a bready taste.. not bad but i didnt find myself wanting a whole lot of it.
adnielsen (6177) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Stub and Herbs Darkness Eve. Pours a bit cloudy, dark brown appearance with a brown head. Chocolate milky, rich cocoa, light coffee, vanilla aroma. A little thin, huge chocolate powder, vanilla, light wood, Hersheyís flavor.
Nuffield (3348) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is striking--I shared it with others who were with me, and even those who didnít put their nose too close could get the straight-up chocolate. Very much a cacao chocolate power aroma. The flavor is quite chocolatey as well but it is more balanced. This is a brown ale (as described here, at least). I guess that makes sense, particularly in the palate, which has substance but isnít as rich or warm as a stout or even a porter. Drinkable but in my view it didnít have the depth of chocolate flavor that I would prefer if Iím drinking a chocolate-themed beer--better off with a good stout with roasted qualities. (on tap at the Groveland Tap, St Paul)
burgy (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aromatics are straight chocolate and mild alcohol. Appearance is deep dark brown/black with brown head that is laid on thick! Taste hits with thick chocolate and malt (almost like drinking a melted chocolate bar in your beer). Palate is nice and thick one the most rounded palates I have had. Overall I love this beer! This should be aged in Bourbon Barrels, it would be fantastic!
khoffman43 (844) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
At Surlyfest 5.
Terriffic dark brown pour with a creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate and a touch of coffee. Flavor was almost like hot chocolate with some vanilla and coffee mixed in. A great take on the other benders, my favorite of the three. Very smooth and drinkable with the perfect amount of chocolate
Steasy66 (540) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at ABR. Aroma is real nice. Chocolate and coffee. Cacao comes through nicely but its still Bender.
islay (740) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Surly Cacao Bender: Approximately 1 oz. pour on tap at the Autumn Brew Review in Minneapolis on 9-15-12. Smoky aroma features chocolate and pepper scents. Pours a hazy brown. Too much coffee in the flavor (I donít care for coffee). Despite the intriguing smell, this is not my kind of beer. 8/4/5/3/12
madvike (2077) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at GTMW - Pours brown with a tan head. NOse is chocolate covered hazelnut, tons of chocolatey malt, and a bit of iced coffee. Taste is chocolate milk, nutty malt, with hazelnut present. Mocha waves of goodness. Thick with smooth carbonation.
NobleSquirrel (3286) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at GTMW 12. Pours a deep brown with a tan head. The nose is full of sweet cocoa powder, faint coffee and roast. The chocolate is pretty dominant but has a certain sweetness about it. Malt profile to back it up, hops are faded out. On tasting, there is an odd sweetness. Vanilla and cocoa dominate and the body almost seems a bit thinner overall. It starts to get a touch cloying later in the glass, unfortunately. Definitely interesting but not my cup of tea.
rbfishstick (140) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed at GTMW 2012. The beer poured a brown black with little head. The smell was distinctly cocoa and the taste was mildly chocolate and smooth with dry, bitter hops. The finish was also very bitter and dry - perhaps a bit too dry for my overall tastes but a good beer.