Tiger_08 (137) - Sarnia, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dec 8 2012. 750ml bottle pours jet black with thick bubbly head that turns to tan foam and leaves nice long creamy lacing. Aroma is a blast of rich chocolate which is a good warning of things to come. First taste is a sweet punch in the mouth of cocoa nibs, darker and richer than any chocolate Iíve ever had in any format. Itís so overpowering its all I can taste for a while. After a few long sips the alcohol starts in on the full bodied mouth attack as it slaps its 10% in there right after the cocoa blast with a bitter/sour kick that is followed by a long bitter coffee aftertaste. The only thing that keeps this brew from completely blowing my mind is that it is so rich it can only be sipped at. Rich body doesnít mean it weighs on palate. Very silky smooth mouthfeel with alcohol clinging its sour bitterness before giving way to long coffee finish. Absolutely fantastic!!!
Digital_Aura (227) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle. Thank God I stumbled on this. I've never had anything more chocolatey (besides actual chocolate). Eclipse in a glass - no light penetrates. Dark (Lovibond 45). Huge dense head which persists a long time. It's pretty near a chocolate milk shake. Tastes incredible. Rich. Rich. Fudgey dark chocolate flavours. Gorgeous nutty malts to finish. I could drink this forever.
Gorbalev (2927) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, LCBO - a pretty darn cool looking one too - I have no problem with the price given the unique collaboration and the collectable nature of the product. And I have always been a fan of the band, so this is one I have been looking forward to. Black pour, chocolatey head, looks great. Incredibly strong aroma as soon as you crack the bottle - in the glass it is just gushing with lots and lots of cocoa - smells like the best dark chocolate you have ever had. Taste is super rich as well - first the roast hits you followed by the cocoa and then the alcohol slowly warms your ears - this is a huge beer. I could see how some age would do wonders to this, as it is incredibly bold right now and could use the edges smoothed out a bit. But I love me a dessert beer and this is a classic one. This made for the perfect celebratory treat for my wife and I to split as we just sold our house today :). Cheers Monkeys and BNL.
presario (4652) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. I was told this was available in Alberta before it was on the shelves at LCBO. Very black with lots f brown lace and good foam. Smells like a dark chocolate bar or a liquor filled chocolate. Amazing what they can do with beer. Very nice in that for a big beer it is not sticky sweet, overpoweringly chocolate or too ABV Heavy. Tasty desert beer. Share with friends or BNL. Smoke íem if you got íem. They could market this if they could sell as beer filled chocolates.
Maklean (50) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
An amazingly complex beer. The chocolatey aroma is heaven, and the amount of complexity in the flavour is good. Better than Youngs, different than Southern Tier but just as a good.
blankboy (6150) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Cask Days 2012. Sixteenth beer of the fest. Pours black with practically no head. Aroma is chocolate big-time and thatís pretty much it -- simply lots and lots and lots of chocolate. A mix of sweet, milk and dark chocolate, but all chocolate nonetheless. Flavour follows the aroma, all chocolate, but has a big bitter, slightly alcoholic, finish. Full bodied. Really good but a little goes a long way.
tbadiuk (10) - Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 3, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black as night, rich chocolate and coca smell. Taste is more of the same, very viscious and lush. Think Southern Tier Chokolat, but a bit less sweet, a bit more flavourful, and a little thinner (although there is nothing thin about this one!). Excellent beer, so good that it even inspired me to take the time to rate it!
cards04 (1805) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 2, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow wow wow. Pours black with chocolate milk head. You can smell this from a mile away. Itís all chocolate. Amazing. Smells like brownies, chocolate milk and vanilla. Tastes like chocolate milk, brownies soaked in booze, and all things good. If you enjoy a nice chocolate-based imperial stout...this is the ticket. Sweet chocolate with just enough roasted malt and boozy bitterness to make this one of the best Iíve ever had.
Ferris (4494) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 2, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - As soon as opened the room filled with the aroma of chocolate. Deep black with a minimal head. Tastes of milk chocolate ending with a cocoa nib slight bitterness. Considering the heavy alcohol content, there is nothing of this in the flavour. A full bodied beer that should be shared.
northropfrye (2247) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2012 A chocolate stout that lives up to its name. Strong milk chocolate aroma, with a note of dark chocolate covered cherries, vanilla, a bit of a nuttiness. Nice dark black body with chocolate milk head and plenty of lacing. Taste is sweet, cherries, dark chocolate, medium bitterness to round it out. Coating palate that could be a bit peppier (more carbonation as others have mentioned), but leaves a pleasant tasty coating on the mouth. Even after the beer is finished, I still smell a pleasant aroma of baked chocolate cake or muffins. Overall quite fabulous dessert or holiday beer.