dreamflower (468) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with northropfrye. Super delicious chocolate aroma. Frothy cocoa head. Tastes of dark chocolate with cherry cordial aftertaste. A bit of vanilla. This was a chocolate delight.
TheJester (1687) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strangely expensive, over-packaged, 750 mL bottle from the brewery. Lovely pour. Looks the part, with a nice brown head and great lacing. I can smell cocoa from ten steps, but itís more like mocha and chocolate syrup up close. Sweet, but not bad. I would never guess that this is beer strictly from the aroma. And to be honest, other than the booze, the flavour isnít very "beery" either. The booze does balace some of the sweetness, though. This one is interesting, but quite one-dimensional.
matt7215 (2109) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle from the LCBO. dark brown with a tan head. huge choclate cake nose. flavour starts with sweet chocolate but this fades into a medicinal raw cocoa bitterness. starts off really nice but the raw cocoa make it tough to finish a small sample let alone a 750ml bottle. great nose though.
shaynsawchuk (336) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle. Pours an opaque black colour, no light coming through this baby. A dark brown suggestion of a head, but no real volume to speak of. Aroma is seriously chocolatey, extra rich and syrupy smelling, malt notes just barely detectable on the nose, definitely cocoa-y but very one dimensional. Flavor is better, a great big sweet chocolate slap in the face, but a nice one; not that synthetic chocolate made with vegetable oil, real good quality dark chocolate fudge. Shortly after it tips a little bitter and roasted malt notes come out, powdered cocoa, vanilla and coffee, followed by a warming boozy sensation. Palate is full bodied and smooth, rich and coating with a long finish. Not typically a flavoured beer fan, but this is pretty tasty.
JesseM (1135) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Over-priced LCBO 750mL bottle. Pours opaque dark brown with a light brown head. The aroma is unbelievably chocolate-driven, and it actually reminds me a lot of chocolate milk. Very interesting. Flavour is even more intense, I think this is the single most chocolate-y beer Iíve ever had, beating out ST Choklat. The cocoa nibs really play a significant role as well as the yeast which is one of the only things keeping this from becoming a cloying mess. Mildly creamy, but I would recommend drinking this one at below room temp in order to be able to tolerate it. Wow, what a monster, and the first thing in a while from this brewery to really impress me.
Atheist_Peace (870) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle. Pours near black with lots of mocha head that leaves a lot of sticky lace down the glass. As soon as I cracked the seal I could smell chocolate cake like there was one baking in the oven. Stick your nose in and itís almost overpoweringly chocolatey. Thereís a hint of vanilla in there but not much else is detectable under the insanity of chocolate. On the palate thereís a slightly more detectable beerishness, mostly due to the warming effects of the highish alcohol content. Thereís a licorice note there but itís still overwhelmingly chocolate cake. The body is a little light for the balls forward flavour.
Good, but not great.
reebtogi (3794) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml capped bottle pours a dark brown, almost black color with a huge mocha head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is dominated by dark chocolate, not allowing any others to come through. Taste is also dominated by chocolate sweetness with not much else. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. If you love chocolate, you will like this brew. This is more of a dessert in a glass than a beer. I happen to like chocolate, so that skews my rating a little to the high side.
Spab (2083) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Only Fall Beer Festival. Pours very dark brown with small light brown head. Aroma is sweet chocolate and fruit with a gentle roastiness. Flavour is super sweet chocolate that manages not to be suckly and cherry and other fruitness with a bit of roastiness in the background. Carbonation is on the light side. Quite nice.
mojorisn (26) - - NOV 3, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I gotta start rating beers that I donít love. Since this is rated in retrospect I figured what the hell, perfect score it is. Probably my favourite from Cask Days, although I havenít went through the list and checked off the multitude I sampled yet. Oh, and of course, besides the Du de Ciel Soulstice DíHiver and Peche Mortel.
The taste was bitter sweet chocolate, with a very full bodied syrupy texture. Bit hoppy, and some lovely malt action going on. Drank like a chocolate wine (especially at 12.5%) if such a thing existed, only smoother like fondue. And loved the low carbonation bit.
HogTownHarry (5975) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
October 27, 2012 - 8th Annual Volo Cask Days. The beer of the festival for my wife - she had at least 5 pours of it. Black, smallish but lasting creamy foamy light brown head. Smells exactly like Lindt Truffle Dark Chocolate - rich, dark, nutty; some alcohol, but more like 6%, not the listed 12% (although she did get tipsy really fast on this) (8+). Taste follows, more alcohol - like a very good chocolate liqueur, virtually no bitterness at all (8-). Thick, creamy, mild carbonation - it is so smooth and rich, you only notice a little residual light herbal and alcohol-driven bitterness in the very tail end. Amazing stuff, not to sound sexist, but could be roofies-in-a-glass for women; guys, take note ;-)