Alemax (16) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark chocolate, bitter hops on the nose. Tastes of smokey chocolate, some spice, sweet malts. Gets old kinda fast. By the end of the beer I was not tasting any of the favors anymore. Washed out my palate.
budznsudz (582) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2012
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours deep and dark with a tan head that leaves some sticky webs behind. The aroma is pretty nice with strong milk chocolate and charred grain notes. The taste starts with chocolate and finishes thin on the palatte with heavily toasted/burnt malt. No real complexity or ambition. It’s definitely missing something, and I poured the last third down the drain.
dcrawlins (2) - USA - DEC 22, 2012 does not count
1.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Beer smelled great. Upon tasting it had a burnt flavor that overpowered anything it was supposed to be. Drank 1/3 of a bottle and dumped the rest. Will use the rest for cooking. Very disapointed
ben4321 (5642) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 12/21/12
Aroma: The nose is dark chocolate malts mostly, with some roasted notes and coffee
Appearance: It pours a dark brown color with minimal head, and some spotty, off-white lace
Flavor: The taste is malty and roasty, with some lightly bitter chocolate and unsweetened coffee
Palate: The body is medium-plus, with a soft carbonation, a clean feel, and a dry roasted finish
This is a pretty solid one. It has mostly dark chocolate and un-sweet coffee flavors, and those flavors work pretty well. Good stuff, nothing world beating, but if you are in the mood for a solid dark chocolate/coffee stout this one does the job quite nicely.
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From Beerlicious iPhone App: Strong coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Black clear color with rocky brown head. Starts sour and finishes bitter with a hint of sweet. Short duration with a full creamy slick textures. Lively carbonation and alcoholic finish.
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
black color, aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malt, sugar, flavors of dark milk chocolate, bitter coffee, roasted malt, good balance, not to sweet
BigBeer45 (1422) - Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber Bottle from Champanes,
this beer had a dark brown pour and made a one finger light tan head that receded to a thin cover with a few open areas and ring at the edges of the glass, this beer left some spots and partial rings of lacing on the sides of the glass, I found no sediment in the bottle,
this drink had aromas of chocolate, milk chocolate, toasted and roasted malt and a hint of coffee, chocolate and molasses sweetness, the chocolate was out front in this beer,
it had flavors of chocolate, toasted and roasted malt, a little grainy, chocolate and molasses sweetness,
the finish did have some bitterness and it gave a nice balance to this brew,
the mouth feel was about medium or a touch less, some creaminess on the palate, and average carbonation,
the nose had a nice chocolate and sweetness with some roasted malt to give a balance to this brew, this beer was easy to drink,
I did not notice the 8.1% alc., this stout was a nice, smooth drink.
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - NOV 18, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
You could tell me this is an Impy and I’d believe you. Perhaps it made a difference that I tasted this from a large wine glass rather than pint glass or whatever.
GarrettB (1430) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
March 31st, 2011 - Double Chocolate Stouts typically occupy a very special place in my heart, and a rather indiscriminate place around my gut. They afford me the occasional luxury of drinking my beer like it was chocolate milk, and reminding myself how purely delicious and wonderful that ambrosia seemed when I was younger. Now, chocolate milk is a creamy glass of guilt and fat. But where the magic faded for chocolate milk, it’s re-appeared with the Ft. Collins Brewery Double Chocolate Stout. Deep and dark brown and with a tan head and strong lacing with medium bubbles, it looks like it might indeed be made of chocolate, or has some strong chocolate ancestry at least. The aroma is cool and wet, like rain on parched earth, and features some chocolate, but it is neither dark nor dry. I also detect the wholly separate smell of cacao nibs, brighter and more fruity. The aroma is a little chalky, and includes some token smells of charred beef, just to prove its stout credentials. Moving to the flavor, we find it’s not a dark chocolate stout, but semi-sweet and semi-bitter, a bit like high quality Ghiradelli chocolate chips. The moderate carbonation lets a lot of flavor through the carbon dioxide traffic. Bright and acerbic, with a quick drop in the aftertaste to a long, char taste, this brew is desperately trying to show off both its chocolate and its stout sides, but the best it can do is turn left and right quickly enough to make it look like a blur. Even the chocolate side tastes a bit light and restrained. After looking for inspiration on Ratebeer, I’ve found some of the commonly acknowledged hops in the flavor, and maybe some of the caramel other reviewers have reported, and some of that espresso bitterness too, but not much else. Otherwise, this is a stout that’s trying to mask itself with some semi-sweet chocolate, and for the most part it works, even if it tastes a little bit cobbled together.
gnoff (9548) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the restaurant Gravity 1020 next to the brewery on October 9, 2012
Very dark red color, light brown head. Malty, chocolate, alcohol taste. Warming alcohol. Spritzy mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Roasted aftertaste. Roasted scent.