CaptainCougar (7093) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear dark amber mahogany with a thin covering of tannish head. Aroma of sweet candied vanilla and milk chocolate with a hint of roasted malts. Body starts with some thin sugary caramel chocolate vanilla sweetness turning into a blander bittersweet finish. The chocolate flavor seems too artificial or maybe itís just too chocolatey for my tastes. Otherwise, itís an interesting brew and itís surprising that Miller brews it.
Nuffield (3347) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I want to give credit where itís due. Despite its provenance from...well...the depths of Milwaukee, I found this an easy drinking yet intriguingly engaging beer. It pours decently opaque with a large head of regular, moderately dense dark tan foam. The aroma leaps out and the tasting then gives up lots of chocolate, but it doesnít come off as seriously artificial, but rather a cafe mocha with a double shot of mocha. Nutty, milky, lots of chocolate, roasted and woody. A very satisfying contribution to this genre--chocolate beers are not usually my favorite, but perhaps thatís because there are so many bad examples. This one isnít one of them.
BBB63 (5406) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2007
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle: Deep brown hue with a minimal head and zip for lace. Boy, I guess there is cacao in here, you can smell it across the room! No room for any other aromas to show. The taste is what was expected, heavy over-the-top chocolate malt flavors which cover up just about anything that stands in the way. The aftertaste is that of a chocolate milk but not as refreshing.
As a stoutie I like chocolate notes in my beer but this is just too much, I could not finish the glass...drain pour...should have figured as much. Will give an "E" for the effort since at least it does not taste fake.
valpoaj (530) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma was intense; scent was reminiscent of some chocolate soda I canít put my finger on at the moment. Frothy thick head; flavor is straight chocolate....nothing else really remarkable, just straight chocolate, and the chocolate almost overwhelms the fact that it is a beer and not just a N/A drink. That being said, I was impressed by this beer...not something Iíd drink on a frequent basis, but excellent for that íevery-so-oftení occasion
dickierambone (14) - Danville, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Extreme chocolate character. The brewery uses too much cocoa bean for the malt bill. I would like more roast charcter and bitterness with less chocolate. If I didnít know any better I would have guessed Hersheyís syrup was added to the kettle. However this is proof that Big breweies can make a good beer if they want to.
markas101 (1668) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33 cl bottle, Fargo. Crazy chocolate aroma - like powdered hot chocolate. Carries over well into the flavour, although not very complex (compared to chocolate ales that Iíve had). Still very interesting and worth a try.
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 28, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark, caramel color. Smells of chocolate. Very fakey chocolate flavor over top a simple lager. Not bad tasting, however the sweetness did get a little old on me. Not bad from a Macro however.
muzzlehatch (4425) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle from the Woodmans on Gammon Road, Madison WI (December 2006) consumed a little above fridge temperature from an Allagash glass. Pours clear but very dark caramel-maple with a moderate but quick-decaying off-white creamy head, just a hint of lacing....cocoa powder/Ovaltine aroma mixed with kirsch liqueur is actually quite entrancing and potent though hardly beerlike; still the richness and decadence overwhelms thoughts of style-correctness or anything else to me and I define any fruit or candy-lover to hate this nose, Miller or no....the body follows quite naturally from the nose, lots of sweetness and thankfully a bit more grain-malt character, cherry liquor again adding nicely to the predominant cocoa, faint tartness....lightly syrupy mouthfeel at first combines well with strong carbonation, but quickly becomes cardboardy and dull towards the finish, where a more artificial metallic note almost ruins the pleasant experience. Apart from those end-palate notes (and they get less pronounced as it warms) this is amazingly good considering the source, and I echo most of the other positive comments, though Iíd still hope the big guys could do even better if they wanted to.
21iceman40 (1732) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very interesting beer. An almost black brown color to it. A weird chocolate dominated aroma, fake plasticy chocolate. The taste is not really great but not bad. Its kinda like a blend of bud and chocolate milk. Definetely the best miller product out there.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice dark brown color with a small head.Huge chocolate aromas whafting off this brew!Upon first sip...wow! Huge velvety smooth chocolate flavor,followed by a slight bitter end.This stuff tastes even better as it warms!Props to miller for a wonderful brew!!