JDBaker11058 (1246) - Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: dark brown (near black) with a short, light beige head and no lacing. Aroma: strong aroma of sweet dark creamy chocolate, dark toasted malts and some fresh coffee. Taste: sweet dark and milk chocolates, cream, light vanilla, definite chocolate cookie notes. Finish: smooth and rich, lingering roasty sweet chocolate notes. Notes: For the big, sweet flavors, the palate was light enough to keep this from becoming a snifter-only sipping dessert beer. The chocolate cookie notes are unmissable. Really impressive.
Damico (2568) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours thick unclear black with a beige head. Aroma brings sweet cookie and some milk chocolate nice in the nose. Flavor brings vanilla and sweet cookies for sure on a lightly roasted dark malty body.
Nate (3710) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2014 From bottle. Nice chocolate malted notes, sweet with lactose and some cafe au lait. Carbonic-soy tang. Dark black opaque wit thin dark beige lacing head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Starts moderately sweet, nice roasted notes. Coffee, chocolate, soy, and carbonic tang. Mild biter hops with tannic notes, charred grain. Smoky char finish with nutty coffee grounds and smooth bitter after.
MadRobin (1903) - Silver Spring, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from 12 oz. bottle.
Opaque, near black with a 2-finger billowy tan head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of milk chocolate, roasted malt, chocolate chip cookies, coffee and cream.
Taste of milk chocolate, cookies, lactose, vanilla and molasses. Sweet, but with a slightly acrid aftertaste.
Medium/light body and high/medium carbonization.
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nimbleprop (4847) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle I picked up in the Franklins General Store. Pours an inky black with some cloudy, off white head. Nose has a fair amount of milk chocolate, honestly, as lame as it sounds, this smells like a chocolate cookie, some malt, some cracker, a little toast, a bit of molasses. Flavor is heavier on the molasses, plenty of milk chocolate, definite tastes like high end chocolate though, brown sugar, cracker, caramel. Lightly sweet finish. Actually quite drinkable and well balanced.
Jayb0 (1024) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A standout on a day of tasting. Nice sweet stout with the cookie sweetness, rounded and smooth, with enough bite to keep it balanced. Would like to have had a full pint of the stuff.
robgibbens (409) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On draft at Not Your Average Joeís in Gaithersburg, M.D. Pours pitch black, creamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Bitter taste with some harshness leaving a chalky finish. Astringent aftertaste.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a borderline black color. The khaki head is about two fingers high; personally, I could use a creamier texture, but thatís just my aesthetic preferences talking. It also has decent retention.
S: Well, this brings some decent chocolate character...itís definitely not Choklat in that department, and thatís forgivable considering itís a single. Some slight espresso, cream, and even floral hops make themselves known. Iíve never had Berger cookies before (blasphemy!), but I can tell there isnít much in the way of a cookie note here. Otherwise, this aroma is rock-solid.
T: The chocolate flavors here are frontloaded on the palate. After it immediately hits the tongue, the flavor shifts towards a nutty, almond-y tone, before a dry and slightly bitter finish. Probably my favorite feature here ISNíT the cookie flavor - thatís too mild and frankly disappointing - itís how well the floral hops balance the chocolate sweetness.
M: Very creamy, which is nice. Rather thin...which is not-so-much. However, itís thin body and dry finish makes it very easy to drink. I could almost chug this if it were less sweet. Of course, then it would fail as a dessert beer, which is what this is all about.
O: The lack of a defined cookie character is disappointing - it makes this come off like a regular chocolate stout in its stead. Realign your expectations for this one: the cookie addition is more a gimmick in an otherwise solid chocolate stout, and doesnít have much of an effect, good or bad. While I have to dock ever so slightly because of this, itís still an enjoyably quaffable dessert beer.
strongpieman (1483) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - FEB 28, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Very good stout, sweet smd desert like. Old roasted and chocolate with some milk tones. Z good choic for the style
BonusCup99 (4) - Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Extremely smooth and easy to drink. Possibly a little better from a growler but not by too much. A very nice beer but I don't know I'll be as excited to purchase it in the future as I was at first.
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