ThisWangsChung (826) - 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.
Vaiz (3796) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 16, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle in Baltimore. Black pour, almost no head. Aroma of chocolate, cream, bread, sugary malts, caramel and a hint of vanilla. Flavor is quite sweet, malty, sugary and a bit spicy. A little too sweet for me, but well made.
DCLawyer (1798) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle->English pint. Black with moderate tan loose head. A: chocolate malt, sweet, latte. T: chocolate, vanilla, lite coffee, soy. Thin.
radio_nowhere (1116) - Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft sample at MD Craft Beer Fest, opaque black color with tan head. Aroma notes of roasted malt, milk chocolate, caramel and some light coffee. Taste adds vanilla, cocoa, light cookie dough, some nuttiness and faint smoke. Medium body, low-moderate carbonation, creamy with sweet roasty finish. Nice cookie flavored milk stout.
merc7186 (2526) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: Smoked Chocolate Malts, Lactose
Appearance: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes Very Minimal Lacing, Off White Head Ring, Some Lacing
Taste: Lactose, Smoked Chocolate Malts
Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Smokey, Oxidized
Tstamba (421) - Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Urban BBQ. Dark black with thin tan head. Nice effort at a sweet stout... Loads of sweet milk chocolate and vanilla. Smooth and easy to drink. Paired well with the brisket and pulled pork...
arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark brownish black pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of roast, acidic malt, slight cookie, chocolate, hints of smoke, vanilla. Taste was a mix of bread, caramel, chocolate, coffee, hints of oak, cookie notes come through when warmer, finishing slightly sour, slightly sweet.
Beerdedone (2933) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Flavor of sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla and some faint coffee. Medium body with a dry finish.
Holdwine (1125) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A bit above average for a stout. With extra points for the cookies. Easy to drink stout with a ton of chocolate and some damp hay. I like to see a brewer embrace their city.
Maxbier (681) - Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black with brown head. Roast malt and spice aroma. Roasty bitter up front, medium light body with lingering spice and some cocoa. Very dry with chocolate and cookie spices. Much better at 54įF than refrigerator (35įF).
GenDV138 (3231) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
4 oz pour on draft at 45th Street Taphouse. Black with tan head. Aromas of caramel and chocolate. Tastes of caramel, chocolate, light roast. Medium body with a dry finish. Better than last yearís debut but still not quite there on the Berger cookie flavors.