chandler0201 (634) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown pour with tan head and some lacing. Aroma of chocolate and some malt, flavor is very watery and thin. Definitely donít get the moon pie flavors at all.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewpub. Interesting that this ale, too, has been redescribed and recategorized. Itís good that FS no longer identifies this as a stout, as absolutely everyone seemed to find it more of a brown ale (given its fairly thin body, etc.). Clear medium-brown pour with little carbonation. Very modest chocolate notes in the nose, with some hints of the malt profile of the base brown. Was really hoping for more creamy consistency in the body, but alas it was disappointing in this regard. Some cola notes along with the choc, but the flavor too was fairly anonymous.
phaleslu (5174) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft pint at the brewery. Pours a mostly clear brown color with a small tan head. Aroma of earth, bananas, chocolate, yeast, sweet malts, clove, and leafy, earthy notes. Flavor of caramel and chocolate malts, earth, soda, bananas, and sweet bread. Light-bodied, with high carbonation and a sweet, earthy mouthfeel. This one is all over the place, and not nearly as chocolate-forward as it should have been based on the description.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewery. Small tan head sits on a semi-translucent chocolate brown colored base. Sharp carbonation mutes the initial flavor, then transitions into a roasty chocolate-malt and coffee flavor profile. Somewhat thin body, though a delicious flavor and a very clean finish. I honestly didnít know there was chocolate in this beer since it in no way shines. It tastes good, but more comes across as a standard session stout/porter than chocolate ale.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
WBF Brown pour with a fluffy khaki colored head. Aroma is bittersweet chocolate and light cream. Body is thin even for a 6% beer. Light roast, chocolate, and light licorice
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2013 On tap at the brewery. Looks more like a brown ale. Dark brown with lots of light showing through and a smallish head. "Creamy stout"? Not so much, really. Nose shows some cola and slight chocolate. Mostly just dark malts with slight chocolate notes and some cola. Thin palate. Nothing more than just okay. RE-RATE: I guess they worked some issues out on this beer; sampled again at the tavern, and Iíll probably drink next time Iím there as well. Re-branded (accurately) as a "dark ale" as well. Pours with a head and a decent mouthfeel now; tastes subtly like a moon-pie: notes of graham cracker, marshmallow, vanilla, and chocolate. Not bad.