hawthorne00 (2351) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2013
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Clear mid brown with an off white head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, nuts, caramel. Some raisins and prunes buried under the caramel. Low carbonation. Tastes of pretty ordinary milk chocolate, haZelnuts and caramel syrup with some spicy /medicinal notes. A little boozy but only right at the end. Not undrinkable but not a success. Can’t really tell if this is what they were going for. Odd.
ALLOVATE (2335) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 23, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sparkling ruby copper with light carbonation and a loose and shortlived off-white fluff. Very creamy, palest milk chocolate comes through on the nose with cocoa butter, metal shards and hazelnut husks pretty much rounding it off. Doughy, caramel, carob and nutty milk chocolate on the palate - but shy of that good stuff, this just comes across as that cheap, generic import you find in reject shops. It is a little acrid with a burnt sugar bitterness and phenolic huff lasting long into the finish. Body is light with spritzy, prickly carbonation; it is awkward in mouthfeel, soapy and filmy. The burnt notes are hard to digest. I couldn’t enjoy this, and I was only half-way through a snifter. To its credit the alcohol is held well restrained. Not good! (64cL, BB 01/03/14, Dan Murphy’s Currambine)
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Dan Murphy’s. Nice vanilla beer. Aromas of vanilla and chocolate. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and average length. Velvety, and medium bodied. Brown, with no head.
Lunkie (1392) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich chocolate malt aroma. Clear deep red amber colour with poor head and lacing. Chocolate malt herbal flavour . Smooth lingering palate.
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Bif (1384) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark amber color with a decent off-white head that fades to bits of lacing. Aroma of mi ok chocolate, with some dark fruit and spice. Taste of milk chocolate, some dark fruit and spice. A subtle bitterness that helps to mute a lingering chocolate sweetness. Medium body, smooth and creamy. Nice balance but a bit too much chocolate. The 7.4% ABV is well hidden. Nice beer but a bit too much chocolate to really enjoy.
Sevenlee (1253) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - MAR 31, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a dark coppery brown with a beige head. Aroma is malt, chocolate syrup, caramel and some nuttiness. Taste is medium sweet leading to a sweetish and sticky finish. I’m not sure how this resembles a dubbel ale. A bit disappointing.
vanvenlo (1191) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dan Murphy bottle (28-Aug-13) Sweet choc malt aroma. Brown red colour, poor head and sheet lacing. Sweet tangy choc vanilla flavour. Tangy sweet vanilla spice finish and candy sweet toffee aftertaste
Maris (953) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - APR 8, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a 640ml bottle on 8/4/2013. Pours a clear dark amber with a small head which disappears quickly. almost no head. Has a quite a strong aroma of chocolate topping. The flavour is more sweet chocolate topping, a little bit of dark fruit, and a mild bitterness, followed by just a hint of booziness. The body is medium and the carbonation a touch higher than average. Can’t really detect any Belgian character to it. Definitely get the chocolate but there’s not a lot more to experience here. Easy enough to drink but lacking in complexity and character, which should be the hallmark of a beer of this nature. Still, despite not being a real success, it’s good to see Gage Roads trying to do something different through limited releases. Maybe next time guys...
Pyobon (892) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Clear ruby brown with good off white head. Fairly subtle aroma, but definitely chocolate. Beautiful palate, medium bodied with carbonation that conspires to be both velvety and bright. The flavour is dominated (in a good way) by chocolate, a really pleasant chocolate which is surprisingly milk, rather than bitter dark chocolate. There are some nice estery tastes typical of a Belgian beer and some spicey hints. There’s also a touch of gentle bitterness in the finish, however this doesn’t really provide a crisp finish as the rich chocolate and, in the finish, distinct caramel notes last a long time. Overall, this is a superb chocolate beer, but it is more chocolatey than most, however the flavours are so good and work so well together.
KeefOz (837) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - OCT 6, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle 640ml BB 1/2/14. Poured a translucent coppery colour with a two- to three-finger off white foamy heads that retained OK then dropped to a bubble ring. Laced poorly. Medium carbonation as seen by medium sized bubbles forming trails. Aroma of nice sweet dark chocolate that lasts. Taste of pleasant sweet dark chocolate and underlying sweet vanilla. Medium body. Smooth with a lingering chocolate finish but overall a bit too sweet.