fidelis83 (1793) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - APR 30, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nearly clear, gold to orange pour with a thin, creamy white head. Aroma of sweet chocolate, toasted corn, caramel, toffee and tree fruit. Flavor starts off with a mixture of chocolate coffee syrup and cocoa nibs, then some toast, sweet cereal, sweet corn, toffee, grass and fruity notes. Light body, thin, slightly (and awkwardly) acidic feel with a light, slightly sharp carbonation. This beer is pretty strange, but I kinda dig it.
hockeybeerguy (532) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reviewed from notes. Consumed June 10, 2013 as I was driving across the country.
This one pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color ("dirty blonde" I guess, sure why not?) and leaves the same colored body. It has a one finger foamy white head that dies and leaves some nice lookin’ clingy lacing to the glass.
The smell has a toasty yet slightly roasty chocolate-ness that comes through slightly malty in the background
The taste is sweet all the way through, and then gets a bit stronger in the chocolate the more it goes down. It has a strong sweet chocolate aftertaste and a dry finish.
On the palate, it has a light to medium body and becomes somewhat sessionable with a slightly creamy edge to it. Carbonation is spot on for the style and for me.
Overall, this would be my first American Blonde Ale with chocolate in it. I once had DFH’s Theobrama and thought this would be similar and in a way, I guess I could kinda say it is without the spicy ancho chile flavoring. I would probably have this again.
Nero55 (400) - Leeds, Alabama, USA - NOV 30, 2013
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Golden with extremely large off white head (infection?). Aroma of fruits and grain. Medium/light body with malt sweetness and some hop bitterness. Not much chocolate except the residue in the bottom of my glass. I expect a chocolate ale to have at least a hint of chocolate
BVery (5443) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Can. Pale gold pour with a monster white head. Some funky stale wheat and fake chocolate aroma. Thin palate. Hint of metal. Not very good.
igneous1 (1486) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 25, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
pale yellow, slightly hazy, short-lived white head. nose is mild cocoa and frankly not a whole lot else. flavor is cocoa, bit of grass, with a very light touch of hoppiness in the aftertaste. not terribly interesting.
nuplastikk (4089) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2013
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
12oz can. Light golden yellow until the syrupy black part came out at the end, making it hazier and darker. Pretty gross to see an additive that fully separates like that. Big, loud white head. Has some biting sour sharpness, another infected can from Great River...will be the last time I buy their product on the shelf. Gross perfume chemical aroma. Biting, sharp, aggressive body..no chocolate flavor. This beer is an absolute loser. I like the concept. The execution is terrible.
johnroblawson (37) - Ames, Iowa, USA - SEP 21, 2013
1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Like light lager with sour cherry chocolate blasting rather unsubtly through the middle. Tastes cheap and fake, not a fan.
rosenbergh (5935) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 15, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz can. From Iowa. Thanks John M!
Cloudy pale golden colour with a small white head.
The aroma is quite strange. There’s mild sourness, some sweetness, a touch of chocolate and... malt I guess.
The flavour is rhubarb and some sweetness. Very messy and strange brew.
TheHOFF43 (1611) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a can. Pour is hazy and light with white head, weird for a chocolate beer. Incredibly nice chocolate aroma and taste, wore me out a bit with how much chocolate there was by the end of the can. Really a cool beer, but 16oz was too much for me.
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can shared by John at the Racetrack Gathering. Pours a clear gold with a faint haze under a thin white head. Chocolate, wheat, faint malt. A touch of yeast, soft chocolate hints, vanilla, cocao and wheat. Soft malt, toast, chocolate, ok but a bit dull.
pepsican (1416) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUL 4, 2013
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Add chocolate chapstick to a golden ale with a hint of infection and metal and you get this beer. Thanks for the free can distributor man, but I probably won’t be revisiting this one again.