BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler and served in Bells snifter: Deep brown and nearly opaque, some purple and tan highlights, frothy but small tan head with okay lacing. The aroma has notes of bakers chocolate, vanilla beans, burnt coffee, blackstrap molasses, prune, fig lactic acid, walnut and roast, some leathery and tobacco earthy yeast esters. The taste starts a tad sweet and syrupy but a nice dash of lactic acid and acidic fruit help balance before the hop and coffeeish bitterness comes about. Nutty and roasty throughout with an earthy component. Even a touch tannic and woody toward the end. The mouth feel is quite smooth and moderately carbonated, a but thinner than expected but that makes it quite easy to drink. Overall a very successful effort IMO. I am now enjoying glass #3, yummy.
TheAlum (6373) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2011 Growler from the brewery picked up for the Bears game (Chicago, IL). Pours a very dark blackish hue, opaque with touches of brown, a cakey moderate darker brown head, stays moderate sized, laces well. Aromas are rich dark cocoa and roasted malts, touches of brown sugar, molasses, coffee grounds. Chocolate, cream, earthy tobacco, touches of lactose but not big. Kinda like a blend of a lot of cacao, rich and dark, dry roast. The sweetness is there, but it is so much more. Almost like a stout brewed with a Brown Ale appeal. Initial is medium bodied, throwing roast and cocoa, dark cacao nibs, touches of molasses, brown malts, roasted malts, sweeter cocoa and toffee. Touches of biscuits. The beer itself is a little light on body, with dry and roast lingering on, cacao and some sweetness, light lactose, toast and touches of earthy tobacco and brown malts, roasted barley. I think the surprisingly less sweet beer makes it a little thinner on body overall. Really, this feels like a chocolate loaded brown porter to me. Touches of milk sugar, but it really falls behind to me. Roast, dry, cocoa. Touches of coffee grounds work there way in a bit. Not a bad beer, tasty, just a little bit underbodied and not as sweet as you’d expect a sweet stout to be. A great display of cocoa.. The natural way with some light touches of sweetness and plenty of unsweetened dark chocolate, roasty malts, dry and lingering sweetness hangs on a bit. Me thinks this beer has brought out the homer in some of us..
RobertDale (4341) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours almost black with an average tan head. Aroma of chocolate and malt. Taste is milk chocolate, roasted malt, lactose, and a touch of coffee. Very good.
kaser (4150) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious chocolate stout. Milky and earthy but great. Draft at half acre. Black with foamy white head
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to my patron saint and The Wizard for this bomber! Shared this with a few buds in Chi and we all agreed it was a pretty damn solid milk chocolate bomb masked as beer. Silky dark brown pour with a minimal carbonation, some sticky lacing. Nice milk choc nose, mild roasted malts and a bit of lacto. Mouthfeel was a bit insubstantial for the style, but not too thin. Slightly dark more roasty flavors in the taste than the nose suggested, but mostly the delicious candy promised on first snort. Nice one.
drewbeerme (3901) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
draft at stout fest ’11. pours black with tan head. nose of chocolate. lots of it. dear goodness syrupy chocolate. flavors have that syrupy chocolate flavor, rye bread. doughy finish. med. body. just okay
HonkeyBra (3795) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Is Chocolate Camaro a sex joke? Because I think it should be a sex joke. Not going to come up with one though because that would require actually being funny. Very dark brown pour, near black, with medium tan head that slowly dissipates into a tan film. Nice lacing. I’ve always thought it was OK to have 7 out of every 10 jokes fail. .300 batting average will get you into the hall of fame. Aroma of Dark chocolate, oreo cookie, light roast. Maybe a bit of cocoa. Flavor is dark chocolate, cocoa, some nuget. Actually, extremely dry. Probably the driest chocolate stout I’ve ever had. Basically, liquid dark chocolate without any annoying sweetness. Which is really nice. Medium bodied, lively carbonation. Light lactose sweetness peaks out as it warms. Quite an excellent chocolate stout. Hard not to get behind this.
jrallen34 (3497) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Homer Half Acre love on this one...Thanks to Chris for coming over early Saturday. Drank from a Matilda tulip...Pours black with medium to dark brown on the fringes. Really good carbonation especially from an already opened growler, retention and lacing are really nice...The aroma is really sweet chocolate syrup, roast, some great creaminess. Some bitter coffee. Too sweet, but otherwise easy to smell, ok...The taste is not doing it for me. Sweet bitter cream, over burnt malt, off balanced lactose sugar that just seems added in. The burnt/roast makes for a harsh finish and feel...Despite not loving this still pretty easy to drink.
About an average milk stout. Can’t recommend this.
Frank (3469) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well done stout. Nice and roasty with a good bit of coffee and chocolate character without any harsh ashy notes. Dry and very smooth and full bodied with creamy carbonation. I could drink this all day.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2012 3/26/12-re-rate from Stout Fest. Had to try this one again and see what the deal was. Second time around, much improved. Much more malt driven with drying roast and less cloying milk sugar. The chocolate is a bit more subdued and less sweet overall. Much, much better this time around. 3.7.
5/26/11 -Draft at Fountainhead. Pours black with a tan head, pretty good looking beer. Nose expresses chocolate, hershey’s syrup. This is going to be sweet. No hop aromatics. Some light roast notes are present. On taste, sweet. Cloyingly so. The lactose overtakes the cocoa notes. It rides the tongue and wraps it up. I can’t get past the sweetness. Reminds me of Dark Horizon 3. Not my bag at all...2.4