dlovell2 (684) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cocoa Aroma. Dark Brown color. Slight hops taste with nutty and cocoa finish. Fantastic Beer. I hope Harpoon brings this one back next winter!
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours brown with a thin tan head. Smells of cocoa. Tastes of sweet chocolate with some roasty notes. One dimensional and boring.
thornecb (4321) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep mahogany into a shaker. Mocha head with good retention leaves no lacing as it pancakes. Chocolate syrup aromas. Upfront tingling chocolate that sours in the middle and evens out to chocolate again in the dry finish.
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: Probably the most chocolatey beer I’ve ever had. At least when it came to aroma. Not the best "beer", but an incredible alcoholic, chocolate drink.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that looked black in the glass with red highlights and a small to average, tan head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma was almost all milk and dark chocolate along with some roasted and burnt malt, slight cola and vanilla. Part of the flavor seemed artificial though. The flavor started sweet, and finished sweet, slightly sour and just slightly bitter with an average duration. There was mostly chocolate and cocoa powder which seemed somewhat artificial. The medium body was oily with tingly carbonation and a dry and lightly astringent finish.
johnnyoski (431) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle: Pours dark brown, with a huge creamy tan head. Sweet chocolate syrup on the nose. Flavor starts a little weak but finishes with a strong burst of chocolate. Lightly carbonated, a little thin and watery mouthfeel. Decent lacing throughout. Its labeled as a chocolate stout and thats definitely what you get.
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Powerful chocolate and cream aroma. Black body, small creamy light brown head. Flavor is cocoa, chocolate, a little coffee. Sweet but not cloying. Lengthy sweet finish. To my taste, the chocolate is very overdone.
speedywinger (28) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate and Kahlua in the nose. Nice aroma! Chocolate malts flavor and lingering chocolate aftertaste. Nice one harpoon!
rocbyter (1895) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JAN 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong but not over powering chocolate aroma. Almost black color with a medium brown head. Moderate malty beginning with a light tangy chocolate finish.
nathan30533 (585) - Dahlonega, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark with a lite brown forming head. Smell and taste the chocolate malts. Very smooth and sweet. Good ale from Harpoon.