bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of Mora2000) Pours a near black body with a medium tan head. Aroma of chocolate whey protein powder, roasted malt, and lactose. Flavor of dark chocolate, after dinner mints, roasted malt, caramel, and some coffee with a dry finish.
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Small tan head atop cola brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, chocolate, some caramel, light roast, finishes solid bittersweet chocolate. Smooth medium body.
jcwattsrugger (11071) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@Tampa Wkly Gathering-pours a light brown head and mahogany color. Aroma is dark malt-chocolate. Taste is dark malt-chocolate, secondary earthy hops.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Date: December 18, 2009
Appearance: black, wispy beige head
Aroma: huge chocolate and roasted coffee aroma, nice caramel sweetness to offset the dark chocolate
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, lots of bitter dark chocolate, touch of roasted coffee, long bitter finish from the dark chocolate
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
Tmoney99 (10405) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap sample. Poured clear dark brown color with an average frothy tan head that mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate roasted sweet chocolate aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium sweet chocolate flavor with a medium chocolate sweet finish of average duration.
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Capone’s. Dark brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Nice chocolate aroma with some roastiness. Tastes of chocolate and roasty, but there was just something there that didn’t live up to the aromas - just couldn’t quite put my finger on it.
pivnizub (8727) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAR 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (Thanks to joss!): As black as ink, stable mid-sized tanned head; distinctive aromas of sweet milk-chocolate and blueberries (!) in the nose; surprisingly dry bitter-sweet flavour, light to medium bodied, soft; gentle chocolatey and berry-like flavours in the finish, followed by an illusion of cacao-powder in the aftertaste. Very nice liquid fruit-cake.....
MoritzF (8389) - Bochum, GERMANY - FEB 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle, 35.5cl) Black coloured hue with a light-brown medium-sized foamy head. Sweet and distinctively chocolate-malty and moderately roasted aroma with notes of blueberries. Surprisingly bitter flavour with a dry mouthfeel, medium to light bodied with a smooth carbonation. Roasty malty base with notes of dark and milk chocolate with berry-fruity accents; dry and moderately roasty malty finish with notes of chocolate and fruits lingering into the aftertaste. A superb liquid blueberry-muffin. 16.II.11
GT2 (8163) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
355mL. Pours a deep brown to near black with a fizzy, temporary mocha head that looks rich and rocky but is short-lived. No lace. Aroma is milk chocolate, chocolate covered maraschino cherries, cheap anniversary chocolate box. Taste makes it immediately evident that Harpoon does not really brew beer as much as they make flavored water. There is zero mouthfeel- mostly mineral water, Perrier. The taste is almost an afterthought, as if this was chocolate coffee vanilla flavored vitamin water. The aftertaste in mineral forward with lemon tartness coming back. I mean even a style that near impossible to ruin, Harpoon has accomplished this with flying colors.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from the winter sampler. Pours a very dark brown color with a medium sized brown head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of chocolate, cocoa. Very sweet. Faint roasty and dusty notes if you look for them. The taste is roasted malts, cocoa, chocolate, a milky note, a faint leafy hops. Medium bodied. Decent beer.