MbpBugeye (39) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2011
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
On tap at Jackie O’s VBRBDAKLDAQUINCE release.
A- Like Spider889 said, I cant score this any higher than a3 for appearance. It looked exactly like the other stouts that I had on tap that day. A very thin head that skims away with some spots lets behind here and there. Deep black body that has some viscosity to it.
S- Very chocolatey on the nose. Ive begun to notice that when beers get really, really chocolatey they begin to smell like tootsie rolls. Now obviously there arent Tootsie Rolls in this beer, I think, but the gobs of sweet chocolate give this a candy like aroma. Thankfully there are some stout-like qualities in the way of roasted malts and caramel. But the caramel only serves to candy-up this beer more.
T- YEEESH! I had the BA version on tap, and have been kicking myself for missing that bottle release ever since. The BB Sweet Chocolate Love is one of JO’s best. The regular version, however, not my cup of chocolate. And thats really what it is. Chocolate.
The word cloying gets used often on this site, too often actually so I try to avoid using it. In this case there really isnt any other word. I love sweet chocolate as much an anyone (ST Choclat is great) but there is something about how the chocolate presents itself here that is really off putting. I mentioned Tootsie Rolls when describing the aroma, well its tenfold in the taste.
M- The feel is smooth but much too thin on the body. The beer looked like it was going to have a decent weight to the body but it was deceptive.
D- I know this is the common air of BA but the barrel aged version is much better.
Fritz123 (1533) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At the Public House on draft. The deep brown, nearly black pour also had a mild tan head that lasted. Aroma is BIG cocoa nibs and dark chocolate with a hint of sweet milks and roasted malts. The taste is obviously big dark and milk chocolates. The sweet milks and maltball come through at the end with slight roastyness. Medium body, medium light carb. Really damn good.
madelfonatree (298) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed on tap at Winking Lizard 10/23/2015.
Look - Brown. Tan head. I’ve let it sit for an hour and still has a ring of head.
Smell - Sweet chocolate. Dark chocolate. Soy sauce.
Taste - Chocolate.
Feel - Creamy. Smooth. Full.
Overall - This is a thick milk stout. It is nice to get the higher ABV and feel.
drfabulous (5524) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at brewpub. Big chocolate stout Hoppy with some nice notes. Thick. Good.
orangesol (986) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to Deuane for bringing me this growler back from a recent trip to the brewery. Thanks again buddy! Growler poured into a duvel tulip.
A - Pours pitch black with a nice half finger tall dark tan head leaving very light lacing down the glass.
S - Tons of sweet chocolate and dark roasted malts mix well with a bit of lactose sweetness and the faintest hint of booze to create the core of this beer. More and more chocolate comes thru as it begins to come to room temp.
T - Plenty of chocolaty sweetness mixes well with the dark roasted malts, ground coffee, and lactose sweetness. Finish has plenty of sweetness throughout but it gets a bit hot as it warms up. Pretty good stout but nothing too mind blowing. I am looking forward to trying some of the other offerings from Jackie O’s.
M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. A bit thin but no big deal there. Finish has plenty of dark roast and strong chocolaty sweetness.
D - Pretty good. Based on the fact that I drank nearly half the growler myself I must have enjoyed some part of this one. The balance was good but it was just a bit too sweet. Still pretty good tho.
Dogbrick (10409) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the brewpub. Brownish-black pour with a medium creamy beige head that diminishes slowly. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Sweet chocolate and malt in the nose. Medium-bodied with flavors of chocolate syrup, roast malt and mild coffee in the background. The finish is sweet with a chocolate malt aftertaste. Above average overall.
phaleslu (8215) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nitro draft sample on the brewpub side. Pours a coffee brown with a creamy beige head. Abundant chocolate here, obviously, along with coffee, cream, toast, and earth. The milk chocolate is definitely there, but also some more bitter dark chocolate. Medium-bodied, with a smooth mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Delicious.
Sammy (10317) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On nitro at the brewpub. Very drinkable and yummy chocolate. Slightly higher alcohol than listed.
Tmoney99 (12725) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap sample. Poured a black color with a large frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy dark chocolate malt, toasted oats and milk sugar aroma. Medium to heavy dark chocolate flavor with a medium to heavy sweet candy finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a good rich beer.
DavoleBomb (1744) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Received in a pint glass.
3.5 A: Black color. Came without a head.
3.5 S: Quite chocolate-ty with deep caramel notes and molasses. Hints of diacetyl. Supple roastiness and oatmeal to round this off.
3.5 T: Sharp chocolate, caramel, slight woodiness, oatmeal. Again, hints of diacetyl.
3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy.
3.5 D: Tasty beer that works with or without a bourbon barrel.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 03-25-2012 21:04:52
JStax (4292) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured on draft. Appearance is a a dark brown with a thin, khaki colored head of foam. Aroma is loaded with chocolate but has a nice subtle oatiness to it. Taste is sweet and roasty. Aftertaste is a sweet chocolate that just sets on the tongue, begging you to give it some more.