fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler shared at a tasting. Pours black with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is sweet chocolate with some nice dark roast to balance it out. Medium light creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is smooth chocolate that has a hint a sweetness that is done really well. Its not cloyingly sweet at all. And its balanced with the right amount of roast. This is an outstanding brew. Thanks Brad!
cpetrone84 (1011) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A-pours a jet black liquid with a tiny bit of deep brown head.
S-the nose is light and has some light mik chocolate, notes of oatmeal and some soapy hops in the back.
T-the taste is more bitter, the oatmeal and milk chocolate are still there but bitter burnt coffee ridns come in behind as the soapy hop flavors come by themself in the finish.
M-good full body with a thick and creamy feel. the finish is nicely carbonated and semi dry.
D-this is reasonably nicebut the hop presence seems out of place and slightly off. Still, the smooth oatmea stout body and weight make it drink smooth and easy.
darkguardian (724) - Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is my kind of stout. 32oz growler thanks to George. Pours an almost black with a small beige head. Nose is lots of roast chocolate, creamy caramel and oatmeal. Flavor is big on mouthfeel with a extremely creamy chocolate character up front. Chewy caramel malt center finishes with a slightly roasted mocha finish. This is a really good milk stout.
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.