marcus (7194) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 24, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This dark brown lager poured with a thin beige head. There is a blatant chocolate flavor over a rather thin roasted malt base, and a long dry finish. I give A-B credit for producing something a step above their standard atrocities, but they’ve got a long way to go.
bhensonb (12023) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 19, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Weird aromas of chocolate and ? Nice mahogany color with a beige/tan head that rapidly ringed. Medium body with creamy carbonation. The flavor is chocolate, but a strange chocolate. I remember this from my childhood, but I can’t remember where I had it. Hersheys powder from the can? There seems to be some roasted malt to go with the chocolate. It’s mildly sweet, but with the chocolate it is really a bit astringent. This is a mixed brew, neither this nor that. Finish is chocolate, malt, and fairly dry. A real challenge to the lager non-lover. Why couldn’t they do this with a porter? Interesting, though. Another step out of the box for AB. It really does seem to improve with time and warming.
BBB63 (6368) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
The last "swill" beer of the evening and the one that I overpaid for. The non-beer friends were mixed about this, some hated the sweetness and chocolate that utterly dominates the flavor but a few thought it was really good, caused some fun conversion. I enjoyed listening them them ramble on like we so often.
For myself, it pours deep brown with a mostly lasting frothy head and some lace. The aroma is pure Hersey’s Chocolate powder with a hint of apple and plum esters and noted fusel alcohol. The taste was not as sweet as I feared but still overpowers almost any other flavor. What redeeming value is a surprisingly tart fruit undertone that help cut through the chocolate in the finish. The mouth feel is lively and chalky, not as thick as expected. All in all I have had worse beer but this is hardly worth the price IMO.
Palidor19 (3036) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
it does have some decent qualities. Chocolate aromas with a burnt body slighly toasted malts and a creamy head. It goes down smooth with a taste of dark cocoa beans. Recommended
ScoWRee (396) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2008
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a deep amber color with a thin tan bubblie head that quickly disapates. Aroma of cocco and more cocco. Taste of Hershey Cocco. If you like chocolate,you’ll love this. Overall not that intresting.
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1) Small head that went away quickly.
2) Chocolate flavor is at the right level...not too much, not too little.
3) Finish reminds me of dry cocoa powder.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2007
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sampled from 2006 vintage torpedo bottle, found in a friggen basement. Faint chocolate aroma on this amber beer. Similar flavor but very light.
Skyview (5283) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled from 2006 vintage torpedo bottle, courtesy of brewfiend. Pours a clear dark coppery amber brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that disipates to a ring. Aroma of herbal spice, some bakers chocolate, a touch of apple and some vanilla. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with flavors of bakers chocoalte, caramel malt, some flowery hop bitterness and a touch of yeast. Finish is slightly metalic, dry with a vanilla/chocolate aftertaste. It’s different.
fro2218 (470) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 28, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark and malty. A little thin. Not much cocolate. Some caramel. Not too good.
BOBANDDOUG (61) - Belleville, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Recieved this 2007 Edition from a friend at AB. Just a while label pre-production sample bottle. Used a tulip glass to release as much aroma/flavor as possible.
pours dark, like coca-cola, with minimal head. Zero lacing on the glass.
Smells of a chocolate malt, spiked with alcohol.
Tastes of obvious chocolate, with hints of fruit, maybe apples, and alcohol. Not over powered by any one ingredient. I didn’t take notes on last years edition, but, by memory, seems close, but with a more pronounced chocolate/malt than I recall.
This beer seemed to get better about 5-7 min out of the fridge, as do most. Not an overly complex beer, but, a very good holiday party beer.
I also recieved a bottle of new for 2007 Celebrate Cherry, which I will review when someone sets up the review for it. It’s not bad at all, might be good mixed with the chocolate