MaltOne (168) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a near opaque chocolate amber. Big pillowy light tan head - subsides gradually to a thinner lace cap. Big aroma of chocolate banana. Flavors of moderately middle dark chocolate and banana with faint hint of cloves. The moderate effervescents pushes the flavors throughout the palate. Medium body. The almost imperceptible hops eliminates the potential for over sweetness - a balanced finish. I much prefer this to the Sam Adams Chocolate Bock, which was a bit too sweet. This is a beer that needs the right context to excel, not a session beer (unless you’re a chocoholic) - after dinner with fresh oranges... But for a foodie, this is a great asset. Nicely crafted.
Glouglouburp (5883) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2013
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
In short: A chocolaty beer with an irritating intense spiciness. Bad recipe.
How: Bottle 12oz¸ approximately 6 months of age or so, bottle sent to me by oakbluff, thanks Scott.
The look: Clear burgundy body topped by large dark beige head quickly dissipating to a small layer of foam
In long: Nose is chocolaty (not surprise here) but also has a strong unsuspected spiciness (nutmeg and some cinnamon), phenols as well as minty notes. Very strange, didn’t feel like I was smelling a beer, more like some kind of digestive chocolaty candy. Taste is cocoa powder, way too much powdery spices, gingerbread man, salt, old cookies crumbs, mint leafs. Very aggressive sode-pop style carbonation. Rough mouthfeel. This truly was an atrocious creation, I couldn’t finish my 12oz bottle. I hated this Chocolate Abbey almost as much as the person who invented the fire alarm hated deaf people.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Name: Chocolate Abbey
Date: October 12, 2012
Appearance: clear brown, fine beige head, streaks of drippy lace
Flavor: sweet chocolate flavor, fruity esters, caramel sweetness
Overall: sweet chocolate flavor, rich and fruity, light earthyness, touch of vanilla adds sweetness to the chocolate
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
Atom (1121) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours a dark cola brown with ruby highlights and a medium khaki head. Aroma of cocoa powder, tootsie rolls, berries, and slight bubble gum. Taste of chocolate and berries with a punch of Belgian yeast in the middle and finishing a little bitter with a slight roast. I’m not a huge fan of Belgian yeast put it goes very nicely with the chocolate here.
oakbluff (403) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby red with good clarity and foamy head. Nose powdered chocolate and berries. Taste- more candies berries, some roast, touch boozy and drying. Lively carbonation. Odd beer
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle served in a Deschutes snifter.
A: Pours a seemingly darkish brown color, but is a very dark ruby when held up to the light. Very light tan head forms on the pour and dissipates rather quickly.
S: Bubblegum yeast and some chocolate with a little hint of sweet vanilla. Very surprising.
T: More of the bubblegum yeast with some toffee malts. When it warms up it has a sweet chocolate middle and a tootsie roll finish. A little too sweet for my liking.
M: Medium bodied a prickly carbonation with a very sweet finish on the palate.
O: I really missed the dark fruit flavors and the bubblegum yeast sort of threw me for a loop. Not my favorite and didn’t really mesh that well.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-03-2011
jsquire (3230) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cola colored beer out of the bottle with very little of a head that fully dissipated. Big warm chocolaty nose. This is a rich, bitter chocolate flavored beer, with some toast, yeast, faint spice, and a faint hop note. Nice, chocolate beer.
AWISLguy (934) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Uncle Mikes. The tender said they aged it 8 months to smooth it out. Pours very black with a chocolate milk head. Spotty lacing. Aroma has chocolate liquour and sweet caramels. If liquid chocolate were gold! Taste is of chocolate pudding and belgian yeasts. Very light compared to the power of the aroma. Finishes short and sweet-ish. Clean and crisp and chocolatey. A dubbel traditionalist would hate it, but I would have again and again - excellent take off of a style.
mcberko (4845) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 3, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle, sent from FullObs (thanks Brett), pours a dark mahogany with a medium beige head. Aroma is full of chocolate, Belgian yeast, some cinnamon, and dry powdered cocoa. Flavour of chocolate / cocoa powder, cinnamon and brown sugar. Very thin body, kind of watery, with flavours that become muted on the finish. Decent, but watery and weak.
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Discount Liquors. Pours a deep and brooding brown with a quickly faltering head into a Westvleteren chalice. Nose is hershey’s syrup, dark fruity, faint cherry and a clove phenol note. Peppery. Taste is light cocoa, cloves and a hot alcohol note. Quite dry overall. The phenols are too much and kick the cocoa around. Also, the cocoa has a milk chocolate quality to it which lends a bizarre sweetness. Worth trying but not really my bag.