Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 4, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Poured a deep dark brown, almost black with a brown head. Strong chocolate aroma, rich and malty. Slightly woody and a little boozy, warming. Tasty.
daknole (10828) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasting at Brewtopia. I have always wanted to try this(probably the name!). A nice dark brown pour with edges of dark red. This one smells sweet, roasted, toasted and some vanilla creeps in on the nose. The flavor was a bit of a let down. I get some chocolate and malts but I also get some weird flavor and mouthfeel hit me. A bit too toasty for my likes and strikes me as a porter more than a ESA . Alcohol is hidden pretty well.
bubbleflubber (2144) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly murky mahogany into the glass, with a tiny head that dissipates to nothing. Some sweet vanilla, oak and roasted notes to the nose, reminiscent of a complex stout or porter. Dry takes on caramel malts and some dark fruits on the flavor palate, with some semi-sweet chocolates and slight roasts ingrained as well. The finish is about the same, with the esters and roasts closing the pull. The mouthfeel is creamy, with alcohol noted throughout. A nice brew, and a good all-around offering, although not the typical ESA, in my humble opinion. Decent.
Homer321 (3961) - Melboring, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2014 milky malty sweet smell, like a milk stout. slight roastiness. very very dark ruby. slight fruitiness, sweet taste and creamy. like a milk stout mixed with an old ale. light vanilla. very light wood taste. slight astringency. this beer is weird. maybe it’s the name, but I get a lot of milk stout character. I wouldn’t buy this again.
Update: 5/28/14: draft. A chocolate and lactose bomb. Way better than I recall and very solid. A blend of sweet and chocolate. Upping this a solid 0.7 from 3 to 3.7
douglas88 (8108) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Daniel. Pours a dark brown/red color with a large light-brown head. The aroma is very nice; lots of roasted notes, some chocolates, some woody aspects also. The taste is excellent; initially sweet malts, milky and thick roasted malt flavors, some sweet chocolates, and some light and earthy wood flavors in the finish. Very easygoing, and hardly hot at all. Very decadent and extremely milky. Some alcohol present, but overall, a very quaffable brew. Very enjoyable.
sebletitje (8957) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 31, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtesy of idatetheformula.
Pour black, off whit head.
Aroma, hoppy and dark fruits.
Taste, some nice roastiness and malts. Decent amount of chocolate and caramel. Light oak.
Drinkable and excellent.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of sebletitje. Pours a clear dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, and oak. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium thin mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness and well hidden alcohol. Very good.
RunDWP (203) - San Jose, California, USA - OCT 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Vanilla and oaky aroma. Taste of roasted malt, with strong oak flavors and vanilla. Alcohol presence, but it doesn’t everwhelm the brew. The slightest hint of resin hops in the background. Poured black with tan head and lacing on the glass. Enjoyed sipping this one.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 28, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep brown with a few large bubbles, light tan in color. The nose is roasted grain. The flavor is a bit more of coffee, but overly roasted grain and corn present. A touch of oak as well.
That1Guy (2191) - Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Crushed with Jakebra. Malty, maybe some liquorice on the nose. Dahk pour, very very thin. Too thin for this guy, aight? but the flavor is definitely there and makes this beer drinkable.