csbosox (1225) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 16, 2007
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
750ml bottle. Roasty aroma, kinda chalky at first. It would seem the beer needs a little time to release the aroma which is roasty, dark fruits, alcolhol, highly kilned malt (burnt, or bordering on burnt), light cocoa and light coffee. Highly carbonated. Taste is roasty and astringent, with hints of lactose and a light, seemingly one dimensional (read generic brand, none of the complexities that you can get out of good cocoa) bakers chocolate and the office coffee pot around noon when the liquid has turned into a thick syrup with equal parts cheap coffee and char. There is also a yeasty aspect to the beer even though the ring of yeast is undisturbed at the bottom of the bottle. I had one of these (I bought two bottles, one in Chicago and one in KC) last night at a party and was unimpressed, as was the wife, but that was after several other beers. I fully expected to love this beer and I was very unimpressed.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark with a head of different shades of tan and brown...like those people that have pigment problems with their skin or birthmarks...kind of like an albino black person. The aroma certainly has tons of cocoa with some milkiness in the background. Some nice roasted malt notes also. Flavors have a little tinniness to them at the beginning, though the mouthfeel is pretty lucious. Some bitterness is there yet the dominant characteristic is chocolate. Pretty good for a chocolate beer.
railcat1 (693) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at FFF,this was a dark malty chocolate stout with a belgian type finish sweet and delightful,overall not a bad stout and this was a fine beer.CHEERS!
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Everything I have had from this brewer is good. On tap at Vintage Estates. Pours a VERY deep brown with a fluffy brown/white head. Roasty dark chocolate on the nose. Taste is of classic Ommegang (if you have had anything else from them you know what this taste is) with a hint of bakers chocolate. The chocolate become more appearant as it warms, but not "indulging". Finish is sweet and satisfying.
Tmoney99 (11349) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Riverís Bend. Poured black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate roasted coffee, nuts and dark chocolate aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Medium dark chocolate flavor with a medium dark chocolate bittersweet finish of average duration.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2008 Bottle from trade with Beachbum25....thanks!! Pours into glass deep chocolate brown almost black. Nose was overwhelming with the sent of bittersweet Belgian chocolate, toffee, and dough. Flavor was not as potent as the aroma but, still very good. Very creamy mouth feel. Thanks Beachbum!!
gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep opaque color, firm brown head and that deep aroma of chocolate. Smooth complex mouthfeel, perhaps a bit lighter than the stoutest stout (see Rasputin) but very flavorful and an excellent way to start the evening. I like stouts a lot, and I like this a lot.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Solid brown body with dry chocolate aroma. Solid body with that dry chocolate flavor (more cocoa powder than anything).
drewbeerme (3885) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap, didnít take notes but had this a few hours ago, pours very dark with creamy tan head. nose of bakerís chocolate, dough, and yeasty. I was surprised by how yeasty this was that came off feeling unclean, chocolate was there but not too much, some dark fruits as well. light and fluffy palate. this was decent, i wasnít overly impressed and iím glad i didnít fork over $13/bottle for this.
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. An interesting brew. Poured really cold, so first impressions were definitely that, though not so prominent in the flavor, the chocolate gives this beer a silky smooth finish like no other. Like velvet going down your throat. As it warms, the chocolate really comes into being, providing wonderful black chocolate notes like no normal stout could ever do. Really rich, lightly bitter, different. Nose is extremely malty with little chocolate. Big complexity and an absolute joy to drink. I am LOVING this!