nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml. Dark brown, oily pour with a tan head. Aroma is bittersweet chocolate, banana, hops, ripe cherries, and an acrid smokiness. Similar flavor, heavy on the chocolate and the smoke, light alcohol, dry and astringent finish. Oily body. There is some almond in there too, especially in the finish. Good, not great.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of beerlando. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of chocolate, coffee, nuts, some cherries, pepper. Tastes slightly tarte with a really good chocolate balance. Some nice nuttiness on the finish.
Brigadier (2900) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at La Cave Di Vun
When I saw this was on tap I decided to give it a try over the Old Rasputin. It’s always hard to pick when each of the six options is excellent in its own way. This alternative let me determine whether to make a run to the store to pick up another bottle or just sit on the one I have at home now. As it turns out I plan on not picking pu any more but not due to disliking it. Instead I simply don’t think I could get around to drinking a second bottle before it began to slide.
Aroma / Appearance - The scent of fresh warm hot chocolate made from genuine cocoa (not powder) is interlaced with chilled coffee and a metallic tang. It reminds me of a specialty drink you might order at the local coffee shop in the morning. The body was a mild black with tannish head. It lingered for quite a while; it was not until I’d drank half the tulip glass that it finally faded.
Flavor / Palate - Chocolate grated through a metallic cheese grater was both pleasing and a bit different (the chocolate much better than the aluminum). Coffee, cocoa and a hint of blackberries create a nice complexity that is wrapped up with a moist bitter finish. The closest thing I can think of would be a Dr Pepper laced with chooclate syrup. Overall I found it to be a nice 10th Anniversary release. If they were all this good I would start working through my backlog immediately.
holdenn (2078) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 ml bottle thanks to xnoxhatex for bringing this. Pours a dark brown with a light brown head that stays around for quite a while. Bakers chocolate and cocoa in the nose with some funkiness roasted malts. Wow this tastes like chocolate. Like pure cocoa powder. A light bitterness and roastiness from the cocoa. But really sweet. This is a desert that would be best at two or three sips, anything else and you’ve had enough. Interesting beer though.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to WeeHeavySD for sharing this. Pretty interesting ale - aroma is chocolate and metal. The flavor was similar, with a strong metallic taste that didn’t work with us. Palate was thin and watery, making for a rather uninteresting beer. Worth a try though.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Shoreline Liquor Shared with Bartzilla and Naven. Pours black with a 1 finger creamy light brown head. Nose is rich chocolate with some robust malts. Taste was a little metallic and it was difficult to get beyond that metallic taste. Besides the metallicness the choclate was nice, the palate was a little thin but overall not terrible. Hope the metal was just this bottle.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors, Chicago. Apperance is a hazy, very dark brown color with tan head. I got a very strong smoked turkey aroma that no one else seemed to get with chocolate powder and some sweet malt. The flavor was like eating a spoonful of cocoa powder with malt bitterness and grain, it was semi-sweet but very strange. Body was medium to full and nicely carbonated. A little too much going on, I am glad i was able to share it.
Ernest (6162) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (sourish cocoa powder, chocolate milk, roasted grain), with a hint of sour cherry. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, slightly unclean. Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Not that pleasant; cheap-smelling chocolate (like stale Hershey’s), not much else going on, and a weird aftertaste. Appearance and mouthfeel are the only good aspects.
malrubius (1657) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml split in Duvel glass. Black with lasting flat brown head and lace. Chocolate, port, and earthy aroma with hint of must. Dark chocolate, port flavor with very slight raisin fruitiness and bittersweet finish. Surprisingly dry fast finish. Medium body medium carbonation. Very nice but less complex and indulgent than expected.
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - NOV 10, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A little disappointed actually in this brew from one of my favorite breweries. This is probablly just my palate...dry cocoa NOT SWEET CHOCOLATE fills every sip, well made, but less dense (thick) then I expected, no real yeast flavoring either....Hawksfan17 said this beer is "a little over rated." I agree.