Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A sticky tan head floated on top of an inky blackness. Alluring aromas of dark chocolate and white cake wafted from the glass. Mouthfeel was rich and velvety, like rabbit fur. Flavors and aromas were wonderfully balanced and complementing. They did not smack you in the face with boldness, but they were nice. Notes of dark chocolate, tobacco, toffee, milk, sugared espresso and doughy yeast swirled together into a profusion of heaven on the tongue. It all seemed to work well together, too. A chocolaty bitterness followed and provided even more balance. What a great Belgian-style stout.
pubscout (28) - Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A nice chocolatey/coffeeish beer with which to finish a holiday meal--if you can’t get Utopias. Better yet, have both. I found it to be very pleasant to the taste and very smooth on the palate. Its flavor improved as it warmed. Nice to give as a gift to a lover of good beer--especially a stout/porter person. But infinitely better to receive...
BBB63 (5946) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Corked bottle and served in my Expedition snifter: Basically opaque with a slowly fading creamy tan head and left very good lace upon the snifter. The aroma has notes of bittersweet chocolate, walnut, leather, lactic acid, grassy and slight resiny hop, light charred wood and just a dash of espresso.
The taste is a lovely blend of rich cafe mocha and twangy bittering hops. The sweetness of the chocolate is balanced by the coffee and hop bitterness. Adding depth is some smoke, fig and prune. The mouth feel is not as lush as I hoped but then again it is quite drinkable and oh so smooth!
For me this is a well executed brew with just enough sweetness working with lactic and bitterness to make it oh so tasty. I will grab me many more bottles when they arrive in the local area. Thanks to Todd (MrBendo) for my advanced bottle in trade.
puzzl (3249) - 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!
nuplastikk (4271) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml corked bottle. "True" Belgian style Chocolate Stout. Cocoa Ale or something along those lines, would be a better fit in my opinion. Bellyaching aside, this is one of the finer "Cocoa Ales" I’ve had. Nice sweet chocolate aroma. Attractive opaque black appearance. Mellow carbonation. Chocolate syrup taste that comes off surprisingly well. The ABV is perfect for the style, the beer maintains a solid body while being very drinkable. Exceptional beer, recommended.
doboy (416) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark mahogany color with a fine tan head. Smell is that of cocoa and coffee. Mouthfeel is very nice with a slight bittering. The Chocolates and coffee are promonant. Sits nice on the tongue. Bitterness on the backside is well balanced. A homerun from Cooperstown!
REDBOSOX (80) - Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 2, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This truly is dessert in a bottle. Certainly a fantastic beer! I loved it! This one pours a nice velvety brown with a tannish head. It’s got some carbonation but still goes down fairly smoothly. It almost reminds me of a chocolate soda, but tastes a bit better than that. It’s got some coffee notes in it as well. I really enjoyed this one and will be certain to drink it again. Cooperstown is no longer only famous for baseball.
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
It wasn’t sweet, like I had expected. It tasted like a really smooth and tasty stout. It was roasty and oaky, with quite a lot of hop presence. Awesome.
PhillyBeer2112 (2515) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I loved this one and had no trouble sipping through the whole 750! Rich chocolatey nose with notes of coffee and roast. Very dark brown color, almost black and totally opaque in the glass with a thick creamy tight bubbled head. The label calls is luxurious and both the appearance and mouthfeel approach that adjective. Big rich chocolate, molasses, and roast flavor but not overly sweet at all with enough dry roasty character to balance it out with touches of roast and smoke in the finish. Perhaps the dead on best beer Ommegang makes.
ruyehara88 (49) - Killeen, USA - FEB 1, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a thick, coal black. Brown tan head. Aroma is of banana and clove- the kind of notes you’d think you’d be getting from a Belgian ale. Chocolate is in there also. Tasting it is very interesting. First of all, the carbonation is a sparkly lightness that dances across your tongue. Its very fruity. Bitterness taps on the tip of your tongue and chocolate gradually eases its way onto the back. Its very smooth and silky. What an interesting beer.