Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 22, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown, medium tan head. A little bit of sweet chocolate aroma, fairly soft roast characters, I hate to say it but almost reminscent of Tooheys Old. Sweet, chocolate-coffee flavour is a little disappointing and the mouthfeel is thinned by excess carbonation. I guess though, this has a fair amount of character for such a low alcohol beer.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2005 Bottle @ Redoak. Powdery chocolate aroma seems too remote and unintegrated. Despite the claims of the finest dark Belgian chocolate as an addition, the result seems to be the most artificial of all Redoak’s infused brews. The flavour is a bit bland, with the chocolate giving only some bitterness. A relatively weak palate tends to leave this wanting.
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 18, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rapidly diminishing dark tan head on a deep dark brown body. Good aroma of malt, mainly cocoa. Smooth taste, rich chocolate definitely in there, thin in body though, a little bit of coffee and a bit meaty. Good beer but just not enough body to fill it out.
Stew41 (1904) - Phuket, THAILAND - SEP 4, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very dark brown, almost black. Well rounded nose, toasty malt notes and undeniable dark chocolate coming through. Palate fails relative to the nose, a bit thin with some chocolate but no malt body to drive the flavour. Good chocolate notes at the finish but essentially too late...I’m drinking beer, not a milkshake.
highlandlad (1464) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A thin and rather artificial-tasting chocolate stout that seems to sell well to the brewpub’s businesswoman clientelle. However, it’s not a patch on Youngs Double Chocolate. The Redoak bottled beers don’t hold their heads as well as the draught, and this is no exception, quickly retreating to a thin rim. The aroma is mainly cocoa powder, with some Vegemite and turps. Nice creamy mouthfeel but thin bodied and missing a bittering finish. Lots of chocolate in the flavour and some espresso in the finish. However, there is an unwelcome artificial undertone. Not their best work. (Bottle at brewpub)
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Opaque with a brown head which dissipates like a soft drink. Smoky, tobacco, dark chocolate aroma - lots of bitter cocoa stuff, nice round roastiness, fresh mint. Smells good. Body is a bit thin and fizzy, but there’s a nice roasty character which is very well done, some roast pumpkin maltiness and a pretty dry finish, though not particularly bitter and there’s not much chocolate flavour. Slightly chalky in the end. I’d like a bit more guts, though what’s there is good - it just needs more of the same. Chocolate is used very well. Body is a letdown. I’m very impressed that these beers are available in Melbourne now, but moreso that they cost almost half of what they cost at the "brewery" in Sydney!
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Felt a little ripped off after finding the bottle is only 250ml. Poured a deep black with virtually no head. Very chocolatey aroma with virtually no hoppiness. Flavour is clean, a little roasty but quite smooth with a strong chocolate flavour. Carbonation is very light and suits the beer perfectly. Overall, a very balanced beer but nothing overly special.
omhper (22899) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Near black. Sweet chocolate aroma and flavour. Roasty and woody with some coffee and a clean, rounded mouthfeel. Doesn’t go overboard in any direction.
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First up good on the staff who have been imbued with some knowledge of the style of beers being offered and how they should be best enjoyed. This beer was poured into a brandy snifter and I was advised to let it warm for a while to release the chocolate aroma in the beer. This is very dark, opaque really, and has a distinct tin but consistent head like a crema on a well presented coffee. The nose is sweet with the expected chocolate and burnt malt nose. The astringency noted in the Oatmeal stout is reduced by the chocolate and the hops are minimal as expected. the sharpness comes from the black malt. I still find some sharpness as compared to a Youngs Chocolate Stout, the bechmark to me for this style of beer. The Brit is better unfortunately but the beer still satisfies. Once again the prices hurt the pocket as it turns out at $7 for 250ml.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Well i enjoyed it. Nice bitter dark chocolate flavour, which yes at times tended to come across a bit powdery. The first time i had it, it was quite roasty, but the second time it was more chocolate powdery, so i marked down my original score. Still, i didn’t mind this too much.