auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep tar black pour, with brown even head. Salty and sweet aroma of coffee. Decent lacing. Sharp dry dark chocolate aftertaste, with a burnt sugar finish. Overtones of smoke, light chipotle. Light brandy plum alcohol notes. A little bit too bitter on the back end for my palate. A little basalmic quality. Vinous. Clean finish.
Newbie (25) - Denver, North Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells of chocolate and coffee. Has a bitter aftertaste. The texture is watery compared to most sweet stouts.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque black pour with about 1/4" head that dissipates after about a minute. Smell is distinctively chocolate, with hints of coffee. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Flavor was predominantly dark or bakerís chocolate, with hints of coffee and toffee. Alcohol was absent from the taste. This makes for an excellent dessert-type treat!
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours ebony with an off-white head. Aroma of chocolate, grassy hops, and coffee. The body is slightly lighter than I like. Flavor of dark chocolate, and slight coffee but I was expecting this to be more rich. Fairly dry bitterness. Tasty and enjoyable but I was expecting more.
thehinge (292) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black as night with a dark beige head. Lacing hung on for a good while.
Aroma has chocolate and roasted malt hints. Taste is of chocolate in the front end and just a little hops and alcohol on the finish. An excellent sweet stout.
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This looks like a stout shoud look... black bodied with a creamy brown head. Heavily malted aromas coated my nostrils. If chocolate Ovaltine came in syrup form, this is how it would smell (sans the hint of alcohol, which wouldnít appeal to the kiddies). Tasted like a bitter chocolate milkshake with a bittersweet finish. Reminded me of drinking the milk out of the bowl after eating all of my Coco-Puffs. Medium-bodied with a syrupy texture. A chocoholicís dream.
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ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - APR 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Absolutely gorgeous. If a beer can be gorgeous then this one is. Pitch black with a huge dark brown head. Chocolate aroma. Huge chocolate flavor with just the right amount of bitterness. It doesnít get much better than this. Who cares if this isnít complex...itís delicious. I wish I hadnít bought just one bottle. *sigh*
jimhilt (2554) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a one-finger light brown head that leaves a little lace. Totally opaque black color. Medium bodied and light carbonation. Nose is strong chocolate. Starts with a strong dark chocolate flavor (are there Hersey bars in this??) and finish is a mix of chocolate and hops. $4.89 for a 22oz bottle from Northend Superette Manchester, NH.
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer poured a really great black color with a full frothy head, which develops a nice semi-lace. The aroma is a great chocolate scent with a fainter smell of grain and coffee. Smells similar to fresh hot chocolate/cocoa powder. The flavor is nothing but pure chocolate with a rich thick mouthfeel. Though just as full flavored as other stouts this one seems to be easier on the palate for non-stout drinkers. A very remarkable and enjoyable beer with a bitter aftertaste that doesnít distract from the overall flavor.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 20, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque black with a small brown head. Aroma is cocoa and bittersweet chocolate. Flavor is milky sweet chocolate. A touch of coffee perhaps, and some bitterness that comes off more as bittersweet chocolate than hoppy bitterness. The chocolate is center stage. It may be one dimensional, but I really couldnít care less. Outstanding.