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RATINGS: 2530   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   IBU: 69   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Ebony in color with a rich creamy head. The mellow flavor of oats, chocolate malts, and real chocolate are balanced perfectly with the right amount of hops for a bittersweet finish. Chocolate Stout is brewed with 10 ingredients: Northwest Harrington and Klages, Crystal 135-165 and Beeston Chocolate Malts, Cascade Hops, Rolled Oats and Roasted Barley, Natural Chocolate Flavor, Free Range Coastal Waters and PacMan Yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2005
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 doesn’t distract from the overall flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 20, 2005
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 couldn’t care less. Outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2005
Pours opaque black, dark brown head, little to no lingering. Cocoa aroma, also some roasted barley scent detectable. Very cocoa nose, leading into an intermingling of chocolate and roasted malt flavors. The finish is rather roasty, with a tinge of hop bitterness as well. The mouthfeel is that of a lusterous, with a smooth overcoating from the oats. The imparted qualities from the oats also help dampen the astringency created by the synergistic chocolate and roast barley flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Commodore (112) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2005
Bottle at APK. Poured a thick oily black with little and fleeting mocha head. Armoma of chocolate. Tasted like dark chocolate and molasses, but not regular dark chocolate, I mean the 85% cocoa stuff that isn’t safe for your dog to eat! Nah, I’m kidding, but it was chocolatey and bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - APR 13, 2005
Bottled. Pours thick and black with a huge, frothy chocolaty head. Aroma is mostly chocolate, mostly. Taste is very stout like with an understated chocolate flavor. Tastes just like a mild stout mixed with Nestlé’s unsweetened chocolate from a can.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjg74 (3029) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 13, 2005
Pours a solid black stout color. Head is quite dark as well. Smooth milky/creamy aroma. Sweet chocolate and malts. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Lots of roasted coffee bitterness. Mild chocolate flavor. Very tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
valejo (81) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2005
Big ol’ head with great lacing. Taste is very malty and carmely. The smell and aftertaste is surprisingly hoppy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2005
Pours thick and black. Aroma is of chicory, hops and roasted and chocolate malts. Tastes lighter and hoppier than expected. Good bitterness. Coffee, oats and roasted and chocolate malts come through in flavor. Body is a little thinner on palate than expected, but solid hops presence compensates. High in carbonation. Dark chocolate accents help to balance bitterness. One of the best bitter-edged stouts I’ve had in awhile. Seems to be a less aggressive version of their Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2005
On tap, Crescent Moon Ale House, Omaha. Aroma: bready smell reminiscent of brown sugar used in baking cookies; yeast; cold butter; lemon cream pie sweetness. Great smell. Appearance: black, brown-tan head that has OK retention, good lacing and noticable sub-surface "racing." Flavor was of burnt sugar, burnt roast bitterness emerging in the finish, which was nicely long. NIce level of sweetness and a creamy/buttery mouthfeel. Not enough body though, and too fizzy; it wasn’t "stout" enough, more like a porter with a stout level of flavor. Overall: very enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
doostinjcap (43) - Newport, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2005
Great aroma with a dark delicious appearence. Unfortunatly the taste is slightly inadequatel to the great aroma it offers. Great Choclate taste! John Maeir has out done himself with this dark ale!

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