jtw (1089) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
superb aroma--chocolate is dominant, but it's malty and roasty, almost raisiny too. deep deep brown and black with a matching head. coats your mouth like chocolate syrup would, but it's balanced out by a definite cascade hops presence. i absolutely love the way it makes my whole palate feel, but the aftertaste is a little too much like unsweetened chocolate, just a little too bitter. i enjoyed this very much.
Kinz (3274) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2003
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Great looking beer, oily pour, pitch black with a tiny bit of brown at the edge under light, dark brown head that left good lace throughout. Pleasant aroma of spruce and milk chocolate. Flavor was initially rather piney, with balancing bitterness. Then as it warmed came the cardboard. I felt like I was licking the inside of a carton that had a beer busted open inside of it. Blech. Once reached room temperature some chocolate emerged, but too little too late. Very sad, I had really been looking forward to this one.
TChrome (1417) - Bedford, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent aroma consisting almost exclusively of chocolate. Extremely attractive in the glass being completely black with a very nice light brown head that is totally retained. Flavor is chocolate, roated nuts, smoke, and more chocolate. Extremely delecious. The more I learn about beer, the more I realize what an art form it is.
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque, deep black covered by a mammoth light brown head that is slow to fade. Lots of sticky lace. Powdered chocolate, day old chocolate licorice, and leafy hops make up it’s soft and rounded aroma. Starts with a hoppy bang, then fades to a bittersweet chocolate center. A leafy, green hop flavor and bitterness is present throughout, but is well balanced, keeping the chocolate in check. The finish is fairly astringent, with a strong citric tang and firm bitterness that lasts and lasts… A bit light in body, but that’s not surprising considering their high level of yeast attenuation...there's a reason they call it Pacman yeast! Overall, a solid and interesting brew, but not quite as good as I remember.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - DEC 6, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black, with a thick dark tan head. Aroma is roasty, there is a lot of chocolate in the nose. Initally bitter, finish has a strong chocolate presence. My wife said it tasted like a Hershey bar melted into a beer, not that that is a bad thing.
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 4, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was like eating desert at a fine restaraunt. Poured an opaque blacknice head that lasted throughout. superb lacing... heavy chocolate in the nose like a hershey bar. Flavor reflected the nose from start to finish. They weren't kidding when they named this one chocolate stout. This is aGreat beer.
jgb9348 (4692) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pitch black in colour, completely opaque with a dark brown head. Strong aroma of firstly-HOPS!, roasted malt and strong chocolate and dark fruits. Full-bodied; Strong dark chocolate taste, strong coffee flavours and a bit of hops. Aftertaste very sweet and bittered from the malt. Overall, a different beer but fairly nice! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia, but courtesy of my great friend Jon, on 20-November-2003!
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2004 OMG. I think I am in love. What a chocolatey wonderful brew. Pours like valvoline (like the Shakespeare) but actually tastes great. Much much better than the Shakespeare Stout. Sampled this with a bunch of buds and all of us immediately were shocked and in love. Paid 8 dollars for a bottle at a rip-off place in Pennsy (you guys got to get real beer stores, not just cases and rip-offs). Amazingly great and infinitely better than the Young's Chocolate as well. May be one-dimensional, as someone has said, but it is such an amazing dimension that no one could possibly care. Like a chocolate float. Yummy.
TheBeerGod (5218) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2003 Pours used motor oil black with a dark brown head. Nose is milk chocolate and is wonderful! The taste is more chocolate but has some bitterness due to the hops. This would be awesome with vanilla ice cream. Finishes with a slight bitterness. This is all chocolate and cries out to be a dessert beer. Excellent beer!
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Issaquah Brewhouse. Real chocolate is definitely noticeable and gives this beer a unique flavor. Pours a dark brown with a darkish, creamy head. Looks a lot like Shakespeare Stout. Sweetness from the chocolate dominates, but good amount of hops to balance. A good stout.