baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - FEB 24, 2003
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Fairly transparent dark brown pour with islands and a ring for a head. Chocolate extract aroma (NOT coco powder but more like unsweetened chocolate liquer). A little milk chocolate, but I am getting mostly semi-sweet with a bit or fruit. Flavor is also very chocolatey, however the body is a bit thin for all this chocolate flavor. Semi-sweet on the tongue that I wish was a bit sweeter. Fairly dry bitter finish. Great aroma, but I like more sweetness and body and less hoppy bitterness.
Frank (2302) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2005 Completely opaque black in color. The first pour yeilded a nice creamy head and lost of lace. The second, almost no head and very little lace. Smells faintly of unsweetened cocoa maybe some dark malts in the background. The flavor is very sharp and dry. Of course, the choclate flavor is there along with bitter coffee. A bit of sourness comes out in the finish along with some citrusy hops (which are sort of odd). Somewhat thin bodied. This reminds me of Stoney Creek Original Vanilla Porter in a lot respects. More specifically, in the way the added flavor clashes somewhat with the bitter nature of the brew.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a very respectable chocolate stout. There was a nice aroma of coccoa. The flavor was more like a luke warm hot chocolate, than a hershey bar, like most chocolate stouts i have had. A slight hint of coffee, but hardly noticable. This would be a good brew to have if it were snowing outside, maybe after a nice round of snowmobiling.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2/19/03: bottle. nice thick mocha head, which quickly dissipates to a medium ring of carbonation. a little bit of lacing noted. most heavenly smell of sweet hot cocoa with subtle hints of malt and vanilla. roasted chocolate taste with definite evidence of vanilla. smooth, somewhat bitter and a tiny bit lighter tasting than expected. nicely done.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured an opaque body with a thick tan head. No lacing so far.
Smells like chocolate brownies to me! There is some maltiness to the aroma but it's 95% chocolate.
First taste is chocolate, then second is the malt and there is a nice hop bite on the back of the tongue. Aftertaste is still all chocolate.
Very smooth and full stout. Nicely carbonated and has an excellent mouthfeel.
Terminus (3084) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - FEB 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hmm, i dont know about this. I was expecting shakesphere with chocolate, but it wasn't what i got. What i got was more coffee with dark chocolate mixed in the finish which kinda canceled out the cascade hop finish. however, i made the remaining 12 oz of my 22oz bomber into a float using Hagendas ice cream, which turned out excellent.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 An unbelievable beer! I have never had anything this chocolatey. One could almost say that it is just carbonated hersheys, but so much more came out as it warmed. A perfect chocolate cocoa taste with a super cramy mouthfeel, rounded out well by a slightly hoppy, smooth finish.
WabashMan (1006) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
To begin, this may be the nicest looking chocolate stout I've ever seen. The head is far from tan, appearing richly dark. The aroma isn't quite up to the standard set by the appearance, but is still nice. The flavor is full, delicious, and not too sweet. I agree with CaptainCougar that this isn't a match for the smoothness of the Young's Double Chocolate Stout, but it is still a very high quality, worthwhile beer.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Jet black w/ a tan head, my initial sips brought some unpleasant bite to the roof of my mouth, but those ceased after a few minutes. Definitely a lot of chocolate flavor. Nice.
heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 31, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma starts sweet and chocolately but finishes a little sour. Much the same with the flavor. A few sips of choclatey goodness. Extremely sweet in the finish. But multiple sips are pervaded by a slightly milky sourness along with the perception that the chocolate is increasingly artificial tasting.