thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz Bottle. The darkest, blackest beer I ’ve ever seen. Pours with a thick brown, diminishing head. Only the slightest sweetness followed by a rich, bitter chocolate and hop combination. Thick, smooth body. I’m not sure the cascade hops are the best choice for this one, their citrusy flavor seems to clash a bit with the smooth chocolatey flavors. THe finish is long and bitter.
want2party (6) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - DEC 29, 2004 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I really like this and I usually hate chocolate in any form. Better than the Rogue Hazelnut. Pours nice and thick with a great color.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2005 Original Rating 97-5-7-3-15=3.7): Powdered cocoa aroma. Opaque dark brown, almost black, with generous, large-bubbled, brown head that recedes slowly with some decent lacing. Chocolate flavour has plenty of underlying roastiness and a fair bitterness. Grapefruit hop flavour melds with the flavours nicely. Even the aftertaste is complex with light underlying sugary sweetness to the lasting roastiness and subtle hop bitterness. Somehow the flavours never seem to be playing together for me. It seems discordant despite having so much going on. Medium body with decent carbonation that engages the front and sides of the tongue. Bottle.
Rerate (7-3-6-2-13=3.1): Huge cocoa, chocolate, marzipan aroma is quite appealing. Opaque black body with low tan head that recedes to ring. Cocoa-like chocolaty sweetness is offset by a pleasant roasty bitterness. Medium body is somewhat sticky perhaps owing to low carbonation. Cask at GBBF 2005.
Emc1683 (7) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2004 does not count
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Being my first chocolate beer, I didn’t know what to expect. Poured out very dark, couldnt see light through it. Dark brown head. Very chocolatey smell. Taste starts off nice and sweet, hoes to quite a bitter taste. Overall I would say a good beer.
chandernagor (39) - Oak Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a black opaque color, with a creamy brown head. Aroma is chocolate liqueur, brown sugar and vanilla. Taste is CHOCOLATE, a very good rich creamy one (starts like a milk chocolate and gets slowly closer to a bitter dark one), with a touch of coffee and vanilla, and a nice subtle hoppy touch in the finish. Gentle carbonation and a creamy almost chewy mouthfeel. I agree that this is quite one-dimensional since the chocolate screens out the rest, but it’s such an unusual one dimensionality!
Dermis (20) - Monona, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with brown head. Smells just like Hershey’s powdered coco. Medium bodied unsweetened chocolate flavor ending with nice bitter hops. Avery nice stout. Great with a piece of chocholate cake!!
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Guinness sloped pint glass. 48 degrees on glass #1(cellar temp), 52 degrees/ glass #2. This poured BLACK. I held it right up to 3 60W bulbs on a mirror and I got no color except for a dark red halo on the bottom of the glass. That last other two beers I tasted tonight had no heads so I poured glass #1 a bit too hard and got a HUGE head that was fun to watch fall into billowy, cloud-like shapes. #2 poured a nice 2 finger head that stuck around for a miute or two and left me with a nice "coating" head. Head was mocha brown. I got nice lacing throughout the glass. The nose is roasted malt, extra bitter 70% chocolate with some tart fruit undertones. The nose was much more pronounced on glass #2, no doubt because of the raise in temp. Roasty flavor, a hint of turkish coffee, and extra-bitter 70% chocolate that melds into a sweeter (bittersweet, not sweet) chocolate taste. Some backing hops that give it orange peel? notes . Dryish finish that ends with the return of the 70% chocolate. Good/not great mouthfeel, almost like skim chocolate milk with a tiny espresso shot. Neat brew.
SDalkoholic (2359) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 16, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2006 By smelling the aroma on this baby my mouth has begun to already salivate. It reminds me of a moist German chocolate cake. Pitch black and a pinky/tan head that leaves behind a minimum amount of lacing. Flavor is easy on the tastebuds and palate. Some chocolate, vitamin D milk, and little hint of coffee bean used. Oily texture and little bit creamy, very well rounded. YuMmy! Update 11-4-06 from a 4.2 rating now to a 4.8
jgentgesdo (692) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 15, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black. A 100 watt bulb will not shine through a 3 inch collumn of this stuff. Thick, foamy head that lasts. Nose is chocolate and juniper berries, olives. Flavor is intense chocolate with plum/prune overtones, and a chalky beginning. Finishes lingering chocolate.
Lubiere (12935) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep opaque black with a thick moka head. Chocolate and pinhey hops in aroma, with traces of vanilla. Sweet chocolate with intense hops, also feel vanilla here. rich bodied. (Sept. 2004)