brian1233 (30) - North Augusta, South Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Prominent chocolate flavor possibly the most chocolatey beer that I have ever tasted. Not much in the way of aroma. Black with a tan head. Hints of chocolate in the nose. Stong mocha flavor with a lot of hop and roasted bitterness. Excellent full-body.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2003 Very dark with rust-beige head. Some chocolate in a rather light nose. Then comes the candy bar: sweet creamy chocolate that is seared by very bitter hops for a not-so-wonderful finish.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mmmm Mmmmm GOOD. Very chocolatey. Pours with a ton of sediment in the bottom. Deep reddish black, with little translucency. Lots of roasted malt, with an amazing semi-sweet chocolate flavor. Not much in the way of hops, enough to balance out the beer and keep it malty. Pretty full bodied for a stout.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate all the way! Deep brown color. Almost chewy as it warms. Small hop bite at the finish. I had a piece of homemade fudge with my last glass and it was an amazing pairing!
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This has a sweet milk chocolatey aroma. The taste is of slightly bitter dark chocolate with a roasted character. Robust palate, but missing that silky smoothness Young’s does so well.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium, chocolate syrup type aroma, sort of like a fudgesicle bar (chocolate ice cream) with vanilla and charcoal notes. Slightly bitter, and rather dry. Nice chocolate character, although this one doesn’t come off as smooth as Young’s does.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2002
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells better than it tastes, I think, as it makes you expect sweetness that just isn’t there. Instead, only dryness to the flavor and a bit of a bitter finish. Not bad, yet I’ve had many a better chocolate stout. This is more like a "cocoa stout".
notalush (4583) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tiny, but pretty tan head and nice dark, black color. Smells and tastes like slightly bitter, baker’s chocolate. Maybe a little too bitter. The finish is a bit watery, but leaves a nice chocolate flavor lingering on the tongue. A decent stout.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A unique specialty brew. Flavors are almost exclusively a convergence of bitter chocolate and northwestern style hopping. Chocolate flavor is somewhere between baker’s and semisweet in sweetness--good because I feared this would be overly sweet. The problem is that gobs of chocolate and hops just don’t go together that well. Good but not great.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 9, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mmmm, double the chocolate, double the fun! I really liked the flavor but I think it somewhat overpowered any other flavors that might be present.