Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, opaque, small brownish head. Chocolate nose, some other malts. Small hops in the aroma. Flavors is lightly nutty, lots of chocolate, and finishes with the hops. Creamy palate, nice and tangy as well. Very nice stout.
jonas (6103) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jet black, creamy brown head.
Nice milk chokolate flavor with nut notes.
Smooth slick mouthfeel.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sheesh, I don't even *like* chocolate and I'm in love with this beer...
Appearance: Think used motor oil with a light brown head. There is *no* light going through this glass.
Smells like malty chocolate with a hint of hops.
Taste...um, chocolate? Not crappy Hershey's or any other milk chocolates. It's definately imported dark chocolate. It's far from being too sweet, though, even with the roasted malt tastes. There's enough hops to keep it well balanced.
Mouthfeel is heavenly. Thick and well-carbonated.
Drinkability... Like I said, I'm not really into chocolate so I wouldn't be able to drink many of these. I've now had my chocolate fix that should last for another few months.
Awesome beer from my favorite brewery.
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Soft, creamy, sweet chocolate stout. Not very bitter or toasty. Lots of chocolate flavor in this one and it puts other "chocolate" stouts to shame.
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First sip was ice cold and way too hoppy and bitter. I understand that is normal for this brewery. Once I let it warm it was quite good. It left an unsweetend chocolate ring at the bottom of my glass. Like the bottle says it is the taste was of imported chocolate. I recomend it but like most stouts its better to just slightly chill it.
1more4dessert (333) - Upstate, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
jet black with tan foamy head. Chocolate bon bon taste, not too bitter, super soft mouthfeel. Multifaceted not one dimensional at all either in malt notes nor in lack of hop bite
jtw (1141) - 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 (3507) - 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 (1447) - 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.