jgb9348 (5233) - 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 (5689) - 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 (276) - 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.
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Draught) Pours a dark brown color with a nice tan head. Good chocolate flavor and aroma. Very smooth and drinkable.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 29, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a nice dark brown body with tan head. Aroma of chocolate malt, no too strong. Thin-medium body, for a stout. Flavor is a mix of hop-bitterness a la Rogue, fruit, and an unbalanced mix of chocolate. I think the chocolate really took away from this beer, if it was even solid to begin with. Not bad, but I remember liking the Shakespeare stout a lot better.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2004 Mmmm, roasted malt & chocolate. Excellent dessert beer and the best chocolate stout I have tried.
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Voluminous rocky head, slow to disappate. Dark chocolate, nuts, and roast beef in the nose. Taste smooth and thick but bitterness overall leaves this lacking. Maybe too fresh a bottle? Could have used some mellowness. A bit aggressive for a dessert beer.
fly (1441) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not sure if the bitterness has been toned down or if I was just not attuned to it. I found that were I not in the mood for chocolate I would have been toppled over by the big candy bar in a bottle. I l know, I know - it DOES say Chocolate stout. Just think that I would have found a bit more in the balance rather than be slapped with a cocoa puff. I was more or less in the mood, but also have to say that I would probably not opt for a return anytime soon.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque black/brown color with a thick brown head. Very nice chocolate covered nut aroma. Great balance of malty sweetness and hoppy bite, along with a rich chocolate covered nut flavor. Nice creamy finish.