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RATINGS: 2465   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   IBU: 69   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Ebony in color with a rich creamy head. The mellow flavor of oats, chocolate malts, and real chocolate are balanced perfectly with the right amount of hops for a bittersweet finish. Chocolate Stout is brewed with 10 ingredients: Northwest Harrington and Klages, Crystal 135-165 and Beeston Chocolate Malts, Cascade Hops, Rolled Oats and Roasted Barley, Natural Chocolate Flavor, Free Range Coastal Waters and PacMan Yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5233) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2003
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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2003
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5689) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2003
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2003
(Draught) Pours a dark brown color with a nice tan head. Good chocolate flavor and aroma. Very smooth and drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 29, 2003
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2003
UPDATED: APR 27, 2004 Mmmm, roasted malt & chocolate. Excellent dessert beer and the best chocolate stout I have tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fly (1441) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 24, 2003
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.

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