JaBier (5106) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Blue Nile Stoutfest on 10/30/10. Darkest brown pour with a medium tan head. Milk chocolate aroma with a bit of roast. Nice and full milk chocolate flavor (with not a lot of sweetness) with a bitter, roasty finish. Exactly what you would hope for out of this beer; has the same flavor as the regular chocolate stout, just more of it and a thicker, fuller body.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A standard pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a thick, darkly brown tinged, three-finger thick head. AS the head slowly subsides it leaves some layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a concentrated brown color that is almost pure black; it remains quite opaque when held up to the light, but does show a touch of dark amber hue. The beer smells amply of brandy scented chocolate liquor that has been spiked by sweet coffee liquor. It sort of reminds me of a tootsie roll and it has a solid vanilla character to it as well. If you really dig into the nose the alcohol becomes more apparent and this smells even more liquor like. There is not a whole lot going on here, but it is pretty dessert smelling.
The beer is a lot drier tasting than the aroma would have suggested and this accentuates flavors of roasted dark coffee. As my palate gets a bit used to the beer more of the dark chocolate notes start to come out. The beer has a very bitter finish to it, actually very bitter and even in an unbalanced way. A touch of present alcohol adds a hint of spiciness and heat to the finish. This definitely seems to be more of a coffee beer than a chocolate beer in the flavor. It finishes with quite a roasted character, which also accentuates the bitter chocolate and hop notes. A hint of chocolate richness comes out as the beer warms up and the texture of this is actually fairly lush without being overly thick; the beer definitely clings to the palate a bit with a viscous feeling to it. Much of this viscousness is wiped clean by the huge bitterness in the finish.
I can’t believe I am saying this, but this beer could use a bit more sweetness to it as it is a bit unbalanced without the sweetness. Interestingly enough if they hadn’t so over bittered this beer it actually has enough residual sweetness to carry the chocolate, it is just that the huge bitterness completely dominates the sweetness such that it isn’t very noticeable. Not bad, but could certainly use some recipe development.
oh6gdx (21546) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught@SBWF2010. Quite much black colour with a rather big brown creamy head. Aroma is chocolate, a lot of it, as well as some slight liquorice and mild vanillaish notes. Flavour is alcohol, chocolate, some roasted malts along with some slight wooden notes. Quite brutal, yet pleasant.
brenn79 (1642) - Idaho, USA - NOV 10, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz. bottle- Pours black with a thin tan head that reduces to a collar of foam around the edges of the glass, the aroma is chocolate and molassess. The flavor is WOW, chocolate heaven, very strong chocolate flavors followed by a very mild bitterness, alcohol is present in the flavor, but not overbearing, this is a wonderful beer.
manuchampions (1238) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Fall Gerryfest 2010. Pours a deep brown/black with a dense khaki head. Aroma is huge chocolate and reminds me of an authentic east coast malt. Flavour shows the same with traces of coffee and some booze. It’s as if sweet milk chocolate and dark bitter chocolate made sweet love. Overall body is full, soft, moderately sweet and finishes moderately bitter with some citrus hops. Good to cure that chocolate fix.
Svesse (6716) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Draught at Stockholm Beer Festival, 8 Oct 2010) Black colour with brief, brown head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of chocolate, dark bread and roasted malt. Roasted, malty taste with loads of chocolate and cocoa, hints of dark bread and vanilla. Almost full body, fairly dry, with a generous cocoa bitterness. Quite impressive chocolate character, and the solid malt foundation balances the chocolate quite well. Excellent beer.
Rustyham (1779) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Blackest stout I have had in a long while, head is deep dark brown and huge. Aroma is sweet milk chocolate, butter and cream. Flavor is strong bitter German chocolate at first, then sweet milk chocolate lingering aftertaste. This is incredible, and really makes me want some ice cream. Reminds me of Edy’s Dibs. I can’t believe this is not an imperial. Bottle form Midtown wine and Spirits, Nashville, TN
HopKitty (59) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 24, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with a big frothy chocolatey head and opaque dark chocolate body. Smells like a chocolate milkshake with nuts sprinkled on top. The only thing missing was a cherry on top. Bottle from Midtown Wine and Spirits, Nashville.
NachlamSie (2881) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Green’s on Ponce. Here’s a win from Rogue. Btw, it amuses me how they put nearly every conceivable bit of information about the beer on the bottle yet there is no indication of a date whatsoever. This one is more chocolatey than the standard chocolate stout, but it also packs a bit more of a roastiness about it. It does get kind of sweet after a pint, but it’s not problematic at all. The chocolaty flavor, while strong, never becomes a problem. The hops perhaps do not stand out as much as the standard chocolate stout. Still, this was an enjoyable beer and I’m glad it came in a bomber and not in the ridiculous ceramic 750 mL.
biznizness (1121) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Mellow Mushroom Thursday night w/ Chris. WOW. A rich, chocolatey milkshake of a beer, balanced with big hop bitterness so it wasn’t too sweet. Just an amazing beer.