ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Rated 3/17/13. Bottle says 9%. Portion of a 22 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours an opaque black color. The head is a one finger tan shade that retains fairly poorly.
S: Though chocolaty, it perhaps lacks the vibrant intensity of, say, Choklat. Actually, the more it opens up, the stronger the chocolate note becomes. Hard to smell anything else here, as expected. I’m docking points because something here’s rubbing me the wrong way - perhaps an artificial tone? Still a likable aroma.
T: Drier than the nose would lead me to believe. The opening is pure chocolate while the midtaste tries to balance it out with an upsurge of strong roasted barley and coffee. Finish has a bit of hoppiness to it, as well...and some strange chemical flavors. Honestly - and I say this as a HUGE fan of Choklat - the chocolaty flavors clash with the roasted and burnt bitterness. It’s not fantastic, or even good, but it’s easy to drink at least.
M: Like I said in the flavor, this is very dry. Seems like the aim here was for drinkability, and it does succeed here somewhat. Not as cloying as expected - maybe its because I’m not drinking a whole bottle of this solo.
O: This is NOT a true dessert beer, as any sweetness the chocolate provides (and it does provide a good deal) is scrubbed clean by the roasted and hop bitterness. And yet, it still comes off as being wildly out of whack. Cool bottle, meh beer, horrible price - basically, just another Rogue product.
Percy0103 (301) - MEXICO - OCT 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 750ml. A pitch black beer with a small brown head and a red hue at the top. Aroma is of dark chocolate, the bitter one and another dark but creamy, coffee and nuts. Taste is bitter with a sweet chocolate finish. Robust and oily with some carbonation and astringency. Aftertaste reminds me of black coffee. Very strong, yet well balanced considering its high ABV and all the rich flavors.
Sdaniel90 (574) - Mexico City, MEXICO - OCT 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 750ml. Opaque dark brown/ruby with a minimal head. Sweet chocolate aroma with a hint of spices and peanut butter. Rich and smooth, with a deep roasted character and a chocolate bitter finish. Exquisite
BierMeHoos (389) - Maryland, USA - OCT 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Where: Old Line Fine Wine Spirits & Bistro.
How: 750ml bottle.
Appearance: Pours thick and pitch black in color with a small foamy and creamy khaki colored head.
Aroma: Deep and rich milk chocolate up front, with compliments of caramel.
Taste: Milk chocolate candy bar up front, with cream and caramel.
Palate: Medium-heavy body with moderate-low carbonation.
Overall: A great chocolate stout.
stevoj (3032) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 24, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at PreFunk. Wasn’t expecting it to be this good, but its pretty damn tasty. Chocolatey, just like that name says. Creamy texture, dark semi sweet chocolate dominates the nose. Small creamy beige head. Taste is chocolate, coffee, roast grains, burnt toast. Silky smooth, bittersweet finish. Yea, it deserves the score....
TheBeerBulldog (11) - Indiana, USA - SEP 17, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a fantastic beer. I had this in from a bomber. Great cascade on the pour. Head sets up nice, and leaves a great lacing as you enjoy. Chocolatey, sweet, with the right amount of bitter. Another job well done from Rogue.
coachd (365) - Missouri, USA - SEP 6, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a flat black color with a dark brown head. Aroma is mostly dark chocolate, milk chocolate, some roast and booze. Sweet smelling. Tastes like milk chocolate and roast, with more hop flavor than I was expecting. More sweet than bitter, but still well balanced. Palate is a little thin for the style. Overall this is a good chocolate stout; it doesn’t taste fake like a lot of the other ones I have tried.
zacgillbanks (3450) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. A very dark brown-black beer that pours with a large dark tan head. It has a very strong milk chocolate and bitter pine and red fruity flavour, oak and vanilla notes followed by a nutty creamy and dark chocolate boozy finish. Very good, but I’m not sure if it’s any better than the normal Chocolate Stout.
ianwelby (783) - SCOTLAND - AUG 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque black beer with a brown head and a rich chocolate aroma. Flavour is chocolatey, coffee from the malt and a slight sweetness to take the edge off which I imagine comes from the honey. Rich, hearty body and a lingering dark chocolate aftertaste. Delicious.
tbunting75 (35) - - AUG 10, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Blue 5 in Roanoke, Va. Thick, rich, sweet, and chocolaty. An excellent dessert beer.
Dal9000 (331) - Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml RED bottle. Pours dark dark brown with a thick brown head. Malty dark chocolate taste that lingers. Velvet mouth feel.
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