robpet (98) - Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty chocolate aroma and flavor. Hint of caramel. Nice looking pour with a dark tan head that dissipates too quickly. Palate is average and a little disappointing. Lacking in any really distinctive character, but a nice beer.
lamas (1339) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a DEEP DEEP mahogany with very thick dark tan creamy head that leaves some lace. Smells of roasty malts, caramel and vanilla with a hint of creamy coffee. Taste is sweet and roasty with a sour and slightly hoppy finish. Chocolate and coffee are present along with a nutty taste in the finish. Medium body. Aside from the mass-produced-beer sourness and unnecessarily high carbonation, this is a pretty solid beer from Sam Adams.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark black color,small tan head that faded slowly leaving just a hint of lace behind.The aroma was pretty decent.Malty and maybe even sorta sweet at times with a nice roasty side some very mild hops in the background along with a little caramel perhaps.The flavor wasn’t bad at all,Nice roasty flavor with a bit of chocolate and caramel and a sweet side that is nicely done.The hops are there but fairly faint.Over all a nice try for these guys since they don’t do alot of really outstanding brews.Well worth a try.
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - FEB 25, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Got this on sale for 5.99 so decided to try it. I’m not normally a big fan of Sam Adams’ beers, but I found this to be, if not superior, at least drinkable. A rich toasty malt middle is its best feature. The finish is a little sticky sweet and seems to disappear. Mouthfeel is probably its worst feature. All-in-all a drinkable beer. Good job Mr. Adams.
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2005 2005 bottle at Sunset Grille. Dark black pour, with some deep garnet-burgundy highlights on the edges, filtered and no sediment, per usual for the brewery, but somehow, not offensively clear. Small off-white head, mostly dissipating. Aroma of black malt, licorice, sweet caramel and light coffee. Flavor begins with an easygoing coffee-with-sugar in it sweetness, some lightly earthy notes, like licorice root or ginger. Cola and caramel notes really take over, and there is a decent maltiness to it. Medium bodied, not thin and watery. Ends on a lightly dry, hops and toasted grains flavor. Notes of milk chocolate, cream and coffee linger on pleasantly in the aftertaste. Extremely unnatural carbonation detracts from the mouthfeel, as it does with all of their beers, IMHO, but other than that, I’m very impressed with this one.
MaltOne (199) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not bad. I liked this one better then their CreamStout. Opaque dark mohegany color with a full creamy head. Aroma, not noticeable. Nice balance of flavors, not too bitter or not too sweet. Nice overriding toastyness. Mouth feel is a bit watery. Again, for the money (6.99/6) it’s anice beer.
shadey (1879) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep ruby red color with a thin white head. Smoked mossy aroma. Heavy mouthfeel. I like the aroma. Tough to describe the flavor, but I like it.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This smells reallly nice - chocolate caramel with hints of roast. Body is a very dark ruby brown, good head, nice lacing. Taste - starts off way too sweet - what the heck, did somebody add sugar to this?? After a few sips, it seems to settle down and other flavors show up - chocolate coffee with some caramel - similar to the aroma, but not as good. Palate is fine - not too thin, slightly bubbly.
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown almost black with ruby red piping. Aroma was toasted caramel and coffee with some chocolate. Taste had some water at the beginning but that might have been the temperature. After it warmed up a bit it had a decent chocolate, espresso taste to it with some cream and malt. Aftertaste had choolate and cream with some more espresso falvor.
sloth (2447) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a small tan head that is gone in a flash. It,s not really black, more of a deep mahogany with a nice ruby red hue. Nifty little nose of roast, chocolate and faint notes of cocoa. Medium body. Chocolate and roast are mild with hints of caramel and a light smokeyness. Finish is dry with light roast flavors. A fairly interesting brew from SA . Remnants of a chocolate bock in here?