kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown with hints of red. Tan head fades quickly. Some lace. Aroma is mild, but has chocolate and malt. Flavor is what Ovaltine would be like as a beer--lots of chocolate, lots of malt.
Shag (2769) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got a draft for $5, so how is it the bottle is $15 at the store? Well I wasnt paying $15 but I could swing the $5. Anyways a brownish black appearance with little head and excellent lacing. Not much going on besides the chocolate. Like a hersheys syrup beer. Very very sweet and malty. As I am still a sucker for Yoohoo Chocolate Drinks I actually enjoyed this. Not complex in the least but a good sipper.
frankR (144) - Davis, California, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap Pizza Port Carlsbad: Quite delicious after a few slices of pie. Very rich sweet malt. Thick rich body, quite pleasant. Good stuff.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black/brown color with very small dark tan head. Aroma is faint, but with malty and slight chocolatelyness. Flavor is smooth and malty, with a bit of alcohol early on, caramel, vanilla in the middle, and a faint chocolate note towards the finish. Faint sweetness throughout that makes for a nice rounded flavor. Overall a very nice brew, chocolately but not overwhelmingly so.
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This bottle wasn’t fit for consumption by one human being only. Why not just whack me upside the head with this monster bottle of 7% goodness and get the same horizontal result? Good thing I’m not allergic to choc, either. Grainy, gritty choc throughout, from aroma to palate. Reminds me a lot of a stout. Still not a blow-away result on the whole. There’s wateriness and not a tremendous amount of beer character, just lots of choc. Chock Bock. Hot choc-on-choc action. (If Kock Bock were brewed, would the ratings whores go out and get some? Doppelkock . . . may be a bit much.) Some roastiness, hence the stout remark. On the 1-10 IMDb scale, I’d rate it better than an average 6 but not solid enough to be a 7.
FWIW, I’ve found the IMDb model useful in my own deliberations on beer rating. 6.5/10. (Now, if only it would allow mid-grade ratings, e.g., an 8.5 rating for Fellini’s 8 1/2.)
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark pour with a small tannish head. The aroma is nice but not
overly powerful. I can detect a lot of chocolate. The flavor is similar, like a
tootsie roll. I can’t taste the alcohol, and the flavor is a little thin. Otherwise
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Lots of cocoa in the aroma and in flavor as well. Lots of malt in the flavor. Maybe a bit heavy on the chocolate, as it hides the bock character and tends more towards a porter or stout. Overall, a nice dessert beer.
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very sweet. Nice dark red color. Had on tap at The Mews (RI). Served in a pint glass but it still looked pretty. Very chocolaty and sweet. Finish of cream similar to a cream soda.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Draft: Pizza Port in Solana Beach, CA) Served in a genuine Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock tulip glass, this would be a pretty looking glass of beer, except that the half an inch of light tan head fades quickly away to nothing, so the deep dark brown beer suffers in appearance in this fancy glass. The beer is dark enough to be nearly opaque, but it’s actually slightly translucent and ruddy at the edges. The aromatic nose is like a sweet chocolate bar. The flavor is also like sweet chocolate, very sugary, minimally bitter. Palate should be thicker than it is, however, considering this is a fairly sweet bock. This is a very one-dimensional beer, but it’s very enjoyable and a good choice as a dessert beer. Unfortunately, I have a Lahaina pizza coming, so I’m doing this out of order. But I’m an adult, dammit, and I can have my dessert first if I want to!
aracauna (3411) - Georgia, USA - JAN 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one pours a very dark, almost black, ruby with a dense khaki head. The aroma is heavy with cocoa and a touch of dark chocolate. There’s a sticky sweetness in the flavor, but it refrains from becoming cloying. The body is slightly sticky. It’s rich and dessert like, but seems to be a little lacking in complexity.