Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Muddy Pig.
Served in it’s own classy tulip-type glass, Chocolate Bock has an impressive appearance, fully, impenetrably black, with a fine, upstanding toasted tan head.
Aroma is fine as well, with hefty cocoa character wafting out of the glass.
Taste starts out good, nice chocolate, very malty, hints of fruit, but the body gives way after a while, and the finish becomes syrupy sweet, leading to an odd, medicinal tang, that stays too long on the palate, and ultimately repels. The first half of every gulp is good, but it ends badly, molasses meets Robitussin.
I was glad to find this on draft, for their was no way I would spend $15 on a 22 ounce bottle of this, fancy package or ingredients or no, especially not after the first reviews came in...a sample off the tap would be more economical. (And now that I had it, I doubt I could enjoy finishing a bottle.) I was not prepared, however, for the Muddy Pig prices. Six bucks?!? YOW!
One firmly in the "No, thanks" column for me.
millerclmb (44) - Boulder, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice nutmeg and nutty aroma. The taste is deep choclate. Yet the palate and body don’t balance the taste very well. I prefer this taste with a heavier body(this should have been a stout ot a dopple bock). This is very crsip and light. Too much carbonation.
Frank (3534) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I vowed that I would never try this beer due to the exorbitant price. But I got a .3 L tulip of this stuff at Delilah’s in Chicago on draft for $4--not so bad considering. The waitress there said it’s much better on tap than in the bottles. I’m not sure if you knew a whole hell of a lot about beer but she was super hot so I’m assuming she’s correct and I feel for those who sampled this from bottles if it was much worse than this.
Dark garnet with a creamy head that leaves short-lived sheets of lace. Very mild nose of bread yeast and a little cocoa. Flavor is much more pronounced but forced and lacking in subtlety. Both very chocolate and very bock. Or, Very artificial chocolate flavor and over-sweet bock with a strange sour twinge. I think a rich, roasty stout would have been a much better vehicle for such a strong chocolate treatment.
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle dark brown not much head,smells like a candy bar, bitter chocolate flava,smooth, medium bodied. nice but not what i want in a beer
legion242 (2342) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I seemed to like this more then most people. The chocolate I thought was restrained nicely and the beer showed a complexity that was surprising for SA.
DocLock (8697) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at Half Time, Poughkeepsie, NY. Wow, this one was awesome! Nice dark brown pour with a big tan head. Big malt and chocolate aroma. Tastes very chocolatey with a chocolate syrupy finish that I last experienced with Alesmith Speedway Stout. Just incredible chocolate all around here. Super smooth, velvety going down, with more rich chocolate at the finish. No coffee here, just tons of chocolate. This one is delicious, and I will pay 15 bucks a bomber if I see it again.
lizzy (44) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours dark opaque with thick tan head. faint aroma is malty and chocolate. flavor is very chocolatey, some malts, maybe a little fruity. very yummy! not too sweet, but sweet enough. I like it a lot!
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a pitch black with a tan head resting in top. Aroma is fairly faint, with notes of sweet malts, dark fruit, and chocolate woven together. Flavor is very unique, a sweet bock start, then some licorice, a touch of cherry, some sweet chocolate, and a long tobacco flavor. Pretty dry. Very unique and worth the $20 for the bottle, in my opinion.
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark; chocolate everywhere; if you like sweet cocoa flavors (and can afford it) this is for you.
walleye (1082) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
from the bottle . shared this one with flemdawg. poured a dark ruby with a smal off white head. aroma, a nice comination of sweet and bitter chocolate,wine, malts, hops, caramel, dark molasses, alcohol, prunes. flavor chocolate covered cherries, like godiva, honey, malts,plums,raisins, brown sugar, a nice bitterness. hides the alcohol well.dry mouth feel and hints of licorice. but $15.00 is a little bit to much maybe 8 or 9 would be better.