PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
After reading some prior descriptions, I’ve lowered the high expectations I had when seeing the bottle and paying $19. The pour is dark brown with a creamy tan head. A very faint aroma of roasted malt continues the feeling of" ah shit I got ripped off." A pretty tasty sweet, roasted malt and chocolatey coffee flavor. The sweetness lingers on your tongue like you’ve drank a cola. Not much beer taste to it, more like a chocolate drink. Where is the hop and why does this cost so much? This is the first time I ’ve been dissappointed by Boston Beer Co. With such a great looking bottle and high price, your expectations will be greatly exceeded by your dissappointment.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Minor grain/ cereal notes w/ barnyard and a hint of cocoa. Brown/ red in color w/ minor head and no lacing. Chocolatey and dry cocoa w/ hints of roast and coffee. Full bodied.
jercraigs (8423) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown body with a big beigh head that diminishes in an act of defiance that mirrors the descent of your expectations for this beer. Aroma is of sweet malt and dark bitter chocolate, touch of Ovaltine. Flavour is interesting. Sweetly malty, with a touch of cocoa and milk chocolate. Fruity, slightly drier finish contains a touch of raisin. Notes of Whoppers or Maltesers, and Hershey syrup. Palate is quite smooth but unexpectedly watery at times. Not particularly balanced, it is quite sweet. Nice beer, but gets cloying after any kind of quantity. Best shared. If you go in with low expectations it may surprise you! Thanks for sharing this one rudolf.
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nose is.. You know.. Chocolate and Bock. Sweet. Super milk chocolate. McDonald’s Chocolate Milk Shake sweet. Milky finish. Worth the $8 I paid for the bottle but not worth the $16 it would normally cost. Liquid whoppers.
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
At Argos annual beer tasting. Poured an orange, dark brown. Aroma was caramel and definite chocolate. As opposed to a stout, this had a very strong sweet chocolate taste, like drinking a hershey bar, with some honey thrown in as well. Enjoyable but a bit cloying after awhile.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark red-brown with a nice looking mocha head, good creaminess to it. Nose is a combination of chocolate and an odd tanginess. Taste and palate initially are that of chocolate milk in that "this is too sweet to be real chocolate" sort of way. Not offensive, but generally tastes artificial and cheap.
argo0 (12042) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear garnet body with creamy beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, caramel. Creamy medium body. A beer for non-beer drinkers -- sweet and no bitterness..
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
It’s been said, but I’ll say it again...a little high priced for a bottle of beer. Poured like a cola, but with a longer lasting head and smaller bubblies. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malt. Comes off as thin, first taste is bitter chocolate, with a long long aftertaste. Not good, but not bad either. Either way, not worth the money spent. I’ll definately pimp the bottle, though.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A bit pricey at 15 bucks a bottle but I decided to pick it up anyway. This pours out a brown color with reddish highlights and a good looking tan head that quickly drops to a ring of bubbles. All I could detect in the aroma is chocolate and maybe a touch of roasted coffee. Chocolate is dominant in the flavor with hints of roasted malts and coffee stirring about but not much else. I love chocolate and beer but the taste just wasn’t doing it for me. Mouthfeel was a bit thin and well carbonated. Drinkability was fairly low as I was getting sick of the taste and had trouble finishing the bottle. Not something I would try again for that price but not a bad beer.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2004
1.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
this is the first label i’ve seen that might require a crowbar and welder’s torch to remove for my collection. very chic. indeed, when a beer is this expensive, hyped and luxuriously bottled, i can’t help but prepare--unconsciously even-- to wax poetic and silly about it’s pressumed greatness before i’ve even tasted it. pouring it into a snifter, i was already composing in my mind some extravagant praises, like this: "rivulets of chestnut brown gurgling like an appalachian cascade, pooling into the glass, and sending up a heady celebration of big-bubbled foam"-- and crap like that. and admittedly, it’s true that the appearance of the pour IS quite nice. but fancy talk is wasted on this lame-o beer-- this isn’t godiva, this is ovaltine. one sniff and i felt as ripped off as a waiter gettin’ a two buck tip on a ninety dollar tab. i positioned my nose over the brew expecting a rich updraft of sweet aromas-- like you’d expect when opening a fat belgian dubbel-- and got: nothing! i sniffed this beer --and then sniffed a newspaper-- and found the newspaper to be more deliciously fragrant. this bock’s aroma is thin, and resembles only a rolo melting on an english muffin in a microwave in the upstairs apartment where the guy collects moldy clothes for the salvation army. i was swirling it so hard to coax up some more aroma that i reckon i’d spilled five bucks worth. as it warmed, i got some nutty orange effects as well, but truly-- it holds it’s aroma too close to appreciate-- like a gambler hiding his poker hand. tasting did little to ameliorate the disappointed feeling that was growing: yoo hoo chocolate sweetness on a thin malt-o-meal flavored body. the carbonation is creamy, but thin, and these sweet cola malts with no apparent alcohol or bitterness come up short in my estimation, as woefully short as a pygmy in the NBA. i had trouble finishing it, and it was inappropriately sweet-- like a nasty cat it reached out and cloyed me for no reason-- it cloyed me to the core of my being. i reread the instructions thinking that i used it incorrectly. maybe i opened the wrong end of the bottle. maybe i’m supposed to be fourteen years old and easily impressed by a candy-flavored dunkle. maybe probably i’ll give it a big MISS next time around.