MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown almost black with a decent creamy brown head that leaves some lacing. Sweet dark chocolate aromas, buttery chocolate flavors, medium bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel, finishes a bit too sweet, overpriced for what it is, I was disappointed.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
omhper in Montreal #17 (with MartinT,tiggmtl,Rastacouere,DYCSoccer). 750 ml bottle. "Smells like slim-fast" -- Martin. Dark rootbeer, Tootsie roll character in the nose, think one-dimensional choco-cereal flavor, boring quick finish. Somehow manages to feel rich without being flavorful, much like commercial candies and sugary cereals...
zathrus13 (1684) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown/black color. Aroma is chocolate, with a little coffee and dark fruit. Chocolate dominates the taste as well, with sweet malt in there as well. The body is very creamy/buttery, and light to medium. Pretty good, but probably not worth $15.
OldGrowth (2416) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Redbones. Good nose, Cocoa, coffee,latte. Clean orange dark brown color. Small to no head. Sweet bitter flavors, chocolate,carmel,malted milk balls. Medium body, lite creamy mouthfeel, dry bittersweet finish. Pretty damn tasty, Nice to find on tap.
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Medium brown body shows red hints and wears a thin beige head. Lactic chocolate paired with honey cough candies nose. Also has an understated minty presence. Taste is buttery, lightly tart and incredibly sweet, sugary in fact with hints of flour, butter, cacao powder. I had trouble finishing my ~100-125mL portion, I can’t imagine going through a whole bottle. Thin-medium bodied, powdery texture, light carbonation. Nope, this is bad stuff.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Commercial chocolate shake powder dropped in a thin, barely malty breakfast bock...Bits of metal from the pan sticking to a childish chocolate cake...A philistine of a bock, certainly worth more because of its bottle than its actual content...
kujo9 (1092) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Short lived beige head on a mohogany body. Chocolate aroma with some caramel, hints of roastiness & light toasty malt. Chocolatey flavor goes along with aroma, some vanilla, raisiny dark fruit, and a toasty malt aftertaste. Finish is malty and chocolate. Medium body, lower carbonation. Not a bad beer, but not worth the 15 bucks for the 25 oz bottle.
ClarkVV (3757) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2005 $4 dollar draught at Redbones. Much better than having to pay the exorbitant 16 dollars for the whole bottle. Dark brown body, mostly opaque with a small beige head. Aroma of ever so slight prunes, raisins and a hint of oily yeast, but mostly dominated by a rich milk chocolate. Flavor begins with possibly the best chocolate flavor I’ve ever tasted in a beer, smooth, rich, sweet and milky. Creamy body that dosent thin out. Wonderful chocolate beer. Ok, that being said, let’s talk about the rest of the beer. Hmm, not too much to talk about. It DOES have a bocky yeast to it, but it is so light and in the background, it is very hard to taste. I’m not picking up much if any roast. Just left with the bocky yeastiness that is barely perceptible, (but tastey). Some will call it subtle, I call it selling out to make this beer more drinkable to the general public. If I’m wrong, the fact still stands that this needs more than just chocolate.
igneous1 (1486) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
deep brown, clear, nice light brown head, mostly lasting. aroma is surprisingly not as chocolatey as i’d imagined, instead is mostly malt. flavor has a lot more bittersweet chocolatiness with a subtle chalkiness and an even more subtle roasty quality. moderate mouthfeel, nothing really stands out, not even the chocolate as much as you’d expect it to. not a bad beer at all, but not much return on the investment, relatively speaking.
PorterPounder (5101) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2011 Rerate Mouthfeel much more textured this time around, flavor seems to be more prominent with some vanilla notes coming through - up a notch or two. Original 3.4 Picked up at Whole Foods in Austin, Tx. Beautiful bottle with the embossed label and all. Pours a dark ruby red to dark brown color with a thin, tight, off-white head. Faint aroma of bittersweet chocolate, not much else, expected more. Flavor has some chocolate notes of course, and I’m trying hard to pick up something else, but it just is not coming through. Mouthfeel is rather thin. Not a bad beer, just not at all complex, considering the price and the packaging.