SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 8, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Barley’s Taphouse in Asheville, NC. How does this bar pour beers over 6% legally in NC? I’m glad they do as this, in my opinion is an act of necessary civil disobedience. This is a mediocre beer. I’m not a Sam Adams critic (see my Tripple entry), but this does nothing for me. Roasted chocolate aroma and flavor, but then again, what poor man’s stout doesn’t have this? This bock is just too watery. Their double bock is way better and way cheaper. Cool bottle, though.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small head, some malt in the aroma, if you keep your nose in it long enough, some chocolate comes though,strong initial chocolate taste,the palate sensation was a smooth film of wonderful cocoa, I’ve never experienced that before in a brew, like a piece of Godiva had just melted in my mouth, the chocolate tried to hold on , but faded at the end. Very good,I’d pay as much for a 6’er as a good Bells stout, but 14.00 bucks for a 750,the next one I have will be a gift
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 3, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Someone bought this one for me as a Christmas present. When opened and poured out, the first thing I thought to myself is that it looked and smelled like a watered down stout. Very little in the way of chocolate present. Watery and not at all what it claims to be. Very mediocre and not worth the money. The nicest thing about this beer is the bottle.
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 2, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another great one by Sam!!! Full of flavor but not revoltingly sweet for my tastes (like the Triple Bock). Great balanced brew.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
750 ml bomber bottle. I have to admit that I’d been wanting to try this beer for quite some time, but that the relatively high price put me off. I finally broke down and bought a bottle last October, and I opened it today to celebrate the New Year. Color: deep mahogany (looks black unless held directly in front a light source) with a disappointingly thin light brown head. Nose: sarsaprilla, Moxie, vanilla, almonds and cocoa. Chocolate is more pronounced in the taste, but vanilla, almonds and hazelnuts are detectable as well. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel and the 7% ABV is completely unnoticeable. A nice beer, but the flavor was not as intensely chocolate as its name led me to believe it would be.
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught Mugs in Brooklyn
This beer does’nt live up to the snobbish bottle and price. The American brewers problems in making bocks are obvious in this one. It is way too watery and it seems that they have taken Youngs choccolate stout and poured water in it. Afterwards they just say it is a bock, but in fact it is a shitty watery wanna-be choccolate stout.
In it self the beer is not that bad, but I just get pissed off, when a beer pretends something it is not.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a pretty interesting beer. The chocolate was mostly in the nose, and did not overpower the flavour. It was very sweet. It felt like a pretty standard bock with a mostly malt taste that lead into the chocolate. I think this would be a good desert drink. I ended up having to share my pint in order to finish it.
changxao (104) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was from a 750 mL bottle. This was also rated independent of the price. Pours with a dark reddish-brown color. Has a big head that dissapates fairly quickly. Aroma is hoppy and chocolatey. Palate is moderately full. Flavor is mostly malt with some hops and chocolate. Afertaste is chocolate with some hops and alcohol. Overall a good beer, but probably not worth the price.
Nuffield (4011) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
At first there was not a lot that revealed the chocolate--it isn’t a "bang you over the head" chocolate beer like the Florisgaarden (thankfully). At first it was only at the very end of the finish, and then its contribution was lovely. But I had another glass when everyone tired of this early on, and that revealed a bit more chocolate to me. Light carbonated palate, good red-brown color with a fascinating swirl of colors and head. High quality chocolate went into this, that is apparent to me, at least. A bit thin at the end, but still good support through most of it. (2004 Christmas Party, my #9, group’s #7)
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yes, definitely a luxurious beverage - content is pleasingly thick, yet not heavy, sweet, but not too much so, solid chocolate taste though not over-powering with other subtle traces of flavors. That said, I expected more complexity in the flavorings and taste. A more than good brew and I concur it’s not up to the price in the end.