ClarkVV (4414) - 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 (1520) - 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 (6390) - 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.
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
nez:discret de caramel et legerement de cacaco.Couleur brun chocola.Gout:Le bon gout de malt sucre des bocks plus un tres gros gout cacao et de chocolat que les bocks habituel non pas.Mais je ne repayerais pas 14$ us pour la meme bouteille quand meme asser ordinaire.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured chocolate black with big bubbled tan head that faded quickly...smell is somehow strange...maybe a hint of cocoa, but there is something a little gross about it...feet and yeast or hops and raisins? Maybe it is past its date...says BB June 04...I wouldn’t think it would be bad though...taste is strange at first...my tongue feels like it got hit with something excessively carbonated...it got that numb feeling...but the beer is really just barely carbonated...thick mouthfeel and quite smooth...a little more thin than I would’ve liked...roasty sweetness with a definate dark chocolate flavors...finish is sticky, cloying and grassy...this was so tasty in my imagination...luxurious, velvety, sweet, bitter, thick, smooth...in reality the beer was none of these things...a disappointment.
Jine (900) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.06.04 C’MON COWBOY LIGHT YOUR FIRE! Had this with biznizness, zeppelinsoul, and tsarman for bizniz’s 100th beer. There’s no stopping now
biznizness (1140) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
100 RATINGS. I’d like to thank Joe, Ztan, and Gene for helping me reach this milestone. As for this beer, what a great choice to break the century mark with. Taste like a glass of melted dark chocolate. Hops are subdued, allowing the sweet creaminess to really come out. MUCH better than the Triple Bock, which was the worst beer I ever had.
shadey (1998) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour without much head. The mouthfeel is really extrordinary. Silky smooth. The flavor didn’t change too much as it warmed up. There was a subtle flavor of sweet chocolate, not bitter like I expected. This was really outstanding. I will also chime in and say the price was outrageous. They know that their audiance will pay for it, so they gouge them brutally. If I can buy a bottle of trappist beer for less than this... thats highway robbery. I choose not to hurt the rating based on that however.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 5/20
Delicious. Velvety chocolate. Like a dark chocolate milkshake (sans milk). A great job, unfortunately it is heinously priced, so I have to give it way down on the overall points. Great job, but don’t gouge the price.
Suttree (5631) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep red, creamy tan head. Big malty aroma with a hint of chocolate. Herbal, piney flavorson a smmoth rich bed of dark chocolate. Hints of plum as it warms. Is this a gimmick beer, a good beer, or both? Its good, but but I’m not spending $15.89 again to find out.