Kinz (3299) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep red going towards black, nice head. Aroma is darkly fruity, followed by chocolate (duh). Sweet malts dominate the flavor, followed by a chocolate finish. Should note that this isn't a chocolate flavor like you can achieve with malting, but really a quite pure chocolate flavor, along the milky lines more than the bittersweet. Not bad. I'm biased against bocks, and to a certain extent against Sam Adams. Cranberry "lambic" my butt. But I still think this gets knocked more than it should. Smack an Alesmith logo on this and the score goes up to a 3.9 on the site.
jaymobrown (1672) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Didn't remind me too much of a bock, but more like a sweet chocolate stout. The texture seemed too flat. Only the slightest hints of grains and hops. Way too sweet for my liking.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2004 The color of coca cola. Thin tan head on top. Zero carbonation. Aroma is of tobacco. I'm no smoker, but smells like a fresh box of cigarettes. Malty flavor but mostly rich chocolate. Something I really appreciate about this beer is that it is not too sweet. Rich but not too sweet. Nice thick body really coats the sides of your mouth. Smooth going down. Not a bad beer, but WAY overpriced. I paid 15 for this one. I would buy it again if it was closer to 3.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2004
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Blaahh! Alcohol containing chocolate water. I just didn't like it, and for the price I paid!! Pours a translucent brown color with a small bubbly head. Aroma is super sweet and chocolaty. Flavor hits for a split second with a sourish note and then CHOCOLATE, cocoa and just the slightest bit of malt blast you mouth and stay there forever. My wife loved it but I'll never drink it again. It did have a cool looking bottle though.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells rich of milk chocolate, but seemingly artificial. Look of thick brown with a slight bit of head that went away qucikly. The flavor smooth and chocolate-lovin all around, but again, it feels a slight bit faked, more like chocolate abstracte added to it. For a chocolate beer its pretty good, but over all as a beer it isnt too hot. (I'd still opt for the trumpeters stout for a chocolate brew.)
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2004 wow, what an awesome beer. I drank this and brooklyn chocolate stout in the same night. I have to say I like this more. Great taste. well worth it.
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2004
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with quick relinquishing head that actually fizzed like a soda.
Smell was light of chocolate, not really a whole lot on the nose at all.
Flavor had some chocolate of course but the mouthfeel was thin, and the carbonation prickly. The sensation I got was that I was drinking Chocolate Coke. The malt/hop combination did render a similar flavour to cola.
Low drinkability but this might be suitable for dessert. Won't be picking up this unremarkable brew again.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep brown color that is quite clear with brilliant garnet notes when held up to the light. The head is brown and creamy. The dominant aroma is of chocolate, and in fact I can detect nothing else, though it is not overwhelming in character, like chocolate liquor would be. This beer is light in body, though the chocolate in the aftertaste does give it a faux creamy consistency. The beer is lightly sweet and quite clean in taste. There is a hint of roast malt, but the chocolate is center stage here. It is not overwhelming but it has a quiet strength which defines this beer.
I do like this beer, though it does not quite live up to the hype & the purchase price. Perhaps it is aimed at the mainstream beer lover. This beer would be quite worth it if it was priced in line with, or perhaps just above, the rest of the Sam Adams line up. The best part of this beer is that the chocolate does not bowl over the drinker, it is there, but it has a certain restraint, which makes it all the more enjoyable.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Obvious chocolate nose. Exceptional head and lace. The palate is on the light side. Lots of true chocolate flavors. Good desert beer. Not too sweet. Better than I expected.
FridgRaider (108) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This has a dark amber color with a dark tan head that subsides quick. Cocoa and malt were that aroma. Toasted malt and rich dark chocolate flavor. Finish is sweet and slightly bitter.