123456green (46) - houston, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
If Sam Adams would spend a little more money on the beer and "not" the label this may have been an o.k. beer, but they didn’t which makes this thick pouring,over the top with chocolate,oily finish beer almost not drinkable. No balance to speak of, not at all complex.
5000 (6400) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours dark brown with ruby highlights, frothy off-white head, with average lacing. Slight aroma of dry cocoa and hints of caramel. Flavor is slightly malty, a bit nutty, but also exibits some very mild chocolate notes. As it warms the chocolate becomes more evident. Finishes slightly chocolatey with more caramel. Not bad at all, but not complex enough to be considered fantastic. Decent body, smooth mouthfeel, but bad on the wallet. Thanks goes out to 123456green for the trade!
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’ve never been so bored with a $15 bottle of beer! It has some nice roasty, fancy chocolate notes in the nose, but once it hits the lips, all the fanciness is gone. Very bland, except for a faint roastiness, reminiscent of old coffee with chocolate flavored creamer. No complexity noted, just a bland bock with those added chocolate hints. Yawn. Can I return the rest of this for a partial return?
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark amber/brown color with a beige head. Aroma of roast and chocolate. Chocolate flavor:) Thick creamy, milky body. Really good.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 9, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Art or Beer ’04: Beautiful amber color with ruby red. Aroma of sweet chocolate with a bit of bitterness. Taste has coffee hints with a touch of hops, but mostly creamy thick chocolate. This is by far my favorite Sam Adams beer. It’s not something I would want a lot of, but it’s a perfect desert beer.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a reddish brown color. Strong chocolate aroma, and the flavor is dominated by chocolate, the bock takes a back seat but provides a solid background. I think this may be the best use of chocolate I’ve tasted in a beer. Thick rich and milky. This has a deep embedded real cocoa flavor. Dessert. Maybe Sam’s best.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2004 Sampled a bottle of the first bottling from my cellar. This is a chocolate lovers dream. Who needs Hersheys syrup!
Ok, its my 50th and I went for a gimmicky beer. I was pleasantly surprised with this beverage.
The pour was slightly undercarbonated. I think I served it cooler than it should be. It was a nice dark red color in the glass. Aromas of chocolate permiated the air.
Extremely smooth, really tastes like it smells. On the sweet side, slight malt and chocolate chocolate chocolate.
It may cost alot, but I feel it is well worth it. I have never experienced a beer like this before (Rogue choco stout is closest).
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This brew pours with a very dark brown body topped by a thick head with a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet yet bitter and chocolatey with a slight maltiness. Not all that impressive. The flavor is sweet, chocolatey and caramelly. Tastes like a chocolate candy, which, I guess, is what they were trying to do. It’s actually not that bad. Medium to full bodied, smooth and slightly dry.
Dogbrick (9809) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hefty price tag on this one but it is a pretty good beer. Pours a dark brown color with a nice ruby glow. Medium thick beige head that lasted a little while, and thin lacing. The aroma is chocolate of course, with a roasted character to it. Medium body with a lot of chocolate in the flavor but it doesn’t become annoying. Malt and roasted coffee are present here and there too. The finish reminded me of a brown cow, which is like a Boston Cooler (root beer blended with ice cream) but with chocolate ice cream. I think you are paying a premium on the packaging on this one, but it works as a one-off for me.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - APR 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amazing color, really dark red, but when held up to the light was a nice red color. The dark chocolate taste to this was exceptional.