Darkover (1529) - 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 (10043) - 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.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - APR 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(singing)"The world looks mighty good to me, cause tootsie roll is in my drink, whenever I sip me beer me think, it becomes a tootsie roll to me".(o.k. stop singing) This is an interesting brew. A nice mellow bock with chocolate undertones a rich color and semi-sweet finish. Its aroma didn't dazzle me, but overall I found the whole concoction to be quite pleasing.
Silphium (3190) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Finally pulled this one out of the "cellar" (i.e., my apartment coat closet). A nice surprise! I did not find the chocolate overbearing or cloying. Although the chocolate/cocoa flavors are the main attraction, this is also toasty with a touch of caramel and a tangy woody hint. Very smooth and creamy. Light, but in a good way. Worth $15? Probably not, but the bottle's cool :-)
forceten (2) - West Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2004 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I really enjoyed this beer, expecting more of a gimmick than a serious product. I tend to enjoy most Sam Adams offerings. That said, the aroma hits you - more towards the coffee end than the chocolate. The color is rich and deep - inviting to those of us who like dark beers. The taste - well, suffice it to say the chocolate is subtle, not forward, and there's a definate sweetness overall to the beer. Similar, in a way, to how the sweetness is a major component of their Sam Adams Double Bock. The addition of the chocolate allows this beer to be enjoyed after dinner, with or without dessert. There's definately a need for more beers in this category. However, like dessert wines, it's a taste for a smaller audience. Overall - this beer gets an A!