Silphium (3188) - 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!
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2004 Pours with a thin head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, roast nuts, and a bit of coffee. When cooler the standard bock flavors come through but when warm the flavor is dominated by the bittersweet chocolate, nuts, and coffee. I actually really like this beer. The blend of bock and chocolate worked much better then I expected, and the aftertaste is the same as one of scharffen Bergers Nib Bars. It is nice but definatly not worthy of the price tag.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 17, 2004
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby Red in the glass with a quickly evaporating off white head. Very faint chocolate scent. Unimpressive bock flavor to start, but the chocolate aftertaste is REALLY amazing. Goes really well with chocolate cake.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big bottle. Hey - the chocolate works. Big chocolate nose, big chocolate flavor. Another reason why we give kids hot chocolate in the winter. I said it before: the chocolate works.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Huge red-tan waterfall of a head that settles into a pillowy off tan cloud. Dark ruby body that though incredibly dark is translucent. Raisiny malt aroma is wrapped with light hops, while the dusty cocoa is secondary, an afterthought. Milky palate has a flavour like the small american pints of milk in grade school - artificial and bland. All told an interesting attempt, however failed. . .
jgb9348 (5092) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark brown coloured body, almost black with a nice dense medium-sized brown head. Aroma of CHOCOLATE and some coffee with pit fruit noticeable. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong chocolate flavours, full of sweetness and a strong malt backbone run in this bottle with some light vanilla tastes. Aftertaste is purely heaven...nothing offensive, just pure sweetness and a great mouth-coating way. Overall, a great beer...it took me by surprise, but one that I wish I had a case of! I was lucky enough to sample this from the 75 cL bottle purchased by Phil (haddon90) at Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia...thanks VERY much Phil!
Kinz (3507) - 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 (1734) - 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.