DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This beer was sampled at the San Diego Real Ale Festival 2004 thanks to Beerguy101. This beer poured a dark magenta color with hints of dark brown. The head was slight and small, slightly tanned, but nothing to real note. The aroma was heavy chocolate with hints of cocoa and vanilla. So far, so good. The we tasted the beer and pretty much it all went to hell from there, or at least to mediocrity. The taste is obviously heavily of chocolate, but this nasty rancid milk aftertaste consumes your taste buds after a few sips. Combine that with a grainy chocolateyness and super dryness and you’re in for a malty mess. I couldn’t quite understand this beer and I’ve determined it to be just another novelty. Thank goodness you didnt waste your money mitch...or at least you didnt pay $15 for a relatively boring bock!
Dorwart (2498) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2004
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice rich frothy head. Tan in color. Lasts for a while. Nice aroma with chocolate, roasted grains, prunes and a hint of coffee. Color is a deep, dark port. Initial flovor is rich and meaty with dark chocolate, coffee and a nice roasted flavor. As it progresses deeper into the mouth, it looses all body and becomes like water. Very strange! Nothing at the swallow! Very, very strange! SLight bitter and roasted aftertaste but you are left feeling robbed of the full bodied flavor that should be there. Very dissapointing.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 12, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2011 re-rate 2/11/2006
Still a bit too pricey at $14.99 for a 750ml, but I had this at a tasting & really enjoyed how the chocolate flavor complemented the brew
thanks to beerguy101 for sharing. I’m glad he got this on sale for $6. it’s a nice beer, but not worth the $15 price tag. Nice chocolate nose, but an average bock flavor.
DrnkMcDermott (2977) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2006 Bottled. Interesting. It’s definitely different, so is the difference good? Pours a deep brown under a fluffy but transient tan head with dark flecks. Smell is rather subdued, slightly bitter for a bock, with Droeste cocoa highlights. Taste is fine, perhaps a little too much coffee roast. Probably should have been a little less bitter to work better with the chocolate. • New tasting, Mar ’06: Y’know what? This is "Smores" beer!
TheBeerGod (5872) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2011 Pours about the shade of a Dr. Pepper. Medium fluffy brown head. Aroma is watery chocolate and cocoa, with VERY faint malt. Taste is very chocolaty and NOWHERE near as bad a beer as many have made it out to be. The feeling on my palate is very smooth until the end there is a slight bit of carbonation, but otherwise decent stuff. Finish is a little dry and chocolaty with a faint taste of flat cola. Pretty good beer, overall. If this was by another more popular brewer on the site, it would probably average in the high 3’s to around 4.
RE-RATEBottle - 12 ounce crowned. Black pour with a tall, fizzy tan head. Chocolate and cocoa in the aroma with light roasted malt notes and candy. Taste is big cocoa and dark chocolate notes. Soft roasted malt and candy bars round this out. Body is medium with a strong, creamy carbonation. Ends with more cocoa and dark chocolate notes, lighter roasted malt and lighter candy bar flavors.
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 (6599) - 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 (1534) - 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 (579) - 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.