wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle, snifter, 48F. Dark bread, hay, bittersweet chocolate malt (M); earthy hops (VL); honey aroma which also seems like dust/carboard to a certain extent. Doesn't smell much different than most bocks I've tried. Average, frothy, tan head is quickly diminishing and sits on a nearly-black ruby body. Moderately sweet flavor grows to a moderately heavy sweet finish with a bittersweet zing coming in late. Medium body, watery/oily texture, soft carbonation. Chocolate aroma becomes more noticeable as it warms. There's also a building numbness in my mouth, but there's no astringent harshness. The bottom line is: the chocolate flavor starts to get real nice towards the end, but that's all that really goes on here.
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber brown body with a dirty tanish head that settles quickly leaving a nice lace. Malt & cocoa dominate the aroma. Toasted malt sweetness with rich chocolate flavors balanced with a nice cocoa bitterness. Medium body easy to drink. Finish is short, sweet and lightly bitter.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught, at the Boston Beer Company, Jamaica Plan Brewery, Boston, MA.
Had this last year between Christmas and New Year. The beer was just in Pilot marketing phase then. Dark brown with a generous massive chocolate aroma. Tidy, clean, crisp palate. Wonderful chocolate malt aroma and flavour. Good length on the palate.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark mahogany, moderate tan head. Aroma was malty and chocolaty. Flavor was fairly roasty, some malt, fair amount of chocolate. Very smooth, medium body. Kind of porterish, good though. Too expensive.
Aubrey (3415) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear and dark with red highlights; light tan head diminished quickly. Nose was a little musty/yeasty, sweet (cocoa), and slightly fruity (prune, raisins). Mouthfeel was nice: creamy and smooth up front; prickly carbonation and a little light near the finish. Chocolate flavor kind of reminded me of Yoohoo. Some roasted notes throughout. Well made and tasty, but not complex enough. Alcohol gave it a slight edge, but otherwise it's a pretty mild beer. And while it was on the sweet side (with only a mild amount of bitterness), it wasn't overly sweet.
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby brown color with a big tan head that lasts a while. Malt and cocoa aroma, cococa flavor comes through first followed by the malt. Not as sweet as I thought it would be because of it being a bock. The Cocoa used (unsweetened?) balances the malt sweetness. I really liked this beer and think that it is very well made.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2004 Deep dark ruby-brown. Lovely head and lace. Nose full of toffee, chocolate, caramel, molasses and more. Medium bodied, creamy, smooth, lots of fine malt flavor, infused sweet chocolate (remincent of Youngs), toffee, caramel, some hop presence. Very smooth and rich brew that would make an excellent dessert. Quality stuff but way overpriced but I wont let that affect the score.
hopscotch (8465) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark, crystal clear, crimson lager with a good-sized, frothy, khaki-colored head.
The aroma is a bit metallic, but delivers big notes of chocolate, molasses, cola and raisins. The flavor is very malty, but well-balanced. Perfectly hopped. Lots of great, rich chocolate. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Lengthy, dry, astringent finish. Aftertaste of tart cherries. Overpriced, but underrated. I'm not much of a lager guy, but I really enjoyed drinking this one in front of a blazing fire on a snowy, Winter's night.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2004
1.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
What in the holy hell is this abomination? Do the brewers think we can be wooed this easily by a pretty bottle? Do they beleive us all to have ADHD? What a waste of 15 dollars. I cannot vehemently protest this brew enough. The first treachery is when it lulls you into a flase sense of hope and easement with an amazing chocolatey aroma. A thick black gorgeous body and massive tan head follow. Then you taste it and it just like a commie in a vietnamese jungle, it jumps from the bush and slashes your groin and removes any feelings of sympathy. The taste, if you cna call it that, is pure sour cream. Sour with this awful tangy rotting flesh taste. Finishes with this hershey's syrup accents. This is the chocolate the label was bragging about? Did they use a whole hershey's kiss in each bottle? FU sam adams on behalf of everyone you dicked out of 15 dollars. Note: i gave credit in the rating where it was due, namely the aroma. otheriwse it'd be bloody low, where it should be.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this on tap at the BA Extreme Fest on tap and thought it was fantastic but, I'm having it from the bottle now and it falls alittle short. Alot of chocolate flavor. Finishes flat and watery. On tap it finishes smooth and creamy.