beertvguy (3) - Burbank, California, USA - FEB 16, 2004 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured with a huge head that dissipated quickly. Color is a deep, dark red. Aroma is reminiscent of opening a Nestle Crunch bar - not too chocolatey, but sweet. Silky, somewhat syrupy mouthfeel. Soft. Delicate flavor is a mixture of mellow toasted barley, vanilla and dark chocolate that quickly turns dry from the hops. Odd lingering sweetness competes with the hops in the finish. Chocolate is present throughout. Pleasant overall. I'd like to see this beer packaged in a 6-7oz size, more appropriate for the style. Tasting this fresh, I really wonder how well this beer would age?
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
nothing special to this beer. Had a nice mildly sweet aroma to it, had a dark brownish-red color to it with a very thin tan head. Flavor had slight a carbonation feel to it with hins of chocolate. not worth the money.
Terminus (3351) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle-sampled at JoeT's condo in Austin Tx alongside aceofhearts. Very faint/weak aroma of baking chocolate. deep red appearance with light carbonation. The carbonation tingles your tongue alongside the mild chocolate flavors presented. not what i was expecting and not worth the money! Thanks JoeT for letting me come to your place and sample it though.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black, tan head, chocolate aroma, some hops, flavor sweet, chocolate, finish watery chocolate, expensive and not all that great.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark brown IMO black as coal would be more like it.Medium sized tan head that lasted for a decent time and faded to leave a small lace behind.The aroma was Malt and Chocolate what else with maybe a dried fruit and hops presence.Malty sweet taste with a heavy sweet chocolate taste coming through loud and clear,i detect some trace amounts of caramel and maybe some hops but chocolate seems to be the predominate flavor for this brew.The alcohol manages to stay well hidden and over all i'd have to say that this a fairly smooth brew.The chocolate can be a bit much and i can't see myself drinking this in large quantity,due to the price tag.But over all it's worth trying atleast once which i feel everyone should give it a whirl.As the brew warms i start to detect a few changes in flavor with a slight cherry cordial coming on.Not bad but i think they could throttle back on the sweet chocolate a bit.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - FEB 15, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber, thin head. Faint chocolate aroma. I was expecting this to be more Rogue chocolate stout-ish, but it's more like a weak Shiner/Ziegen/Michelob Amber type bock infused with some cocao. Gets a little better as it warms, especially in the mouthfeel. Somewhat flat.
Ernest (6730) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2004
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, chocolate, roasted grain), with notes of vanilla and cardboard. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation. Ugh, you must be kidding...$15 for this? Pre-oxidized, artificially sugary syrupy sweet with little to balance, and zero elegance. See also Stoney Creek Vanilla Porter.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
My wife purchased this for me for Valentine's day (in response to strong hints from me). Aroma and flavor are heavy on the chocolate as expected but this beer seems to lack any hint of body or structure. It reminded me of chocolate flavored coca-cola. Not worth the money but well worth the experience.
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep reddish brown color with a decent tan head, which fades to a thin, persistent ring. Does have some chocolate to the aroma, along with a nice roasted, caramelly malt aroma. Nice silky mouthfeel. Tastes of chocolate, of course, with sweet caramel malt and a little coffee thrown in. Didn't notice the hop flavor. Bitterness is low, seems more like a dark chocolate bitterness than from hops. I liked this beer, and I can't subtract points for price because I didn't buy it. That being said, ther is no way in hell it is worth $15 a 25.4 oz. bottle. If they could be real and make this 8 or 9 bucks a sixer, I would buy it often.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep red with equal amounts of brown. Thin, tan head. Strong chocolate on the nose, rather sweet, with hints of nuts and caramel. An average body. The flavor is quite malty, and surprisingly, dominated by chocolate. Despite mention of hops in the description, nary a one was to be discovered by this under developed palate. While this was actually better than I expected, it's not something I would buy again. Far too expensive for so little return. An interesting new experience.