YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Impressive black bottle with pewter emblem. Pours a deep, brown with red highlights and a tan foamy head. Chocolate nose was not as poweful as expected, given the quality of the chocolate used. Likewise with the flavor. A good brew and definitely remarkable but short of expectations.
ross (2118) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
hmmmmm pretty good, i dont think its worth 14.00 for a 750. it has a good flavor of chocolate and other flavors. pours pretty dark, looks good, smells better, tastes ok. still- i would rather have 8 pints of guiness than 1 750 of this.
bmadden (3) - Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 9, 2004 does not count
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very thin mouthfeel with a surprising chocolate flavor. Not really worth the money or the time. Drink something else.
obxdude10 (2099) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black in color, nice tan-ish head that laced around the glass for a little while, lots of chocolate in the nose along with hints of cocoa & coffee, medium in body, not too heavy, nice malt profile, decently balanced, a little disappointing concerning its cost, but if you take the time to sip on it & enjoy it, it makes for a nice night-cap or after dinner drink
jjohn (4) - Devon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2004 does not count
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
A very nice malty, chocolately beer. If this beer were reasonably priced (say, 7 bucks per six), I would certainly buy it again. But, at 15 bucks for a bomber, it has niether the alcohol nor the flavor to justify its huge price-tag. Still, worth trying once.
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 6, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a big fan of this one-Definitely overpriced at $13.99 for a 750. Basically this is the doppelbock with a huge splash of chocolate. Dissappointing
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby-brown body, low carbonation, and medium beige head. Aroma of chocolate, raspberries, and some quintessential Sam Adams dusty cardboard. Flavor of hazelnuts, chocolate, and rich caramel. Chocolate dominates after awhile and no appreciable depth is ever revealed. Full bodied for a bock. Tasty and somewhat interesting, but definitely overpriced. They should have shown some guts and jacked the hop bill up a bit more, not so much as to deviate from style but just enough to tantalize. Hand selecting hops must be a tiresome endeavor because beers that make this claim never seem to have much.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a light copper brown with a thin off-white head. Weak, dry-roasted musty aroma has a hint of burnt chocolate. Body starts sweet and milk chocolatey finishing more bland, yet still maintaining a decent chocolate presence. The body is a little thin. Not bad, but not all that great either, and definitely not worth the price, although the bottle might be collectable.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 4, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep ruby brown, looks like coke. Thick pale tan foam. All sweet and cocoa nose. This is all sweet and chocolate...Reminding me of some gross chocolate soda that I once tried as a youngster. This is very interesting, although I cant find all the complexity that Jim Koch is speaking about. Would be great with dessert or mole chicken...And its way too expensive.
BBB63 (6346) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Caramel brwon hue with ruby highlights an presented a thick creamy tan head and outstanding lace. Very smoky and mocha aroma with hints of dry apples, light piney hops, and dusty yeast esters. The taste is sweet and lactic milk chocolate with roasted grain background. Fruity (cherry and prune) midsection leads to a smoky and lightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is lush and lively with a crisp bite towards finish. Worth $14-20? Hell NO! Too much chocolate and not enough bock.