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 (6905) - 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.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is my celebratory beer for finishing my Series 7 exam for financial advising. Hope it's worth the $15. Nice dark brown/red. Well supported tan head. To me it smells like an Imperial Ale. Smells of chocolate but not overpowering. This is a nice complex beer. Slightly tinny but very nice. Bitter coffee, chocolate, subtle and very nice. Sweet. No one else seems to like it. Compare it to other Sam Adams products and this stuff is awesome. I am glad that I cam across this, but I should have someone to share it with. My wife is pergnant so not drinking. Oh well. More for me.
DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful 25.4 oz bottle, dark with a tin label. Beer pours deep brown with a swirling, cocoa like white effervesence and a creamy, tannish head of dense bubbles.
Nose of sweet chocolate and Vienna malts, almost chocolate cake like with a succinct of floral hops.
Rather thin mouthfeel as compared to my expectation, and although chocolately and drinkable, this lacks in depth and complexity. Not big on carbonation, the feel is creamy smooth. OK, not awesome, but a good, dintrinct entree for Boston.
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.