pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big bottle. Hey - the chocolate works. Big chocolate nose, big chocolate flavor. Another reason why we give kids hot chocolate in the winter. I said it before: the chocolate works.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Huge red-tan waterfall of a head that settles into a pillowy off tan cloud. Dark ruby body that though incredibly dark is translucent. Raisiny malt aroma is wrapped with light hops, while the dusty cocoa is secondary, an afterthought. Milky palate has a flavour like the small american pints of milk in grade school - artificial and bland. All told an interesting attempt, however failed. . .
jgb9348 (5524) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark brown coloured body, almost black with a nice dense medium-sized brown head. Aroma of CHOCOLATE and some coffee with pit fruit noticeable. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong chocolate flavours, full of sweetness and a strong malt backbone run in this bottle with some light vanilla tastes. Aftertaste is purely heaven...nothing offensive, just pure sweetness and a great mouth-coating way. Overall, a great beer...it took me by surprise, but one that I wish I had a case of! I was lucky enough to sample this from the 75 cL bottle purchased by Phil (haddon90) at Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia...thanks VERY much Phil!
Kinz (3709) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep red going towards black, nice head. Aroma is darkly fruity, followed by chocolate (duh). Sweet malts dominate the flavor, followed by a chocolate finish. Should note that this isn't a chocolate flavor like you can achieve with malting, but really a quite pure chocolate flavor, along the milky lines more than the bittersweet. Not bad. I'm biased against bocks, and to a certain extent against Sam Adams. Cranberry "lambic" my butt. But I still think this gets knocked more than it should. Smack an Alesmith logo on this and the score goes up to a 3.9 on the site.
jaymobrown (1827) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Didn't remind me too much of a bock, but more like a sweet chocolate stout. The texture seemed too flat. Only the slightest hints of grains and hops. Way too sweet for my liking.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2004 The color of coca cola. Thin tan head on top. Zero carbonation. Aroma is of tobacco. I'm no smoker, but smells like a fresh box of cigarettes. Malty flavor but mostly rich chocolate. Something I really appreciate about this beer is that it is not too sweet. Rich but not too sweet. Nice thick body really coats the sides of your mouth. Smooth going down. Not a bad beer, but WAY overpriced. I paid 15 for this one. I would buy it again if it was closer to 3.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2004
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Blaahh! Alcohol containing chocolate water. I just didn't like it, and for the price I paid!! Pours a translucent brown color with a small bubbly head. Aroma is super sweet and chocolaty. Flavor hits for a split second with a sourish note and then CHOCOLATE, cocoa and just the slightest bit of malt blast you mouth and stay there forever. My wife loved it but I'll never drink it again. It did have a cool looking bottle though.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells rich of milk chocolate, but seemingly artificial. Look of thick brown with a slight bit of head that went away qucikly. The flavor smooth and chocolate-lovin all around, but again, it feels a slight bit faked, more like chocolate abstracte added to it. For a chocolate beer its pretty good, but over all as a beer it isnt too hot. (I'd still opt for the trumpeters stout for a chocolate brew.)
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2004 wow, what an awesome beer. I drank this and brooklyn chocolate stout in the same night. I have to say I like this more. Great taste. well worth it.
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2004
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with quick relinquishing head that actually fizzed like a soda.
Smell was light of chocolate, not really a whole lot on the nose at all.
Flavor had some chocolate of course but the mouthfeel was thin, and the carbonation prickly. The sensation I got was that I was drinking Chocolate Coke. The malt/hop combination did render a similar flavour to cola.
Low drinkability but this might be suitable for dessert. Won't be picking up this unremarkable brew again.