apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Incredible aroma of complex fruits, malts and yes, chocolate. The flavor isn't quite that spectacular. It's malty and full of chocolate, prunes and cream. It seems to be missing something all around, but it's a pretty good brew nonetheless.
notalush (4584) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 Appearance is very dark brown, nearly stout-like, with an impressive lacing - aroma of cocoa, cream, roasted malts, even a touch of vanilla - body is quite thin, but the flavor nearly makes up for it - dominant flavor is, of course, chocolate, milk chocolate to be exact ("ice cream soda without the ice cream" is pretty on the money) - some bitterness compliments the chocolate flavors well - some caramel, coffee with lots of cream in it - despite the thin body, a momentary silkiness is generated before the somewhat watery finish - chocolate flavor that starts off lingers in the finish, bookending the taste experience - I have to agree with slob and say that this beer didn't live up to my expectations - it's good, but it doesn't warrant being a "special limited edition" beer - yeah, the bottle is neat, but it kind of reminds me of civil war paraphernalia, and for fifteen bucks, they'll be lucky to get a repeat customer with this.
mribm (447) - Hurley, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 750 ml. Bottle. Poured with a nice thick, long lasting head that initially left good lacing which quickly faded. The beer was a dark brown with ruby hues. The nose was of milk chocolate. The taste was like a chocolate ice cream soda without the ice cream. This beer didn't resemble a bock to me, it was more like a chocolate stout. It was a really good tasting beer, although it was a little thin bodied for a bock beer, however the taste and aroma made up for what it lacked in body. I really liked the bottle with its embossed pewter looking label, foil covered cap and a hanging tag with the story about the beer. This beer tastes more like a chocolate stout then a bock.
sloth (2382) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Large light brown head, good retention with some stringy lace. Clear mahogany color, good looking brew. Very light aromas of cocoa and malt. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Some light chocolate flavors, syrup and bitter sweet with a touch of maltiness. Finish is medium dry, kinda thin with an ever so light roastiness. Was expecting a little more of this brew and its brewer. Jim, you could of kicked it a notch or two or three. Must be trying to appeal to the masses with this one. Nice label.