eRock_2013 (398) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well this is one of the better chocolate-infused winter beers I've sampled, features a more natural chocolate bean flavor that does not overwhelm the underlying chocolate and caramel malt flavors. Subtle red fruit flavors as befitting a bock, also a slight vanilla note contrasting with the chocolatiness. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, some creaminess. Well done and better than most other chocolate beers that tend towards a more artificial or overpowering chocolate flavor.
BierMeHoos (557) - Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from Winter Classic Variety pack, thanks Garrett. Served in a tulip glass, appearance is a dense but thin off white head, and the beer is very dark in color, if not black. Aroma is weak, but some faint cocoa. Taste is malts and is sweet with a touch of bitterness, some notes of chocolate. Palate is medium bodied beer with light carbonation. Overall, nice for the style and a perfect beer for the season.
Thechasm442 (759) - Chicago heights, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to a tulip. Black with a thin beige head. Aroma of roasted chocolate and malts. Flavor of cocoa, chocolate, cream, and barley. Medium creamy mouthfeel. Good beer.
sirzekel (58) - Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good amount of chocolate. Not overwhelming. Would be tasty without the chocolate. Little bit of vanilla at the end.
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matthewjk (1060) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
By far, one of the more on-point beers Samuel has in their extensive lineup. It hits many of the same notes a good chocolate stout does: smooth, rich, chocolate, and a faint bitterness. 12oz bottles from "seasonal variety pack"
hman43 (1114) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
It pours black with a brown head that is large and lasts. It has aromas of chocolate and caramel. It has chocolate and caramle flavors with hints of dark fruits. It is smooth and rich with plenty of carbonation and a moderately bitter finish.
tekstr1der (349) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2015 Sounds nice, as much as I like bock and chocolate both. This pours a dark brown with slight tan head. Minimal chocolate with light malt and caramel sweet aroma. Much more chocolate comes through in the taste, finishing fairly clean and a little dry. Not bad..
bubblehouse (1304) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good chocolate flavor. Looks really good in the glass. Not a great porter but solid.
Augdraught1981 (262) - Harlem, Georgia, USA - DEC 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark pour with medium sized tan head. Delicious chocolate & dark malt aromas and matching taste. Easy to drink and balanced flavor profile. I think I prefer this over a lot of sweet stouts. Nice beer!
SteveOrz85 (210) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Winter Classic Variety pack. Served in tulip glass. Dense but thin off white head dissipates fairly quickly. Some moderate lacing. Beer is very dark in color, almost black. Aroma is on the weaker side, mostly malts with some faint cocoa. Taste is malts and is medium sweet with a touch of bitterness. Significant notes of smooth chocolate. Medium bodied beer with light carbonation. A very smooth beer, with a clean finish, just lightly lingering. Overall a good enjoyable beer. Probably the best out of the variety pack. Chocolate works well with the Bock style.