abcfan (580) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with small tan head. Aroma is sweet malt and chocolate. Tastes primarily of chocolate with a sweet sticky finish.
swiseman (355) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a thick black with beige head. strong aroma of burnt wood and straw - not altogether pleasant. taste is better - lots of roasted malt, molasses and dark chocolate making it fairly sweet. almost seems over-carbonated. finish is fairly smooth with some lasting chocolate and hops. wouldn’t be my favorite style, but better than I expected for sure.
emartell (158) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - MAR 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma claro e intenso en donde destacan principalmente notas a cacao, chocolate, maltas tostadas, algo de vainilla y ligeramente madera.
En cuanto a apariencia, color obscuro, intenso y profundo. Destellos Rubí a contraluz. Carbonatación ligera, cuerpo medio, corona de espuma pequeña de mediana retención.
En boca es suave, aterciopelada y muy bien equilibrada.
Al paladar es una excelente cerveza en la cual destacan diferentes sabores pero todos bajo un equilibrio muy adecuado.
En primera instancia se percibe un sabor suave y muy ligeramente dulce al pasar por la lengua, sin embargo en garganta es donde se empiezan a percibir notas a cocoa y chocolate, así como ligeramente vainilla. El retrogusto es ligeramente amargo con ciertos sabores característicos a nueces, dejando una agradable sequedad en boca.
En general una excelente cerveza de Samuel Adams, bien equilibrada y sin dejar un empalagoso sabor a chocolate. Realmente muy buena!!!
angrypirate06 (1330) - Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a small chocolate head. Nose is soy, cocoa, dark fruits, earth. Flavor is straight chocolate, cocoa powder, vanilla, fudge, faint berries. Silky mouthfeel. Delicious.
Alextricity (177) - Chesterfield Twp., Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a deep black color with a super bubbly carbonated chocolate head that goes away very quickly. Leaves no head after that, and no lacing either.
Smell: A really nice sugary sweet chocolate aroma, and the malts aren’t shy either.
Taste/feel: My first bock, and this is alright. There’s a good bit of sweetness, but the light bit of bitterness on the finish cuts through it pretty well. I love that I get some coffee profile because of the combination of chocolates and malts here. The feel also fits well -- pretty smooth, with a medium carbonation.
As usual, an above average beer by Sam Adams. Also as usual, not something I’d run out to buy, but something that I’d have if offered with no complaints.
womencantsail (6896) - Garbage Grove, California, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with a tall khaki head. Nose is quite chocolatey with some mild roasted malt notes. Sweet toffee, mild earthy hops, dark fruits, and toasted bread. Sweet caramel and toffee. Some chocolate, a bit of cocoa, and dark fruits. A touch of metal, earthy hops, and toast.
hondajunkie (46) - Tinley Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. Bottle from Winter classics 12pk pours black into a English pint glass leaving a 1 finger khaki head.
Not much in the way of aromas except for a wisp of chocolate and malt. Getting malt and a nice creamy chocolate flavor that covers the tongue. Very smooth and drinkable. Enjoyed it quite abit and would definitely by a 6 pk if I can find one.
Steasy66 (540) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle best by 2009. Almost black with off white head. Aroma is chocolate and malt. Flavor is a bit weak, pretty nice though. Not a bad beer.
lowg (146) - Scarborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Again, another beer from the Sam Adams holiday pack. This is mahogany with a tan head, with a nice toasty chocolatey aroma. Very smooth and creamy, well rounded. If any complaint is its cocoa can be overpowering at timesfor my liking but during the winter, I don’t mind.
Brigadier (2230) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle
This may be the best beer that I didn’t know was hiding in the back of the fridge. Of all Sam Adams’ beers to date this is the only one I would definitely buy a sixer of without hesitation. Not only is it accessible it has the qualities of a well made beer that can holds its own with anything.
Aroma / Appearance - The brownish black base and wispy head resemble dusty clouds soaking up the pollution of a coal chimney. Chocolate pudding, malt, and black tea are very sweet. If it were toned down a notch this was get a few more key points.
Flavor / Palate - Chocolate pudding is thick and chewy on the tongue. Creaminess in the body needs to be dialed back or it needs more depth. After a while I was ready to move on despite it being enjoyable. It just left me a bit indifferent about the second half of the bottle.