tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Deep brown with mahogany edges. Slightly gray tinted, foamy beige head. Aroma of Belgian-style chocolate, semisweet cocoa, faint roast, moderate notes of Hershey’s chocolate syrup, & some mildly creamy nuttiness. Hint of must. Flavor full of sweet dark malts & even sweeter chocolate & chocolate syrup notes. Lots & lots of chocolate. Almost chocolate milky. Creamy undertones with only a hint of balancing roast & faint nuts. Not pulling the vanilla... Maybe it’s just adding a bit of sweetness? Definitely not a bad choice if your options are low. Tasty, but a whole bottle might wear you down with all the chocolate sweetness.
GreatDane1632 (1124) - Alabama, USA - DEC 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated from notes taken 22 Feb 2012 -- Drank with friends from OTS at Wright-Patt. This is a very nice flavorful bock, I really enjoyed this brew.
LGKdude (15) - - DEC 3, 2014
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
(Bottled) Wow! Completely blown away by this beer. Great rich chocolate flavor that is in perfect balance on my palette - not too much, but not hiding either. This is a sipping beer, but after every sip I kept thinking "wow, this is a great beer!" Shame I can only get it in a seasonal pack!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jackfrost9p (338) - California, USA - DEC 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was really good. The chocolate was very nice and not overpowering. Smooth and creamy. Nicely done.
beertholomeus (1368) - California, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark caramel brown color with a tan head. Toffee, chocolate, caramel, toast, toasted malt and dark fruit aroma and flavors. Medium full body and moderate carbonation. Chocolate and toast finish.
Prufrockstar (1647) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pre-thanksgiving bottle thanks to Eric’s dad. From the bottle, but the bottle looks classy and I imagine it looks all chocolatey. Smells and tastes like chocolate syrup in a cold frothy beverage. Medium+ body, thick chewy syrupy texture. Pretty tasty dessert beer.
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thought I had rated this long ago. I remember being impressed by this beer the first time I had it. Tonight I opened the last of the 2012 Xmas sampler bottles that I had laying around in the fridge. I recall big time chocolate when I had this about a year ago. The chocolate has mellowed now into lots of vanilla. Aroma reminds of circus peanut candy and marshmallows. Taste is sweet vanilla with a touch of cocoa powder. Medium palate. Great stuff.
generallee08 (764) - New York, USA - JUL 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It pours out of the bottle a dark reddish/brown color and appears very dark in the glass with some deep crimson highlights. Its head is tall, thick and tan in color. As I drink, it fades to a thin foamy layer with a ring of sticky foam at the edge of the glass. This makes lots of slick lacing on the glass with a few spots clinging to the glass. It has a modest and nicely balanced aroma. I get some dark malty sweetness with hints of caramel, milk chocolate and dark cocoa powder. Also there is a hint of earthy/leafy hops in the background. The flavor starts by matching nose with notes of caramel, creamy milk chocolate as well as darker and dryer cocoa powder that seems to add a touch of bitterness. The hops add a touch of mild bitterness them selves but only just enough to keep things from becoming too sweet. The plate is smooth and silky with soft carbonation. It’s not too heavy or sticky at all and slides down easily, finishing fairly quick and nicely balanced.
alexsdad06 (7464) - Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating from notes 2011. I have had this from the 750 ml bottle and a 12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with reddish highlights and a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have nice milk chocolate, cocoa nibs, somewhat powdery, toasted bread, hints of coffee, a nice creamy vanilla character grows with warming. One of the better beers from Sam Adams.
Darkmagus82 (2093) - - MAY 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transferred from BA review on 2-3-12 -
Had on tap served in a pint glass
Appearance – Poured a nearly pure black that let little to no light through when held up. There was a slightly off white head that was present upon serving which gave way rather quickly leaving almost no lacing.
Smell – Chocolate is heavy on the nose mixed with a slight bit of roasty coffee aroma. Some vanilla works it way in toward the end rounding out the aroma quite nicely.
Taste – Quite a bit of roasted maltiness starts the taste profile. Sweet chocolate then shows up and takes over the show though. The light vanilla that is present at the end of the smell is also present throughout the taste; its subtle but it ties together the transitions between the roasty maltiness and sweet chocolate quite well.
Mouthfeel – Fairly creamy with a moderate level of carbonation. It is very fitting for the style, but nothing all that exceptional.
Overall – When you are in the mode for something with a nice smooth sweet chocolate taste this one delivers quite well.