brokensail (9214) - Orange County, 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 (76) - 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 (713) - 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 (148) - 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 (2625) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, 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.
pnesbit (69) - Marietta, South Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pour of deep dark brown with light brown head the leaves little lace. Aroma of chocolate with hints of light toffee. Taste if big smooth chocolate malt with hints of smooth toffee and a finish of slight bitter cocoa. Med body with med carbonation that has a smooth slightly bitter milky sticking finish. Overall great bock with big smooth chocolate taste that you can keep drinking.
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DeesterOSU (5) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2013 does not count
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The overall aroma was not as strong as some other dark beers. The color was good and the flavor wasn’t bad. It was a nice flavor but it wasn’t as strong of a chocolate as I expected. I would drink it again but not regularly.
ChiGuy68 (295) - Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted from a 12oz. bottle. Poured a rich dark brown with a frothy tan head. Malt and semisweet chocolate aroma. A delicious blend of malt and chocolate. Not your everyday beer, but quite a treat. Inspired a new term for me: "dessert beer".
LewSmith (6) - Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2013 does not count
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Rich cocca flavor with bitter after taste, not the best effort from Sam. Would like more cream.
nittanytide (207) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured deep brown, with a thin, white head. Aroma of chocolate is apparent upon pour. Taste is all smooth chocolate, with a little bit of sweetness on the tip of the tongue. A little bit more watery than I expected.