Pumpkin87 (19) - - NOV 23, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful black with deep ruby undertones when held to the light. A thin tan stout head dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.
Nose is chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. In the mouth, there’s vanilla bean and brown sugar as well. Combined with creamy body, this is almost a chocolate milk shake, with just a faint hint of bitter cocoa.
The finish is not unreservedly sweet, but avoids the harshness of some brews in this category. All in all, a great success for lovers of milk chocolate yet respectable for those who prefer dark.
GuideDogSaint (483) - Xiamen, CHINA - NOV 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
550ml bottle from Beer Station, Xiamen. Pours black with a thin off white head. Aroma of chocolate, taste of chocolate, finish of chocolate with a little bitterness, not too sweet. Very nice.
obxdude10 (2077) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really nice chocolate stout. The only thing I did not care for in this beer was the overly-sweet cocoa finish. The beer poured black in color with a really fluffy and soft brown head. The aroma was awesome, with real and natural chocolate, some hints of vanilla bean, chocolate malt, cocoa beans and light hops. There is plenty of natural chocolate flavors, as well as light malt and a hit of hops.
Cybion (75) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 550 ml. Pours jet black with a significant amount of foamy tan head. Good head retention and some lacing. Aroma is dominated by strong dairy and chocolate notes. Cocoa butter, cocoa powder, milk chocolate, vanilla, cream, coconut, caramel undertones, brown sugar and molasses are all easily detectable. Getting a major chocolate milkshake vibe from this one. Taste is very sweet as expected, with the predominant flavours of chocolate, cream, malty caramel and muscavado sugar all contributing to this. There’s also a somewhat unexpected bitter side to the taste as well, coming off the dark malts and a bit of black coffee, which balances things nicely and prevents this one from becoming too one-dimensional. Long finish with cereal and especially nuts in the aftertaste. Body is perhaps a little thinner than it could have been though the creamy texture and minimal carbonation still make for the smooth experience you expect from these sorts of brews. Definitely impressive overall, and perhaps setting the standard for what a good sweet stout should be.
HonusWagner (1629) - Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent sweet milk chocolate stout with an almost chocolate milk level of "childhood evocation power." The kind of beer you can give just about anyone and have them enjoying life.
Mr_Pink_152 (1047) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
550ml bottle from Melbourn Bros Stamford. Deep almost black with a big tan head. Aroma has lots of chocolate. The taste has this too, and is almost like those creamy chocolate liqures. But not as sweet.
PacNWDad (107) - Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with about 1/2 finger of tan, mottled head, which dissipates quickly to a film. No apparent bubbles. Dark mahogany color, light just gets through. Vanilla, butterscotch, cocoa, tobacco aroma, with cherry and roasted malt too. Primarily a sweet taste, with just a hint of sour and a little bitter in the finish. Medium body and carbonation. A lovely beer - why do I want to have a Manhattan now?
Andrus86 (59) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - NOV 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
BOTTLE. Shared RW. Pours a dark cola with a brown head that disappears quickly. Chocolate overpowers on the nose. Upfront its a very sweet choc & vanilla taste that finishes off with coconut. Very impressed!
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hippiemusic (47) - Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow the English know how to bring it. The chocolate notes come full forward, with an evenly malty backing. Delicious desert beer.
robinvboyer (3264) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 9, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark, ruby almost black pour, with a small beige head. Very sweet aroma, cocoa extract is evident, smells fake. Hard to find anything but sweet chocolate aroma. Even the roasty notes smell sweet. Mouth feel is thick and velvety. Finish is just more cloying sweetness, its like drinking chocolate milk. Not a fan.