KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was hesitant to drink this. Now Iím sorry I waited this long.
Pours a perfect black with a thick beige head (common theme this rating session). Nose is straight-up fudge and chocolate, and the flavor is that, too, but much more pronounced. I could go on and on with descriptors but this beer is simple yet complex flavor-wise. To overstate things is to detract; enjoy this one, with its rich flavor and pudding-esque consistency on the tongue. Itís one of the best beers Iíve ever had. More of this will grace my refrigerator.
maxwelldeux (2925) - Spokane, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a near black color with a moderate tan head. Nose has a strong note of chocolate to it, though it has just a tad bit of bitterness. Taste is almost a little sour, which is odd.
Gerbeer (1407) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle. Pours black with large tan head that settles slowly. Aromas of dark chocolate milk. Flavors of rich dark chocolate with more of an underlying full stout feel rather than taste. Very smooth and slick. It really is a chocolate drink, but nonetheless very nice.
heemer77 (5077) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. This is the first Sam Smithís I have purchased in years. Nice to see a 12 oz. brown bottle. The body is perfectly black with a medium tan colored head. Chocolate chip pancakes dominate the nose. There is also a hint of tropical goodness, like passion fruit. Cocoa and more of that passion fruit type sweetness come through with each drink. That chocolate chip pancake character is fairly strong. A smooth and sweet cocoa brew. Decent.
Indra (2560) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle. Tons of chocolate in the nose, not leaving room for much else in fact, other than some dark roast, sweetness, vanilla and brown malts. Dark brown-black in color, head is uneven and lasting. Mega-chocolate flavor as well, one of the chocolatey-est beers Iíve had, if not the most, with huge dark chocolate from start to end, more faintly roasty coffeeish touches here and there, but plenty of sweetness overrides that for the most part, finishing with more lactose-like sweetness and chocolate. A bit much, overall, and not very beery.
FatTony (175) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle- poured out a slightly translucent chestnut brown with a moderate tan head. Aroma was dark cherries and chocolate. The taste was an almost cloyingly sweet chocolate cherry with a wet cardboard finish. Palate was smooth, but overwhelmed by the sweet cherry. Not Smithís best.
berkshirejohn (4121) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
550ml bottle from The Naked Grape, Alresford. A deep ebony colour, almost opaque, but with a pleasing chestnut glint when held to the light, and covered by a thin beige head; the aroma is of rich, decadent, cocoa, smelling dark and bitter; the taste is similar, liquidised, good quality dark chocolate with a silky mouthfeel, thereís some sweetness, but it is immediately countered by the bitterness imparted by the hops, reminding me that this is actually a beer; and the finish is dry and almost chalky. An excellent chocolate stout.
NJBeerman013 (1042) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle. Pours midnight black with a large cocoa colored head. The flavor is huge on sweet chocolate with just enough hop character to keep it from being too much like chocolate syrup. Really really good.
jimhilt (2371) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a four-finger, khaki head that fades slowly leaving a very good lace. Midnight black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Sweet chocolate nose and flavor is like a sweet chocolate malt with carbonation. $5.00 for a 550ml bottle from Tullyís Beer & Wine Wells, Me.
poisoneddwarf (1597) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
18.7 oz bottle. Pours almost opaque black but some red peeks through when held up to the light; has a medium long-lasting beige head that leaves lace. Aroma is awesomely chocolatey; I donít think Iíve ever smelled more chocolate in a beer. Thereís also a hint of anise in here and some fresh baked bread. Taste is dessert in a glass. Itís sweet but not cloying, full of chocolate flavor. Has a bit of bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy to velvety, carbonation moderate, body medium. Delicious.