nick76 (4140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is pure chocolate and molasses with a tiny hint of coffee. The appearance is dark brown wit a small head. The taste is like the aroma with a bitter finish. The palate is smooth. Overall probably one of the best chocolate lover beers out there.
HighWine (932) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to snifter. Pours an obsidian black color with a multiple finger beige head. Head reduces quickly enough to get a good sip. Aroma of chocolate syrup, dates, and roast. Taste isn’t as chocolatey as the aroma but still the main characteristic of this beer. Tastes like a 68% cacao bar leaving some bitterness in the mouth. Good.
daniellunsford (105) - - NOV 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of dutch cocoa. Pours a mahogany shade with beige head. Almond, molasses, ginger, milk chocolate on the palate. Fantastically smooth and creamy.
Brouwerij (849) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2012 Pours very dark brown, near black, opaque with three fingers of rocky tan head, good retention and some lacing. Aromas of chocolate, roasted, malt, coffee, and caramel. Taste is sweet and malty up front, then strong chocolate/cocoa tones with hints of coffee, caramel, and nutty malts. Nice mildly bitter cocoa finish that lingers. Light carbonation and medium body with a smooth mouthfeel. Delicious and drinkable, I will have to find this beer again.
Update: Had this beer several more times. Still excellent.
emacgee (3797) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very pretty appearance, dark garnet brown with two fingers of creamy tan head. Very chocolaty in the nose and flavor, rich and dominating. Rich and full bodied with a smooth finish. Very light bitterness. Hard to go into much detail here. Super chocolaty beer.
jackl (3780) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ the Fitzroy Tavern. The pour’s deep brown with a big, creamy tan head. The nose is bright sweet chocolate sauce, a bit of vanilla and cream. The taste is similarly dominated by sweet chocolate flavors. This is a very sweet chocolate stout indeed. Some earthy roasted malts keep things together. Creamy palate, light. Overall, despite the crazy sweetness, this has some charm. Not bad, actually.
after4ever (5859) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500. Thanks, A! Pours nearly solid black with a loose tan head. Gorgeous big rich chocolate nose, halfway between a good chocolate bar and good cocoa powder. Creamy thickish body with soft carb. Good chocolate and good cocoa on the mid palate, very creamy and dimensional and pleasant without being cloying. Good beer.
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. from Chuck’s @ $2.59. If you like the aroma of chocolate, you will love how this smells. Chocolate invades the nostrils but doesn’t overpower the palate. Smooth and mild cocoa flavor in an otherwise neutral-tasting stout.
colej1650 (14) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark with a rich head. Chocolate taste very noticeable without a heavy burnt taste. Very nice finish and a good beer.
matthewjk (847) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From 550ml bottle - Wow, quite a good showing. Smooth, creamy, little hoppy, and plenty of chocolate overtones. Standout in the Samuel Smiths lineup.