DoubleBubble (107) - Mescal Lakes (wherever that is), Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep dark brown with a 1/2" mocha head, that disapates quickly. Spotty lacing. Aroma of chocolate and then some more chocolate. Flavor of chocolate. Smooth beer, alcohol is not apparent in the flavor, but it is felt going down. Very good dessert beer.
kyzr (1328) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - MAR 9, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to markgugs. Dark black with a small brown head. Wow, this thing smells just like a tootsie roll. Big chocolate on the nose with some sweetness and roast. Flavor is all chocolate at first. Then it settles down on the palate and caramel begins to come out. Very nice texture with a creamy mouthfeel. Just a touch of bittersweet chocolate on the finish.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Translucent with a caramel cola color. Saw dust and a solo tan bubble reside on top. Aroma underscores the importance of chocolate to the beverage. Decadent bitter sweet Belgian chocolates, cocoa nibs and fudge morsel brownies course through the nose with a ribbon of caramel cream. Cocoa dust and hazelnuts. Itís one to sniff for hours. Phenomenal iterations of mocha brownies lovingly diffuse throughout the mouth. An ominous, cocoa dust deciduous character simultaneously parleys with a thick, melting fudge ribbon prior to slide down the throat as one. Chocolate toffee bars get put to the flame and aid the gooey drip of full palate dominion. Powdery cocoa nibs, Belgian chocolate shavings, mild bitterness and bittersweet chocolate tie the prettiest bow on a delicatessen drink made in heaven.
patrick767 (3918) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle at Fort Wayne tasting - Pours black with a thin, tan head. It has an intense chocolate aroma with the dark roast malts. As for the flavor, holy chocolate, Batman! The roasty, dark chocolate heavy flavor is very enjoyable. Itís full bodied and finishes with some mild, dry bitterness. Excellent.
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
silver label black cap bomber from a trade with hogtownharry. pours black and headless with very soft carbonation. aromas are huge chocolate. sweet syrupy chocolate with some vanilla notes. flavours are chocolate with some dark chocolate and hop bitterness at the end. really really chocolaty and good. an expanded flavour profile could make it better but im in now complaining about this recipe. a must try for any chocolate lover.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark aromatic after dinner style stout. Much drier than I was anticipating, sort of a dry coco flavor that is nice. The nose is big and full of chocolate, duh. Good stuff.
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really awesome chocolate aroma. And I mean really awesome. Pours like oil, thin tan head. There is a really nice chocolate taste at first, but then this becomes overpowered by a dry alcohol flavor. Maybe I would like this better if it was aged for a while. Potential to be really good, but just needs to balance out the alcohol better in my opinion.
DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strongest chocolate aroma Iíve ever smelled! only a hint of coffee makes it through. Pours a very dark brown that just looks like liquid chocolate with a nice creamy tan head that leaves a little lacing. Strong chocolate taste at first mixed with espresso, but the espresso is what lingers, melding with a malty aftertaste that gives testament to the 11% ABV. Not as delicious as the aroma implies, but still a strong beer.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Motor oil pour, solid black with no head. Smells like chocolate milk. The flavor is more complex, with mint, vanilla, huge milk chocolate, alcohol. In no way subtle but still well executed. Does it have to be 11%?
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle on 3/5/2008. Another gift my my brother, the mysterious Buffulohead, who sees all, knows all, and rates nothing, so I drink it, my 800th, in honor of him.
A barely discernible ruby border surrounds the otherwise black pour. A large beige head develops and lasts nicely with sheets of sticky lace. Huge chocolate aroma, but underneath it all lies some vanilla, and perhaps even a hint of spice. Thick, rich, and smooth, itís like mocha java with a luxurious mouthfeel.
Surprisingly, this isnít nearly as sweet as one would expect. If fact, itís fairly dry with burnt caramel flavors and distinct piney hoppiness that provides a welcome contrast to the chocolate. Certainly a dessert or after dinner type of beer, unusual and more complex than its initial impression would suggest.
This is really a fine offering from a largely unrecognized and underappreciated brewer.