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, it’s like mocha java with a luxurious mouthfeel.
Surprisingly, this isn’t nearly as sweet as one would expect. If fact, it’s 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.
jsquire (4097) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is really all about the chocolate. Dark beer with only points of light when held up against a light source. The nose is like chocolate frosting. Flavors of Hershey syrup, cocoa powder, chocolate frosting and some vanilla. This is really a one dimensional beer, but if you like chocolate, you should like this beer.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a dark chocolate brown with a coffee colored head. Aroma is all chocolate, cocoa and roasted malt. Flavor is once again dominated by chocolate. Creamy milk and dark chocolate mixed with caramel, candi sugar, pure cocoa and brown sugar. Excellent beer!
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appropriately, this one pours a deep, dark chocolate brown. A small swirly film with a bubbly edge is all that shows for a head. The aroma is a pure blend of bitter dark and sweet milk chocolates, dry cocoa powder, and even more chocolate. The flavor expands the chocolaty horizon, as caramel malts and dry woodsy notes do little to steer this one off of its course. Willy Wonka himself must have been involved in the development of this brew. Smooth and medium-full bodied, a touch of dryness shows up at the very end. Awesome brew. As pure and chocolaty as they come.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAR 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to whomever shared this at the 3rd Woodshop tasting. An IS for the chocolate fan, count me in. This one does it right, balance is right on, a real dessert delight.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle, courtesy of slob - thanks man! Pours thick and ebony color, opaque with a very thin head that dissipates to nothing in a short time. Aroma of chocolate syrup, roasty malts, espresson beans, molasses and hints of ripe cherry. Flavor is heavy with chocolate - bakers chocolate, hersheys cocoa powder, rich fudge - dark bitter roasty malts, dark brown sugar with alcohol present but well hidden. Full body and little to no carbonation. Delicious for a chocolate lover like me!
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Courtesy of silphium. Black body with a small tan head, fading. The nose is moderately sweet with lots of chocolate, light roast and molasses. The flavor is sickeningly sweet, lightly bitter with gross amounts of chocolate, some roast and light licorice. Full body is sticky with moderate carbonation.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Douglas88 shared this bottle with his wife and me. You could smell choklat the second the cap came off. But like great chocolate. The kind that Oprah appears to have been eating all her life.
This was a real treat to hold and take the occasional sniff of, really, a very lovely nose if you are indeed a chocolate fan. Downside? Thin and very onesided for an Imperial Stout as it was only choklat.
Ibrew2or3 (7997) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of Gillard, thanks buddy. Pours dark with dark tan head and spotty lacing. Wow. Nice rich chocolate aroma. Lots of milk chocolate mixed with malt balls. No sense of fruity esters or alcohol of any kind. Amazing considering the ABV. Taste is just like I was expecting from the aroma with creamy rich mild chocolate to start with ribbons of dark chocolate. I also get malt balls drizzled with vanilla and bits of licorice. Riding in the back is highly roasted malts that grow more and more roasty until they taste pretty much burnt and charred into the finish. The after taste makes me think I just had a rich chocolate cake. Another very nice offering from these fine people.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy hopscotch. Black pour, thin coating of dark tan head. Aroma of a pile of milk chocolate shavings, unique in the sense that theres no real significant roast component, just all chocolate. Same can be said for the taste, alkaline notes mixed with sweetness, like true chocolate. A chocolate bomb.