brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge huge chocolate,chocolate hit my nose as soon as I opened the bottle,at first it was like sticking my nose in one of those old Hersheys Cocoa black containers,but then the alcohol caught up and it became more of a creme de cocoa,and eventually peppery hops made an appearance.by far the chocolateiest aroma I have ever experienced in a brew,taste is big an unembarrasingly chocolate,like Hersheys syrup with some vodka,and that very distinct hop bitterness in the finish,texture was smooth and creamy,each swallow was a fresh chocolate experience. This is what I always craved when trying a new Chocolate brew and always seemed to fall short. Its not complex,what you have here is chocolate,alcohol and hops. If you love these threee ingredients ,this might be as close to perfection as it comes. An absolute winner. This is what I love about the craft brew scene ,after over 1000 ratings,to still be able to discover a gem like this.
eaglefan538 (2886) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 22, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2008 Draft at SL, pour was obviously deep black, decent chocolate colored head and lacing. The aroma was chocolate, caramel, and coffee. The flavor followed suit, some chalky notes in there too, firm milk chocolate sweetness, and what I definitely experienced as peanut butter. Mouthfeel a little flat feeling from the chalky and overly milkiness. An interesting blend of stuff, drinkable, but it didn’t work for me. Thanks, Robert! Re-rate from a seaparate keg in Jan ’08, no great change on overall level of pleasure. Rich chocolate aroma, Hershey syrup-like even. Had nothing peanut butter-like going on this time (no idea where I got that last time, but I was convinced then), strong and somewhat sweet chocolate, way overdone.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As this beer leaves the bottle it’s not as dark as I expected but more along the lines of freshly brewed coffee. Sure enough in the snifter this beer is black with zero highlights coming through even when backlit. A small skimming of head formed on a hard pour. Even though this beer sports a healthy 11% the head could be a little better.
The smell of this beer is unbelievable. Pure unadulterated milk chocolate to the nth degree. If you dig deep there’s some roasted barley somewhere in the background but besides that this beer is a chocolate bomb. I have yet to come across a beer that even comes close to having this much chocolate in the aroma.
The flavor picks up where the aroma left off. Chocolate is bittersweet up front along with an accompaniment of roasted barley. This slides through until mid-palate brings a mouthful of molten chocolate cake. Again, the finish brings an unbelievable amount of milk chocolate. It’s funny but the hops are there on the finish (although there’s no tasting them) that leave the thought of this being overly sweet to the birds. Not a touch of alcohol noticeable.
Creamy silky smooth mouthfeel. The body is full but not as thick as other big stouts, which I think actually works better in this case.
Most stouts of this caliber are a one and done type of sipper. This is a sipper but one you could sip for a long time. Definately an easy one to enjoy.
Southern Tier is doing some amazing things with their Imperial Series. Choklat and Pumking are two of the best flavored beers I have yet to expierence. Young’s Double Chocolate and Rogue’s Chocolate are both tasty stouts but couldn’t hold Choklat’s jock strap. This is a damn fine beer!
nolankowal (929) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour...not quite opaque and a bit thinner than most of its imperial stout brethren...short tan head on the top. Aroma is of strong cocoa powder/milk chocolate, a bit of liquorice, light roasted malt, light earthy hops, a hint of booze...quite sweet smelling overall. Flavors of roasted malt, bitter light coffee notes and earthy citrus, milk chocolate, and a bit of liqour-esque booze laced throughout. Fairly thick body, though thins out a bit at times...soft carbonation...roasty/sweet with a sweet/bitter finish. Pretty good overall, though I think a bit more roast/smoke flavor/aroma...perhaps a bit more breadiness to the malt really would’ve pushed this one forward.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle. Dark black/brown with creamy head. Smelled like sweet chocolate. Taste of chocolate and milk surprisingly UN bitter. This is actually one of my favorite chocolate stouts because of that.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2009 Mild gusher. Near black body with a moderate, lasting tan head. A few spot of lace. Pure crème de cacao aromas, yes, that it, that’s the list for this one. A nice aroma, but more a liqueur scent than a brew. I like it for what it is, but in a way wish there was some malt depth caught in the nose. This glides effortlessly across the palate. Some thickness, but enough light effervescence to help it lilt across the tongue. Dark cocoa and again I am reminded of crème de cacao. There is a little heat in the finish and linger to remind you that this does have some zip to it. Chocolate extract flavors seem to hit full stride in the middle and finish. LInger has some chocolate malt and cocoa. I really think this would be great over ice cream, or even blended with whipped cream or ice cream. Interesting and enjoyable. I think it may be a struggle to finish the rest of this bomber, both from the strength of the brew and the flavors. This is a real dessert brew. This would also be great served in chocolate cups or with a raspberry tart, I am seriously thinking this should be mixed with NG raspberry tart. I’m thinking my next party will have this one highlighted in that manner. Yes, very nice mixed with Raspberry Tart and Belgian Red. A dessert brew.
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. At Cole’s, Buffalo. Nice black pour with a solid brown head, good a sticky-looking. This reminded me a lot of a really boozy Rogue Chocolate Stout (which is freakin’ awesome with 2 yrs of age on it) - smelled like alcohol and tons of hot chocolate mix, very lush, very sweet. Tasted the same - it seemed to fragment on my tongue - booze on one side, Nestles quick on the other - a little floral hops and sorta malt in there, but mostly still just chocobooze. Silky mouthfeel, really nice that way, and an overriding alcohol palate feel ... I LIKE it, but I don’t LOVE it - I have several bottles to cellar and I look forward to revisiting this one in a year ---- or more.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2008 22 oz bottle. Black, thin brown head and lace. Nose of chocolate, mild roast, caramel, bit of hop and others. Silky body, full, slightly roasted malts, hint of smoke, lots of chocolate, balanced nicely by the hops. Alcohol is seamlessly integrated, never cloying (maybe if gets too warm) but drinkability is off the charts, for me almost decadent, very satisfying and a perfect dessert beer. Yes, its a mess of a beer but I still like it.
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Cole’s. Black, very nice tan head. Nose is cocoa krispies and not much else. Its sad really, as the cocoa here would be a wonderful aspect of a more complex aroma but by itself it isn’t that amazing. Flavor is more cocoa krispies, a hint of burnt malt, some brief hoppiness. No alcohol which is quite impressive and an amazing body but a bit of a one trick pony. A hint of burnt malt in the overly cocoa (think artificial sweetner) finish.
BitchesBrew (714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[bomber] Impressive chocolate aroma, nice roasted malt character. Moderately sweet. Dark brown, almost opaque appearance with a dark brown head. Slick milk chocolate flavors, malty, mostly sweet but with enough bitterness to balance things perfectly. One dimensional? Sure.. but for me, this was super drinkable-- almost dangerous.