thornecb (5361) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aged 1 year. Pours deep black with mahogany into a snifter. Mocha head recedes to hug rim. Dark chocolate, espresso, and vanilla aromas. Tingly cocoa upfront with rich chocolate liqueur and espresso in the finish.
jake65 (3310) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2013 Bottle: Pours a thick, dark brown with a finger of tan head. Aroma is massive of chocolate. Just like sticking your face in a bottle of Hersheys! Flavor is another smattering of chocolate with some roasted malt. This isn’t a regular dark chocolate, but a sweet and creamy milk chocolate. **Re-rate, 2013 bottle: Awesome, rich milk chocolate nose just like I remember from the first experience, but the flavor has changed... more roast, even some ash, bittersweet cocoa. Less of the intense chocolate sweetness than before. A good stout, but not as good as I remember from ’08.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(bottle - 22 oz) Dark black pour with a very thin layer of tan foam that disappears almost instantly. Aroma is a huge amount of cocoa and cream. Smells like a chocolate milkshake. Not much alcohol apparent. Rich and flavorful chocolate and cocoa flavors begin as you drink and roll around the tongue with a mixture of cream and some dark roasted malts. Some coffee bitterness comes through near the end and leaves a lightly bittersweet chocolate flavor. Alcohol is very well hidden. Thick and creamy and absolutely delicious.
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Compared with Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout. This is much better. Aroma is chocolate with notes of caramel and vanilla. Pour is dark dark brown with a thick tan head that fades a little. Flavor is milk chocolate, dark chocolate and aftertones of toasted nuts and vanilla. Palate is on the sweet side but balanced pretty well. Thick and chewy.
Drake (11500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2009 22 ounce bottle shared by cdumler. Thanks! Pours a dark brown color with a medium tan head, huge lacing and head retention. The aroma is brownie batter and tootsie rolls. So chocolately. So good. Slight alcohol notes in the aroma as well. taste is chocolate milk, brownie batter and understated hops. Balanced almost perfectly, silky mouthfeel and full bodied.
oakbluff (434) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours inky black, frothy head. Nose- waves of chocolate, mix of mikly powdered chocolate smell and minor roasty notes. Taste- chocolate velvet, not in sickeningly sweet way either; chocolate is very present in a creamy choco shake kind of way. some caramel and vanilla- crazy drinkable for 11%! Mouthfeel is good- not too heavy and carbonation is mild. 1000% better than its creme brule cousin
piscator34 (2283) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled sample via (and shared with) oakbluff. Near black in colour with moderate carbonation. Single minded aroma of chocolate milk, with a hint of booze. A bit more complex in the mouth with some chewy malts and vanilla providing some secondary notes to the huge sweet chocolate flavor. Medium bodied and quite sweet without being overly cloying. Hides its alcohol well.
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Pours beautiful dark brown with a hazy red glow. Liquid chocolate aroma. Very creamy, full and aromatic. Both milky and bitter. A gentle malt roast backing the chocolate tones perfect. Sweetish hints of candy banana, toasted nuts and vanilla. Well-hidden alcohol but some warming notes are present. The flavour is fat chocolaty with a gentle finish of vanilla, mild hops, toasted nuts and slim roasted malt. The mouthfeel is round, light oily, light silky and soft sticky with soft carbonation. The finish is a bit harder with a light bitterness. Lingering chocolate aftertaste. Near full-bodied. Complex: no. Yummy: yes!
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 24, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Getting notebook online. Bottle! Pours a velvety black, not much head. Aromas are coco and malt. Flavors are delicious dark and bittersweet chocolates melted down and put in a bottle!! Delicious!! Mouthfeel is lighter then you would expected! Great beer that I must find again!
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - OCT 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from Jimbo. Deep dark rich color. Smelled like chocolate, tasted like chocolate. Go figure. Pretty decent, although it didn’t really blow me away. But, i’m not exactly a Chocolate fan either. I will say that they did a damn good job of hiding the alcohol.