Bartzilla (617) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks, WeeHeavySD. This tasted like beer made out of CoCo Puffs. No, not the illicit kind, but the cereal. Or maybe one of those after dinner coffee liquer chocolate drinks. Either way, pretty tasty and all kinds of strong. Pretty fubar’d when I tried it, but this sticks out.
KornDogg (569) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Made a special trip out to Southern Tier when this was released.... lived up to my expectations by far... Great aroma and very flavorful
EithCubes (5549) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rating number 1818! Enjoyed during last night’s Biden-Palin debate, the first time in a while that I’ve split a bomber (and it’s usually necessary for ST). Pitch pour with a creamy, forkable head. Overly sweet, boozy nose with surprisingly minimal chocolate coming through. Taste is mocha-drenched with some Swiss Miss and faint dark chocolate. Thankfully free of the fume-expelling, hangover-inducing booziness found in these Blackwater releases; this was mild in comparison to that vanilla mess they put out recently. Medium, sticky feel. Surprisingly mild and contemplative, at least over the nine or ten ounces I had. Thumbs up!
ChazMania (662) - Oceanside, California, USA - SEP 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2008 Bomber.
Holy schnikes....this is a liquid tootsie roll. The pour is thick, dark and oil like. The aroma and flavor is Tootsie Roll. This is a very very sweet chocolate flavored tootsie roll in a glass.
I don’t know if I can drink the whole bomber, my wife might need to help me. It’s very "dessert" like in its sweetness.
Updated- we could not finish the bomber. It was far too sweet. This is probably better served over vanilla ice cream than drank from a glass.
sebletitje (9073) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of Tpa975.
Pours pitch black, with coffeish/brown head.
Aroma is filled with nice / rich dark chocolat.
Taste is of chocolat as well, with some light hop bitterness. Leaves a little floral afteraste and some sweet notes (possibly banana and vanilla).
This is simply an amazing beer. They have achieved putting the taste of "good" chocolat in a beer white keeping the latter very drinkable.
mcox90 (1886) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 15, 2008
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle courtesy of goldtwins. Beautiful black pour with a nice brown head. The nose is a wonderful chocolate aroma that takes me back to being 7 or 8 years old with my mother baking homemade chocolate chip cookies. The flavor is, as you might imagine, mostly chocolate with some roasted malt. Nice creamy, silky palate. Finishes dry and ever so slightly bitter.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Carolina Crew tasting! Bottle courtesy of Todd! Thanks! stout lives up to its name. Fudge brownies on the nose. Chocolate milk and roast for flavors. Nice creamy finish
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very efficient liquid chocolate dose for the junkies.
Unadulterated chocolate glory from the beginning to finish. No false advertising and spot on in that regards. In a ways, this is to chocolate imperial stouts what New Glarus Raspberry tart is to fruit beers: not very complex, but highly satisfying and spot on. It even manages to be relatively drinkable for its mammoth size.
Ultimately, if I’m drinking an 11% beer, complexity is important to me. I mostly enjoy focus when I was a refreshing ale. I do enjoy it for what it is, but do not find it as attractive as the chocolate bar it replaces.
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. maple pour with thin tan head. OMG chocolate, roasted aroma. rich
thick chocolate. nice dessert beer. alcohol well hidden. crazy rich chocolate. not much else to say.
MartinT (9267) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Pure dessert, this Imperial stout is. Amazingly generous chocolate aromas and flavors seduce all the way to a roasty bitterness in a relaxed and huggable mouthfeel. Wow.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam protects the brown-sleeved black.
-This is exactly as advertised: chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. I have to say I’ve never had such a chocolatey beer, yet I cannot say it is overdone.
-This chocolate is reminiscent of 65% cocoa or so. They must have TONS of it. Somehow, it is very palatable, even at 11%.
-Alcohol is very well hidden.
-Carbonation is rather low, which leaves the tastebuds ample room to explore the chocolatey depths.