AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 15, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of adrian910ss. Pours deep brown with a thin, tan colored head. Not as viscous as expected. Nose is like a Whopper, not from BK, but the malt ball version! Flavor is similarly sweet, but not over the top. This one could be trouble! It’s incredibly creamy on the palate, with just the slightest alcohol burn that diminishes to a sweet and smooth finish. Somewhat one dimensional, but oh, do I loves me some chocolate!
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
gracias to the guys at the BA tasting for letting me in on this one... let me start by stating that i don’t go for gimmicky flavored brews... this pours nearly black but still brown at the edges with a frothy brown head which leaves some spotty lacing. huge aroma of dark chocolate, dark grain, woody/ grassy hoppiness and a touch of cream. it reminds me of hershey,pa. the palate is sweet. but for me, in this case, worth it... dark and milk chocolates, malt, vanilla and a coffee like edge that draws the sweetness away. it finishes with bitterness to keep everything in check. creamy carbonation gives this a soft texture and almost airy mouth feel. this is bitchin’ poured over some vanilla ice cream...
somehow there is a bottle of this in my fridge after the phx gathering??... lucky me!
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle via trade with lukin013. Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a small, thin tan head. Aroma is a bittersweet chocolate, maybe some vanilla in the background, smells great !!! Flavor is more of the same, but doesn’t quite live up to the aroma, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla and also a touch of roasted coffee (could be the bittersweet chocolate). The finish is chocolate and roasted coffee, a touch of alcohol.
msante79 (2215) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours black with little tan head that disapears except around edges. Aroma is of corse chocolate and malt. Flavor is sweet malt, chocolate, and vanilla. Mouthfel is smooth and creamy. Liked the Oatmeal IS better. Little disapointing as I liked everything I had from Southern Tier.
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with a white head. Smells like a tootsie roll and bittersweet cocoa. Very creamy and chocolate taste. Slightly sweet at first, but a bitter malt taste takes over with some hops on the finish. Very good.
emacgee (4378) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2009 Thanks swoopjones. Pours a dark black that allows some light through. Nice and viscous. Not as dark and thick as I expected. Nice one finger creamy tan head. The nose is definite chocolate, sweet chocolate, not as cloying as I expected, roasty, molasses. The flavor is chocolatey, roasty, waxy bitter chocolate, light alcohol. Thick waxy mouthfeel.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
The color was dark chocolate brown. The head was thin, fizzy, and tan. the aroma was fudge and cherries. The flavor was sweet malt, chocolate, alcohol, cherry, and vanilla. The palate was smooth. The finish was warm.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It tasted like mildly carbonated chocolate syrup..........nice for the first few sips....then I was glad my friend only poured me 3 oz...then he was trying to pour out more in our glasses...and we would not let him....enough said
Radek Kliber (6682) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 7, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: dark brown ale with some light passing trough. Mocha like crown.
Nose : Pleasure to smell. Heavy pound chocolate cake. Moist , rich and filling. Sweet mocha sits on top.
Flavor/Palate : Medium-full bodied . Extremely satisfying rich yet not to heavy set of flavors. Hint of smoky roast with vinous alcoholic sided dark chocolate. Gentle mocha tune join in. This ale is oriented into specific niche and it does fill it splendidly. Extremely well done job. Superb chocolate flavored brew.
tompete (244) - Tillsonburg, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Overloaded with chocolate. Like eating a bittersweet chocolate bar. Tastes like a waxy tootsie roll.